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3D-printed House of Dust connects a 1967 poem to modern technology

3D-printed houses and other structures are becoming increasingly more common, but none have a creation story quite like The House of Dust, a livable structure in Wiesbaden, Germany that connects 1967 to today through the words of a poem.[...]

Critically endangered bird found alive in Hawaii

A Maui parrotbill that was thought to have died over one and a half years ago has been spotted on the slopes of a Maui volcano. The golden thick-billed bird was spotted on Wednesday by Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources researcher Zach Pezzillo after recognizing its song. The bird is one of seven kiwikiu birds introduced to Maui's Nakula Natural Area Reserve in October 2019. Five of the birds died from avian Malaria, while the remaining two were believed to have died in the wild. [...]

Pollution turned this lagoon in Argentina stinky and pink

If photos of Chicago dying its river bright green for Saint Patrickas Day give you the heebie-jeebies, donat even think about reading on. An Argentinian lagoon turned hot pink last week from chemical pollution. And it stinks.[...]

Prefab holiday home in the Netherlands features transforming rooms

Located on the Dutch island of Texel in the Netherlands, this small holiday home is found just a short walk to the North Sea. Rotterdam-based Orange Architects decided to take a different approach to the villaas design in order to save space with the use of prefabrication and flexible design.[...]

These compostable plates are like nothing youve seen before

If you didnat know that Wasara plates are meant to be thrown away, you wouldnat want to let them go. Designed to be elegant and beautiful, Wasara plates are compostable and disposable.[...]

French offices receive a green update with Benetti MOSS walls

Sometimes, the best ideas are inspired in the most unlikely of ways. That was certainly the case for the new green walls in Mustela's offices. A water-cooler chat at the French offices of Mustela, a company specializing in products for babies, sparked an idea that fanned into a new and versatile office design that reflects nature in its composition.[...]

London floods spark worry over climate change preparedness

On Sunday, the residents of London were caught up in flash floods following a heavy downpour, reigniting conversations about climate change preparedness. Experts have previously warned that the world's largest cities are at the risk of facing devastating climate change consequences, which they are not prepared to handle.[...]

Heartbreaking video shows salmon suffering through heat wave

A video captured by nonprofit group Columbia Riverkeeper shows the horrifying effects of the Pacific Northwest heat wave on sockeye salmon. Just short of a salmon snuff film, the video shows listless fish dotted with white fungal patches and red lesions as they struggle to survive an epically hot river.[...]

XpreSole Panto waterproof boots are made from coffee grounds

Footwear is a major source of post-consumer waste. With around 7.8 billion people in the world, many of whom own multiple pairs of shoes, landfills are full of discarded, petroleum-based footwear. Another daily-use product, coffee, also contributes to environmental waste to the tune of around 25 billion kilograms annually. Scientists recognize that while coffee grounds seem harmless, when in the landfill they actually release methane gas, which has a greenhouse effect 28 times higher than carbon dioxide. With this in mind, sustainable shoe brand Ccilu has developed a line of waterproof boots, called XpreSole Panto, made with recycled coffee grounds[...]

A redesign helps an Enel power plant transition away from coal

In a competition to create designs to update power plants in Italy, Frigerio Design Group takes the win with its forward-thinking and innovative approach.[...]

An adaptive reuse project in Rome features modular meeting rooms

A design collaboration between Masina Studio in Rome and London-based THDP studio, the DoubleTree by Hilton Rome Monti will connect two buildings into one property using adaptive reuse techniques. Only the structures and facades have been preserved, with internal partitions constructed to create a contemporary social space and hotel.[...]

The 10 countries most and least threatened by climate change

A new study published in PLOS ONE has identified countries most at risk of "climate change-related harm" and those in a good position to deal with climate change's effects. The study scientifically demonstrates the correlation between toxic pollution that can directly damage human health and non-toxic pollution such as greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers looked at both aspects of pollution to determine countries that are most at risk and those that are in a position to navigate such challenges.[...]

New Mexico's families of color already feeling climate change's effects

In hot, dry New Mexico, climate change is already playing out. And itas hitting people of color especially hard, say climate change experts.[...]

New Oakville North additions put pedestrians first

Most master-planned communities take into account things like location to central services and inclusion of a gym, but North Oak at Oakvillage, a multiphase condominium development in Oakville, Canada, builds housing units while incorporating sustainable building practices, too. [...]

Cranbrook School teaches environmental stewardship

Education comes in all forms a books, videos, audio recordings and interactive, hands-on, learning like that taking place at Cranbrook School in the Wolgan Valley, located about three hours north of Sydney, Australia. Students on this campus share experiences uncommon to mainstream education, mainly in the way they are relied upon to actively participate in the buildings' and site's upkeep. The idea is to educate students about a host of life skills such as gardening, homemaking, fire-building and even constructing in a hands-on arituals of stewardshipa approach.[...]

Ecologyst is a truly transparent fashion brand

Ecologyst has created a truly transparent clothing company where the retail, factory and warehouse spaces are all in the same location. The large new Ecologyst facility in Victoria, British Columbia recently opened to the public. Here, the shoppers and the people making the clothing are only separated by a few steps.[...]

Great Barrier Reef won't be listed as an endangered site just yet

The Great Barrier Reef will not be listed as a world heritage site in danger after consideration by the World Heritage Committee. A proposal made by scientists at UNESCO earlier this year called on the committee to list the barrier reef as an endangered site, following degradation caused by climate change and human interference. During the 21-country World Heritage Committee meeting, it was decided that the reef will not be listed as endangered just yet, but the committee allowed room for future considerations.[...]

Extreme weather: Is the climate changing faster than expected?

Weave been hearing about climate change for decades. But extreme weather events like the devastating European floods and the recent 115-degree temps in the Pacific Northwest have people wondering if weare closer to the end than we thought. Is climate change ramping up? Are we way ahead of models forecast by climate scientists?[...]

Sanya Farm Lab honors architecture, culture and agriculture

The new Sanya Farm Lab is a four-story exhibition space that provides 4,000 square meters of space for education, play and innovative ideas. It is located in Nanfan High Tech District of Sanya, the southernmost city on tropical Hainan Island, an area transitioning into a scientific and agricultural research hub.[...]

ARCspace's prefab homes are a quick and sustainable housing solution

The construction industry is responsible for considerable pollution and waste. Builders are leaning into innovative designs and material development to curb the environmental impact through sustainable architecture. ARCspace, a modular building developer, is one such business offering a solution for wasteful traditional construction, while introducing a host of other benefits.[...]

Italian thermal spa celebrates 101st anniversary with a sustainable renovation

First completed in 1919, Terme di Saturnia is a world-renowned resort and spa in Italy that is steeped in history. Now, the property has completed a sustainable renovation thanks to London-based studio THDP. The new design concept celebrates the natural conditions of the original thermal spring with preserved wooden furnishings, dA(c)cor crafted by local artisans and green spaces.[...]

California couple charged for starting wildfire during gender reveal

Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr. and Angela Renee Jimenez, a Southern California couple responsible for starting a forest fire last year, have recently been charged with involuntary manslaughter. The couple started the fire after a gender reveal went wrong, sparking a fire that killed a firefighter. The couple now faces both felony and misdemeanor charges.[...]

Oregon's Bootleg Fire is creating its own weather

Usually, weather conditions influence how wildfires behave. But southern Oregonas massive Bootleg Fire is so powerful that itas changing the weather.[...]

The High Performance Surfing Center honors nature inside and out

When Branco Cavaleiro Architects was asked to develop a plan to house the High Performance Surfing Center in Cabedelo, Viana do Castelo, Portugal, the designers chose to incorporate protections for visitors as well as the surrounding landscape.[...]

Turkey's Ritz-Carlton Residences are constructed with local materials

South African architecture studio SAOTA chose to incorporate some sustainable features in its design for the new Ritz-Carlton Residences by Marriott International. Located in Bodrum, Turkey, the hotel used stone collected from the building site in its construction and native landscaping in its outdoor spaces.[...]

A beginner's guide to gardening

Some form of gardening has been around since the first days of human existence. Itas an activity that not only helps sustain life but brings joy and satisfaction. However, as the saying goes, getting started is the hardest part. It can be intimidating to understand the verbiage around gardening and figure out what plants will grow well where you live. When you boil it down, gardening is a very basic act and, contrary to what youall see in gardening catalogs and online supply stores, it doesnat require a lot of supplies or money to get started. It does, however, take[...]

G20 nations subsidized $3 trillion in fossil fuels since Paris agreement

A report by BloombergNEF and Bloomberg Philanthropies shows that G20 countries have continued subsidizing fossil fuels at the expense of the environment. Despite committing to tackle climate change, G20 countries have provided more than $3.3 trillion in subsidies to fossil fuel since the Paris climate agreement in 2015.[...]

France announces end of male chick culling

Being shredded alive. Getting gassed. It sounds like a horror movie, but in fact, itas the true crime genre. But no more, say the French. France announced on Sunday that as of next year, male chicks can no longer be culled[...]

Elon Musk's tiny house is a Boxabl casita

What do Elon Musk and tiny homes have in common? For now at least, a tiny house called Boxabl is Muskas abode, which, rumor has it, he lives in near SpaceX ground zero in Boca Chica, Texas after selling off nearly all of his real estate holdings.[...]

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3D-printed House of Dust connects a 1967 poem to modern technology

3D-printed houses and other structures are becoming increasingly more common, but none have a creation story quite like The House of Dust, a livable structure in Wiesbaden, Germany that connects 1967 to today through the words of a poem.[...]

Critically endangered bird found alive in Hawaii

A Maui parrotbill that was thought to have died over one and a half years ago has been spotted on the slopes of a Maui volcano. The golden thick-billed bird was spotted on Wednesday by Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources researcher Zach Pezzillo after recognizing its song. The bird is one of seven kiwikiu birds introduced to Maui's Nakula Natural Area Reserve in October 2019. Five of the birds died from avian Malaria, while the remaining two were believed to have died in the wild. [...]

Pollution turned this lagoon in Argentina stinky and pink

If photos of Chicago dying its river bright green for Saint Patrickas Day give you the heebie-jeebies, donat even think about reading on. An Argentinian lagoon turned hot pink last week from chemical pollution. And it stinks.[...]

Prefab holiday home in the Netherlands features transforming rooms

Located on the Dutch island of Texel in the Netherlands, this small holiday home is found just a short walk to the North Sea. Rotterdam-based Orange Architects decided to take a different approach to the villaas design in order to save space with the use of prefabrication and flexible design.[...]

These compostable plates are like nothing youve seen before

If you didnat know that Wasara plates are meant to be thrown away, you wouldnat want to let them go. Designed to be elegant and beautiful, Wasara plates are compostable and disposable.[...]

French offices receive a green update with Benetti MOSS walls

Sometimes, the best ideas are inspired in the most unlikely of ways. That was certainly the case for the new green walls in Mustela's offices. A water-cooler chat at the French offices of Mustela, a company specializing in products for babies, sparked an idea that fanned into a new and versatile office design that reflects nature in its composition.[...]

London floods spark worry over climate change preparedness

On Sunday, the residents of London were caught up in flash floods following a heavy downpour, reigniting conversations about climate change preparedness. Experts have previously warned that the world's largest cities are at the risk of facing devastating climate change consequences, which they are not prepared to handle.[...]

Heartbreaking video shows salmon suffering through heat wave

A video captured by nonprofit group Columbia Riverkeeper shows the horrifying effects of the Pacific Northwest heat wave on sockeye salmon. Just short of a salmon snuff film, the video shows listless fish dotted with white fungal patches and red lesions as they struggle to survive an epically hot river.[...]

XpreSole Panto waterproof boots are made from coffee grounds

Footwear is a major source of post-consumer waste. With around 7.8 billion people in the world, many of whom own multiple pairs of shoes, landfills are full of discarded, petroleum-based footwear. Another daily-use product, coffee, also contributes to environmental waste to the tune of around 25 billion kilograms annually. Scientists recognize that while coffee grounds seem harmless, when in the landfill they actually release methane gas, which has a greenhouse effect 28 times higher than carbon dioxide. With this in mind, sustainable shoe brand Ccilu has developed a line of waterproof boots, called XpreSole Panto, made with recycled coffee grounds[...]

A redesign helps an Enel power plant transition away from coal

In a competition to create designs to update power plants in Italy, Frigerio Design Group takes the win with its forward-thinking and innovative approach.[...]

An adaptive reuse project in Rome features modular meeting rooms

A design collaboration between Masina Studio in Rome and London-based THDP studio, the DoubleTree by Hilton Rome Monti will connect two buildings into one property using adaptive reuse techniques. Only the structures and facades have been preserved, with internal partitions constructed to create a contemporary social space and hotel.[...]

The 10 countries most and least threatened by climate change

A new study published in PLOS ONE has identified countries most at risk of "climate change-related harm" and those in a good position to deal with climate change's effects. The study scientifically demonstrates the correlation between toxic pollution that can directly damage human health and non-toxic pollution such as greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers looked at both aspects of pollution to determine countries that are most at risk and those that are in a position to navigate such challenges.[...]

New Mexico's families of color already feeling climate change's effects

In hot, dry New Mexico, climate change is already playing out. And itas hitting people of color especially hard, say climate change experts.[...]

New Oakville North additions put pedestrians first

Most master-planned communities take into account things like location to central services and inclusion of a gym, but North Oak at Oakvillage, a multiphase condominium development in Oakville, Canada, builds housing units while incorporating sustainable building practices, too. [...]

Cranbrook School teaches environmental stewardship

Education comes in all forms a books, videos, audio recordings and interactive, hands-on, learning like that taking place at Cranbrook School in the Wolgan Valley, located about three hours north of Sydney, Australia. Students on this campus share experiences uncommon to mainstream education, mainly in the way they are relied upon to actively participate in the buildings' and site's upkeep. The idea is to educate students about a host of life skills such as gardening, homemaking, fire-building and even constructing in a hands-on arituals of stewardshipa approach.[...]

Ecologyst is a truly transparent fashion brand

Ecologyst has created a truly transparent clothing company where the retail, factory and warehouse spaces are all in the same location. The large new Ecologyst facility in Victoria, British Columbia recently opened to the public. Here, the shoppers and the people making the clothing are only separated by a few steps.[...]

Great Barrier Reef won't be listed as an endangered site just yet

The Great Barrier Reef will not be listed as a world heritage site in danger after consideration by the World Heritage Committee. A proposal made by scientists at UNESCO earlier this year called on the committee to list the barrier reef as an endangered site, following degradation caused by climate change and human interference. During the 21-country World Heritage Committee meeting, it was decided that the reef will not be listed as endangered just yet, but the committee allowed room for future considerations.[...]

Extreme weather: Is the climate changing faster than expected?

Weave been hearing about climate change for decades. But extreme weather events like the devastating European floods and the recent 115-degree temps in the Pacific Northwest have people wondering if weare closer to the end than we thought. Is climate change ramping up? Are we way ahead of models forecast by climate scientists?[...]

Sanya Farm Lab honors architecture, culture and agriculture

The new Sanya Farm Lab is a four-story exhibition space that provides 4,000 square meters of space for education, play and innovative ideas. It is located in Nanfan High Tech District of Sanya, the southernmost city on tropical Hainan Island, an area transitioning into a scientific and agricultural research hub.[...]

ARCspace's prefab homes are a quick and sustainable housing solution

The construction industry is responsible for considerable pollution and waste. Builders are leaning into innovative designs and material development to curb the environmental impact through sustainable architecture. ARCspace, a modular building developer, is one such business offering a solution for wasteful traditional construction, while introducing a host of other benefits.[...]

Italian thermal spa celebrates 101st anniversary with a sustainable renovation

First completed in 1919, Terme di Saturnia is a world-renowned resort and spa in Italy that is steeped in history. Now, the property has completed a sustainable renovation thanks to London-based studio THDP. The new design concept celebrates the natural conditions of the original thermal spring with preserved wooden furnishings, dA(c)cor crafted by local artisans and green spaces.[...]

California couple charged for starting wildfire during gender reveal

Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr. and Angela Renee Jimenez, a Southern California couple responsible for starting a forest fire last year, have recently been charged with involuntary manslaughter. The couple started the fire after a gender reveal went wrong, sparking a fire that killed a firefighter. The couple now faces both felony and misdemeanor charges.[...]

Oregon's Bootleg Fire is creating its own weather

Usually, weather conditions influence how wildfires behave. But southern Oregonas massive Bootleg Fire is so powerful that itas changing the weather.[...]

The High Performance Surfing Center honors nature inside and out

When Branco Cavaleiro Architects was asked to develop a plan to house the High Performance Surfing Center in Cabedelo, Viana do Castelo, Portugal, the designers chose to incorporate protections for visitors as well as the surrounding landscape.[...]

Turkey's Ritz-Carlton Residences are constructed with local materials

South African architecture studio SAOTA chose to incorporate some sustainable features in its design for the new Ritz-Carlton Residences by Marriott International. Located in Bodrum, Turkey, the hotel used stone collected from the building site in its construction and native landscaping in its outdoor spaces.[...]

A beginner's guide to gardening

Some form of gardening has been around since the first days of human existence. Itas an activity that not only helps sustain life but brings joy and satisfaction. However, as the saying goes, getting started is the hardest part. It can be intimidating to understand the verbiage around gardening and figure out what plants will grow well where you live. When you boil it down, gardening is a very basic act and, contrary to what youall see in gardening catalogs and online supply stores, it doesnat require a lot of supplies or money to get started. It does, however, take[...]

G20 nations subsidized $3 trillion in fossil fuels since Paris agreement

A report by BloombergNEF and Bloomberg Philanthropies shows that G20 countries have continued subsidizing fossil fuels at the expense of the environment. Despite committing to tackle climate change, G20 countries have provided more than $3.3 trillion in subsidies to fossil fuel since the Paris climate agreement in 2015.[...]

France announces end of male chick culling

Being shredded alive. Getting gassed. It sounds like a horror movie, but in fact, itas the true crime genre. But no more, say the French. France announced on Sunday that as of next year, male chicks can no longer be culled[...]

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