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Stunning Film ‘The Human Scale’ Uses Architect Jan Gehl’s Voice to Inspire the World’s City Dwellers

Stunning Film ‘The Human Scale’ Uses Architect Jan Gehl’s Voice to Inspire the World’s City Dwellers

Life in today’s mega cities is both tantalizing and troublesome - and by the year 2050, the percentage of the world’s population living in cities will rise from 50 to 80%. Due this growth, the

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Light-Filled Three Cusps Chalet is a Beautifully Renovated 19th Century Portuguese Palace

Light-Filled Three Cusps Chalet is a Beautifully Renovated 19th Century Portuguese Palace

Working with limited space, Tiago do Vale decided to give the three-story home a vertical loft-style renovation that separates individual areas by level. The bottom level is currently the home's office or

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8 Innovative Emergency Shelters for When Disaster Strikes

8 Innovative Emergency Shelters for When Disaster Strikes

IKEA Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelter This flat pack, easy to transport shelter was developed in collaboration between the IKEA Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR).

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Gorgeous Skidmore Passivhaus Blends Contemporary Design and Energy Efficiency in Portland

Gorgeous Skidmore Passivhaus Blends Contemporary Design and Energy Efficiency in Portland

Two separate structures make up the design: a two bedroom home with an adjoining office space. The surrounding landscape connects the two structures, adding size and unity to the entire project. The

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Three Colorado Cities Ban Fracking

Three Colorado Cities Ban Fracking

Three Colorado cities passed moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing Nov. 6 by surprisingly high margins. Residents of Boulder, Lafayette and Fort Collins all voted by significant margins to reject gas and

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Tato Architects’ Tiny, Modern House in Ishikiri Fits in With Historic Japanese Neighborhood

Tato Architects’ Tiny, Modern House in Ishikiri Fits in With Historic Japanese Neighborhood

The architects were concerned that since the site was about 11 feet above the road, the house would look larger than its actual size. So it is designed with setback volumes floating over open and

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Record-Shattering Super Typhoon Haiyan Slams Philippines With 235 MPH Winds

Record-Shattering Super Typhoon Haiyan Slams Philippines With 235 MPH Winds

One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded made landfall in the Philippines early Friday. At 1,200 miles across, the storm is expected to inflict widespread damage. Meteorologists clocked the

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TEPCO to Begin Removing 1,500 Nuclear Fuel Assemblies from Fukushima Reactor

TEPCO to Begin Removing 1,500 Nuclear Fuel Assemblies from Fukushima Reactor

Under normal circumstances it can take up to 50 years before a nuclear power plant is fully decommissioned, but in the case of the Fukushima plant, it could take much longer. The next step of the process

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Turkey Unveils the World’s First Intercontinental Underwater Rail Tunnel

Turkey Unveils the World’s First Intercontinental Underwater Rail Tunnel

The ambitious idea to link Europe and Asia via a sea tunnel was first conceived in 1860 by a sultan of the Ottoman Empire, but Abdoul Medjid lacked the technology and funds to turn the idea into reality.

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“Saber-Toothed” Whale is the Latest Deep Sea Creature to Wash Ashore in California

“Saber-Toothed” Whale is the Latest Deep Sea Creature to Wash Ashore in California

First an 18 foot oarfish appeared off the coast of California, followed five days later by a second sea serpent, and now a super-rare "saber-toothed" whale has washed ashore on Venice Beach near Los

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Britain Breaks Ground On First New Nuclear Power Plant Since Fukushima Disaster

Britain Breaks Ground On First New Nuclear Power Plant Since Fukushima Disaster

The Fukushima nuclear power plant remains a toxic disaster more than two years after an earthquake and tsunami struck coastal Japan. While damages to local residents and the environment are still being

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Shigeru Ban’s Paper-Tube Hut Built on World Heritage Site in Japan

Shigeru Ban’s Paper-Tube Hut Built on World Heritage Site in Japan

Beloved Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban continues to impress the public with designs using cardboard as a construction material. This time Shigeru Ban Architects has designed a mountain lodge hut on

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Radiation Levels in Water Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant Hit a Two-Year High

Radiation Levels in Water Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant Hit a Two-Year High

In the latest of a now seemingly endless series of devastating, embarrassing debacles at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, operating utility Tepco has found that radiation levels in seawater

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Severed Pipe Exposes Fukushima Workers To Several Tonnes Of Radioactive Water

Severed Pipe Exposes Fukushima Workers To Several Tonnes Of Radioactive Water

As if the situation at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant weren't bad enough, we now have news that six clean-up workers were exposed to radioactive water when a pipe was mistakenly disconnected.

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California Company Launches a Car Fuel Made from Landfill Methane

California Company Launches a Car Fuel Made from Landfill Methane

Image via Shutterstock There's no denying that fracking is bad, really bad. But what about natural gas from other sources? California's Clean Energy Fuels has just announced that they have begun the

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Container Solutions Unveils India’s First Shipping Container Home in Bangalore

Container Solutions Unveils India’s First Shipping Container Home in Bangalore

Rao previously used shipping containers as an office space and he even stacked four containers vertically to build an artificial climbing wall at Sarjapur.  When he worked in Germany in 2006 he lived in

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Q4 Architects’ Tornado-Proof CORE House is an Indestructible Home Within a Home

Q4 Architects’ Tornado-Proof CORE House is an Indestructible Home Within a Home

Q4 Architects recently unveiled the CORE House - a virtually indestructible tornado-proof home designed for communities in Missouri. The project features a 600 square foot indestructible concrete core and

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What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment

What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment

Image © Shutterstock After a prolonged debate over the Congressional budget and the effective date of the new healthcare law, Democrats and Republicans have failed to reach an agreement on

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Mipwr Dynamo Case Charges Your iPhone With a Simple Squeeze

Mipwr Dynamo Case Charges Your iPhone With a Simple Squeeze

Having 10 extra minutes of cell phone battery life in emergency situations such as hurricanes and earthquakes can literally save lives. Designers Bob Panos and Karl Lee have designed a case that can

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Anish Kapoor and Arata Isozaki Unveil the World’s First Inflatable Concert Hall

Anish Kapoor and Arata Isozaki Unveil the World’s First Inflatable Concert Hall

The giant structure is made from a translucent purple membrane that can fully inflate in two hours and seat 500 people. Built in the northeast of Japan using repurposed tsunami-damaged cedar trees as

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Pakistan Quake Kills at Least 270, Causes 100-Foot-Wide Island to Emerge From Sea

Pakistan Quake Kills at Least 270, Causes 100-Foot-Wide Island to Emerge From Sea

Video Still via YouTube A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck a rural area of southern Pakistan yesterday in a disaster that has claimed over 270 lives, left hundreds injured and many more homeless. As the

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Alchemy Architects Build Tiny Prefab weeHouses that Connect with Nature

Alchemy Architects Build Tiny Prefab weeHouses that Connect with Nature

Alchemy Architects' weeHouses are constructed as pre-built modules framed with steel and wood. They can be built in as little as six to nine months and take some serious abuse from nature. The architects

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Foldes Architects Captures Volcanic Spirit in Kemenes Volcanopark Visitor Center

Foldes Architects Captures Volcanic Spirit in Kemenes Volcanopark Visitor Center

Foldes Architects distilled the shape and spirit of the volcano into an abstracted architectural volume that subtly refers to its inspiration through a subdued color and materials palette. “Instead of

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New Device Saves Disaster Victims by Detecting Heartbeats Through Rubble

New Device Saves Disaster Victims by Detecting Heartbeats Through Rubble

The Department of Homeland Security and NASA have teamed up to create a new technology capable of detecting the heartbeats of disaster victims through up to 30 feet of rubble, 20 feet of solid concrete,

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Demolition: an “Invisible” Walkway Disappears in New Zealand

Demolition: an “Invisible” Walkway Disappears in New Zealand

Spanning Colombo Street, the city's main artery, the elevated walkway was made defunct when one of the connecting buildings became marked for demolition. Drawing inspiration from the walkway's inoperative

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Inhabitat Talks to Lisa Katayama About ‘We Are All Radioactive’: a Crowdfunded Video Series About Surfers Rebuilding Japan

Inhabitat Talks to Lisa Katayama About ‘We Are All Radioactive’: a Crowdfunded Video Series About Surfers Rebuilding Japan

INHABITAT: What made you decide to start the We Are All Radioactive series? Lisa: I grew up in Japan, and my family and friends still live there -- so the earthquake was really shocking to me. My first

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Holey Frack: Utah is Starting to Look Like Swiss Cheese

Holey Frack: Utah is Starting to Look Like Swiss Cheese

Fracking is short for hydraulic fracking. It’s a process that involves injecting gallons of water, sand, and chemicals at enormous pressure to extract oil and natural gas from shale rock formations.

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Richard Rogers’ Prefab Homeshell Built in Just 24 Hours in London!

Richard Rogers’ Prefab Homeshell Built in Just 24 Hours in London!

Richard Rogers’ practice, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners (RSHP), has designed the Homeshell as a way of addressing the increasing housing problem in the UK, and as an opportunity to experiment with

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Nike’s Shanghai Concept Store is Made With 50,000 Old CDs, 5,500 Used Soda Cans

Nike’s Shanghai Concept Store is Made With 50,000 Old CDs, 5,500 Used Soda Cans

Everything inside Nike’s newest concept store in Shanghai is made from trash,except for the products on sale of course. Taiwanese architectural firm Miniwiz Sustainable Development Ltd. used 5,500 soda

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America’s Oldest Pear Tree Still Bearing Fruit at 383 Years

America’s Oldest Pear Tree Still Bearing Fruit at 383 Years

In 1630, the Puritan settler and Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, John Endicott, planted one of the first fruit trees to be cultivated in the New World. Today, Endicott's pear tree still stands -

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