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Leandro Erlich Unveils Gravity-Defying Floating Room in France!

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Five mile Hyperloop test track to be constructed in California

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filed under: Green Transportation, News

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Just two years ago, Elon Musk proposed a new 700mph mass transit solution called the Hyperloop, and now it has taken a big step closer to becoming a reality. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a company inspired by Musk’s idea has just signed a deal to build a five mile test track in central California. The track will be built at a cost of $100 million, and is expected to be operational in 2019.

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Entire village volunteers to leave their homes so wildlife can flourish

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What once used to be a thriving farming community in India, teeming with people and daily activity, is now something closer to a ghost town, at least when it comes to humans that is. All 200 families that used to live in the village of Ramdegi in central India’s Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve made the decision to give their land back to nature. Part of an ongoing effort by the Indian government to reduce conflict with wildlife, the reserve is now free for a plethora of life to flourish.

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Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health

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There’s a long list of things that will suffer because of extreme climate change – but did you know that your health is one of them? Beyond the extreme environmental ramifications, climate change is set to impact the physical, biological and ecological life support systems on which human health depends. The infographic below outlines the various ways climate change will affect our health, and the ways in which the healthcare system needs to adapt to deal with these effects.

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What happened to Architecture For Humanity?

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Nonprofit architecture firm Architecture for Humanity rallied the world around the cause of humanitarian design, inspiring designers and idealists everywhere with the idea that design can make a difference in improving people’s lives. That’s why, when AFH announced their closure several weeks ago, there was a collective gasp heard round the world – followed by tears and much water-cooler speculation about the question on everyone’s mind: “WHY?”

Architecture for Humanity, one of the foremost humanitarian building initiatives in history, shut down operations on January 1st, 2015. Despite the significant public funding and grants that it received over the past 15 years, the company was forced to file for bankruptcy and cited “serious funding challenges” as the reason. So, what happened?

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HWKN unveils designs for University of Pennsylvania’s bold Pennovation Center

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LAST CHANCE: Win a DIY Feng Shui prize pack for Chinese New Year!

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The Chinese Lunar New Year has just begun, and according to Feng Shui principles, now is the time to get your home in order for 2015. During this time of renewal, we can think of no better way to start a new year than to clear the clutter and create a more holistic space. If you’re feeling completely clueless about how Feng Shui works, we’ve got good news for you! Thanks to our good friend, architect and Feng Shui practitioner Anjie Cho, you can learn how to Feng Shui your home the easy way—we’re giving away a signed copy of Anjie’s newly released book, 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces to 9 lucky winners, and one very special grand prize winner will receive a signed copy of the book in addition to a $108 gift certificate to Anjie’s Holistic Spaces Online Store, a 2015 Feng Shui Charm Keychain for Protection & Luck, and a Natural Crystal Bagua Set. Find out how to win this lucky prize pack below!

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1. SIGN UP FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER HERE > We’ll be announcing the winners in our weekly newsletter, so if you want to find out who won, you’ll need to receive it!

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us why you’re interested in Feng Shui and how you feel it might improve your living space. The deadline for this giveaway is today, Friday, February 27th at 11:59PM. We’ll pick the comments we like best and announce the winners in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

DEADLINE IS TODAY, FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27th at 11:59PM

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Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations

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Installing solar panels on your home just makes sense; they turn empty space into green power. One thing stopping some from taking the plunge could be the cost of installing a system, but Google can help. The search engine giant recently announced big plans to help make solar much more affordable by increasing its investment in SolarCity’s residential solar power model by $300 million. The move will create a new fund worth a total of $750 million that will help install distributed solar power on homes across the nation.

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Bulgaria's National Museum complex fuses sustainable design with historic architecture

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MAP: Citi Bike reveals new station locations in Williamsburg and Greenpoint

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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North Brooklyn residents who’ve been waiting with bated breath for news about Citi Bike‘s expansion into the area will be pleased to learn that the locations of the planned stations are now available. Published by The Brooklyn Paper today, a new map reveals the forthcoming blue bike pickup points and will help Greenpoint and Williamsburg cyclists locate the stations closest to them.

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Tiny house builder is using Kickstarter to fund her mobile pottery business

Jumping Creek Pottery Tiny House

Kaitlan Murphy is a carpenter and potter based in Revelstoke, BC, Canada. In 2014, she built a tiny house that features an eyebrow dormer and stained glass windows, and painted her company’s name, Jumping Creek Pottery, across its side. This little green home on wheels is Kaitlan’s mobile pottery boutique, where she sells her handmade cups, mugs, bowls, plates, and more. She creates pottery from her hands and her heart, with the goal of reconnecting people with the beauty of food preparation and enjoyment. Eating nourishing food from a hand-turned bowl, or sipping cider from a mug that warms the hands are gorgeous, sacred experiences that are often forgotten in our frenetic, throw-away society. With her current Kickstarter campaign, she’s aiming to raise $25,000 to invest in equipment and streamline her studio, so she can continue to create beauty that she can share with others.

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Stunning Chinese Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 resembles billowing wheat fields

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UNESCO announces winning design for the Bamiyan Cultural Center in Afghanistan

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Audi Prologue Avant concept is a sexy plug-in hybrid wagon

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Audi just unveiled its latest concept car, the Prologue Avant – and it’s one sweet ride. The wagon, which debuts next week at the annual Geneva Motor Show, is a sleek plug-in hybrid, and it’s a far cry from your mama’s grocery getter. This concept vehicle follows the two-door Prologue concept that debuted at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, and is a preview of the styling that we can expect to see in Audi’s future lineup.

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House Carrer Migdia is a naturally-ventilated daylit home in Barcelona

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Le 2 Workshop’s Third House From The Sun is a passive minimalist dwelling in Poland

Le 2 Workshop’s Third House From The Sun is a passive minimalist…

The clients desired an eco-friendly home filled with natural daylight and a sense of spaciousness. As a result, the architects studied the sun’s path to create a design that optimized…

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Greenery-like sculptures bring life to a dreary intersection in Gowanus, Brooklyn

Greenery-like sculptures bring life to a dreary intersection in…

Greenery was just unveiled this week and will be on view until January 2016. Its playful depiction of lush flora is represented by six brightly-colored, cartoon-like plants.…

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BIG and Heatherwick Studio to design Google's new Mountain View HQ

BIG and Heatherwick Studio to design Google's new Mountain View HQ

Heatherwick Studio and the Bjark Ingels Group have confirmed that the two firms are set to collaborate on Google's new headquarters. Little is known about the new Googleplex campus,…

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Funky LED lamp transforms to illuminate the room and spark conversation

Funky LED lamp transforms to illuminate the room and spark…

Do you remember the Rubik’s snake? It was a fun, twisty toy made of wedges on spring bolts. You could twist the toy into a thousand configurations, but never separate them. Oikimus…

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Rhijnspoor Building earns highest BREEAM award for an educational building in the Netherlands

Rhijnspoor Building earns highest BREEAM award for an educational…

The Team RSG-designed Rhijnspoor Building in Amsterdam has been awarded a BREEAM certificate of excellence with 4 stars, the highest score ever given to an educational building in the…

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