Archinect - News 2016-12-08T09:19:24-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149962970/what-could-go-wrong-north-korean-construction-workers-are-being-given-crystal-meth-to-finish-projects-faster What could go wrong? North Korean construction workers are being given crystal meth to finish projects faster Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-12T14:13:00-04:00 >2016-08-13T08:37:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2w/2wj43jt7d04kecir.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>project managers at a building site in North Korea&rsquo;s capital Pyongyang are openly supplying their exhausted work force with powerful methamphetamines called &ldquo;ice,&rdquo; North Korean sources say. [...] Officials in charge of the project are pushing workers hard to finish frame construction on the buildings, which include a 70-story high-rise apartment building and at least 60 other structures, before the weather gets too cold, sources said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The construction project in question appears to be <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954910/another-speedy-pyonghattan-skyscraper-project-is-underway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryomyong Street, a so-called "Pyonghattan"</a> for its giant scope and reportedly the country's tallest apartments. According to a report in&nbsp;<a href="http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/11/21/inside-north-koreas-crystal-meth-trade/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Foreign Policy</em></a>, the spread of methamphetamine (aka "ice") first began in North Korea during the 1990s, when it was being produced and sold as a medication.</p><p>You might also be interested in:</p><ul><li><a title="Another speedy &ldquo;Pyonghattan&rdquo; skyscraper project is underway" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954910/another-speedy-pyonghattan-skyscraper-project-is-underway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another speedy &ldquo;Pyonghattan&rdquo; skyscraper project is underway</a></li><li><a title="&lsquo;Pyongyang Speed:&rsquo; North Korea miraculously cranks out massive residential development for scientists in only one year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143668960/pyongyang-speed-north-korea-miraculously-cranks-out-massive-residential-development-for-scientists-in-only-one-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;Pyongyang Speed:&rsquo; North Korea miraculously cranks out massive residential development for scientists in only one year</a></li><li><a title="Pyongyang's inner Wes Anderson shines through in its architecture, then and now" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140342648/pyongyang-s-inner-wes-anderson-shines-through-in-its-architecture-then-and-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pyongyang's inner Wes Anderson shines through in its architecture, then and now</a></li><li><a title="Pyonghattan &amp; water parks: North Korea's new architectural ambitions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136651392/pyonghattan-water-parks-north-korea-s-new-architectural-ambitions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pyonghattan &amp; water parks: North Korea's new architectural ambitions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938788/breaking-cad-from-meth-house-to-ball-state-studio-project Breaking CAD: from meth house to Ball State studio project Julia Ingalls 2016-04-06T18:17:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:34:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p1/p162bglvrjxr8txi.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of fourth-year Ball State architecture students are refurbishing a former meth house in the Thomas Park-Avondale neighborhood in Muncie as a studio project. The studio class is working with ecoREHAB, a local nonprofit that provides sustainable rehabilitation of housing and neighborhoods. &ldquo;The whole goal is to revitalize the community more so than to earn money,&rdquo; said Taylor Sheppard, a senior architecture major.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on drugs in architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59901119/narquitectura-inside-the-fortified-palaces-of-mexico-s-drug-lords" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Narquitectura: Inside the Fortified Palaces of Mexico's Drug Lords</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/53759034/powering-mumbai-with-magic-mushrooms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Powering Mumbai with Magic Mushrooms</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/tacos/a-new-memorial-to-the-victims-of-drug-war-violence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a new memorial to the victims of [drug war] violence</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mr/mrmqucmx1fyprvox.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/59901119/narquitectura-inside-the-fortified-palaces-of-mexico-s-drug-lords Narquitectura: Inside the Fortified Palaces of Mexico's Drug Lords Archinect 2012-10-23T13:59:00-04:00 >2012-10-24T15:01:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/07/0787002dcb65b115e5276138ebede9d9.jpg" width="640" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A gangster lives a fast, dangerous life &mdash; especially Mexico's brutal narco-chieftains. Just look at their houses. With the prospect of death never far away and plenty of money to burn, it makes sense to spend lavishly on a mansion &mdash; especially a fortified one. The locals have a term for the style: narquitectura.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/53759034/powering-mumbai-with-magic-mushrooms Powering Mumbai with Magic Mushrooms Paul Petrunia 2012-07-18T14:52:00-04:00 >2012-07-25T01:46:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8u/8ugcwt09jn00d237.jpg" width="640" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... a cache of biological samples appeared through the criminal networks of Mumbai, in the vain hope that it might provide new marketable narcotic opportunities. The collective drive and expertise of the refugees managed to turn theses genetically-engineered fungal samples into a new type of infrastructure - providing heat, light and building material for the refugees. Dharavi rapidly evolved it's own micro-economy based around the mushrooms.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6u/6um7le8jvmei8ylf.jpg" title=""></p>