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Seoul Installing Hydro-Powered Smartphone Charging Stations

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The smartphone capital of the world has found an innovative and environmentally-friendly way to charge all those homegrown Samsungs and other mobile devices—Seoul, South Korea, is planning to install five charging stations powered by three mini-hydroelectric turbines embedded in the manmade Cheonggyecheon River that runs through the capital’s downtown.

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The Sochi Winter Village is Now a Ghost Town Just Six Months After the Olympics

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There was a lot of controversy over the Sochi Winter Olympics both before and during the competition, with allegations of corruption, shoddy construction work, and facilities not being ready for the athletes. However six months after the games ended, Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy decided to go explore the Olympic site and found it abandoned and desolate. In his own words, Belenkiy said Sochi was a “ghost town”, and a “huge wasteland that’s abandoned.”

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Le Grand Plateau House Peeks Out Elegantly Over Quebec Lake

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Handcrafted Para Hammock is Made From Over 700 Pieces of Walnut

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Hammocks are usually made for the outdoors, but Los Angeles-based furniture designer Chaffee Graham has created a stylish wooden version that we’re convinced would look just as great as an indoor statement piece. Designed by Graham’s furniture company 4th Period Woodshop, the Para Hammock is handcrafted out of over 700 pieces of walnut. The flexing wooden pieces are connected by paracord and are treated for all weather conditions and for durability.

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Bio-Hotel Ulrichshof's New Luxury Addition is Inspired by Old Bavarian Fairytales

by , 09/01/14
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3XN's Semicircular High Rise Will Bring High Quality Affordable Housing to Denmark

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Billionare Vinod Khosla Battles to Block Public Access to Popular California Beach

by , 09/01/14
filed under: News

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Surfers have been battling with landowners over access to beaches on America’s West Coast for years, but NBC News reports that the highest profile case of the lot to date involves some hard line action from a surprising adversary – billionaire Democrat supporter, Vinad Khosla. Khosla made his fortune by cofounding Sun Microsystems and then poured his money into green energy ventures as well as the coffers of the Democratic Party. He later bought an 89-acre piece of prime real estate on Martin’s Beach, near Half Moon Bay in Northern California – a popular surfing spot to which the property’s previous owners had allowed access. San Mateo County told Khosla he would have to maintain public access to the beach, a dictate that he went to court over and then lost. After allowing access for two years, Khosla decided to go rogue – locking his gate, and adding security guards along with a sign stating “Beach closed, keep out.”

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Victoria One: Melbourne's Tallest Residential Tower Will Feature a Botanic-Like Green Glass Facade

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Innovative Modular Eco Pods Operate Off-Grid in Any Locale

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Parachuting Grilled Cheeses Coming to New York This Week

by , 09/01/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Do grilled cheeses taste better when delivered by parachute? Probably not, but New Yorkers will get to find out this week when Aussie company Jafflechutes brings its air-dropped sammiches to Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The wacky entrepreneurs from Down Under will be dropping their jaffles (if you have no idea what a jaffle is, we explain below) from up above at The Diamond bar some time this week. Cheese bombs away!

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DIY: How to Make Delicious Nutty Coconut Breakfast with Leftover Rice

by , 08/31/14

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You slept through your alarm, the kids are in chaos and the cupboards are bare. What’s a savvy person to do? How about using last night’s leftover rice to make a protein-packed tropical coconut breakfast in just a few minutes. All you need is some coconut milk, nuts, seeds and dried fruits and you are off and running.

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9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

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Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

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World's First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

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Mother of Two Builds Tiny $1,500 Hideaway Amongst the Trees of Tennessee

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ModFruGal isn’t a writer, photographer, or designer, but she is a “gal with a vision who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.” The mother of two built her own modernist treehouse deep in the Tennessee woods. Put together for just $1500, the treehouse features a sliding door to maximize space, a chalkboard wall for the kids to draw on, and a choice of hammocks in which to relax. Regardless of age, it’s the perfect place for anyone to escape it all and reconnect with nature.

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Henrique Oliveira's Powerful Recycled Wood

Henrique Oliveira's Powerful Recycled Wood "Tridimensional" Sculptures…

Initially a painter, Oliveira was inspired by an old wooden fence he saw through his window across the street from his studio in Sao Paulo. The wood was so weathered that it split into…

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The Garden Igloo is a Pop-Up Geodesic Dome Perfect for Any Backyard

The Garden Igloo is a Pop-Up Geodesic Dome Perfect for Any Backyard

Very easy to assemble, the Garden Igloo comes with a step by step instruction guide. In fact, it's so simple to build, one person can do it themselves! The tiny shelter doesn’t need…

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Watch African Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time

Watch African Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time

It is a sad fact and indicator of the inequality of our society that many of those who put in the labor may never taste its fruits. A group of cocoa bean farmers in Africa’s Ivory…

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99-Year Old Lillian Weber is Making a New Dress Every Day for Needy Kids in Africa

99-Year Old Lillian Weber is Making a New Dress Every Day for Needy…

In 2011, Lillian Weber started sewing dresses for the charity Little Dresses for Africa and she has been sewing one every single day since then. It’s all part of the 99-year old's…

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Ingenious Cardboard Packaging Folds to Fit Parcels of Any Shape

Ingenious Cardboard Packaging Folds to Fit Parcels of Any Shape

Excessive packaging is one of our top pet peeves here at Inhabitat, so we were really inspired by this flat cardboard sheet that is capable of conforming to the shape of any object,…

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