Inhabitat News 2020-11-20


Architects turn waste into trendy glamping shelters in Rotterdam

By: KC Morgan on 20 November 2020, 3:30 pm
Sleep in a dumpster or a tiny home made of trash at Culture Campsite.


GMC unveils electric Hummer for 2022

By: Katherine Gallagher on 19 November 2020, 7:30 pm
The 2022 Hummer EV will include several features that are brand-new to the GMC lineup of electric vehicles.


Flea treatments are poisoning Englands rivers

By: Teresa Bergen on 19 November 2020, 6:30 pm
The chemicals in flea treatments are killing bugs they were never meant to encounter.

“Fipronil is one of the most commonly used flea products and recent studies have shown it degrades to compounds that are more toxic to most insects than fipronil itself,” said Rosemary…


Plastic waste incineration skyrockets carbon emission rates

By: Bonface Landi on 19 November 2020, 5:30 pm
For the U.K., burning plastic stands in the way of goals to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2050. An open letter by to the prime minister encourages change.


Old bathhouses get new life via NPS adaptive reuse program

By: Teresa Bergen on 19 November 2020, 4:30 pm
The 9,000-square-foot Superior Bathhouse finds new life as a restaurant, event space and the world’s first microbrewery to use hot spring water for brewing beer. This project represents one of the success stories revitalizing both the town of Hot Springs and the overlapping national park.


Niraamaya Retreat honors traditional design with local materials

By: Katherine Gallagher on 19 November 2020, 3:30 pm
This resort is a haven for wellness and rejuvenation.


Architect designs his own breezy, plant-filled home in Los Angeles

By: Katherine Gallagher on 18 November 2020, 7:30 pm
Several additional green design elements, including a Tesla Powerwall and solar panels, further reduce the home’s carbon footprint.


Permaculture design expert Matthew Prosser builds a family dome home

By: Dawn Hammon on 18 November 2020, 4:30 pm
A dome home in Turkey uses natural materials and passive design elements for a simple, affordable and sustainable profile.


Chic geothermal-powered home embraces indoor-outdoor living

By: Lucy Wang on 18 November 2020, 3:30 pm
Dutch design studios Bedaux de Brouwer and i29 have blurred the boundaries between indoors and out at Outside In, an aptly named 400-square-meter villa for a family of four. Completed in September 2020, the luxury home makes a verdant green patio the heart of its living area and features expansive glazing all around to take in views of the surrounding garden.


Affordable senior housing gets a climate-responsive upgrade in California

By: Lucy Wang on 17 November 2020, 7:30 pm
To stay within a tight budget, the architects employed sustainable, low-tech strategies.


Bacardi announces new biodegradable bottles

By: Teresa Bergen on 17 November 2020, 6:30 pm
Bacardi is bringing some good cheer to this rough year.


Prime Roots offers ready-made, plant-based holiday meals

By: Teresa Bergen on 17 November 2020, 5:30 pm
Prime Roots is offering veganized Thanksgiving favorites, including garlicky mashed potatoes, balsamic and bacon Brussels sprouts and, of course, turkey.


Zero-emission airport concept wins 2020 Fentress Global Challenge

By: Lucy Wang on 17 November 2020, 4:30 pm
The winning design features a zero-emission, air-purifying airport not for planes, but for flying cars.


Brussels train station transformed into wooden shopping and event center

By: Katherine Gallagher on 17 November 2020, 3:30 pm
The Gare Maritime railway station in Brussels has seen a huge transformation. The building, formerly one of Europe’s largest railway stations for goods, has been renovated into a new city district shopping and event development made of cross-laminated timber.


This nature center proves zero-energy is possible even in wintry Minnesota

By: Lucy Wang on 16 November 2020, 7:30 pm
Environmental stewardship comes alive in spectacular fashion at the new Westwood Hills Nature Center.


Tristan da Cunha establishes a massive marine protected area

By: Bonface Landi on 16 November 2020, 6:30 pm
This small, British overseas territory of just 250 people has created the world’s fourth-largest marine protected area.


High carbon emissions predicted for Black Friday

By: Teresa Bergen on 16 November 2020, 5:30 pm
Black Friday emissions are expected to equal carbon emissions from over 400 long flights.


Jules Ferry School is a model for a sustainable learning environment

By: KC Morgan on 16 November 2020, 4:30 pm
A school in France is showing the world how to use eco-friendly design to create much more than buildings.


Redress winner launches puffer jacket made of upcycled materials

By: Lucy Wang on 16 November 2020, 3:30 pm
This unique puffer jacket makes use of textile waste.


Architects envision a lush, solar-powered oasis to cool Abu Dhabi

By: Lucy Wang on 13 November 2020, 7:30 pm
Oasys is a winning conceptual design to help ‘Cool Abu Dhabi’.


Will gene editing and cloning create super cows that resist global warming?

By: Teresa Bergen on 13 November 2020, 6:30 pm
Livestock emit about 14.5% of all greenhouse gases, and now their gassy ways are coming back to haunt them.


The Philippines halts coal proposals to explore green energy

By: Bonface Landi on 13 November 2020, 5:30 pm
The Philippine government has halted the country’s coal exploration. While announcing this news, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said that the government is seeking alternative, green energy sources as it steps away from coal power. The moratorium means that investors intending to pursue any projects related to coal power will have to look into alternatives.


Vellabox delivers natural, artisan candles to your door

By: Paige Bennett on 13 November 2020, 4:30 pm
As we spend more time at home than ever, these monthly boxes can break up the monotony of daily life, too. With sustainability and affordability in mind, Vellabox delivers candles and eco-friendly goodies to your door, and it is a perfect little act of self-care.


Modern, energy-efficient office harvests rainwater in Surat

By: Lucy Wang on 13 November 2020, 3:30 pm
The Sangini House makes use of natural light and cooling plus plenty of plants to boost employee comfort and wellness.


French housing project I Park has a double-skinned green facade

By: Katherine Gallagher on 12 November 2020, 7:30 pm
Located in Montpellier, “I Park” features an impressive and unique facade that stands out from the crowd.


McDonald's introduces McPlant, its first plant-based burger

By: Teresa Bergen on 12 November 2020, 6:30 pm
McDonald’s is finally getting with the times.


Driving, flying expected to spike after COVID-19 pandemic

By: Teresa Bergen on 12 November 2020, 5:30 pm
A new study finds that people worldwide are planning to drive and even fly more after the pandemic.


Intergenerational living community in France upholds passive design principles

By: Katherine Gallagher on 12 November 2020, 4:30 pm
An inclusive living community in central France welcomes all.


3D-printed modular oasis stays naturally cool in Abu Dhabi

By: Lucy Wang on 12 November 2020, 3:30 pm
Urban Dunes, a conceptual project, would be 3D-printed with sand.


Local materials make up a lakeside home tied to nature

By: Lucy Wang on 11 November 2020, 7:30 pm
On the shore of Lake Simon in the Outaouais region of Québec, Montreal-based architecture firm L’Abri has replaced a family’s cottage with an elegant and modern escape deeply rooted in the landscape. Designed for a family of six, the 5,400-square-foot Baie-Yelle House pays homage to the original cottage with reclaimed materials such as stones salvaged from the original chimney that’s now used in the large wine cellar.


Renewable energy grows in 2020 despite pandemic

By: Bonface Landi on 11 November 2020, 6:30 pm
Renewable energy capacity has reached a record high.


Trump administration removes National Climate Assessment scientist

By: Teresa Bergen on 11 November 2020, 5:30 pm
Move over Michael Kuperberg, we’re bringing in known climate change deniers.

 “Even in their final days, they are continuing to attempt to bury the overwhelming scientific…


This waterproof outerwear is made with fishing nets and nylon waste

By: Dawn Hammon on 11 November 2020, 4:30 pm
Marta Scarampi launches a new capsule collection of outwear and accessories made from recycled waste.


Academy Museum of Motion Pictures achieves LEED Gold certification

By: Lucy Wang on 11 November 2020, 3:30 pm
The nation’s first large-scale museum devoted entirely to filmmaking has earned LEED Gold certification months before its slated opening date in April 2021.


Smart home with AI sits above a nature reserve in Prague

By: Katherine Gallagher on 10 November 2020, 7:30 pm
Villa Sophia by COLL COLL celebrates the connection between technology and nature. A smart home with artificial intelligence, the house sits on the Trója hillside above a nature reserve with stunning views of Prague.


Biden and Harris gear up for a fight to slow climate change

By: Teresa Bergen on 10 November 2020, 6:30 pm
Will Biden’s climate plan really work?


Smelly but smart: ships to use ammonia as "zero-carbon" fuel

By: Bonface Landi on 10 November 2020, 5:30 pm
As massive fuel guzzlers compared to other transportation methods, ships exacerbate the emissions problem. To deal with the issue of carbon pollution by ships, several companies and organizations are exploring ammonia as a possible solution.


Jumpsuit inspired by the pandemic is made from upcycled luxury fabric

By: Katherine Gallagher on 10 November 2020, 4:30 pm
Lounge on the couch comfortably but look completely put-together for virtual meetings and happy hours in the Enlightened Uniform.


Biodegradable mushroom packaging makes Seedlip gifts special

By: Katherine Gallagher on 10 November 2020, 3:30 pm
In an effort to help reduce food packaging waste, non-alcoholic spirit company Seedlip is introducing a Mycelium Gift Pack wrapped in biodegradable mushroom packaging. Mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms, creates a durable and sustainable packaging alternative for the upcoming holiday season.


KUHS-LP, Arkansas' only solar-powered radio station

By: Teresa Bergen on 9 November 2020, 7:30 pm
This radio station in Hot Springs, Arkansas is powered by solar energy and the community.


How global food production impacts the Paris Agreement

By: Teresa Bergen on 9 November 2020, 6:30 pm
While transportation gets a lot of attention when we discuss carbon emissions, the food sector is also a major culprit.


These are the winning environmental measures on ballots across the US

By: Teresa Bergen on 9 November 2020, 5:30 pm
While it took a long time to determine the new president of the U.S., the environment was a clear winner in many smaller elections this year.


Serif + Sero modular furniture is made of 100% upcycled cardboard

By: Katherine Gallagher on 9 November 2020, 4:30 pm
These cardboard furnishings can transform from coffee tables to bookshelves and more.


YY Nation shoes are made from bamboo, algae, pineapple and sugarcane

By: KC Morgan on 9 November 2020, 3:30 pm
This is how the world becomes better: one step at a time.


This Oaxacan oasis uses low-maintenance local materials

By: Lucy Wang on 6 November 2020, 7:30 pm
On a paradisal plot between the Pacific Ocean and the Oaxacan mountain range, Mexican architecture firm anonimous has completed Casa Cova, a two-family vacation home with spectacular views of the ocean. Located in the tourist destination of Puerto Escondido, Mexico, the holiday home comprises two linear compounds — one for each family — that flank a shared swimming pool, communal living area, dining space and bar in the center.


Denmark to cull millions of minks to prevent spread of mutant coronavirus

By: Bonface Landi on 6 November 2020, 6:30 pm
The Danish government has announced plans to cull all minks in mink farms throughout the country.


100 pilot whales rescued after mass stranding in Sri Lanka

By: Teresa Bergen on 6 November 2020, 5:30 pm
When more than 100 pilot whales washed up on a Sri Lankan beach, heroic volunteers spent all night helping these marine mammals get past the waves and safely back to sea.


Farmstead is making the world greener with groceries

By: KC Morgan on 6 November 2020, 4:30 pm
COVID-19 made the world painfully aware that simply doing normal things, like going to the grocery store, is actually dangerous. Farmstead is offering grocery delivery services that are lower than store prices. Delivery is free because this online grocer hopes to change the shopping game.

Farmstead is the very first online grocer to offer fresh, high-quality groceries that are delivered to customers for free. Farmstead’s plans to launch services in Charlotte, NC delighted customers in the area….


Biodegradable childrens shoes come with expiration date

By: Katherine Gallagher on 6 November 2020, 3:30 pm
What if you could buy clothes and shoes the same way that we buy milk?

“There’s no doubt fashion can…


These elevated wooden cabins can only be accessed via hiking trail

By: Katherine Gallagher on 5 November 2020, 7:30 pm
Elevating the cabins and limiting access to pedestrians only preserves the forested landscape.