Entire Village Volunteers to Leave Their Homes So Wildlife Can Flourish

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What once used to be a thriving farming community in India, teeming with people and daily activity, is now something closer to a ghost town, at least when it comes to humans that is. All 200 families that used to live in the village of Ramdegi in central India’s Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve made the decision to give their land back to nature. Part of an ongoing effort by the Indian government to reduce conflict with wildlife, the reserve is now free for a plethora of life to flourish.

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Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health

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There’s a long list of things that will suffer because of extreme climate change – but did you know that your health is one of them? Beyond the extreme environmental ramifications, climate change is set to impact the physical, biological and ecological life support systems on which human health depends. The infographic below outlines the various ways climate change will affect our health, and the ways in which the healthcare system needs to adapt to deal with these effects.

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VIDEO: Google is building a giant bubble in Mountain View!

by , 02/27/15

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Earlier in the week, we brought you news that Heatherwick Studio and BIG are collaborating on the design of Google’s new Mountain View campus. And now, Google has just published a video in which the two architecture stars discuss their plans for the upcoming Googleplex, and give a sneak peek at renderings for and models of what looks to be a stunning biosphere-filled utopia for the Silicon Valley giant.

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Elkebana's fun botanical wall trophies are so much better than dead animal heads

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China announces one-year ban on ivory imports

by , 02/27/15
filed under: Animals, News

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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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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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Five mile Hyperloop test track to be constructed in California

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filed under: Green Transportation, News

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

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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!

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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!

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

by , 02/27/15

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

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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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MAP: Citi Bike reveals new station locations in Williamsburg and Greenpoint

by , 02/27/15
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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North Brooklyn residents who’ve been waiting with bated breath for news about Citi Bike‘s expansion into the area will be pleased to learn that the locations of the planned stations are now available. Published by The Brooklyn Paper today, a new map reveals the forthcoming blue bike pickup points and will help Greenpoint and Williamsburg cyclists locate the stations closest to them.

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Tiny house builder is using Kickstarter to fund her mobile pottery business

Jumping Creek Pottery Tiny House

Kaitlan Murphy is a carpenter and potter based in Revelstoke, BC, Canada. In 2014, she built a tiny house that features an eyebrow dormer and stained glass windows, and painted her company’s name, Jumping Creek Pottery, across its side. This little green home on wheels is Kaitlan’s mobile pottery boutique, where she sells her handmade cups, mugs, bowls, plates, and more. She creates pottery from her hands and her heart, with the goal of reconnecting people with the beauty of food preparation and enjoyment. Eating nourishing food from a hand-turned bowl, or sipping cider from a mug that warms the hands are gorgeous, sacred experiences that are often forgotten in our frenetic, throw-away society. With her current Kickstarter campaign, she’s aiming to raise $25,000 to invest in equipment and streamline her studio, so she can continue to create beauty that she can share with others.

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A massive floating hotel could be coming to NYC

by , 02/27/15
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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New York City’s West Side may soon be getting a massive floating hotel if the folks behind the much-anticipated SuperPier anti-mall have their way. Youngwoo & Associates, the developers of the shipping container megaproject, have hatched a plan with RXR Realty to transform a decommissioned cruise ship into Manhattan’s first permanent hotel at sea. The team was inspired by the Anheuser-Busch “Bud Light” hotel that took over a Norwegian Cruise Line ship during Superbowl XLVIII.

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

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

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…

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Stunning Chinese Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 resembles billowing wheat fields

Stunning Chinese Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 resembles billowing…

Entitled ‘The Land of Hope,’ the project integrates Chinese traditional architecture with modern technologies. Its floating roof was designed as a timber structure that references…

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UNESCO announces winning design for the Bamiyan Cultural Center in Afghanistan

UNESCO announces winning design for the Bamiyan Cultural Center in…

Argentina-based team led by architect Carlos Nahuel Recabarren just won the UNESCO competition to design the Bamiyan Cultural Center in Afghanistan. The proposal, entitled Descriptive…

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

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

Audi has revealed its latest concept car, the Prologue Avant, which is going to debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show. The Prologue Avant concept is the follow up to the two-door…

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House Carrer Migdia is a naturally ventilated daylit home in Barcelona

House Carrer Migdia is a naturally ventilated daylit home in Barcelona

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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