8.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Northern Coast of Chile

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An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck near the coast of Chile last night, triggering multiple aftershocks and a six-foot tsunami. The earthquake hit just 50 miles southwest of Cuya, Chile at 6.2 miles deep in the Pacific Ocean. The shaking was so strong that it was felt 300 miles away in Bolivia, and aftershocks measured up to 6.2 in magnitude, wiping out power in the city and damaging buildings. Five people have been reported dead, according to CNN.

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6 Awesome Repurposed Silos From Around the World

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Some of the most beautiful designs we’ve seen over the years include stunning renovations of decommissioned industrial buildings. The most successful among these manage to keep the patina and grungy feel of the buildings’ former functions while infusing them with up-to-date design trends. The practice of repurposing silos, whose verticality offers architects a chance to create unique, otherworldly spaces, breathes new life into these aging behemoths and gives designers the opportunity to be playful. Hit the jump to see six of our favorite repurposed silos around the world.

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Will the IPCC Report Convince Climate Deniers to Take Action?

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Unlike previous reports warning of impending doom as a result of climate change, the recent Union Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warning that global warming is here now and will get worse with nobody spared has actually garnered quite a bit of press attention. But does the increased attention actually make a difference in promoting action or could the simple act of presenting scientific evidence of climate change actually reinforce those already predisposed to climate change denial?

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Winners of 2nd Annual Architizer A+ Awards Announced

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Winners of the second Annual Architizer A+Awards have been announced and the shortlist of 129 projects includes works by Zaha Hadid Architects, Studio Fuksas, SOM and BIG. The awarded designs in over 60 categories will be celebrated at a red carpet ceremony at Highline Stages in New York on May 15, 2014.

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Festo's DualWingGenerator Catches the Wind Like Flapping Bird Wings

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Windmills offer a great way to harness renewable energy, and they’ve been around for almost two centuries – but who says that’s the only way you can catch the wind? Festo, a supplier of automation technology, is trying to shake things up with a new type of wind harvesting technology called the DualWingGenerator that replaces rotor blades with bird-like wings.

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Young Architect Builds Awesome Green Retirement Home for Her Mum in Uruguay

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Rama Llama - the World's First Genuinely Sustainable Sleeping Bag!

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Deneb Outdoors has created a high performance sleeping bag made from Llama wool. Yes, Llama! Because of the Llama fibers’ hollow construction, it acts like a straw pulling any water away from the body, leaving the skin dry and warm. The hollow technology also regulates body temperature better than any other insulation on the market. It adjusts to your body temperature within a 50 degree comfort range, so no matter how cold or hot it gets, you’ll always be comfortable. he Rama Llama is hypoallergenic, wonderfully compressible and the world’s first sustainable sleeping bag. Learn more about Rama Llama on Deneb’s Kickstarter page.

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Honeycomb 'Wind Lens' Turbines Could Boost Energy Generation 3X

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Forget about traditional tri-blade wind turbines — the ultra-efficient turbine of the future might look completely different if Kyushu University professor Yuji Ohya has anything to say about it. Ohya and his team recently unveiled the Wind Lens, a honeycomb-like structure that purportedly triples the amount of wind energy that can be produced by offshore turbines.

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Shipping Container Crowds a Tiny Room to Critique the Industrial Age

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Artist Jorge Macchi criticizes global trade and industrialism with this intriguing shipping container art installation. Previously on display at Mamba in Buenos Aires, the ‘Container’ is placed diagonally across an interior space. But the container is too big for the room, which feels claustrophobic as a result. Wedged precariously between the floor, ceiling, and walls, the installation creates a sense of unease in visitors. While perhaps better used in its original form, the repurposed structure brings up interesting questions about the state of our planet.

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INHABITAT EVENT: Join Us for a Panel Discussion on “How to Green Your Child’s Education”

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Reading, writing and ‘rithmetic may have sufficed in the past, but nowadays there are many more factors – like health and and environmental awareness – that come into play in a child’s education. If you’re interested in learning more about these topics, Inhabitat’s founder and editor-in-chief Jill Fehrenbacher will be moderating a panel discussion entitled “How to Green Your Child’s Education” on April 26th in NYC. Click here to find out more about the talk and see how you can win tickets to be a part of the audience!

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Piuarch's FlyingGarden Installation for Milan Features Mossy Japanese Kokedamas

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Italians Piuarch and Cornelius Gavril are planing to fill a whole gallery space with suspended Japanese-style kokedamas. Made with moss as plant containers and designed for the upcoming Fuorisalone, the FlyingGarden installation will feature 150 different plants, including aromatic herbs, vegetables and flowers that bring a fresh aesthetic into work environments.

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Honduran Palm Oil Cooperative Named World's Most Sustainable by Rainforest Alliance

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Palm oil plantations are destroying animal habitats, threatening forest peoples, and ravaging rainforests in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea. However it doesn’t have to be that way – Hondupalma just became the world’s most sustainable palm oil plantation thanks to a certification from the Rainforest Alliance. The 9,500-hectare plantation invested two years and a total of $2.5 million to achieve the certification, and as a result there have been significant economic, social, and environmental benefits across the entire community.

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LOT-EK Wins Fashion Institute of Technology's 2014 Lawrence Israel Prize

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Architecture studio LOT-EK’s founding partners Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano were recently named the winners of the annual Lawrence Israel Prize by the Interior Design department at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). The firm, which is an Inhabitat favorite for their innovative shipping container architecture, was praised by the jury as a “keen role model for all students of design, particularly the students at FIT.” To celebrate the award, Tolla and Lignano will discuss their work in a free and public talk titled “O+O (Objects and Operations)” on Tuesday, April 22 at 6PM at the Katie Murphy Amphitheater at FIT.

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Leafy Concept Fashion Store by King George Gives Belgians a Glimpse of their Horticultural Heritage

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Mayor de Blasio Appoints Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding Leadership Team

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NYC residents who were affected by Hurricane Sandy are getting an extra helping hand as the city plans to reallocate $100 million in funding towards rebuilding homes destroyed in the storm. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new rebuilding leadership team that will help get homeowners the funds they need faster by cutting through the administrative red tape. At a news conference in Rockaway Park, Queens, the mayor, alongside Senator Chuck Schumer, appointed three new city officials to a senior leadership team that will oversee and execute the city’s Superstorm Sandy recovery and rebuilding efforts.

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UK Student Builds Surprisingly Sturdy Stools With Bacteria, Sand and Pee

UK Student Builds Surprisingly Sturdy Stools With Bacteria, Sand and…

Edinburgh College of Art student Peter Trimble has built a ready-made machine for making compostable furniture. Called Dupe, the machine converts sand, urine and bacteria into a new…

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Have Your Broken Stuff Fixed at the Pop-Up Repair Shop!

Have Your Broken Stuff Fixed at the Pop-Up Repair Shop!

Stop! Before you throw out that busted lamp or that broken paper shredder, bring them over to the Pop-Up Repair shop for a chance to get them working like brand new. The roving repair…

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night at the Space-Age LEED Gold Yotel in Times Square

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night at the Space-Age LEED Gold Yotel in…

Guests are greeted by Yotel’s famous luggage-toting robot at the Tenth Avenue entrance, which uses its 20-foot arm to safely stores suitcases and bags. Automatic check-in kiosks also…

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Adam Richards Architects' Beautiful Ditchling Museum Contains a Spectacular Cabinet of Curiosities

Adam Richards Architects' Beautiful Ditchling Museum Contains a…

Adam Richards Architects' Ditchling Museum renovation is shaped like a small, dark chapel. The building's form was inspired by the rural buildings that surround it - however it stands…

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Eat Inside of a Swimming Pool at this Rooftop Pool Farm in Manhattan

Eat Inside of a Swimming Pool at this Rooftop Pool Farm in Manhattan

New York City's Ink48 Hotel has taken poolside dining one step further by letting customers enjoy their meals inside of a repurposed pool. Called Pool Farm, the unique culinary…

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