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Can good design save lives? This week we saw proof that it can as Tokyo's stringent building codes prevented any buildings from falling during the strongest earthquake in recent history. We also looked at the escalating nuclear crisis in Japan and the impact it will have on global nuclear policy, and we explored ways that nuclear power plant construction will change in the wake of the disaster. 

NEWS FROM JAPAN

Strong Building Codes Save Millions in Tokyo During Quake



Shigeru Ban Develops Shelter for Earthquake Relief



Helicopters Dump Water on Crippled Fukushima Plan



Experts Disagree on the Severity of Japan's Nuclear Crisis



How Will the Crisis in Japan Affect Global Nuclear Policy?



Quake to Change Construction of Nuclear Power Plants



THE WEEK IN OTHER DESIGN NEWS

Morphing Kinetower Skyscraper Concept Is a Mindbender



Smart EV Transformed Into Sparkling Disco Ball!



BIG Unveils Green-Roofed Ice Hockey Rink



MVRDV’s Amanora Vertical City Breaks Ground



Packaging the Future: Biodegradable Planter Pots



Green Your Home's Windows With Expert Christine Marvin



Skyscraper in Venezuela is World’s Tallest Shanty Town



Google Maps Now Shows Electric Vehicle Charging Stations



GREEN DESIGN COMPETITIONS

Holcim Awards for Green Construction - DEADLINE: Mar 23

Belgrade Waterfront Design Comp - DEADLINE: Mar 25

DesignByMany Canopy Challenge - DEADLINE: Mar 27

Thresholds 40 Call for Submissions - DEADLINE: Mar 28

Gowanus Connections Competition - DEADLINE: April 1

International E-Waste Design Contest - DEADLINE: April 1

 
KIDS STORIES FROM INHABITOTS



Seattle Treehouse is a Retreat for Kids and Adults Alike



Mark Anderson’s LEGO Alphabet Spaceships



WEARABLE STORIES FROM ECOUTERRE



Transform Your Hoodie into Nearly Anything



Lady Gaga Designs Prayer Bracelet for Japan



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Thanks for reading everyone - see you next week.

Jill and Mike

Your Faithful Inhabitat Editors
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