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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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Report Warns New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Plant is Vulnerable to Terrorist Attacks

Report Warns New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Plant is Vulnerable to Terrorist Attacks

A new report by the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project warns that the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant located just 38 miles north of New York City is practically defenseless against terrorist

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Shigeru Ban Completes Incredible Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand!

Shigeru Ban Completes Incredible Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand!

Beloved for his numerous contributions to disaster relief and design in general, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban uses cardboard as a construction material in residential, commercial, and public

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Elon Musk Unveils Plans for 700 MPH Solar-Powered Hyperloop Train!

Elon Musk Unveils Plans for 700 MPH Solar-Powered Hyperloop Train!

The open-source Hyperloop design calls for a weather-proof, crash-proof and rail-less train. Today Musk released a 50+ page document outlining his vision for the $6 billion Hyperloop, which consists of a

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ReTyre Clip Transforms Waste Tires into Temporary Public Seating for Christchurch

ReTyre Clip Transforms Waste Tires into Temporary Public Seating for Christchurch

The 2011 Christchurch earthquake killed 185 people, caused widespread disaster in the central city and eastern suburbs and is considered the costliest disaster in New Zealand's history. To local

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Gasbot Methane-Sniffing Robot Can Detect and Collect Rogue Methane from Landfills

Gasbot Methane-Sniffing Robot Can Detect and Collect Rogue Methane from Landfills

The new Gasbot methane-sniffing robot from Sweden’s Orebro Unviersity could be used to detect leaking gas pipes and rogue methane emissions. The futuristic robot designed to monitor decomposing garbage

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Japanese Government Will Help TEPCO Build a Wall of Frozen Soil to Contain Radioactive Water Leakage

Japanese Government Will Help TEPCO Build a Wall of Frozen Soil to Contain Radioactive Water Leakage

© IAEA ImageBank According to Japan’s Natural Resources and Energy Agency, Fukushima Daiichi, a nuclear plant just 130 miles northeast of Tokyo is leaking roughly 300 tons of highly radioactive

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Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority Says Contaminated Water at Fukushima an ‘Emergency’

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority Says Contaminated Water at Fukushima an ‘Emergency’

The head of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), Shinji Kinjo has described the state of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant as an "emergency". He was referring to the plant operator's

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Sky City: Construction Of the World’s Tallest Tower Delayed Until 2014 as Costs Balloon to $855 Million

Sky City: Construction Of the World’s Tallest Tower Delayed Until 2014 as Costs Balloon to $855 Million

Changsha, China's Sky City tower is set to be the world's tallest building at a staggering 2,739 feet - however the project just hit a bump in the road as its developer announced plans to postpone

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Almost 2,000 Workers at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant at Risk of Thyroid Cancer

Almost 2,000 Workers at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant at Risk of Thyroid Cancer

This past December TEPCO reported to the World Health Organization that only 178 workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant faced danger from radiation - however the utility now states that almost 2,000

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INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about Fujisawa SST and what Panasonic is hoping to accomplish with this new endeavor? Mr. Ishio: From the business perspective, our Fujisawa Sustainable Smart

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700-Ton Historic Swiss Railway Station Moved 108 Feet to Make Way For New Track

700-Ton Historic Swiss Railway Station Moved 108 Feet to Make Way For New Track

When new roads or railways are constructed, any buildings standing in their way are usually demolished. However in Chêne-Bourg, Switzerland, local authorities were reluctant to knock down a 19th-century

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Michael Green on Why Wood Skyscrapers are Better than Concrete and Steel Towers

Michael Green on Why Wood Skyscrapers are Better than Concrete and Steel Towers

To date, mid-rise and high-rise buildings have typically been constructed from concrete and steel. But architect Michael Green says that we should use wood instead, because concrete and steel production

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Work Begins on World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm On the Fukushima Coast

Work Begins on World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm On the Fukushima Coast

Fukushima has become synonymous with the nuclear disaster resulting from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. But the coastal prefecture may turn that reputation around and become known

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INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

When Inhabitat's Architecture Editor,  Bridgette Meinhold, heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start investigating

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Green Bamboo Lakou Housing for Haiti Wins 2013 Foster + Partners Prize

Green Bamboo Lakou Housing for Haiti Wins 2013 Foster + Partners Prize

Haiti is still struggling to rebuild its infrastructure three years after being struck by a devastating earthquake. The nation is also challenged by deforestation and a workforce that lacks skill and

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Proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska Could Wipe Out Half the World’s Sockeye Salmon

Proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska Could Wipe Out Half the World’s Sockeye Salmon

Photo via Shutterstock The Keystone XL Pipeline has been firmly established as North America's biggest environmental battleground, but another major battle is forming in Bristol Bay, Alaska over the

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Sea Creatures and Dinosaurs Inspire a Virtually Indestructible Home in Berkeley, California

Sea Creatures and Dinosaurs Inspire a Virtually Indestructible Home in Berkeley, California

People who live in Berkeley, California are certainly used to seeing some strange things on the streets of their city. But those who live in the neighborhood near 2747 Matthews Street may point out a

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Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbon Mobius Strip Cultural Center for Taiwan

Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbon Mobius Strip Cultural Center for Taiwan

The Swallows Nest cultural center has a system of moats in the basement level between the floors and walls that stabilizes the building in case of earthquakes. Glass overhangs provide further protection

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Airbnb Creates Disaster Relief Tool to Help Victims Locate Free Shelter

Airbnb Creates Disaster Relief Tool to Help Victims Locate Free Shelter

Airbnb is a great way to find inexpensive accommodations while traveling, but the company recently created a new tool to help victims of disasters. The company has just launched a Disaster Response tool

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Peter Ruge Archtiekten Unveils Plans for Green Health City in China

Peter Ruge Archtiekten Unveils Plans for Green Health City in China

The Green Health City, designed by Berlin-based Peter Ruge Archtiekten, is a master plan spread across five island districts located in China’s Hainan Province. The city, with a design system based on

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San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant to Close After 40 Years of Operation

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant to Close After 40 Years of Operation

Southern California Edison just announced plans to permanently close the San Onofre nuclear power plant after a 16-month battle over whether or not to restore its twin reactors. Facing political

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