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Paris Gets Tough on Pollution as Friday’s Air Quality Rated Worse than Beijing’s

Paris Gets Tough on Pollution as Friday’s Air Quality Rated Worse than Beijing’s

Paris photo from Shutterstock A cloud of smog has enveloped Paris - and on Friday air pollution levels were actually worse than notoriously smoggy Beijing. The French capital is taking emergency

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Nine Chinese Cities More Polluted than Beijing

Nine Chinese Cities More Polluted than Beijing

Beijing's suffocating smog has been grabbing global headlines for the past year. And the disturbing images coming from the Chinese capital have spurred Premiere Li Keqiang to declare a "war on pollution."

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Beijing Principal Sparks Controversy by Suspending Classes Amid Air Pollution Attack in China

Beijing Principal Sparks Controversy by Suspending Classes Amid Air Pollution Attack in China

Beijing is notorious worldwide for its air pollution, but a concerned middle school principal's decision to suspend classes amid last week's smog attack has sparked controversy throughout China. The

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Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Beijing's record-breaking air pollution has spurred officials and designers to come up with innovative solutions - and the architects at London-based Orproject recently proposed the creation of gigantic

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl

INHABITAT: How would you describe your signature style? As we all know, we're in the era of the 'iconic building' and the 'starchitect'. However facile this might be, the designs of public institutions

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Beijing Passes First Regulations to Reduce Air Pollution

Beijing Passes First Regulations to Reduce Air Pollution

The famously smoggy Chinese capital of Beijing is finally doing something to curb its appalling air pollution. By a vote of 659-23, the Beijing Municipal People's Congress passed a new law that for the

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China Calls for Fireworks Ban During Lunar New Year Celebration to Curb Air Pollution

China Calls for Fireworks Ban During Lunar New Year Celebration to Curb Air Pollution

Image via Shutterstock For generations, the Chinese Lunar New Year has been celebrated with red money-filled envelopes, family dinners, and exploding firecrackers that herald the days to come. However

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How Ancient Workers Hauled 100 Ton Stones 43 Miles to Build China’s Forbidden City

How Ancient Workers Hauled 100 Ton Stones 43 Miles to Build China’s Forbidden City

Photo of the Forbidden City via Shutterstock A new study by a team of engineers from two Beijing universities and Princeton University reveals how ancient Chinese workers hauled 100 ton plus stones

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Beijing’s Haworth Showroom Named World’s First LEED v4 Certified Project

Beijing’s Haworth Showroom Named World’s First LEED v4 Certified Project

The Parkview Green itself is already a marvel of sustainable architecture: The 800,000 sq ft mixed-use development features a glass and ETFE envelope that minimizes heating and cooling demands all year

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Thomas Heatherwick Tapped to Design as Many as 20 Beijing Subway Stations

Thomas Heatherwick Tapped to Design as Many as 20 Beijing Subway Stations

Beijing Subway photo from Shutterstock Beijing is planning to add 125 miles to its underground rail network - and the city just appointed Thomas Heatherwick to design at least two brand new stations.

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Tetris-Like Micro House Can be Stacked to Form Expanded Housing Suites

Tetris-Like Micro House Can be Stacked to Form Expanded Housing Suites

Constructed with glass fiber reinforced plastic, a strong but lightweight material, the Micro House is easily moved around by anyone, and it was deliberately sized to fit into a shipping container so that

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China to Issue Monthly List of 10 Worst Air-Polluted Cities

China to Issue Monthly List of 10 Worst Air-Polluted Cities

Photo via Shutterstock Environmental scandals have hit China hard this year. This summer, thousands of dead animals were found floating through major waterways, and air pollution hit record levels,

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Hong Kong Smog is So Bad Tourists are Getting Their Picture Taken with a Clean Backdrop

Hong Kong Smog is So Bad Tourists are Getting Their Picture Taken with a Clean Backdrop

Hong Kong has famously got one of the largest smog problems in Asia. This has proven to be problematic for tourists who have hoped to get pictures of themselves in front of the city's famous skyline.

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Beijing’s Cola-Bow Turns 17,000 Plastic Coke Bottles Into a Curvaceous Shelter

Beijing’s Cola-Bow Turns 17,000 Plastic Coke Bottles Into a Curvaceous Shelter

As its name suggests, Penda's fantastic plastic arch was designed for Coca-Cola China (unfortunately and ironically). The creative studio collected used bottles from universities around Beijing to make

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China to Spend $277 Billion in Effort to Curb Air Pollution

China to Spend $277 Billion in Effort to Curb Air Pollution

Photo via Shutterstock China's air quality problems have been well documented as cities have been besieged by thick smog -- particularly in Beijing, where pollution levels spiked in January -- putting

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Study Says Over 2 Million Deaths Worldwide are Due to Air Pollution

Study Says Over 2 Million Deaths Worldwide are Due to Air Pollution

Photo via Shutterstock Poor air quality isn't just a nuisance -- it can actually kill you. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill estimates that 2

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The Hand Tree is a Bracelet That Purifies Polluted Air

The Hand Tree is a Bracelet That Purifies Polluted Air

As the human race continues to expand and urbanize, air pollution is becoming a serious, pressing issue - in major cities such as Beijing and Tehran you can literally see the problem before your eyes.

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Live Animals Trapped In Plastic Bags Sold as Key Chains in Horrifying Chinese Souvenir Scheme

Live Animals Trapped In Plastic Bags Sold as Key Chains in Horrifying Chinese Souvenir Scheme

If your heart has ever ached looking at pictures of animals pent up in tiny pet store cages or pens at the zoo, prepare to be outraged. CNN and other internet sources have uncovered a souvenir scheme in

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Crowdsourced Project Uses Kites to Monitor Air Quality in Beijing

Crowdsourced Project Uses Kites to Monitor Air Quality in Beijing

Beijing has some of the worst air quality in the world; conditions were so bad earlier this year that levels soared beyond the range of the US embassy’s air quality index. In an effort to more

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Deadly Air Pollution Makes Playing Outside a Nightmare For Children in China

Deadly Air Pollution Makes Playing Outside a Nightmare For Children in China

Photo via Shutterstock It's been a bad year for air quality in China. Rampant industrial pollution has caused cities like Beijing and Shanghai to be shrouded in a cloud of toxic emissions, and now

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Report Shows Persistent Organic Pollutants are Accumulating in the Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas

Report Shows Persistent Organic Pollutants are Accumulating in the Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas

The Roof of the World has long been associated with notions of adventure, beauty, and the majesty of some of the tallest mountains on earth. However research has shown that amidst the stunning landscape

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China Sets Forth a 3-Year, $16-Billion Plan to Fight Extreme Pollution in Beijing

China Sets Forth a 3-Year, $16-Billion Plan to Fight Extreme Pollution in Beijing

The air quality in Beijing has been hovering above the “very unhealthy” and “hazardous” levels since the beginning of this year and there has been mounting frustration with the government in China

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China’s New Premier Promises to Tackle Pollution with an “Iron Fist”

China’s New Premier Promises to Tackle Pollution with an “Iron Fist”

Photo via Shutterstock Polluters in China beware – there’s a new Premier in town and he is ready to tackle pollution with an “iron fist,” he told media at his debut press

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Chinese Air Quality is So Bad, Traffic Police Ordered to Wear Anti-Smog Nasal Filters

Chinese Air Quality is So Bad, Traffic Police Ordered to Wear Anti-Smog Nasal Filters

Image: weibo.com China's cities are experiencing record-breaking levels of air pollution. Fearing for their health, Shanghai's traffic police department has distributed nasal smog filters to more than

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Sou Fujimoto Unveils Plans for Cloud-Like 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London

Sou Fujimoto Unveils Plans for Cloud-Like 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London

Each year, the Serpentine Gallery in London's Kensington Gardens invites an architect to design a temporary structure in the park. This year, 41-year-old Sou Fujimoto will become the youngest architect to

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Matt Hope’s ‘Breathing Bike’ Creates Clean Air in Polluted Beijing as it Rides

Matt Hope’s ‘Breathing Bike’ Creates Clean Air in Polluted Beijing as it Rides

Riding a bicycle is normally a healthy alternative to driving a gas-guzzling vehicle. But in places like Beijing where air pollution is hitting record levels, keeping yourself separated from the deadly

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LOT-EK’s Sanlitun South is an Urban Shipping Container Village in Beijing

LOT-EK’s Sanlitun South is an Urban Shipping Container Village in Beijing

LOT-EK's Sunlitan South is one part of a larger retail and living center in Beijing. Master planned by The Oval Partnership for Swire Properties, the project also features building designed by KKAA/Kengo

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The Bao House is a Tricycle-Powered Mobile Home That Pedals Around Beijing

The Bao House is a Tricycle-Powered Mobile Home That Pedals Around Beijing

Able to float through the streets like a cloud, the Bao House was created for the Get it Louder 2012 exhibition of art in Beijing. Prompted to design a human powered mobile living space, dot Architects

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Zaha Hadid’s Light-Filled LEED Silver Galaxy Soho Opens in Beijing

Zaha Hadid’s Light-Filled LEED Silver Galaxy Soho Opens in Beijing

The new Galaxy Soho project is a 330,000 sq m commercial complex that includes office, retail and entertainment outlets. Designed by Zaha Hadid, the project is characterized by four large organic shaped

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Cinderella-Inspired Pumpkin Room Transforms EDG Creatives into Fairytale Brainstormers

Cinderella-Inspired Pumpkin Room Transforms EDG Creatives into Fairytale Brainstormers

The award-winning pumpkin room comes in two different varieties: either a complete mini-room that can be installed in just about any office, or partitions comprised of just two of the polycarbonate panels

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