What Happened to Los Angeles' Streetcars?

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How Can We Waterproof Our Future?

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When the movie Waterworld premiered in 1995, people regarded the Kevin Costner flick as a fairly ridiculous post-apocalyptic science fiction film: Now, nearly two decades later, the tale’s premise of a world where nearly all land is submerged beneath the seas seems more like a prediction of what’s to come than a figment of a screenwriter’s imagination. With polar ice caps melting rapidly, the clear and present threat of rising tides is no longer something that can be pushed aside. According to current scientific estimates, the earth’s temperature will increase at least 4-5 °C by the end of this century, leading to a sea level rise of approximately 2-7 feet or more by 2100, which will submerge significant portions of many of the world’s major metropolitan areas, including New York, London, Shanghai and Mumbai. Since we’re facing some pretty catastrophic changes, some of the world’s best minds are working on solutions to prevent, or at the very least, minimize, the land loss and human habitat destruction that lies ahead. But between dams, water barriers and floating cities, it’s easy to get lost in the “flood” of different options for dealing with rising sea-levels. Bettery Magazine recently broke down our current situation and the various types of approaches which are being tried all around the world to deal with rising waters. Read Bettery’s full report for a better understanding of how we can waterproof our future.



Join Us Online TODAY for a Webcast Conversation on Crowdfunding & Crowdsourcing Architecture & Real-Estate

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Crowdsourcing architecture webcast is TODAY at 12pm EST – WATCH HERE >

Over the last few years, crowdfunding has become a popular way for people to raise the seed money they need to get their dream off the ground. Here at Inhabitat we’ve seen hundreds of small scale projects come to fruition through the likes Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Now crowdfunding is set to revolutionize the real estate industry, and at the forefront of this movement is real-estate crowdfunding company Prodigy Network. This innovative new venture founded by Rodrigo Nino wants to democratize the way we build, and they’ve just announced plans to crowdsource both the cash and the design for their new 17 John “Cotel“, a crowdfunded business hotel located in the Financial District of NYC (collaborative + hotel = “cotel”). So, how do you successfully crowdsource a project of such a massive scale? Prodigy Network will be broadcasting a live webcast conversation during Social Media Week called Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding: A Social Media Revolution In Real Estate. This panel discussion will feature renowned thought-leaders Karim R. Lakhani, Associate Professor at Harvard Business School; Graham Hill, founder of LifeEdited.com; Piers Fawkes, founder and Editor-in-Chief at PSFK; and Rodrigo Nino, CEO and founder of Prodigy Network, and will look at how crowdsourscing and crowdfunding will transform the built environment.

We invite you to participate in this groundbreaking conversation TODAY, Feb 20th at 12pm by tuning in to the live webcast of the event here >

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Prodigy Network Crowdfunds and Crowdsources Design for New 17 John "Cotel" in Downtown New York City

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These days you can crowdfund pretty much anything, from flying bikes, to glowing plants, and a headset that lets your dog talk – so why not a building? That’s precisely the idea behind Prodigy Network, a crowdfunding company that has launched the world’s first crowdsourcing platform for real estate development, architecture and urban planning. Rodrigo Nino founded Prodigy Network with the goal of democratizing real estate investing, and the organization just announced plans to crowdsource an innovative hotel in New York City’s financial district. The 17 John “Cotel” will tap into the crowd for investment and design to improve and evolve the form and function of the modern business hotel. Read on to learn more about this exciting new venture and the future of crowdfunded architecture.

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Score a Free $250 Pass to Social Media Week and Attend Prodigy Network's Panel Discussion About Crowdfunding Real Estate

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We’re giving away $250 passes to Social Media Week 2014 to 10 lucky readers, and it’s easy to enter. Just comment on this post with a question about how social media and crowdfunding are impacting real estate or tweet your question with the hashtag #mycotel for a chance to score a free campus level pass to Social Media Week and Prodigy Network‘s Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding: A Social Media Revolution In Real Estate panel discussion about how social media is changing the face of the real estate industry. Good luck!



11 Green Valentine Gifts For Earth-Loving Sweethearts

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Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods - All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

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DIY: How to Make Rose Petal Beads from Your Valentine's Day Bouquets

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Valentine’s Day is generally associated with gift-giving to one’s sweetheart, and after chocolate, roses are the most popular choice of present to show one’s affection. Nothing quite compares to a rose in terms of beauty, grace, scent, and the expression of romantic love, and it’s always sad when these lovely blooms wilt and lose their petals after a few days. There is, however, a gorgeous way to preserve and reuse those petals, and that’s by transforming them into beads, which can then be used in jewelry, keepsakes, sachets, or even just as decorative accents.

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14 Green Gift Ideas For Valentine's Day

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How to Find Love Using Feng Shui This Valentine's Day

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Although some consider Valentine’s Day to be a “Hallmark holiday”, I think it’s a great opportunity not only to do something special for your loved one but for yourself as well. I would say that assistance with love is something many of my feng shui clients ask for. Whether it’s finding new love or supporting existing love—it’s true that love makes the world go round! Here are a few feng shui tips to facilitate love for Valentine’s Day.

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How I Used Chairish to Sell My Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair

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Ok I’ll admit it – I have a thrifting problem. I love scouting out vintage furniture at flea markets and second-hand stores, although sometimes my eyes are too big for my tiny apartment. Take this classic Pollock Executive Chair – sure, it’s not in tip-top condition (there’s a few cracks in the leather and some damage to the shell), but it’s a bonafide classic and the price was right, so I picked it up. Well, months went by and I eventually came to terms with the fact that I don’t have space for another chair (or the time to invest in fixing it up), so I turned to Chairish‘s new iPhone app, which makes selling secondhand furniture a snap. Simply download the app here and in three simple steps you’ll be on the way to finding a new home for your pre-loved furnishings.

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6 DIY Valentine's Day Cards To Make for Your True Love

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Looking for the right way to tell your special someone what you really think of them? Forget the store-bought Valentine’s Day cards and stationary, and make your own DIY V-Day card. Nothing says “I love you” like a personalized, hand-made card. Need a bit of inspiration for how to get started? From paint chip bookmarks to thumbprint hearts, check out these six adorable DIY Valentine’s Day cards over at Inhabitots.



DIY: 3 Cool Crafts to Make with Household Twine

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So, you’re trapped indoors because it’s -90 degrees outside, and you’re going a little stir crazy. How can you combat the cabin fever that drives so many people up the wall at this time of year? Make stuff. Getting crafty doesn’t mean that you have to go and spend all of your (meagre) left over X-mas cash on supplies: there are a bunch of crafty things that you can make with items that are probably hiding around your house right now. Do you have any household twine? Jute or hemp cord? Empty bottles? Brilliant! Hit the jump to see some of the cool things you can make with them right now.

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DIY: How to Make Homemade Valentine's Day Fortune Cookies for Your Sweet!

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8 Real Life Love Nests Built by Romantic Couples

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Chairish Launches a New App That Makes Finding and Selling Pre-Loved Furniture Easier

Chairish Launches a New App That Makes Finding and Selling Pre-Loved…

Last year we reported on the launch of Chairish, an awesome new website that connects designer furniture enthusiasts with one another to create a hub for shopping and…

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Artists Transform Disused Bottles into Prophetic Art Works for 'Message in a Bottle' Exhibit

Artists Transform Disused Bottles into Prophetic Art Works for…

“Message in a Bottle” asked 50 artists to use the ancient tradition of throwing a bottle into the sea as inspiration to convey their own messages. Each was asked to recycle a bottle…

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Submit Your Architecture Projects to the 2014 Holcim Awards – $2 Million in Prize Money Awarded!

Submit Your Architecture Projects to the 2014 Holcim Awards – $2…

THE HOLCIM AWARDS IS NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES! Since accepting its first application back in 2005, the Holcim Awards has recognized more that 150 innovative architecture projects from…

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