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Radioactive “Undead” Forests Won’t Decay in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone

Radioactive “Undead” Forests Won’t Decay in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone

It would be logical to think that after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, forests around the site would slowly rot. But the terrible radiation blast in 1986 has left dead trees and leaf litter unable to

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Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design Mount Fuji World Heritage Center

Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design Mount Fuji World Heritage Center

Shigeru Ban has won a competition to design the new Mount Fuji World Heritage Center in Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture. Conceived as an inverted pyramid, the $23.5 million building evokes the image of

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Kolelinia Lab’s Halfbike Proves Less Can Be More When it Comes to Urban Mobility

Kolelinia Lab’s Halfbike Proves Less Can Be More When it Comes to Urban Mobility

In most cases, waking up to find half a bike in your garage would throw a wrench in your morning commute. But that's not the case with the Halfbike, a new vehicle by Kolelinia Lab. Technically a tricycle,

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Giant Green Roofs Top MenoMenoPiu’s Wind-Powered Taichung City Cultural Center

Giant Green Roofs Top MenoMenoPiu’s Wind-Powered Taichung City Cultural Center

Although Japanese architecture firm SANAA snapped up the winning bid, we felt that MenoMenoPiu Architects and Atelier Castro Denissof's inspiring proposal was too good not to share. Located next to the

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Ben Thomas Depicts Tokyo as a Tiny Version of Itself Using Tilt-Shift Photography

Ben Thomas Depicts Tokyo as a Tiny Version of Itself Using Tilt-Shift Photography

The photographer's work aims to present viewers with something that requires more than just one look to understand. While the locations he shoots are familiar to most people, the tilt-shift effect infuses

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Yojiro Oshima’s Beautifully Sculpted Bicycle is Made Almost Entirely From Wood

Yojiro Oshima’s Beautifully Sculpted Bicycle is Made Almost Entirely From Wood

This amazing wooden bicycle was completely hand-crafted by Yojiro Oshima, a design student at the Craft&Industrial Department at Musashino Art University in Tokyo. The wooden bike features a

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Sou Fujimoto’s Tree-Inspired Tower Sprouts Balconies Like Leaves

Sou Fujimoto’s Tree-Inspired Tower Sprouts Balconies Like Leaves

The city of Montpellier launched its ambitious 12-building "Folies" competition in hopes of enriching its 21st century architectural heritage. A product of both Japanese and Mediterranean influences,

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Strange “Fairy Circles” Appear in the Middle of Africa’s Namib Desert

Strange “Fairy Circles” Appear in the Middle of Africa’s Namib Desert

Southwest Africa’s Namib Desert is an arid landscape home to ostriches, leopards and other large animals. But a few of its more petite inhabitants are the makers of these huge desert circles that

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Crazy Banyan Treehouse Cafe Takes Root in Japan

Crazy Banyan Treehouse Cafe Takes Root in Japan

Overlooking the ocean, the Naha Harbor Diner claims to offer "farm-fresh vegetables, juicy chickens and pork" and "native salts." And as we all know, native and local foods cut down on shipping and

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Leapfrog Project: Living Art Installations Could Bring Light and Hope to Typhoon-Ravaged Philipines Town

Leapfrog Project: Living Art Installations Could Bring Light and Hope to Typhoon-Ravaged Philipines Town

The Leapfrog Project is an initiative to rebuild the city of Tacloban, Philipines, which was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Initiated by Atelier Lira Luis, the project seeks to set up ten

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

Architect Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.nl has been fascinating the Inhabitat editors for years with his innovative floating buildings and aqua-tecture. Far from being confined by convention -- or by the

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Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House Could Be Lost to Rising Sea Levels

Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House Could Be Lost to Rising Sea Levels

Statue of Liberty photo from Shutterstock A new study warns that world cultural landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House and the Tower of London will be lost to rising sea levels

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London’s First Cat Cafe is Open for Play

London’s First Cat Cafe is Open for Play

London's very first cat cafe, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium opened its doors over the weekend. Located in Shoredich, just off Brick Lane, this unique teashop offers the prrrfect space for playing with

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March Studio Suspends over 2,000 ‘Flying’ Pieces of Reclaimed Wood in Canberra’s Ultra Green Nishi Building

March Studio Suspends over 2,000 ‘Flying’ Pieces of Reclaimed Wood in Canberra’s Ultra Green Nishi Building

No two wooden fragments match. Some are polished, some rough textured, others feature remnants of colored paint, but all the markings hint at their former lives within a house, a basketball court or as

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Henri Gueydan’s Colorful Renovated Apartment Block Breathes Life Into a Japanese Suburb

Henri Gueydan’s Colorful Renovated Apartment Block Breathes Life Into a Japanese Suburb

The 2000 square meter building consists of color-blocked concrete volumes stacked one on top of the other. The smallest volume is on the bottom of the building, while larger spaces are located at the

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Hong Kong’s Shocking 40-Square-Foot Apartments Photographed by Chinese Human Rights Group

Hong Kong’s Shocking 40-Square-Foot Apartments Photographed by Chinese Human Rights Group

Could you imagine a family living in an apartment not much bigger than a king-size bed? In Hong Kong, some families are forced to live in 40 square-foot cubicle apartments that have bunk beds overlapping

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Kengo Kuma Wraps Tokyo’s Sunny Hills Cake Shop in a Latticed 3D Wooden ‘Cloud’

Kengo Kuma Wraps Tokyo’s Sunny Hills Cake Shop in a Latticed 3D Wooden ‘Cloud’

Kuma's eye-catching cake shop stands in the middle of a residential area in Tokyo's Aoyama, with a memorable cloud-like shape. The intricate structure takes inspiration from traditional bamboo baskets,

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Green Architect & Cradle to Cradle Founder William McDonough

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Green Architect & Cradle to Cradle Founder William McDonough

INHABITAT: What inspired you to write 'Cradle to Cradle' (the book) and launch the Cradle to Cradle system? William McDonough: From an early age, I was fascinated by differing attitudes towards

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New Study Shows Parasite Found in Cats May Cause Dementia in Senior Citizens

New Study Shows Parasite Found in Cats May Cause Dementia in Senior Citizens

According to a new study in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, your cuddly cat companion might pose some serious health risks, especially to senior citizens. Previous research has shown that cats can spread a

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100 Tons of Radioactive Water Leak From Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

100 Tons of Radioactive Water Leak From Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

It seems that whenever the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan appears to be under control, something new happens to set back progress. The plant’s operator just discovered the worst leak since the

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Toyota to Test a Wireless EV Charging System that Recharges Batteries in Just 90 Minutes

Toyota to Test a Wireless EV Charging System that Recharges Batteries in Just 90 Minutes

Toyota has announced plans to begin verification testing of its new wireless battery charging system for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. Doing away with today's charging cables, the system can

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Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

The first thing you notice about this gypsy wagon is the surrounding smell of cedar forest and the sound of crashing waves from the lake, which is just a stone’s throw over the hill. In the winter,

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Kayak Instructor Builds Tiny Woodland Home for $11,000

Kayak Instructor Builds Tiny Woodland Home for $11,000

Schulz's tiny woodland cottage measures 14' x 16', and it was built entirely from materials gathered at a local recycling yard and savaged wood from the surrounding forest. The resourceful instructor also

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Panasonic Introduces World’s First Microwave-Controlled Ultra Compact Power Converter

Panasonic Introduces World’s First Microwave-Controlled Ultra Compact Power Converter

The age of giant AC power convertors (like those fat power bricks that covert 120v to 240v power) might fade into obscurity if Panasonic has anything to say about them. The Japanese electronics firm

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Japan Tests World’s First Power Storage System Made Entirely from Reused EV Batteries

Japan Tests World’s First Power Storage System Made Entirely from Reused EV Batteries

While electric vehicles (EV) are a huge boon for the environment, it is unclear what will become of all the used batteries. Sumitomo Corporation may have the answer - they've created a large-scale power

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Housing Reclaimed Author Jessica Kellner About Debt Free Homes

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Housing Reclaimed Author Jessica Kellner About Debt Free Homes

INHABITAT: What inspired you to write Housing Reclaimed? Jessica Kellner: I was inspired to write Housing Reclaimed after hearing stories on the news day after day about all the people losing their homes

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Fukushima Announces Plan to Go 100% Renewable Following Nuclear Disaster

Fukushima Announces Plan to Go 100% Renewable Following Nuclear Disaster

Wind turbines / Shutterstock Even though it goes against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s agenda to reboot nuclear power throughout Japan, the province of Fukushima has pledged to go 100 percent renewable

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Annual Heat-Related Deaths are Expected to Rise 257% by 2050 in the UK

Annual Heat-Related Deaths are Expected to Rise 257% by 2050 in the UK

Hot sun / Shutterstock Historically, the UK has seen only a fraction of heat-related deaths compared to the number of cold-related deaths. But this is all about to change due to climate change. A new

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Renovated Ossermann House Opens Up to the Beautiful Namibian Landscape

Renovated Ossermann House Opens Up to the Beautiful Namibian Landscape

The residents of the home wanted a renovation that created flexible living spaces, since their children had grown and moved out. Wasserfall Munting took inspiration from the surrounding natural

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Self-Powered Cyborg Cockroaches Could Locate Disaster Victims

Self-Powered Cyborg Cockroaches Could Locate Disaster Victims

Cockroaches are not everyone’s cup of tea, but a recent development by a team of Japanese scientists may change the way you look at the virtually indestructible creepy-crawlies. Osaka University and the

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