Japan's March 11th magnitude 9 Tohoku Earthquake -- which caused a tidal wave and the ensuing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster -- was one of the most powerful ever recorded and just happened
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News that the Harmon Hotel, designed by Foster + Partners, is likely to collapse in an earthquake has sent ripples through the architecture and construction industries. Featuring a not-so-eco friendly
Pescomaggiore village, which was destroyed by the earthquake that hit the mountain region of L’Aquila in central Italy on Apr. 6, 2009, is now being rebuilt by its 40-odd inhabitants with straw and
A group led by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects -- who designed the Bayside Marina Hotel we featured not long ago -- has formed the Ex-Container Project with the intention of using shipping containers as
A Japanese highway demolished by the earthquake was as good as new after only six days of repair.
With thousands of Japanese displaced due to last week's earthquake and ensuing tsunami, many are currently forced to make homes in local shelters lacking the comfort of even just a little bit of privacy.
Car dealers across the United States are facing a shortfall of Japanese fuel-efficient cars as rising gas prices and uncertainty about new shipments coming in from Japan have increased demand. Toyota and
While the Japanese tsunami has reignited the concerns over nuclear power, one thing is clear - the rules governing the location of their construction are sure to change. One would argue that the
Japan is no stranger to earthquakes, but this morning's incident was nothing like the country had ever seen before. Registering at a record breaking magnitude 8.9, the earthquake even triggered a
The 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan on Friday, March 11, caused massive damage and destruction, including the failure of a nuclear power plant cooling system.
We're pretty impressed with Google this morning. In the wake of the horrendous earthquake and ensuing tsunami that hit Japan earlier today, the search engine could be sitting around working on their
Early in July, Reynolds, two builders and a cameraman journeyed to Haiti to do research and see what could be done. They ended up building a whole house with the help of 40 locals, ranging in age from
If you've purchased a laptop over the past few years it's very likely to contain a device called an accelerometer -- a sensor that can save your hard drive by registering if you've dropped your precious
This year we witnessed the extraordinary danger of mixing buildings with earthquakes, particularly in poor regions -- fortunately, a group called PAKSBAB is finding solutions. Pakistan Straw Bale and
In light of the world's recent earthquakes, finding a quake-proof building material is a top priority. A group of Japanese researchers are answering the call. They've developed a super elastic iron alloy
The US Geological Survey has said that California has a 99.7% chance of having a magnitude 6.7 earthquake -- or bigger -- in the next three decades. University of California, Berkeley Professor and former
At a time when earthquakes dominate the headlines, we think it's more important than ever to highlight architecture that keeps potential quakes in mind. So it goes with OFIS Architecture's All-Seasons
Photo via Inquisitr In addition to causing widespread death and destruction, last week's devastating earthquake in Chile may have shifted the Earth's axis permanently and created shorter days,
This past Saturday, the world awoke to yet another horrific natural disaster, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake right off the coast of Chile near Concepcion. It's only been 2 days since the deadly quake and the
Looking for friends and relatives who were affected by the recent 8.8 magnitude mega-quake in Chile? Google can help. The Internet search giant launched its Person Finder for the Chile earthquake over the
Istanbul's brand new Sabiha Gökçen International Airport airport terminal opened on October 31st of this year and is now the world's largest earthquake-proof building. Named after the world's first
If you're in search of a home that can withstand even the most powerful natural disasters, the solution might reside in the nearest tree. A team of researchers from five universities are currently working
We all know that invisibility cloaks can protect Harry Potter from Filch and his cat Mrs. Norris, but now physicists in France and the UK say they may be used to hide buildings from the devastating
Want to help protect your national parks from toxic fracking activities? There’s an opportunity to do so right from your computer screen. Left Action aims to keep the oil and gas industry out of U.S.
The modular shipping container block structures were designed by QED Property in collaboration with WCEC Architecture and are located in a former scrap metal yard, referred to as Richardson's Yard. Set
The fantastic Project EGG was made possible thanks to a few 3D printing machines, an enthusiastic community and the great collaborative idea behind it. Inspired by the fact that "most large things are
Italy's WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) aims to help the world's impoverished by 3D-printing sustainable dwellings using all natural materials. Unveiled at the Maker Faire Rome, the portable 3D
The old San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, deemed earthquake unsafe a few years ago, is being torn down piece-by-piece after its replacement was completed nearby. But rather than sending all of the
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