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Fury and Fragility: A Sustainable Rebuilding Plan for the Town of Ishinomaki, Japan After the Tsunami

Fury and Fragility: A Sustainable Rebuilding Plan for the Town of Ishinomaki, Japan After the Tsunami

In Northern Japan, where the rugged coast meets pristine beaches, the town of Ishinomaki has long enjoyed the beauty and bounty of the surrounding sea. But benefit rarely comes without hazard and

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Macaon Transforms Aluminum Cans Into Cartoon, Video Game, and Superhero Characters

Macaon Transforms Aluminum Cans Into Cartoon, Video Game, and Superhero Characters

When knocking back a cold beer, you hardly ever pay attention to the can. Yet, Japanese artist Macaon notices every picture, letter, and label printed on its surface. Using both alcoholic and

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The Starbucks Espresso Journey Pops Up in a Shipping Container in Tokyo

The Starbucks Espresso Journey Pops Up in a Shipping Container in Tokyo

The idea behind the pop-up job is twofold: to reinforce the near-intrinsic relationship between coffee and reading and also to encourage consumers to look deeper into the drink they are enjoying. Let's

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Sharp Unveils See-Through Transparent Solar Panels Perfect For Balconies And Windows!

Sharp Unveils See-Through Transparent Solar Panels Perfect For Balconies And Windows!

Rooftop solar installations are great for homeowners, or those with eco-conscious landlords - but what about the rest of us? Sharp recently announced a break-through in home solar technology that could

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New Study Shows 23 Nuclear Power Plants Around the World at High Risk from Tsunamis

New Study Shows 23 Nuclear Power Plants Around the World at High Risk from Tsunamis

A new study has found that 23 nuclear power plants with 74 reactors in various parts of the world are at high risk from tsunamis like the one that struck the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan in March

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The $8500 Havana Tsunami Survival Pod Can Withstand 6 Tons of Debris!

The $8500 Havana Tsunami Survival Pod Can Withstand 6 Tons of Debris!

Australian shipbuilder Matt Duncan was so affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that he put his engineering skills to use and designed a Tsunami Survival Pod capable of withstanding six tons of

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Nendo’s Ando Momofuku Center Tree House is an Apartment Building for Birds!

Nendo’s Ando Momofuku Center Tree House is an Apartment Building for Birds!

Lead by founder Oki Sato, Nendo produces refined, simplified forms that evoke emotion in viewers. In this piece, we see that repeated forms of various shaped pitched roof houses with circular openings are

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Japan’s Modernist Spread House is an Elegant, Low-Impact Home with a Tree Growing Through It

Japan’s Modernist Spread House is an Elegant, Low-Impact Home with a Tree Growing Through It

The single-story home is held by stilts above a sloping hillside in a forest in Japan. The 10.85 meter square building has a 4.4 meter square courtyard centered within the plan of the home. This box-like

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Edogawa Garage Club Receives a Modern Woven Shade Screen Facelift in Tokyo

Edogawa Garage Club Receives a Modern Woven Shade Screen Facelift in Tokyo

Located in Edogawa, Tokyo, the Edogawa Garage Club is a renovated warehouse with a modern new perforated metal screen skin. The owners with the help of Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates decided to

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Breezy Japanese Micro House is Only 7 Feet Wide – But It Accommodates 2 Families

Breezy Japanese Micro House is Only 7 Feet Wide – But It Accommodates 2 Families

Called "House K", the structure is almost 30-feet-high and it holds 1,700 feet of living space. At the most narrow space in the house, a normal adult could almost touch both walls at once. Because space

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Tiny Timber Unuo House in Japan Has a Tall Narrow Entrance and Wide Western View

Tiny Timber Unuo House in Japan Has a Tall Narrow Entrance and Wide Western View

Katsutoshi Sasaki & Associates believe that a residence should be comprised of just one room, but there are no rules in Japanese design that says this room should be boring and monotonous. In addition

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Renovated Timeline Machiya House Preserves Japan’s Architectural History

Renovated Timeline Machiya House Preserves Japan’s Architectural History

The Kyo-Machiya has been empty for the last decade, but when its new owners moved to Japan following a long stint in San Francisco, they commissioned Q Architecture to restore the original Kyo-machiya as

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Mutant Butterflies Found in Japan After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Mutant Butterflies Found in Japan After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

It's been well over a year since a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. During early stages of the fallout, Japanese officials insisted that

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Soaring Australian Art Gallery Replaces Building Destroyed by Japan’s 2011 Earthquake

Soaring Australian Art Gallery Replaces Building Destroyed by Japan’s 2011 Earthquake

Featuring an unconventional triangular design and a new, sturdy frame that should make this Australia House more resilient than the last (built in an old farmhouse), the double story gallery doubles as a

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Penguins ‘Fly’ Through the Skies at Tokyo’s Sunshine Aquarium!

Penguins ‘Fly’ Through the Skies at Tokyo’s Sunshine Aquarium!

The Sunshine Aquarium is a small aquarium located on the roof of a nine-story building in Tokyo's Sunshine City. On the roof, the open-air "Aqua Ring" is elevated about 7.5 feet off the ground, giving

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Tato Architects’ Hilltop House in Rokko, Japan Provides Both Dramatic Views and Privacy

Tato Architects’ Hilltop House in Rokko, Japan Provides Both Dramatic Views and Privacy

Tato Architects' House in Rokko consists of a home and atelier overlooking a beautiful Japanese cityscape. Yo Shimada, a graduate from Kyoto City University of Arts in Environmental Design led the

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SABAOARCH’s CLOUD Treehouse in Japan is a Relaxing Space Perched High in the Treetops

SABAOARCH’s CLOUD Treehouse in Japan is a Relaxing Space Perched High in the Treetops

Each of the oval “rooms” in the treehouse are connected, but designed for separate activities -- one for standing, one for sitting down, and one for sleeping al fresco. Each area is intersected by a

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Protests Rock Japan As Nuclear Power Restarts

Protests Rock Japan As Nuclear Power Restarts

Japan’s status as a nuclear-free nation was short-lived. Just two months after officials shuttered the country's final nuclear power plant, it has now restarted two reactors amid concerns about energy

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Amphidromous Rectangle: Jun Murata’s Transforming Osaka Apartment Is Many Different Rooms in One

Amphidromous Rectangle: Jun Murata’s Transforming Osaka Apartment Is Many Different Rooms in One

The 51 square meter Amphidromous Rectangle renovation in Amagasaki is situated near Osaka City's transportation nucleus, so the client hoped for a design that would not only provide a peaceful but

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Kengo Kuma’s Green Cast Has A Living Facade Of Pixelated Aluminum Planters

Kengo Kuma’s Green Cast Has A Living Facade Of Pixelated Aluminum Planters

Completed in the summer of 2011, the five story building provides space for a shop, a clinic, offices and a private residence. The basement and ground floor are used for parking, a pharmacy and a street

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High-Tech Off-Grid Mirai Nihon Home Coexists With Nature in Japan

High-Tech Off-Grid Mirai Nihon Home Coexists With Nature in Japan

In order to make Mirai Nihon a reality, TBWAHAKUHODO developed a platform to identify new technologies and innovations that had not yet been commercialized. Next, the firm partnered with Nissan, maker of

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Japanese Researchers Produce Artificial Bones Out of Fish Scales

Japanese Researchers Produce Artificial Bones Out of Fish Scales

Photo via Shutterstock Two researchers at Japan’s Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a remarkable new technology that can create bone tissue out of fish scales. Several processes currently

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House Like a Museum by Edward Suzuki is a Stunning Green Oasis Flooded With Natural Light

House Like a Museum by Edward Suzuki is a Stunning Green Oasis Flooded With Natural Light

The architects designed the rooms to face and have a view into the courtyard, implementing their vision of "going in to go out." Traditional Japanese architecture has served as inspiration with its

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Fukushima Nuclear Radiation Found in Pacific Bluefin Tuna

Fukushima Nuclear Radiation Found in Pacific Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna photo from Shutterstock Low levels of radiation from last year's Fukushima Diaichii disaster in Japan have been discovered in bluefin tuna swimming of the California coast. Scientists say

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Massive Aluminum Mountains in Japan Illustrate how Climate Change Works

Massive Aluminum Mountains in Japan Illustrate how Climate Change Works

Covering a total floor area of 115,000 square foot, this unnatural landscape reflects the elements and how they change (partly as a result of human behavior?) Placed in the sunken garden of the

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Fukushima Radiation Finally Below “Cancer-Causing Levels”

Fukushima Radiation Finally Below “Cancer-Causing Levels”

Residents of Japan may be able to breathe a sigh of relief as the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently announced that radiation levels in most of the country are "below cancer-causing levels." It has

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Sou Fujimoto’s Glassy House NA Blurs the Distinction Between Indoor and Outdoor Space

Sou Fujimoto’s Glassy House NA Blurs the Distinction Between Indoor and Outdoor Space

What makes House NA so unique is that it doesn't contain rooms in the same way that most typical homes do; instead, it has 21 different "floor plates" of varying sizes that flow into each other. Fujimoto

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100,000 Solar-Powered LEDs Flow Down the Sumida River in Tokyo

100,000 Solar-Powered LEDs Flow Down the Sumida River in Tokyo

At the Tokyo Hotaru Festival, the sea of blue LED lights flowed past the Tokyo Sky Tree, a radio broadcast tower that was completed in 2011 and is now the second tallest structure in the world after the

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Hikaru Imamura’s ‘Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery’ Kit Delivers Warmth and Food to Earthquake Victims

Hikaru Imamura’s ‘Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery’ Kit Delivers Warmth and Food to Earthquake Victims

Thinking beyond creating something flashy or fashionable, Japanese designer Hikaru Imamura designed the Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery; an emergency kit packed with essentials for earthquake

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Japan Goes Completely Nuclear Free, But Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Fossil Fuels Surge

Japan Goes Completely Nuclear Free, But Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Fossil Fuels Surge

Tomorrow Japan will become completely nuclear free for the first time since 1970 as it shuts down the Tomari nuclear reactor on the island of Hokkaido. One by one the country’s 54 nuclear reactors have

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