Hey gardeners! Consider planting an extra row for the hungry this year

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Although it may be known by many different names, the “Grow a Row” program is one that’s gaining popularity all over the world. The concept is pretty self-explanatory, and can make an enormous difference in another person’s life: as you plan this year’s garden, just aim to plant one extra row of whatever you’d normally cultivate—like tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, beans—for an organization that helps the hungry.

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What happened to Architecture For Humanity?

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Nonprofit architecture firm Architecture for Humanity rallied the world around the cause of humanitarian design, inspiring designers and idealists everywhere with the idea that design can make a difference in improving people’s lives. That’s why, when AFH announced their closure several weeks ago, there was a collective gasp heard round the world – followed by tears and much water-cooler speculation about the question on everyone’s mind: “WHY?”

Architecture for Humanity, one of the foremost humanitarian building initiatives in history, shut down operations on January 1st, 2015. Despite the significant public funding and grants that it received over the past 15 years, the company was forced to file for bankruptcy and cited “serious funding challenges” as the reason. So, what happened?

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Maya Pedal transforms old bikes into pedal-powered water pumps, blenders, and more

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We’ve seen some incredible innovations in bicycle technology lately, from self-charging components such as the Copenhagen Wheel to designer fixies by Diesel. But what happens to these and all other bikes when their owners move on? That’s where Guatemalan NGO Maya Pedal comes in: they transform donated bicycles into pedal-powered machines including water pumps, blenders and tile makers for use where electricity is too expensive or inaccessible. We say more (pedal) power to you, Maya Pedal! Check out the video by Makeshift to learn more about this brilliant innovation.

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Stunning Chinese Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 resembles billowing wheat fields

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UNESCO announces winning design for the Bamiyan Cultural Center in Afghanistan

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Audi Prologue Avant concept is a sexy plug-in hybrid wagon

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Audi just unveiled its latest concept car, the Prologue Avant – and it’s one sweet ride. The wagon, which debuts next week at the annual Geneva Motor Show, is a sleek plug-in hybrid, and it’s a far cry from your mama’s grocery getter. This concept vehicle follows the two-door Prologue concept that debuted at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, and is a preview of the styling that we can expect to see in Audi’s future lineup.

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Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations

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Installing solar panels on your home just makes sense; they turn empty space into green power. One thing stopping some from taking the plunge could be the cost of installing a system, but Google can help. The search engine giant recently announced big plans to help make solar much more affordable by increasing its investment in SolarCity’s residential solar power model by $300 million. The move will create a new fund worth a total of $750 million that will help install distributed solar power on homes across the nation.

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Le 2 Workshop’s Third House From The Sun is a passive minimalist dwelling in Poland

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Greenery-like sculptures bring life to a dreary intersection in Gowanus, Brooklyn

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LAST CHANCE: Win a DIY Feng Shui prize pack for Chinese New Year!

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The Chinese Lunar New Year has just begun, and according to Feng Shui principles, now is the time to get your home in order for 2015. During this time of renewal, we can think of no better way to start a new year than to clear the clutter and create a more holistic space. If you’re feeling completely clueless about how Feng Shui works, we’ve got good news for you! Thanks to our good friend, architect and Feng Shui practitioner Anjie Cho, you can learn how to Feng Shui your home the easy way—we’re giving away a signed copy of Anjie’s newly released book, 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces to 9 lucky winners, and one very special grand prize winner will receive a signed copy of the book in addition to a $108 gift certificate to Anjie’s Holistic Spaces Online Store, a 2015 Feng Shui Charm Keychain for Protection & Luck, and a Natural Crystal Bagua Set. Find out how to win this lucky prize pack below!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. SIGN UP FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER HERE > We’ll be announcing the winners in our weekly newsletter, so if you want to find out who won, you’ll need to receive it!

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us why you’re interested in Feng Shui and how you feel it might improve your living space. The deadline for this giveaway is today, Friday, February 27th at 11:59PM. We’ll pick the comments we like best and announce the winners in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

DEADLINE IS TODAY, FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27th at 11:59PM

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Five mile Hyperloop test track to be constructed in California

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Just two years ago, Elon Musk proposed a new 700mph mass transit solution called the Hyperloop, and now it has taken a big step closer to becoming a reality. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a company inspired by Musk’s idea has just signed a deal to build a five mile test track in central California. The track will be built at a cost of $100 million, and is expected to be operational in 2019.

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Bulgaria's National Museum complex fuses sustainable design with historic architecture

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HWKN unveils designs for University of Pennsylvania’s bold Pennovation Center

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China announces one-year ban on ivory imports

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In response to growing criticism of Chinese demand for ivory, China’s State Forestry Administration has announced a one-year ban on the import of ivory carvings. The continued demand for ivory, for which China is the world’s largest market, has decimated the African elephant population, with one elephant killed every 15 minutes for its tusks. While some animal rights’ groups have hailed China’s temporary ban as a step in the right direction, it has also been criticized as nothing more than “window dressing” that fails to address the larger problems of ivory demand.

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Funky LED lamp transforms to illuminate the room and spark conversation

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Do you remember the Rubik’s snake? It was a fun, twisty toy made of wedges on spring bolts. You could twist the toy into a thousand configurations, but never separate them. Oikimus Design has come up with a revolutionary lamp based on that old toy, featuring LEDs and a 5×5 design that allows the lamp to take on a nearly endless variety of shapes.

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Rhijnspoor Building given highest BREEAM award for an educational building in the Netherlands

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The Team RSG-designed Rhijnspoor Building in Amsterdam has been awarded a BREEAM certificate of excellence with 4 stars, the highest score ever given to an educational building in the…

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Enter your unbuilt architecture projects to the ArchDaily + IIDEXCanada Virtual Spaces Competition

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IIDEXCanada has teamed up with Invent Dev and ArchDaily to launch the 2015 Virtual Spaces Competition: an international call for unbuilt architecture projects. Open to student and…

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House Carrer Migdia is a naturally ventilated day-lit home in Barcelona

House Carrer Migdia is a naturally ventilated day-lit home in…

The house has living and dining areas located on the first floor. Next to it is the kitchen which faces north. The bedroom can be accessed from the living area through a large sliding…

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5 finalists announced for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe award

5 finalists announced for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe award

Philarmonic Hall Szczecin by Alberto Veiga and Fabrizio Barozzi Located in the Polish seaport city of Szczecin, the Philarmonic Hall Szczecin is a glass-clad concert hall that…

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James Cameron-backed school will be the first in the U.S. to go fully vegan

James Cameron-backed school will be the first in the U.S. to go fully…

Known for directing films such as Avatar and Titanic, James Cameron has another blockbuster of a project on the horizon: a fully vegan elementary school. Muse School in Calabasas,…

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