Japan Unveils the World's First Inflatable Concert Hall

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Sculptor Anish Kapoor and architect Arata Isozaki have teamed up to design and build the world's first large-scale inflatable concert hall in Tohoku, Japan. The mobile structure, called Ark Nova, was designed not only as a venue for concerts and even...

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Giant Pendulums Could Save Skyscrapers From Earthquakes

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The historic magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck eastern Japan back in March of 2011, setting off a cascading chain of events that ultimately resulted in an ongoing nuclear catastrophe, was unfortunately not "the big one" that has been predicted to ...

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Japan's Quiet Skyscraper-Demolition Technique Generates Energy

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Demolishing tall buildings is typically a loud and messy process that produces a lot of dust and not a lot of building materials that can be salvaged. But Japan's Taisei Corporation is pioneering a new technique that preserves building materials and ...

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Japanese Architect Toyo Ito Wins Pritzker Prize

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Japanese architect Toyo Ito, whose buildings have been praised for their fluid beauty and balance between the physical and virtual worlds, has won the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Along with Tadao Ando, the 1995 Pritzker laureate, ...

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Japan Wants To Reopen Nuclear Reactors

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In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, countries around the world questioned the value of nuclear power - and Japan, reeling from the impact, vowed to become nuclear-free by 2040. Japan became completely nuclear free for the first time since 1970 as ...

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