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Rabot Tourist Cabin, Okstindan, Norway by JVA | via

The Rabot Tourist Cabin is one of many DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) lodging facilities throughout Norway. It is located at 1200 meters above sea level, close to the glacier at Okstindan in northern Norway. The site is spectacular and the mountains and glaciers are in close proximity. The weather can be extremely harsh and the structure is constructed for heavy winds and storm.

A secondary rescue hut is placed 50 meters away from the main cabin as a safe shelter in case of destruction of the main cabin. The site inaccessible by road and is only reachable on foot or on skis. The cabin is named after the French glaciologist and geographer Charles Rabot who thoroughly explored the mountain areas in the province of Nordland. It is planned and built with local materials and with great local commitment.

The main cabin is an eye catching yet neutral volume in the landscape with a diagonal programmatic and spatial concept. The behavior of snow and heavy winds at the site, have generated the simple shape of the cabin, without protruding elements. The shape of the two chimneys mimic the topography of the mountain tops and acts as protecting structures to avoid the use of tension cables.

Photography: Svein Arne Brygfjeld, Jan Inge Larsen, Einar Aslaksen

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Humble Oil Predicts its Own Role in Climate Change

In a 1962 issue of Life magazine, a real ad for Humble Oil—later to become Exxon—touted “EACH DAY HUMBLE SUPPLIES ENOUGH ENERGY TO MELT 7 MILLION TONS OF GLACIER!” Given the reality of anthropogenic climate change and the evidence of our melting arctic, the ad appears as a painfully ironic forecast. It, along with a series of other ads, was released at a time when Humble Oil, founded in 1911, was on its way to becoming the major multinational corporation we know it as today. Two years earlier, Humble merged with Esso, Carter and a handful of other regional oil companies. The consolidation allowed the new Humble company to reduce duplication and costs and to coordinate all of its domestic activities more effectively. As a result, the Humble workforce dropped by a quarter in the first five years after the merger, while its profits doubled. The 1962 ad campaign was a way to tout Humble’s capabilities and national dominance.