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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

Inhabitat: What did the Research Triangle Foundation hope to achieve when it set out to develop the new RTP master plan? Liz Rooks: Our board recognized that, after fifty years, the way we were doing

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Tiny Cylindrical House in Chiharada Rises Like a Fairytale Tower

Tiny Cylindrical House in Chiharada Rises Like a Fairytale Tower

Since the House in Chiharada was built very close to an existing residence, the designers chose a pure white cylindrical shape to contrast with the existing building's traditional rectilinear form. The

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Western Japan’s Hottest Summer Kills 87 People

Western Japan’s Hottest Summer Kills 87 People

Photo via Shutterstock Locals in western Japan have been suffering their hottest summer to date. From June to August, thermometers consistently hit above average temperatures with a sizzling high of

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GDS Architects Unveils New Jinshui Science Park Concept with Zero Carbon Footprint

GDS Architects Unveils New Jinshui Science Park Concept with Zero Carbon Footprint

In order to reduce energy use the studio has a solution to prevent dependency on air conditioning: the towers will each have a double skin facade of Low-E glass and horizontal sunshades on the inside - to

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2013 INDEX: Award Winners Unveiled! Designs to Improve Life Receive €500,000 Prize

2013 INDEX: Award Winners Unveiled! Designs to Improve Life Receive €500,000 Prize

Smart Highway While car technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past century, roads have remained basically unchanged since the late 1800s. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaard plans to change

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8 Years After Katrina Strikes, the Gulf Coast Shores up for Future Storms

8 Years After Katrina Strikes, the Gulf Coast Shores up for Future Storms

Thursday August 29, 2013 marks the eighth anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina's ripped into Louisiana, devastating the Gulf Coast and killing over 1,800 people. Nearly a decade later, as residents

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10 Brilliant Green ‘Designs to Improve Life’ Shortlisted for the 2013 INDEX: Award!

10 Brilliant Green ‘Designs to Improve Life’ Shortlisted for the 2013 INDEX: Award!

Lepsis Terrarium Grows Edible Grasshopers As the world's population expands and resources for producing food become scarce, the World Health Organization thinks that we could all do with more insects

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Solomon’s Castle: a 12,000-Square-Foot Fort Made From Recycled Materials in the Swamps of Florida

Solomon’s Castle: a 12,000-Square-Foot Fort Made From Recycled Materials in the Swamps of Florida

Artist Howard Solomon has fulfilled every kid’s dream by building himself a castle out of recycled materials! Located in Ona, Florida, this 12,000-square-foot home has it all-a moat, dungeon, gardens,

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Garden Grows on Roof of Chicago Convention Center

Garden Grows on Roof of Chicago Convention Center

Fresh, healthy vegetables and herbs are sprouting in the most unlikely of places -- the rooftop of the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Botanic Garden began planting on

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Shelburne Museum for the Arts Adds a Light-Filled LEED Addition to Its Beautiful Campus

Shelburne Museum for the Arts Adds a Light-Filled LEED Addition to Its Beautiful Campus

The new Pizzagalli Center is set on a lush hill, nestled between a series of historic buildings that flank the museum campus. Adjacent to the front of the glassy structure runs Vermont’s Route 7, a busy

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South Florida Beaches are Running Out of Sand

South Florida Beaches are Running Out of Sand

  Image via Shutterstock. If you were to guess what feature South Florida was desperately lacking, sand would probably not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, the coastline is

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How ‘Soft Infrastructure,’ Like Wetlands and Green Roofs, Could Help Protect NYC from Future Storms

How ‘Soft Infrastructure,’ Like Wetlands and Green Roofs, Could Help Protect NYC from Future Storms

As the climate changes and sea levels rise, cities that were previously thought to be relatively safe are looking more and more vulnerable -- just ask anyone in New York who lived through Hurricane Sandy.

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Global Warming Threats in Just 10 Major Cities Could Cost 9 Percent of the World’s GDP by Mid-Century

Global Warming Threats in Just 10 Major Cities Could Cost 9 Percent of the World’s GDP by Mid-Century

Anton Oparin / Shutterstock.com The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy will ultimately cost billions of dollars to repair, which has researchers wondering what the global cost of climate change could be.

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Architecture for a Change’s Mamelodi Pod is a Self-Sustaining Solution to Shantytowns

Architecture for a Change’s Mamelodi Pod is a Self-Sustaining Solution to Shantytowns

A rapidly increasing portion of South Africa's population lives in shantytowns that lack access to water, electricity and basic plumbing. Mamelodi is one of the oldest townships in Pretoria that was set

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Steel and Bamboo Ring Celestial Bliss in Taiwan Celebrates Nature’s Endless Circle of Life

Steel and Bamboo Ring Celestial Bliss in Taiwan Celebrates Nature’s Endless Circle of Life

The structure is made from reusable steel, which serves as the primary structural system, and bamboo cladding. The inner projection screen was made from recycled materials, while bamboo sections were

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London’s Largest Living Wall Springs to Life in Victoria

London’s Largest Living Wall Springs to Life in Victoria

Rows and rows of ferns, flowers and herbaceous plants are anchored by 16 tons of soil, spanning over 3,700 square feet along the side of the boutique hotel in the Victoria area of London.  Unveiled this

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St. Louis is Building a Lush Public Park Over the Interstate 70 Freeway

St. Louis is Building a Lush Public Park Over the Interstate 70 Freeway

Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Transportation announced plans to install a “Park Over the Highway” in St. Louis, Missouri - and the project just broke ground! An area near the iconic

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Architecture For a Change Completes Tiny Prefab Eco Home in Mamelodi, South Africa

Architecture For a Change Completes Tiny Prefab Eco Home in Mamelodi, South Africa

Architecture For a Change recently completed their second transition housing unit in Mamelodi, Pretoria. The unit's 220 mm masonry walls give it excellent thermal performance, it uses solar energy for

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WXY+West 8 Team Shortlisted for Rebuild by Design Competition Aimed at Designing Resilient Coastal Communities

WXY+West 8 Team Shortlisted for Rebuild by Design Competition Aimed at Designing Resilient Coastal Communities

The WXY + West 8 team has been selected as one of ten teams to be shortlisted for the Rebuild by Design competition, which is centered around building resiliency around US coasts to withstand severe

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Singapore’s River Safari is the World’s First Park to Achieve Green Mark Platinum

Singapore’s River Safari is the World’s First Park to Achieve Green Mark Platinum

River Safari showcases plant and animal life from the Amazon, Mississippi, Congo, Nile, Ganges, Murray, Mekong and Yangtze rivers. The park is divided into four zones, including an elevated bridge that

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Hydro-Flo Permeable Pavers Encourage Water Infiltration Without Gaps

Hydro-Flo Permeable Pavers Encourage Water Infiltration Without Gaps

Hydro-Flo is a permeable paving system that relies on science rather than gaps to encourage water infiltration. Composed of 48% recycled material, the pavers allow water to pass through the surface

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Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

The floating locality of Makoko has around 100,000 habitants, a congregation of fishermen that settled in the area 200 years ago. Dubbed "Africa's Venice," it is situated on a lagoon at the edge of Lagos

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Guardian Angel Kangaroo Saves Lost Boy in Australian Bush

Guardian Angel Kangaroo Saves Lost Boy in Australian Bush

Photo via Shutterstock A kangaroo in Australia has turned out to be one child’s guardian angel. Seven-year-old Simon Kruger wandered away from his family and into the bush of Deep Creek Conservation

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Dancing Towers: SHoP Architects’ New NYC Complex Could Be Storm Resistant

Dancing Towers: SHoP Architects’ New NYC Complex Could Be Storm Resistant

SHoP Architects recently broke ground on their Dancing Towers complex on Manhattan's East Side and we're not surprised to hear that they might be considering adding some storm resistance measures to the

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Caravan Hotel: First Tiny House Hotel in the US Opens in Portland

Caravan Hotel: First Tiny House Hotel in the US Opens in Portland

The adorably-named Rosebud, Pearl and Tandem tiny houses are each fully outfitted with sleeping, living and kitchen areas. The caravan is centered around a common area that includes outdoor and covered

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Rising Sea Levels Could Submerge 1,700 U.S. Cities by 2100

Rising Sea Levels Could Submerge 1,700 U.S. Cities by 2100

Image by Nickolay Lamm A new study released by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany reveals that a temperature increase of only one degree Celsius could cause sea levels

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Naoya Matsumoto’s Yoshi Bar is Made from Hundreds of Locally-Sourced Reeds

Naoya Matsumoto’s Yoshi Bar is Made from Hundreds of Locally-Sourced Reeds

Each year, students at Seian University of Art and Design are challenged to create different projects using locally harvested reeds. The material grows freely around Lake Biwa, making it an easy and

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Colorado State Study Shows Beavers Build Natural Carbon Storage Shelters

Colorado State Study Shows Beavers Build Natural Carbon Storage Shelters

Beaver photo from Shutterstock A team of researchers from Colorado State University has discovered that when it comes to carbon capture and storage, we can learn a lot from nature's best architect -

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Chicago’s Sustainable Backyards Program Helps Citizens Combat Stormwater Runoff and Climate Change at Home

Chicago’s Sustainable Backyards Program Helps Citizens Combat Stormwater Runoff and Climate Change at Home

"Green Your Yard, Green Your Wallet." Sound like a good deal to you? Chicago Sustainable Backyards is betting on it by offering Chicagoans a financial incentive to combat climate change and stormwater

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Arctic Ice Melt is a Ticking Time Bomb That Could Release 50 Gigatons of Methane, Cost the World $70 Trillion

Arctic Ice Melt is a Ticking Time Bomb That Could Release 50 Gigatons of Methane, Cost the World $70 Trillion

Ice Melt photo from Shutterstock Arctic ice is melting at an alarming rate, and a new report by a group of economists and polar scientists published in Nature asserts that the thaw is an economic

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