Cultivating a cooler Athens

With Athens at breaking point over the last few days due to the scorching heat, calls are getting louder for simple measures to make it easier for residents to cope.

In comments to Kathimerini, University of Toronto architecture professor Petros Babasikas suggests public fountains, trees and plants in open spaces, rainwater harvesting, car restrictions and bike lanes.

Trade Ministry monitoring cement industry

The Trade Ministry has vowed to take necessary measures to prevent price increases and ease supply problems in the cement market.

The ministry said in a statement that it is monitoring developments in the construction sector, which has a considerable weight for the Turkish economy, adding that it is looking into the foreign trade angle.

Researchers dig up secrets of 'self-healing' Roman concrete

How have Rome's ancient aqueducts and architectural marvels such as the Pantheon, which features the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome, endured the test of time? Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other institutions believe they have uncovered the mystery of the durability of the 2,000-year-old structures - self-healing concrete.

World’s 1s astronomy school, Cacabey Madrasah, gets facelift

The Cacabey Astronomy Madrasah which is on UNESCO's World Heritage Tentative List in the central Anatolian province of Kırşehir is currently undergoing restoration.

The Cacabey Madrasah was built between 1271 and 1272 during the Seljuk era by Nureddin Cibril bin Caca Bey, the emir of Kırşehir, as an astronomical school to observe space, the first of its kind in the world.