Henning Larsen's Day Care Center is a Green-Roofed Paradise for Children in Denmark

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Species Are Disappearing 1,000 Times Faster than in Pre-Human Times

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The sixth mass extinction that scientists recently predicted may be upon us faster than previously thought, according to new predictions. A new study, which appeared in the journal Conservation Biology, shows species are disappearing 1,000 times faster than they did in pre-human times – instead of 100 times faster as was previously thought. And that number is expected to increase as time goes on.

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HydroGuard is an Affordable One-Size-Fits-All Flood Barrier That Could Save Homeowners Thousands in Damages

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Whether caused by a natural disaster or a burst pipe, flood damage can be devastating to your home. Unfortunately, many homeowners are ill prepared for rising floodwaters due to the expensive costs of barriers and the hassle of sandbags. That’s why Hannes Floto, a two-time victim of flooding, teamed up with designers to invent HydroGuard, a simple and effective one-time investment designed to keep your home dry in the event of a flood. This reusable and easy-to-install flood barrier can be adjusted to fit any doorframe and uses a secure seal to defend against fast flowing water. The HydroGuard team is currently crowd sourcing funding for their design in an Indiegogo campaign – support it here!

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New Yorkers Transform Parking Spots into Mini Parks for Park(ing) Day 2014!

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Happy Park(ing) Day everyone! Today, people from all five boroughs will be participating in a worldwide celebration of public green space by taking back parking spots and turning them into miniature parks. Inhabitat will be sending our reporters out to see how New Yorkers are decking out their temporary oases so stay tuned, and in the meantime, flip through our gallery to see photos from Park(ing) Days past. And if you have a tip about a can’t-miss Park(ing) spot, please comment below and let us know!

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New York Gets $1.9 Billion in Storm Resiliency Funding from Feds

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New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week that the Empire State will receive $1.9 billion in storm resiliency funding from the federal government as climate change increases extreme weather events such as Superstorm Sandy. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is distributing the funds — with $1.6 billion going to Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) projects,  $212 million to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) and $200 million to the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT).

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Hand-Cut 'Factory Made' Collages Illustrate the Colorful Papermaking Process

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Brooklyn-based artist Michael Hambouz is bringing the unexplored inner workings of a historic paper factory to light with his new large-scale, abstract artwork made –surprise!– of paper. His most recent exhibition, Factory Made, is a series of brightly-colored collages inspired by the arduous process of converting pulp into a beautiful paper product. The pieces are created from a variety of paper stock from the independently-owned, family-run French Paper Company, a 140-year-old American paper mill known for its long history of recycled paper manufacturing.

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Submit Your Ideas to GSA's Shenzhen Urban Design Student Competition for a Piece of the $150,000 Prize

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Calling all master’s students and seniors in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning fields — the Schindler Group has launched an excellent open ideas competition that offers $150,000 in prizes with no registration fee! Based on the concept of “Designing the City as a Resource,” the Global Schindler Award (GSA) seeks urban design proposals to improving mobility infrastructure in Shenzhen, China. An international jury of renowned expert from a variety of fields, including Harvard GSD’s Professor Farshid Moussavi and Kongjian Yu of landscape architecture firm Turenscape, will judge the designs, which can be submitted individually or in teams. Interested participants must register by November 15, 2014.

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VIDEO: How to Find and Cook Delicious Chanterelle Mushrooms in a Forest Near You

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In 1836, Swedish mycologist Elias Fries called the chanterelle “one of the most important and best edible mushrooms.” They are also incredibly nutritious – in addition to containing vitamin C and potassium, chanterelles are among the richest known sources of vitamin D. As ubiquitous as it is delicious, the golden chanterelle occurs all over the globe – from North America to Europe, Asia and Africa. Nevertheless, the meaty, funnel-shaped mushroom has a wild spirit that resists domestication, so if you’d like to savor its distinctive flavor, you’ll probably have to find it yourself – which is part of its wonderful charm! We recently stumbled across some chanterelles while hiking in Yellowwood State Forest just outside of Bloomington, Indiana. We picked a few, sautéed them, and ate them with our camp-cooked pasta, and liked them so much, we went back a couple of days later for more. Watch our video or hit the jump to find out how you can find your own chanterelles, which false species to avoid, and how to cook them up for a special treat you won’t soon forget.

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UN Studio Unveils 35 Vaulted Rail Stations for Qatar's Doha Metro

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Snøhetta's New 'Plus House' in Norway Will Produce Twice The Energy It Uses

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This gorgeous experimental house in Norway can produce twice the energy it consumes! Designed by Snøhetta for the Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings, the building demonstrates the latest sustainable technologies and proves that houses can go beyond their own energy needs to produce additional electricity for the grid.

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Gorgeously Renovated San Francisco Home Combines Sleek Sophistication With the Warmth of Wood

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Massive Red Tide is Devastating the Northeast Gulf of Mexico

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A disturbing menace is invading southwest Florida – and it’s killing kills sea turtles, sharks and fish while threatening the region’s economy. The “red tide” is caused by a bloom of toxic algae called Karenia brevis. It’s present nearly every year off the coast of Florida, but large blooms can be devastating to fishermen and tourism. Right now the algae is collecting in an area 60 miles wide by 100 miles long that stretches from St. Petersburg to Florida’s Big Bend, where the peninsula ends and the Panhandle begins.

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New NASA Tech Lets You Design and Print Your New Martian Home in Just 24 Hours

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The idea of living on Mars is no longer just the stuff of science fiction. In fact, one way or another, humans will likely be hanging out on the red planet within the next few decades. But landing there and living there are two very different propositions because, at current prices, it costs anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 to get one measly kilogram of building material onto Mars. (It’s a good thing that Elon Musk is planning to build a city there, because no one else will be able to afford to.) Fortunately, NASA has a solution – and you can download, print and build your own Martian home in just 24 hours!

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Adaptable House Accommodates Major Life Changes to Dramatically Reduce its Carbon Footprint

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INFOGRAPHIC: You Won't Believe How Many World-Changing Inventions Came From NASA

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Everyone knows NASA put a man on the moon – but did you know that the agency’s R&D has also led to the invention of water filters, memory foam, and the computer mouse? This great new infographic from Great Business Schools highlights just a few of the 1,800 world-changing developments that have been spun out of NASA technology – including cellphone cameras, smoke detectors, life rafts, and firefighter gear. Check out the full infographic after the break!

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Floating River Sauna in Germany Takes Oasis to Another Level

Floating River Sauna in Germany Takes Oasis to Another Level

Depth variations on river Lahn presented a challenging task for the architects. As a solution, the sauna was built as a floating pontoon structure using 20 rectangular floats supported…

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Hike to This Beautiful Rustic Cabin and Take Refuge Deep in the Norwegian Mountains

Hike to This Beautiful Rustic Cabin and Take Refuge Deep in the…

Built to provide shelter to the many hikers that challenge themselves to trek through the beautiful, but harsh mountain trails, Rabothytta is a much welcome site for anyone looking for…

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Canada's Toxic

Canada's Toxic "Dumpcano" Finally Extinguished After Four Months

A dump fire that has been burning for nearly four months in the remote northern Canadian city of Iqaluit has finally been extinguished. The "Dumpcano" as it has been known locally has…

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British Columbia's First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

British Columbia's First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires…

In July 2009, Sandra Burkholder and her family began building an Earthship in Kamloops, BC;  a sustainable house built with used tires and pop cans. Known as the Darfield…

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HUD Launches $1 Billion National Disaster Resilience Competition

HUD Launches $1 Billion National Disaster Resilience Competition

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is partnering again with The Rockefeller Foundation to help communities become more resilient in the face of increasingly…

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