Inhabitat News 2020-12-22

The top vegan holiday recipes submitted by you

By: Inhabitat on 21 December 2020, 7:30 pm
Drumroll, please… after much deliberation (and salivating), Inhabitat has chosen the winner and runners-up of our 2020 Vegan Holiday Recipe competition.

Wood-burning stoves can triple particulate matter levels in homes

By: Bonface Landi on 21 December 2020, 6:30 pm
A recent study shows that wood-burning stoves can triple the level of particular matter in homes.

Princeton study shows possibility for a carbon-neutral US

By: Teresa Bergen on 21 December 2020, 5:30 pm
To hit net-zero carbon by 2050, the U.S. needs $2.5 trillion and committed leadership. Oh, and we need to start implementing massive changes now.

Pandemic-inspired Dwelling on Wheels offers off-grid living anywhere

By: Katherine Gallagher on 21 December 2020, 4:30 pm
A pilot project inspired by the pandemic, Dwelling on Wheels is the newest tiny home on wheels designed by Seattle-based firm, Modern Shed. The home features 220 square feet of space, solar power and has off-grid capabilities, all starting at $129,000.

ZHA unveils a low-carbon Shenzhen Science and Technology Museum

By: Lucy Wang on 21 December 2020, 3:30 pm
Zaha Hadid Architects has released renders for the future Shenzhen Science & Technology Museum, which will serve as a sustainable benchmark for civic architecture.

Bangkoks Mega Park reimagines mega-malls as green community hubs

By: Lucy Wang on 18 December 2020, 7:30 pm
Thai architecture firm Architectkidd has flipped the script on the typical Southeast Asian shopping mall with their completion of Mega Park, a nature-focused retail connection in Bangkok.

Biden chooses his climate team here are the nominees

By: Teresa Bergen on 18 December 2020, 6:30 pm
So far, it looks like Biden is surrounding himself with a strong climate team consistent with his top priority of quickly reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

Predators can easily spot mountain hares in Scotland thanks to climate change

By: Bonface Landi on 18 December 2020, 5:30 pm
A new study shows that Scottish mountain hares are left vulnerable to predators as they fail to acclimate while Scotland experiences less snow cover each year.

The Cyril tiny home has space for everything including the cats

By: Dawn Hammon on 18 December 2020, 4:30 pm
For clients Summer and Jason, their tiny house wasn’t a home without space for their cats to roam.

Luxury timber home mimics a rocky outcropping for minimal site impact

By: Lucy Wang on 18 December 2020, 3:30 pm
Forest House I is a low-impact luxury home that celebrates timber inside and out.

CLAE launches vegan cactus leather sneakers

By: Katherine Gallagher on 17 December 2020, 7:30 pm
CLAE is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the release of a new vegan sneaker line.

Trump administration weakens endangered species' protections

By: Teresa Bergen on 17 December 2020, 6:30 pm
By more narrowly defining “habitat,” many species may not have a protected place to go as humans continue to encroach on wildlife.

In London, coroner rules air pollution as cause of death of a child

By: Teresa Bergen on 17 December 2020, 5:30 pm
Coroner Philip Barlow ruled that failure to keep air pollution below legal limits was one of the causes of Ella Kissi-Debrah’s death in 2013.

Embracing the stylish, sustainable cottagecore trend

By: Teresa Bergen on 17 December 2020, 4:30 pm
The cottagecore aesthetic has become popular with Gen Z, but what many don’t realize is how this trend actually finds its roots in sustainability.

The Good Life House uses passive design for year-round comfort in Melbourne

By: Lucy Wang on 17 December 2020, 3:30 pm
This energy-efficient home employs passive design and modern technology for a reduced environmental impact.

Townhomes with living roofs cost 45% less to build than area average

By: Katherine Gallagher on 16 December 2020, 7:30 pm
A Seattle-based architect is proving that high quality doesn’t have to come at a high price. Matt Wittman of architecture and landscaping studio Wittman Estes acted as the architect, developer and contractor for Tsuga Townhomes, a trio of sustainable townhomes with living roofs, eco-friendly finish materials and a rainwater collection system.

French court persecutes noisy frogs in Grignols

By: Teresa Bergen on 16 December 2020, 6:30 pm
A French judge has sentenced a pond full of frogs to capital punishment. Their crime? Being too noisy.

San Antonio unveils new wildlife land bridge

By: Bonface Landi on 16 December 2020, 5:30 pm
A newly built bridge now connects two sections of a San Antonio park that were previously separated by a highway.

Winning design for Museum of Architecture and Urbanism announced

By: Dawn Hammon on 16 December 2020, 4:30 pm
A recent competition sponsored by the National Agency for Administrative City Construction aimed to find a comprehensive design for the new Korean Museum of Architecture and Urbanism (KMUA) in Sejong, South Korea. The winning team was recently announced, along with plans for the project.

Your guide to sustainable holiday gifts for parents

By: Katherine Gallagher on 16 December 2020, 3:30 pm
Our parents give us so much, and the holidays present the perfect opportunity to give them something back in return. Read on to learn about the best eco-friendly and sustainable holiday gifts of 2020 for parents.

Mitosis: sustainable living modules cloaked in plants

By: Lucy Wang on 15 December 2020, 7:30 pm
Together with Arup, Amsterdam architecture practice GG-loop has unveiled designs for Mitosis, a modular building system that emphasizes regenerative, sustainable living and urban development.

Biden promises US-led climate summit in 2021

By: Teresa Bergen on 15 December 2020, 6:30 pm
President-elect Joe Biden is making it clear that he won’t be fooling around regarding climate change.

Court issues largest fine for wildlife crime ever for a demolished bat habitat

By: Bonface Landi on 15 December 2020, 5:30 pm
Bellway, a UK-based homebuilder, knowingly demolished a bat roost while building a home in 2018 and was charged the largest fine for wildlife crime in history.

Bradley Plaza Green Alley: a new park for an old LA neighborhood

By: Teresa Bergen on 15 December 2020, 4:30 pm
A formerly bleak alley has become a vibrant plaza and pedestrian-friendly pathway in Pacoima.

Our favorite environmental TikTok channels

By: Teresa Bergen on 15 December 2020, 3:30 pm
More and more users of the social media platform are on a campaign to save the world.

New Frank and Oak office reflects the company's sustainable values

By: Katherine Gallagher on 14 December 2020, 7:30 pm
Frank and Oak called on Imperatori Design for a new office space that reflect the clothing company’s sustainable values.

IUCN's latest Red List update comes with good and bad news

By: Teresa Bergen on 14 December 2020, 6:30 pm
The latest IUCN Red List has declared 31 more species extinct, and about 30% of plant and animal species on the Red List are at risk of extinction.

EPA finalizes rule to make efforts against climate change more difficult

By: Teresa Bergen on 14 December 2020, 5:30 pm
Like an evil troll throwing a curse over its shoulder before being banished from the kingdom, President Donald Trump’s EPA finalized a rule that could make it harder for Biden to address pollution and climate change.

Good Days brings sustainable activewear to Hong Kong

By: KC Morgan on 14 December 2020, 4:30 pm
One company in Hong Kong is putting a twist on the trend by cleaning up the planet while making leggings, tops and sports bras. Good Days has created an entire activewear line made from recycled post-consumer plastic waste.

Eco-friendly holiday gifts your partner will love

By: Katherine Gallagher on 14 December 2020, 3:30 pm
If you’re a fan of Inhabitat, chances are your partner supports sustainable living as well! If not, what better time than the holidays to introduce your special someone to one or two of this year’s best eco-friendly products? Use our 2020 guide to the best holiday gifts for partners.

Sustainable holiday gift ideas for siblings

By: Teresa Bergen on 11 December 2020, 7:30 pm
You grew up with them and have probably known them your whole life. So why are some siblings so hard to shop for? We’ve scoured the internet for fun, thoughtful and sustainable gifts which even the most discerning sib will be thrilled to receive.

Human-produced mass now outweighs the Earth's biomass

By: Bonface Landi on 11 December 2020, 6:30 pm
Research published in Nature revealed that human-made matter now outweighs the earth’s biomass. The research further shows that, on average, every person on Earth is responsible for creating matter equal to their own weight each week.

Water joins the commodities market

By: Teresa Bergen on 11 December 2020, 5:30 pm
Oil, gold, pork bellies, water — it’s all fodder for Wall Street trading. But putting water into the hands of financial institutions may leave many thirsty.

An old farmhouse becomes a hotel focused on indoor-outdoor living

By: Lucy Wang on 11 December 2020, 4:30 pm
Spanish architecture firm GANA Arquitectura has rehabilitated a historic cortijo — a type of traditional rural dwelling common in southern Spain — into a beautiful new hotel.

Zimbabwe permaculture education center promotes self-sufficiency

By: Lucy Wang on 11 December 2020, 3:30 pm
German architecture firm Studio Anna Heringer has completed the first kindergarten in Zimbabwe’s Chimanimani District, a rural and desolate region home to about 200 families that have long lacked access to education. The kindergarten, which builds on the firm’s award-winning portfolio of humanitarian architecture, serves as a pilot project for PORET, Zimbabwe’s permaculture community, to promote permaculture and encourage self-sufficiency in the local community.

First passengers make history on BIG-designed Hyperloop Pegasus pod

By: Lucy Wang on 10 December 2020, 7:30 pm
Virgin Hyperloop’s Pegasus Pod made history when its first passengers successfully completed a trial run at the 500-meter-long DevLoop test site in Las Vegas.

Polar bears get a big win as court dismisses Arctic oil drilling project

By: Bonface Landi on 10 December 2020, 6:30 pm
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has rejected the Trump administration’s proposal for Arctic oil drilling.

New York state divests from fossil fuels in historic move

By: Teresa Bergen on 10 December 2020, 5:30 pm
The retirement contributions of New York state workers will no longer be invested in fossil fuels.

Tallhouse: an adaptable, timber model for low-carbon urban housing

By: Katherine Gallagher on 10 December 2020, 4:30 pm
This timber housing model could help Boston meet its goal to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by 80%.

Vegan Hanukkah recipes that everyone will enjoy

By: Teresa Bergen on 10 December 2020, 3:30 pm
Here are some delicious vegan recipes to accompany lighting the menorah.

Giant bamboo arches shield Haduwa Arts & Culture Institute from the sun

By: Lucy Wang on 9 December 2020, 7:30 pm
This giant dome is made from one of the few species of bamboo available for construction in Ghana.

London tree rental service solves a Christmas quandary

By: Teresa Bergen on 9 December 2020, 6:30 pm
Skip the faux vs. real Christmas tree debate. In London, one innovative company is allowing people to rent pot-grown trees that can continue growing after the holidays.

House passes Big Cat Public Safety Act

By: Bonface Landi on 9 December 2020, 5:30 pm
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a landmark legislation that will see big cats protected from human mistreatment. The bill still has to move through the Senate.

Outdoor adventures in Hot Springs, Arkansas

By: Teresa Bergen on 9 December 2020, 4:30 pm
Hot Springs, Arkansas has plenty of nature to enjoy.

Modernist Bata shoe factory transforms into geothermal-powered homes

By: Lucy Wang on 9 December 2020, 3:30 pm
Quadrangle has fulfilled a long-held dream of the late Sonja Bata of Bata Shoes fame with the transformation of the decommissioned Bata Shoe Factory in Batawa.

Modular home in Delft boasts low-carbon timber build and a green roof

By: Lucy Wang on 8 December 2020, 7:30 pm
Building information modeling (BIM), modular construction and low-carbon timber materials combine in the sustainable Buitenhuis, a small low-impact home with beautiful farmland views in Heinenoord, the Netherlands.

A pygmy possum on Kangaroo Island revives conservationists' hopes

By: Bonface Landi on 8 December 2020, 6:30 pm
This is the first time that the tiny animal has been spotted after a wildfire ravaged the island last summer.

Should green architecture firms design airports?

By: Teresa Bergen on 8 December 2020, 5:30 pm
Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have both withdrawn from Architects Declare. The issue? Airports.

Nimble makes phone accessories from recycled plastic, CDs and more

By: Dawn Hammon on 8 December 2020, 4:30 pm
Nimble is taking care of plastic and e-waste by turning them into cool new accessories for your smart phone.

BIG designs the energy-efficient heart of Johns Hopkins University

By: Lucy Wang on 8 December 2020, 3:30 pm
JHU has tapped BIG to add a new student center to serve as a modern, welcoming social hub for students.