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REPORT FROM SOUTH AFRICA: Hippo Rollers Delivered!

REPORT FROM SOUTH AFRICA: Hippo Rollers Delivered!

Greetings from South Africa! Regular readers of Inhabitat are hopefully aware of the exciting humanitarian design initiative called Project H Design, founded by our very own Emily Pilloton. Currently

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Floors Made From Peach Pips in South Africa

Floors Made From Peach Pips in South Africa

Peach pip floors (aka peach 'pit' floors to us yanks) have a long history in South Africa and the warm, natural materials made an early impression on South African gallery owner Allah le Roux. He caught

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ABŌD: Affordable Prefab for South Africa from BSB Design

ABŌD: Affordable Prefab for South Africa from BSB Design

The Abōd™ is a prototype prefab created by BSB Design for use as affordable housing in South Africa. The simple design uses a strong, natural shape as the core. It’s durable, lightweight and can be

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Cheap LEDs to Light Up Africa and Beyond

Cheap LEDs to Light Up Africa and Beyond

We love our LEDs for lamps and Christmas lights, but there's a global application for LEDs that could bring inexpensive and efficient light to the 75% of Africa that lacks dependable access to clean, safe

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Africa Wages War on Plastic Bags

Africa Wages War on Plastic Bags

Motivated by a climate of widespread environmental devastation, Africa has boldly moved to initiate a continent-wide ban on plastic bags in an effort to eliminate the billions of throwaway sacks that are

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Can Africa’s Sun Provide Power for Europe?

Can Africa’s Sun Provide Power for Europe?

Proving that we really are all in this together, Europe is considering plans to spend more than £5 billion on a system of large solar power stations in North Africa. This proposed solar power plan could

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High-End Indigenus Planters are Made of Sustainably Sourced Materials

High-End Indigenus Planters are Made of Sustainably Sourced Materials

Design entrepreneur Peter van der Post developed Indigenus, a line of beautifully crafted high-end planters that can stand alone as works of art, even without a botanical occupant. Designed by

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Architecture for a Change Builds Off-Grid, Prefab Primary School Out of Shipping Containers in Malawi

Architecture for a Change Builds Off-Grid, Prefab Primary School Out of Shipping Containers in Malawi

Although Malawi is one of the world's most-densely populated countries, the land-locked nation is also one of the least-developed countries in the world. The majority of the population subsists on an

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Amazing New Photos from Inside a Mysterious Siberian Crater

Amazing New Photos from Inside a Mysterious Siberian Crater

Located in Russia’s Yamal Peninsula, the enormous craters appeared seemingly out of nowhere back in July. But last week, scientists managed to reach the base of one of them using climbing equipment and

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Interpol Wants You to Help Catch the World’s Worst Environmental Criminals

Interpol Wants You to Help Catch the World’s Worst Environmental Criminals

Interpol is launching the first-ever Most Wanted-style list for environmental criminals. Consisting of nine individuals suspected of all kind of eco-crimes, the list is meant to raise awareness and help

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We’re Running Out of Chocolate and It’s Our Own Fault

We’re Running Out of Chocolate and It’s Our Own Fault

Forget the great recession. According to the world’s largest chocolatiers, we’re about to enter a great chocolate depression, and it's our own fault. The Washington Post reports that Mars Inc. and

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David Adjaye’s Spiraling Mass Extinction Memorial Breaks Ground in England

David Adjaye’s Spiraling Mass Extinction Memorial Breaks Ground in England

You know the world has gone mad when we have to build a monument to all the species that have gone extinct! David Adjaye's monumental observatory and memorial to extinct species just broke ground on the

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BIG Unveils 20-Year-Plan to Transform the National Mall

BIG Unveils 20-Year-Plan to Transform the National Mall

BIG's South Mall redesign will have three main goals: to create a more cohesive and easily navigable master plan to tie the museums and gardens together, to improve the visitor experience with expanded

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Pedal-Powered Centrifuge Allows Off-Grid Blood Testing in Rural Areas

Pedal-Powered Centrifuge Allows Off-Grid Blood Testing in Rural Areas

Designer Jack Albert Trew’s Spokefuge harnesses the power of the pedal to help doctors in remote areas test blood without electric medical equipment. Trew’s simple design uses a bike wheel to power a

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World’s First Breathable Ebola Vaccine Proven 100% Effective in Trials

World’s First Breathable Ebola Vaccine Proven 100% Effective in Trials

Ebola has been ravaging parts of Africa, and the deadly virus shows no signs of stopping. Now a new needle-free vaccine has proven to be 100% effective at stopping the transmission of ebola in monkeys,

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Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

It's hard to imagine something as filthy as a toilet being used to grow food. Yet that's exactly what one Swedish architect hopes to do in the developing world. Anders Wilhelmson is working on the Peepoo,

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Beautiful Health Center for Poverty-Stricken Sudanese Refugees Cooled With Iranian Ventilation Technique

Beautiful Health Center for Poverty-Stricken Sudanese Refugees Cooled With Iranian Ventilation Technique

According to the jury, the Pediatric Center is an “exceptional” work, which “combines the highest aesthetic standards with the adoption of innovative and more efficient solutions for resource

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This Gorgeous Green Rug is Made From Algae

This Gorgeous Green Rug is Made From Algae

We've seen many uses for algae, but Dutch designer Nieke Hoogvliet takes the cake for coming up with one of the most unique designs we've seen. Using yarn made from kelp, Hoogvliet created a gorgeous

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World’s First Star-Shaped Superyacht Can Be Yours for Half a Billion Dollars

World’s First Star-Shaped Superyacht Can Be Yours for Half a Billion Dollars

The initial idea for the STAR had humble beginnings as a napkin sketch created by FIRM advertising executive Alex Malybaev in a conversation with Lobanov about the stagnation of creativity in yacht

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Is Malaysia’s Rare Malaria Spike Linked to Drastic Deforestation?

Is Malaysia’s Rare Malaria Spike Linked to Drastic Deforestation?

In Malaysia, a rare form of malaria caused by the parasite Plasmodium knowlesi has leapfrogged other sources of the disease to cause 68 percent of the country's malaria cases in 2013. While causality has

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I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

Working with their love of all things natural, the energetic mud-loving team built this sustainable structure literally from the ground up. First, they worked the ground with their own feet to knead the

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Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

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

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Why Are Healthcare Workers Still Contracting Ebola Despite Their Safety Suits?

Why Are Healthcare Workers Still Contracting Ebola Despite Their Safety Suits?

Our sister site Ecouterre reported earlier this month that the U.S. government is offering up to $1 million to anyone who can come up with a more effective Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) design to

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The Casa Firma: A Building Clad with 3,500 Plant-Filled Vases in Brazil!

The Casa Firma: A Building Clad with 3,500 Plant-Filled Vases in Brazil!

3,500 aluminum vases were attached to the furniture store's exterior wall via a wire grid and then planted with no fewer than 9,000 seedlings of Espada-de-São-Jorge - a popular plant in Brazil that has

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Scientists Discover Oldest Human DNA Ever Found

Scientists Discover Oldest Human DNA Ever Found

Scientists have uncovered what they believe is the oldest human DNA sample ever found, a discovery that could help unravel the mystery of how humans spread out over the planet. Phys.org reports that DNA

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Kenya’s Dwindling Predator Populations Pave the Way for Thorny Plants

Kenya’s Dwindling Predator Populations Pave the Way for Thorny Plants

Plant-eating animals may be rejoicing over the global decrease in predator populations, but it may be leaving the environment in a hairy situation. Researchers at the University of British Columbia are

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National Geographic Photographer Documents Her Daughter’s Magical Life with Animal Companions

National Geographic Photographer Documents Her Daughter’s Magical Life with Animal Companions

Just like Tippi—the French girl who grew up in Africa—Amelia has shared her childhood with the kinds of animals that most of us will only ever see on the Discovery Channel or National Geographic

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Kenya Opens World’s Largest Single Turbine Geothermal Plant

Kenya Opens World’s Largest Single Turbine Geothermal Plant

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has just opened the world’s largest single turbine geothermal power plant, which will add 140 Megawatts (MW) to the country's national electricity grid. The project is

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This Inspiring Multicolored Community Center is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

This Inspiring Multicolored Community Center is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

The Cazucá community is currently home to around 70,000 people and is marked by extreme poverty and poor access to public services. In order to address these issues, the Nukanti Foundation teamed up

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BOOK REVIEW: “Chizi’s Tale” is the True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino in Zimbabwe

BOOK REVIEW: “Chizi’s Tale” is the True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino in Zimbabwe

"Chizi's Tale: The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino" is an eye-opening, real-life children's story of an orphaned baby rhino who was lucky enough to be taken in by a Zimbabwean conservationist and

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