Transforming 'Leviathan' Antarctic Research Facility is Out of This World

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A 650-Foot-Long Running Track Tops This Space-Saving Elementary School in China

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TEST DRIVE: 10 Things You Need to Know About Toyota's 2015 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

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For the past 20 years, Toyota has been working on a vehicle that could revolutionize the way we get around. It’s virtually silent, its emissions are so clean you could drink them, and it’s finally ready to hit the streets next year. Meet the 2015 Toyota FCV – the first fuel cell vehicle you’ll actually be able to buy. We recently had a chance to jump behind the wheel and test drive Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell car in San Francisco – read on for our first thoughts and 10 things you need to know about this groundbreaking vehicle.

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Get $10 Off Passes to the First Ever Dwell on Design NY Show with Our Code

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Dwell on Design NY, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, debuts at 82 Mercer in SoHo, NY. Join 5,000 design elite as Dwell upends the standard ‘trade show’ format and creates a unique forum to engage, learn, inspire and connect in new and exciting ways. Inhabitat readers can receive $10 off show passes for the inaugural event by using code DODNY and registering here.

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A Round-Up of ARCHTOBER House Tours You Won't Want to Miss

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Happy first day of fall everyone! You know what that means: sweater weather, pumpkin ale, vibrant foliage, and the best part of all – house tour season. Whether you’re into classic Victorian homes or modern industrial lofts, there are tours to satisfy everyone’s voyeuristic fancies. Check out 6sqft’s roundup of the season’s best ones from openhousenewyork and Dwell on Design to more obscure tours like the ones hosted by the New York Junior League. Plan out your agenda here.

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Costa Mesa Waldorf School is Made From 32 Recycled Shipping Containers

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Waldorf Schools and shipping container buildings are two of our favorite things here at Inhabitat – and this amazing project combines them both! The Waldorf School of Orange County recently unveiled a set of new buildings made from 32 shipping containers. It took 99 days to build the 4 free-standing buildings which provide 10,000 square meters of new classroom space, administrative offices, a science lab, a library, a student lounge and an auditorium.

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Reimagine Mexico City's Old International Airport Grounds in the Eastern Metropolitan Green Lung Competition!

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Foster + Partners recently won a prestigious competition to design Mexico City’s new international airport, but have you ever wondered about the fate of the older and soon-to-be obsolete International Airport Benito Juarez? Arquine International Design and Architecture Magazine launched an international design competition to answer this very question. Titled the Eastern Metropolitan Green Lung Competition, this contest seeks innovative proposals that explore how the centrally located 746-acre space can be transformed into a green urban zone and economic catalyst for the city. The competition is open to architects and architecture students all over the world. Registration opens October 1, 2014 and ends February 17, 2015. A total of $190,000 MXN in prize money will be divided amongst the top three winners.

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ARCHTOBER: Brace Yourselves for a Month-Long Celebration of New York Architecture and Design

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NYC’s fourth annual celebration of architecture and design starts tomorrow! Rechristening the tenth month of the year as Archtober, it will be a month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions all over New York City. The event will feature more than 150 curated programs by 50-plus participating groups, from the Guggenheim to the Center for Architecture, so don’t miss it!

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VIDEO: Behold! The World's Smartest Pizza Box

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Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

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Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH 'L-Zero' Maglev Train

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Japan invented high-speed rail (HSR) in 1964 with the Shinkansen bullet train – and now The Land of the Rising Sun is leading the way towards the next generation of fast trains with the first public test of its new magnetic levitation train! Whereas traditional HSR trains run on conventional tracks, limiting top speeds to around 200 mph, the new maglev train can hit 311 mph using “L-Zero” technology – and it can zip passengers from Tokyo to Nagoya in 40 minutes flat. The system is expected to be operational by 2027.

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North America’s Largest Green Wall is Now Complete in Vancouver

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Vancouver-based design firm Green over Grey just completed work on North America’s largest green wall. Located in Surrey, British Columbia, this 10,150-square-foot double-sided green wall comprises 50,000 individual plants, most of which are native to British Columbia. The award-winning “Mountains & Trees, Waves & Pebbles” living wall project is fully hydroponic and created with 100 percent synthetic recycled materials.

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How Monsanto is Turning an Island Paradise Into a GMO Wasteland

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Monsanto is conquering one of the world’s most stunning utopias – and it’s happening right under our noses. The company is turning the picturesque island of Molokai into a GMO laboratory, and it’s treating the island’s inhabitants as lab rats. The biotech behemoth arrived on Molokai with big promises of delivering jobs, however local islanders have been exposed to a constant dosing of harmful toxins in the air and groundwater, with no end in sight.

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At Least 36 Feared Dead Due to Japan's Mount Ontake Eruption

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At least 36 people are now feared dead in the aftermath of Saturday’s Mount Ontake volcanic eruption in Japan. Toxic gases are still spewing from the volcano, causing search and rescue efforts to be suspended. Twelve bodies have been reported recovered so far. The volcano erupted, seemingly without warning, shortly before midday local time on Saturday 27 September, 2014. Around 250 people were believed to be hiking on the mountain at the time of the eruption.

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Gorgeous Timber Cultural Institute Modeled After Cree Longhouses in Quebec

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Beehive-Controlled LED Lights Will Illuminate the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015

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The team designed a proposal that aims to bring visitors closer to the British landscape and emphasize the pressing issue of dying honeybee populations. Besides Nottingham-based artist…

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President Obama Just Created the World's Largest Marine Reserve

President Obama Just Created the World's Largest Marine Reserve

Last week President Obama signed a proclamation to expand the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument by six times its previous size. The Monument…

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The Netherlands Says

The Netherlands Says "No" to Monsanto, Bans RoundUp Herbicide

The Netherlands is the latest country, after Russia, Tasmania and Mexico, to say no to Monsanto. Starting at the end of 2015, the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides to private…

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Man Arrested Attempting to Cross the Border with 51 Turtles Stuffed in His Pants

Man Arrested Attempting to Cross the Border with 51 Turtles Stuffed in…

Is that a turtle in your pants or are you just happy to see me? Canadian Kai Xu was caught last month while attempting to smuggle 51 turtles across the border by stuffing and taping the…

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Eerie Photo Landscapes by Lori Nix Warn of an Apocalypytic Future

Eerie Photo Landscapes by Lori Nix Warn of an Apocalypytic Future

  Lori Nix's evocative photographs of decaying power plants, flooded towns, falling Zeppelins and dead livestock, are both eerily familiar and weirdly surreal. Her…

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