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Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Concert Hall Made of Paper Opens in L’Aqila, Italy

Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Concert Hall Made of Paper Opens in L’Aqila, Italy

The concert hall, built from steel, glass, cardboard, concrete and clay sacks, seats 230 people inside an oval shaped room, which is set inside another structure. The exterior structure is square in

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Cylindrical Green Roofed Japanese Tsunami Control Center Lets Waves Pass Right Underneath

Cylindrical Green Roofed Japanese Tsunami Control Center Lets Waves Pass Right Underneath

Looptecture F was built to monitor and aid in the event of a tsunami as well as to educate visitors about the dangers of tsunamis. Inside the two-story building is space for the control room, an

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Gargantuan Floodgate that Blocked Japanese Tsunami Elicits Waves of Gratitude

Gargantuan Floodgate that Blocked Japanese Tsunami Elicits Waves of Gratitude

Japanese villagers are overwhelmed with gratitude for the former mayor who conceived of this gargantuan floodgate. Plagued by visions of the 1933 tsunami that killed hundreds of villagers, Kotaku Wamura

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Minimalist Japanese Hair Salon Looks Like A Slice of Vanilla Bean Pie

Minimalist Japanese Hair Salon Looks Like A Slice of Vanilla Bean Pie

Here at Inhabitat, we know that cool things often come in small packages; the Nagoya salon is a case in point. In order to fill in the gaps left by the building's curvature, the designers planted a garden

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Japanese Artist Cuts Hundreds of Butterflies Out of Books and Sets them Aflutter on Room Walls

Japanese Artist Cuts Hundreds of Butterflies Out of Books and Sets them Aflutter on Room Walls

We've been privvy to some pretty amazing art on Inhabitat, including this toothpick rendition of San Francisco. What many of these pieces have in common is the extraordinary patience associated with their

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Japan’s Green-Roofed Villa Ronde is a Self-Cooling Seaside Oasis

Japan’s Green-Roofed Villa Ronde is a Self-Cooling Seaside Oasis

The circular shape of the Villa helps protect it by deflect the strong typhoon winds that are common in the area. These same winds help ventilate and cool the interior of the Villa, thanks to the

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Grow Your Own Basil In The World’s Smallest Urban Garden – Plastic Bottle Caps

Grow Your Own Basil In The World’s Smallest Urban Garden – Plastic Bottle Caps

We've featured vertical gardens, rooftop gardens, urban gardens and a bevy of other kinds of gardens, but this is the first time we've ever seen teensy weensy bottlecap gardens! Spotted over at

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Suppose Design’s “Hidaka House” Makes the Most of a Small Footprint

Suppose Design’s “Hidaka House” Makes the Most of a Small Footprint

The lower level of the home is wrapped in glazing, which wards off excessive solar gain. To further aid in passive cooling, the stacked upper level overhangs the bottom, creating shade as well as privacy.

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Our Worst Fears Realized: Fukushima Radiation Leakage On Par With Chernobyl

Our Worst Fears Realized: Fukushima Radiation Leakage On Par With Chernobyl

After more than a month of battling the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, Tokyo Electric and Power announced today that radiation leakage is likely to exceed Chernobyl levels. The utility

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Quince Robot Can Explore Fukushima Nuclear Site Controlled from Over a Mile Away

Quince Robot Can Explore Fukushima Nuclear Site Controlled from Over a Mile Away

In order to protect workers from radiation exposure at the Fukishima Daichi Plant, Japan has now developed another rescue robot, called “Quince,” so assist in the cleanup. Authorities have already

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Researchers Say Garbage Island of Japan Tsunami Debris Will Reach Hawaii Beaches in One Year

Researchers Say Garbage Island of Japan Tsunami Debris Will Reach Hawaii Beaches in One Year

As if the numerous earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear meltdowns in Japan weren’t bad enough, the resulting debris from the March 11th tsunami is now heading for Hawaii, and eventually to the West Coast

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Docomo Builds Gigantic Wooden Rube Goldberg Xylophone in the Forest

Docomo Builds Gigantic Wooden Rube Goldberg Xylophone in the Forest

NTT Docomo‘s new advertisement for the TOUCH WOOD smart phone features a delightful wooden xylophone in the forest and is an uplifting departure from other images coming out of Japan. TOUCH WOOD cell

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Diaper-Like Material Fails To Plug Radioactive Water Leak at Fukushima

Diaper-Like Material Fails To Plug Radioactive Water Leak at Fukushima

Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency announced that special diaper-like absorbent materials deployed to block a leaking pipe at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have not worked. After

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Four Unstable Fukushima Daiichi Reactors Will Be Shut Down Permanently

Four Unstable Fukushima Daiichi Reactors Will Be Shut Down Permanently

Tokyo Electric Power Co. -- or TEPCO as it is commonly known -- has said that it is likely to completely shut down the four unstable nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant that were damaged

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Molo Unveils Special Edition Japan Relief “Heartfelt” Hobo Totebag Lantern

Molo Unveils Special Edition Japan Relief “Heartfelt” Hobo Totebag Lantern

Our friends over at molo recently released their portable Hobo Lanterns to much fanfare and we just got news that the interior design duo has now unveiled a special edition version of the tote-shaped LED

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Fukushima Nuclear Core Melts Through Containment Vessel, Radiation Levels Skyrocket

Fukushima Nuclear Core Melts Through Containment Vessel, Radiation Levels Skyrocket

In a futile attempt to save Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant from meltdown, workers have been feverishly pumping water into the reactors, but one radioactive core has overheated and melted.  The

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Japan Sends “Monirobo” Robot into Nuclear Plant to Keep Workers Out of Danger

Japan Sends “Monirobo” Robot into Nuclear Plant to Keep Workers Out of Danger

Japan has a new worker to help measure and test the radiation at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant - and it happens to be a robot named Monirobo. Short for “Monitoring Robot,” the robot can safely

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13 Ways You Can Help Japan That Take Less Than a Minute of Your Time

13 Ways You Can Help Japan That Take Less Than a Minute of Your Time

Image by Jennifer Chong We know that there are already a ton of resources out there listing ways you can help Japan recover from the horrific events that have happened and are still happening there.

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VIDEO: Cameron Sinclair Talks About How Architecture For Humanity Can Help Japan

VIDEO: Cameron Sinclair Talks About How Architecture For Humanity Can Help Japan

There's a long road to recovery for the people of Japan, and much still needs to be done to quell the chaos from the earthquake and tsunami. Architecture For Humanity, which is now in 10th year of

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Mobile And Retractable OS Solar Power System Is Ideal For Emergency Situations

Mobile And Retractable OS Solar Power System Is Ideal For Emergency Situations

OS recently exhibited their amazing retractable solar power system at the recent PV Expo 2011 in Japan. The GSR 110B delivers 40 watts on the spot with a combined solar and battery backup system.

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Following Nuclear Plant Shutdown, Japan Initiates Month-Long Power Cuts

Following Nuclear Plant Shutdown, Japan Initiates Month-Long Power Cuts

Photo: DVIDSHUB After shutting down several power plants following an earthquake last week that was upgraded to 9.0 on the Richter scale, Japan's utility has announced plans to initiate a schedule

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Japan Disaster to Seriously Disrupt World’s Electronics Production

Japan Disaster to Seriously Disrupt World’s Electronics Production

Photo © smemon87 Consumer electronics made in Japan are set to become very expensive or even entirely unavailable as manufacturers struggle to cope with the tsunami's aftermath. While most plants have

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Google Aids in Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami by Designing Person Finder Tool

Google Aids in Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami by Designing Person Finder Tool

We're pretty impressed with Google this morning. In the wake of the horrendous earthquake and ensuing tsunami that hit Japan earlier today, the search engine could be sitting around working on their

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Herzog & De Meuron To Turn A Hong Kong Jail Into Flashy New Contemporary Art Space

Herzog & De Meuron To Turn A Hong Kong Jail Into Flashy New Contemporary Art Space

Apparently crime is down in Hong Kong, because the historical district is trying to figure out what to do with the disused Central Police Station. Architecture giants Herzog and De Meuron in collaboration

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Shuhei Endo’s Out of This World “Bubbletecture H” Building

Shuhei Endo’s Out of This World “Bubbletecture H” Building

When Japanese architect Endo Shuhei adds another delectable design to his repertoire, you can expect a project title just as incredible as the structure itself. He names each of his projects by letter and

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Japan to Build World’s Fastest Train: A 310MPH Maglev Monster

Japan to Build World’s Fastest Train: A 310MPH Maglev Monster

China and Japan have been constantly trying to outdo each other when it comes to high-speed rail. Now, the Central Japan Railway Company has announced that it plans to build the world's fastest train. The

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Japanese Space Agency to Use Fishing Nets to Scoop Up Space Junk

Japanese Space Agency to Use Fishing Nets to Scoop Up Space Junk

In a fascinating use of time-tested technology to address uniquely modern problems, Japanese space agency JAXA is teaming up with Japanese fishing net maker Nitto Seimo to haul in some of the 100,000-plus

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Living Green Curtain Made of Morning Glories

Living Green Curtain Made of Morning Glories

If you're in the market for green curtains you could certainly buy some made of organic cotton, but we recently saw an option on Tokyo Green Space that seems a lot cooler. This living curtain is made of

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Sliding Walls Transform This Tokyo House Into an Office

Sliding Walls Transform This Tokyo House Into an Office

Transforming multi-purpose furniture is a key design element for small space living, so clever tricks were employed to turn this tiny apartment into an efficient office. The largest room of the apartment

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