Old Japan meets modern office design in this 100-year-old abandoned farmhouse in Japan

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Gorgeous tiny home on wheels blends midcentury and boho style in Austin

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A $579 million hurricane levee could be coming to Staten Island

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As sea levels continue to rise and climate change threatens to spank the northeast with future storms, urban planners in the area have been struggling to find ways to keep the water quite literally at bay. Staten Island was one of the places hit worst by Hurricane Sandy, and now it’s possible that a $579 million levee could be built in the borough to protect residents from flooding during future storms. But will the proposed 20-foot-high wall be enough to ward off surging stormwaters?

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World’s first mega-robot duel pits Team USA against Team Japan

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Zaha Hadid unveils temporary silver art tunnel near her in-progress High Line condos

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Zaha Hadid’s futuristic, High Line-flanking condos are still under construction, but it looks like the Iraq-born architect wanted to give people something to look at in the mean time. She debuted a temporary installation, composed of a curving metal frame covered with a silver metallic fabric, at the site last week as a piece of art that visitors can actually walk through and under like an open air tunnel. The sculpture, called Allonge, mimics the shape of the nearby building at 520 West 28th Street, offering up a celebratory preview of the work in progress.

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Number of plague cases on the rise this year in the United States

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Almost seven centuries after the Black Death struck Europe, the plague is still lurking. This summer, there have been eleven confirmed infections by Yersinia pestis, the scientific name for the bacteria responsible for bubonic plague, and three of these infections have been fatal. Although it may seem strange, plague is a naturally occurring phenomenon that is particularly centered in the American West, and though reports are rare, it is normal to have a few cases every year. This year, there have been 11 cases since April, which is an increase over the typical number, prompting the CDC to issue a statement asking people to be aware. 

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California is sinking 2 inches a month because of drought-driven groundwater pumping

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Scientists have known California is sinking for years, but new data from NASA show the state is subsiding even faster than previously thought due to relentless pumping of groundwater – largely for agricultural purposes. According to LiveScience, NASA officials say some parts of the state are dropping at a rate of more than 2 inches per month due to groundwater extraction, and if the trend continues, the land could permanently lose its capacity for storing water underground.

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INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of 'Urgent Architecture'

When Inhabitat design writer,  Bridgette Meinhold, heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start investigating different options for temporary shelters and disaster relief housing. This exploration gradually broadened to a larger focus on design for disaster-preparedness; seeking out what type of shelters can best withstand earthquakes, hurricanes, rising sea levels and tornados. Now I’m thrilled to say that after years of research, Bridgette has just published an incredible new book entitled Urgent Architecture: 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World. Urgent Architecture showcases inspiring and innovative ideas for resilient design – design that will withstand the test of time – surviving climate change, rising sea levels, manmade and natural disasters. I recently had a chance to interview Bridgette about her new book at Inhabitat HQ in NYC, and she gave me some fascinating insight into her inspiration for the book, the impact climate change will have on future housing and what she believes is necessary to create a more sustainable and responsive built landscape. Watch the video above for the interview, and if you want to learn more, you can get your own copy of Urgent Architecture here.

A full transcript of the interview with pics is available after the jump.

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New study finds horse and beaver in specialty ground meats

by , 08/25/15
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A new study on ground meats sold in the United States has revealed that more than a whopping twenty percent are mislabeled. Chapman University’s Food Science Program put commercial ground meat like bison and lamb to the test in two separate studies that revealed surprising results. Some ground meats were mislabeled, and other specialty meats included horse meat – which is illegal in the commercial market in the U.S. – beaver meat and other unusual species, raising ethical and health concerns.

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This all-electric personal submarine can dive up to 400 feet

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Olafur Eliasson's ship-inspired circle bridge opens in Copenhagen

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New hydrogen cellphone battery can power an iPhone for a week

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Smartphones are life-changing, but their tendency to lose juice so fast is infuriating. Intelligent Energy’s hydrogen fuel cell charger answers the prayers of frustrated smartphone users everywhere. The new device can keep an iPhone charged for up to seven days. By shrinking technology used to fuel eco-friendly cars, the company has created a pocket-size prototype that can fit inside an iPhone 6.

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Foster + Partners and Nissan are developing the electric vehicle charging station of the future

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Foster + Partners, just announced an exciting new project with car manufacturer Nissan. The two companies will partner to develop and design what they are calling the Fuel Station of the Future. Nissan has been established as a leader in the electric vehicle field, and Foster + Partners is world-renowned for its bold and innovative designs. Together, the two brands will rethink the concept of a fuel station in a world with an ever-increasing number vehicles that run on electricity instead of gasoline.

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Abandoned brick building renovated into 'house within a house' children’s center

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MIT's groundbreaking MultiFab 3D printer can print with 10 materials simultaneously

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3D-printing took a giant leap forward this week when an MIT research team announced they have developed a low-cost 3D printer that can use up to 10 different materials for one project. The innovation comes out of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and they are calling it “MultiFab” for its ability to handle so many different types of material at the same time. This approach, which also includes vision assistance, can potentially save users time, energy and money. Some users of 3D-printing technology can pick one of two of those, but all three in the same machine is unprecedented at this level.

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India's high-flying Hornbill House is a treetop paradise built with stone and mud

India's high-flying Hornbill House is a treetop paradise built with…

Hidden deep into the forests of southern India, this renovated bungalow provides an ideal quiet space for those looking to escape the city and enjoy nature. Called Hornbill house, the…

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This solar and wind-powered autonomous vehicle is out to unlock the secrets of the Celtic Sea

This solar and wind-powered autonomous vehicle is out to unlock the…

The Celtic Sea, located off the south coast of Ireland, is a curious place; home to common dolphins, harbor porpoises, fin whales and a surprising number of marine predators, it has yet…

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A new kind of glass could create next-gen OLEDs and solar cells

A new kind of glass could create next-gen OLEDs and solar cells

For a long time, one of the key defining factors of glasses has been their molecular randomness; but when a team at the University of Chicago, led by Professor Juan de Pablo, were…

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INFOGRAPHIC: 5 water purification solutions for developing countries

INFOGRAPHIC: 5 water purification solutions for developing countries

Did you know that improving water sanitation levels could prevent 10 percent of the global disease burden? Billions of people around the world lack access to clean water and are at risk…

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

Inhabitat: When did it first occur to you to use an old airplane to create parts of the house? David: I have been interested in what we Take, Make and Waste, from our society's waste…

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