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INTERVIEW: Takaharu Tezuka Incorporates Nature and Function in Architecture

INTERVIEW: Takaharu Tezuka Incorporates Nature and Function in Architecture

Westerners often look on in bewilderment at Japanese architectural design. The West is more accustomed to the idea that worth runs parallel to pageantry and plethora, to the point where it is assumed that

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BIG’s Hualien Residences Look Like Gigantic Green-Roofed Mountains

BIG’s Hualien Residences Look Like Gigantic Green-Roofed Mountains

The development is located on the eastern coast of Taiwan, which has recently seen a dramatic outflux of young people going to larger urban centers in search of better jobs. The area has since seen a

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Buy a Stylish Peace Bicycle and You’ll Also Donate Towards Buying a Bike to A Child in Need

Buy a Stylish Peace Bicycle and You’ll Also Donate Towards Buying a Bike to A Child in Need

In the United States cycling is often perceived as a leisure activity for kids or a highly competitive sport, but things are much different abroad. Everyone rides bikes in cities like Copenhagen and

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Chinese Developer Attempts to Copy Colonial Williamsburg, VA, Replicates Hipster Williamsburg, Brooklyn Instead

Chinese Developer Attempts to Copy Colonial Williamsburg, VA, Replicates Hipster Williamsburg, Brooklyn Instead

China's copycat architecture trend has been well documented - so far the nation has built full-scale replicas of the Eiffel Tower, the canals of Venice, and even an entire Austrian village. However when

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Atelier SAD’s Modular Port X Home Can Pop Up on Land or Water!

Atelier SAD’s Modular Port X Home Can Pop Up on Land or Water!

The Port X features a flexible design that can be extended or reduced to provide the perfect amount of space for its owners. The home's curvilinear C-shaped sections are made up of wood and laminate, and

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Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Given its versatile and affordable design, the Soleta zeroEnergy One can be used as a tiny home, an office, or as a vacation home. It is constructed of all natural materials sourced locally, including

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10 Reasons to Quit Coffee and Drink LSD

10 Reasons to Quit Coffee and Drink LSD

Sydney and Melbourne are home to some of the greatest coffee shops and biggest coffee snobs in the world. Coffee is a cult in Australia, but as with any addiction, there are side effects. Perhaps that

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10 Incredible Designs by 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

10 Incredible Designs by 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand Shigeru Ban designed, pro-bono, this stunning temporary Cardboard Cathedral for Christchurch following a devastating earthquake in 2011. Built with his

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Stylish Leaos Carbon e-Bike Can Travel for 2.5 Hours on a Single Charge

Stylish Leaos Carbon e-Bike Can Travel for 2.5 Hours on a Single Charge

After making appearances throughout Europe, the Leaos pedal-assist electric bike is finally coming to the U.S. The futuristic bike features state-of-the art technology such as sensors and Supernova LED

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MVRDV Breaks Ground on Ambitious Cheung Fai Building Transformation in Hong Kong

MVRDV Breaks Ground on Ambitious Cheung Fai Building Transformation in Hong Kong

MVRDV has broken ground on an ambitious urban conversion project in Hong Kong's newly-designated business center, East Kowloon. The revitalization strategy's first step includes transforming former

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Fantastic Plastic ‘House with Big Window’ is Extremely Energy Efficient

Fantastic Plastic ‘House with Big Window’ is Extremely Energy Efficient

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this 19th century home has recently undergone through a massive renovation. The Turin-based architects stripped away the aged building materials and replaced them with

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INTERVIEW: We Talk Hemp with South African Materials Expert Tony Budden

INTERVIEW: We Talk Hemp with South African Materials Expert Tony Budden

INHABITAT: Tony, our recent story about your Hemp House in South Africa spurred a lot of interesting discussion. Can you briefly tell us how you initially became interested in hemp as a building

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Tiny Bamboo Shelters in Abandoned Factories May Provide Relief to Homeless in Hong Kong

Tiny Bamboo Shelters in Abandoned Factories May Provide Relief to Homeless in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has earned the dubious distinction of being the world's most unaffordable major city, in large part due to its housing shortage. AFFECT-T's Bamboo Micro-housing project proposes an inexpensive

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VIDEO: Olafur Eliasson’s Solar “Little Sun” LED Lamp Lights Up Lives Around the World

VIDEO: Olafur Eliasson’s Solar “Little Sun” LED Lamp Lights Up Lives Around the World

Artist Olafur Eliasson explores the importance of turning artistic potential into environmental action in this inspiring new video created by VICE for The Creators Project. Eliasson discusses his Little

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OMA New York Selected to Build Residential Skyscraper in San Francisco

OMA New York Selected to Build Residential Skyscraper in San Francisco

OMA New York is teaming up with developer Related California to design a 550-foot residential tower in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco. Located on a city-owned plot on Folsom Street between First

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This Recyclable Cardboard Standing Desk Costs Just $65

This Recyclable Cardboard Standing Desk Costs Just $65

Instead of paying upwards of $500 for a standing desk, it might be time to consider a more affordable, and eco-friendly version that costs just $65. The Cardboard Standing Desk from Chairigami doesn't

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6 Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Built for $20K or Less!

6 Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Built for $20K or Less!

Tiny House Family In most traditional homes, we end up paying for space we don't really use. Sure a guest bedroom, office, den, and two car garage sound great, but is it really worth the three times a

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Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

In developing countries that lack electricity or the funds to buy expensive machines, taking care of laundry the old-fashioned way requires an enormous amount of time and effort.  That's why Alex Cabunoc

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Self-Cleaning ‘Cyclean’ Handle Could Drastically Reduce the Ick Factor of Public Trains and Buses

Self-Cleaning ‘Cyclean’ Handle Could Drastically Reduce the Ick Factor of Public Trains and Buses

Throngs of people use public transportation every day in urban centers, and touching the handles or straps on buses and trains can expose you to a myriad of germs. To combat this problem, a group of young

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Tiny Transforming Apartment in OMA’s De Rotterdam Tower is a Five-Bedroom Home in Disguise

Tiny Transforming Apartment in OMA’s De Rotterdam Tower is a Five-Bedroom Home in Disguise

Besides luxury apartments and commercial spaces, OMA’s recently completed De Rotterdam tower boasts small space-saving apartments that look stylish and sleek without immediately revealing their amazing

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Multipod Studio’s Affordable Pop-Up House Snaps Together Like LEGO Bricks

Multipod Studio’s Affordable Pop-Up House Snaps Together Like LEGO Bricks

The structure of the Pop-Up House is made from insulating blocks and wooden panels - a unique low-cost system patented by Multipod Studio that provides outstanding thermal insulation. The materials used

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Now You Can Buy Solar Panels at 60 Best Buy Stores Across the United States

Now You Can Buy Solar Panels at 60 Best Buy Stores Across the United States

Consumers heading down to their local Best Buy for a new laptop or microwave will now be able to pick up solar panels as well. Best Buy and SolarCity have announced a new partnership to sell off-the-shelf

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17 Year-Old’s Science Project Speeds Discovery of New Flu-Fighting Drugs

17 Year-Old’s Science Project Speeds Discovery of New Flu-Fighting Drugs

When most of us were 17, we dreamed of owning our own car and the freedom that would come with college admission. But Eric Chen dreams of much more. This California high-school senior wants to change the

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Live Lib Plug-in Capsule Homes Offer Affordable and Energy-Efficient Urban Housing in Paris

Live Lib Plug-in Capsule Homes Offer Affordable and Energy-Efficient Urban Housing in Paris

At this year's Solar Decathlon event, Team Paris will unveil an innovative new urban living concept: plug-in housing. Live Lib is a community of plug-in capsule homes that share energy provided and

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Armadillo: Cool Recycled Plastic Bike Lane Dividers Keep Cyclists Safe on Roads

Armadillo: Cool Recycled Plastic Bike Lane Dividers Keep Cyclists Safe on Roads

UK-based Cyclehoop has found a way to use pieces of recycled plastic to keep cyclists safe on the road. Their clever "Armadillo" lane dividers can be easily installed on roads to divide bike lanes from

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Queens University Students Turn an Abandoned Mill Into a Flourishing Urban Farm

Queens University Students Turn an Abandoned Mill Into a Flourishing Urban Farm

Over the course of 12 months, Queens University Belfast worked alongside the Biospheric Foundation in Salford, England to design and implement a multilevel aquaponic system within an old disused mill.

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

Inhabitat: Guy, one of the first of your many projects we came across was the sketch proposal submitted to the Design Indaba 10x10, a Silvio Rech collaborative effort. Can you describe the Chesterfield

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Man Builds Amazing Geodesic Houseboat for Just $2,000

Man Builds Amazing Geodesic Houseboat for Just $2,000

Buckminster Fuller must be smiling down on this DIY geodesic houseboat built for just about $2,000. Buffalo, NY resident Michael Weekes decided to create the floating digs out of sustainable plywood and

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INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

We at Inhabitat are bona fide prefab lovers. And while we tout the benefits of the prefab process every day, it's also important to step back and examine the potential of the prefab market, its

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100-Year-Old Utah Church Lifted 40 Feet Above Ground Without Moving an Inch

100-Year-Old Utah Church Lifted 40 Feet Above Ground Without Moving an Inch

A historical treasure and city landmark, the Provo Tabernacle was originally constructed from 1883 to 1898 and has since been used as a gathering place for community meetings and cultural events, most

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