Inhabitat News 2021-01-06

Rolloe is a bike wheel that filters outdoor air while you cycle

By: Dawn Hammon on 5 January 2021, 7:30 pm
While ‘rolling’ through the streets of London, designer Kristen Tapping came up with the idea for Rolloe, a bicycle wheel that filters outdoor air pollution.

By 2035, all new cars sold in Massachusetts must be electric

By: Bonface Landi on 5 January 2021, 6:30 pm
Massachusetts 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap outlines ways for the state to reach net-zero emissions, including transitioning to selling only electric cars.

Bali's beaches are covered in plastic waste

By: Teresa Bergen on 5 January 2021, 5:30 pm
People come from all over the world to see Bali’s famous white sand beaches. But lately, you can’t see the sand underneath the tons of plastic garbage washing ashore.

Vincent Callebaut proposes a green, food-producing footbridge for Paris

By: Lucy Wang on 5 January 2021, 4:30 pm
This footbridge in Paris would run on renewable energy, recycle its own waste and fight urban air pollution while producing 87,500 kilograms of fresh fruits and vegetables every year.

Freedom Cove: an off-grid floating homestead at one with nature

By: Teresa Bergen on 5 January 2021, 3:30 pm
Off the coast of Tofino, British Columbia, floats a forested, eco-fairyland.

O2 Treehouse to launch a treehouse-based hospitality company

By: Katherine Gallagher on 4 January 2021, 7:30 pm
Treewalkers will become a worldwide network of rentable treehouses, enabling investors to provide any number of treehouses for rent from just one single unit to entire treehouse villages.

Scientists discover 503 new species in 2020

By: Bonface Landi on 4 January 2021, 6:30 pm
London’s Natural History Museum has finished its annual tally of new species and found its scientists discovered 503 species in 2020, despite the pandemic.

Raphael Warnock could prioritize environmental justice in Senate

By: Teresa Bergen on 4 January 2021, 5:30 pm
The January 5 Senate runoff in Georgia pits two very different candidates against each other.

CRAs Playscraper stacks 8 tennis courts into a 300-foot-tall skyscraper

By: Lucy Wang on 4 January 2021, 4:30 pm
Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) and Italo Rota have unveiled designs for the Playscraper, a Jenga-like skyscraper that stacks together eight tennis courts for a total of 60,000 square feet of playing space.

Sustainable interior design trends for 2021

By: Katherine Gallagher on 4 January 2021, 3:30 pm
Inhabitat rounded up some of the most sustainable interior design trends predicted for 2021 so you can stay ahead of the curve.

Families turn old police station into sustainable co-housing

By: Lucy Wang on 1 January 2021, 7:30 pm
Belgian design firm Polygoon Architectuur and Jouri De Pelecijn Architect have brought to life the dream of four local families: a sustainable collaborative housing project that maintains sufficient privacy while providing shared functions. Dubbed Living Apart Together, the four-unit co-housing development is located within a former police station in Antwerp.

This will be the worlds largest Passive House-certified office building

By: Lucy Wang on 1 January 2021, 4:30 pm
Boston’s Financial District will soon welcome the groundbreaking Winthrop Center, a year-round, mixed-use gathering space with a suite of impressive eco-friendly credentials.

Take your sustainable lifestyle to the next level in 2021

By: Teresa Bergen on 1 January 2021, 3:30 pm
If you’re ready to up your environmental commitment this year (and hold larger entities accountable along the way), here are a few ideas — some more dramatic than others — for sustainable resolutions in 2021.

Artist Camille Walala envisions a carless Oxford Street for London

By: Dawn Hammon on 31 December 2020, 7:30 pm
Seeing Oxford Street empty during the pandemic, Walala imagined what it could look like if the street was converted into a pedestrian hub.

Japan to develop wooden satellite in bid to curb space junk

By: Bonface Landi on 31 December 2020, 6:30 pm
Japanese company Sumitomo Forestry is collaborating with Kyoto University to develop the world’s first wooden satellite.

Indigenous land defender Flix Vsquez murdered in Honduras

By: Teresa Bergen on 31 December 2020, 5:30 pm
Honduran environmental hero Félix Vásquez was murdered on December 26 for his brave work defending the land. Vásquez, 60, a long-time leader of the indigenous Lenca people, was shot at his home in front of his family.

A French wine cellars updated facade doubles as housing for local bats

By: Lucy Wang on 31 December 2020, 4:30 pm
Eleven bat nesting boxes have been discreetly integrated into one of the building’s timber-clad gabled end walls.

Capris new electric power station replaces the islands diesel plant

By: Katherine Gallagher on 31 December 2020, 3:30 pm
This clean power station provides Capri with renewable energy and reduces the island’s emissions to zero.

This modular prefab office space offers sustainable solutions

By: Katherine Gallagher on 30 December 2020, 7:30 pm
London studio Boano Prišmontas is no stranger to projects that highlight sustainable workspaces. Once the pandemic hit, the need for affordable, easy-to-assemble remote work solutions became even more urgent. Enter “My Room in The Garden,” a low-cost prefab home office that can fit a yard of any size and takes less than a day to install.

Trump administration disregards border wall's environmental impact

By: Bonface Landi on 30 December 2020, 5:30 pm
An environmental row rages on as the Trump administration races against time to complete its target 450 miles of the border wall along the American-Mexico border.

Bright and airy Sycamore tiny house hits the market for $90k

By: Lucy Wang on 30 December 2020, 4:30 pm
This chic tiny home has all the bells and whistles, including a full-size stove in the kitchen and two lofts.

Save energy and money with these eco-friendly tips for winter

By: Dawn Hammon on 30 December 2020, 3:30 pm
Whether winter conjures thoughts of cozy fires and hot cocoa or trudging through snow and ice on the way to work, it’s essential to have a plan for coping with the season in a sustainable way both in the home and while you’re away.

Australian government stumbles in climate crisis response

By: Bonface Landi on 30 December 2020, 3:30 pm
The Australian government appears conflicted in its efforts to adopt environmentally progressive policies following the country’s recent bushfires and record temperatures.

Prefab timber home prototype pops up in just 5 days

By: Lucy Wang on 29 December 2020, 7:30 pm
Modular, transportable and built entirely with locally sourced timber, the prefab Proto-Habitat is an exercise in sustainable living.

San Francisco Bay could make the perfect sea otter habitat

By: Bonface Landi on 29 December 2020, 6:30 pm
San Francisco Bay could become the new home to extinction-threatened sea otters, according to a recent report published in PeerJ. Although the bay is located in the middle of a major urban area, it may still offer a suitable environment for the otters.

Animal activist impersonates Smithfield CEO on Fox News

By: Teresa Bergen on 29 December 2020, 5:30 pm
Activist Matt Johnson won great acclaim from animal rights supporters by pulling off a neat trick: fooling Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo into interviewing him as Dennis Organ, the new CEO of Smithfield Foods, on her show last Wednesday. The prank went on for six minutes before Bartiromo caught on that something was gravely amiss.

Architects turn invasive plants and forestry waste into a sculpture

By: Lucy Wang on 29 December 2020, 4:30 pm
After Architecture is showing how forestry waste and invasive plant species can be repurposed as bio-based construction materials.

Discover Bruvi, a single-serve coffee machine with biodegradable pods

By: Dawn Hammon on 29 December 2020, 3:30 pm
Bruvi looks like many other single-serve coffee pod systems; however, the pod that goes into the machine is very different.

D prefab glass cabin immerses you in nature while you work

By: Katherine Gallagher on 28 December 2020, 7:30 pm
In a world where remote work is becoming the norm, modular design studio ÖÖD is offering a sustainable solution to those who want to feel surrounded by nature without the distractions of a traditional home office.

CRA reveals the worlds first compostable marker

By: Katherine Gallagher on 28 December 2020, 4:30 pm
Scribit Pen cartridges are made of natural fibers and contain non-toxic, water-based ink.

This city park in Amsterdam could help purify local water

By: Lucy Wang on 28 December 2020, 3:30 pm
In addition to providing recreational opportunities for locals, the park will offer a rich variety of landscapes, diverse habitats for fauna and natural water purification systems.

This plastic-free, organic personal care kit is 'All Good'

By: Dawn Hammon on 25 December 2020, 7:30 pm
When they say it’s All Good, this ethical body care company means it’s good for you and the planet.

A friendly rescue dog inspired this sustainable home remodel

By: Katherine Gallagher on 25 December 2020, 4:30 pm
Cedar House helps celebrate the natural context of its surroundings, including Brownie the loyal watchdog.

Proposed skating rink uses melted ice to sustain wetland habitats

By: Katherine Gallagher on 25 December 2020, 3:30 pm
Designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, this $40 million venue in London will feature two Olympic-sized ice rinks and use ice from the facility to benefit the sustainability and biodiversity of the building site.

The top 7 amazing tiny homes weve seen this year

By: Katherine Gallagher on 24 December 2020, 7:30 pm
Tiny homes are more relevant than ever. Here are our favorites from 2020.

Organic and conventional meat production cause equal amounts of emissions

By: Bonface Landi on 24 December 2020, 6:30 pm
A new study shows that compared to conventional meat production, organic is still just as bad when it comes to emissions and contributing to climate change.

The high environmental cost of popular holiday gifts

By: Teresa Bergen on 24 December 2020, 5:30 pm
The societal pressure of all this gift-giving has many bad consequences for the planet.

New Urban Park in Portugal gets eco-conscious renovation

By: Dawn Hammon on 24 December 2020, 4:30 pm
The new Urban Park and Environmental Interpretation Center in construction for the Portuguese city of Oliveira de Azeméis offers over roughly 12 acres of public-use area designed with special consideration for the ecosystem.

A 1905 home reborn as greenery-filled office in Mexico City

By: Lucy Wang on 24 December 2020, 3:30 pm
Mexican architecture firm Gabriel Beas Arquitectura has transformed a 1905 building in the historic Mexico City neighborhood of Colonia San Rafael into Corporativo BNS, a contemporary office space surrounded by lush landscaping. Completed in phases over four years, the adaptive reuse project recovered much of the carved stonework, iron windows, carpentry and tiled floors original to the 1905 construction while introducing a new contemporary aesthetic that welcomes the outdoors in.

Abandoned farmhouse becomes sleek, modern eco-home

By: KC Morgan on 23 December 2020, 7:30 pm
Collectif Encore transformed this Labastide-Villefranche building into a sleek, modern home full of amazing features. The architects call this project Hourre House.

British wind farms have a record-breaking day

By: Teresa Bergen on 23 December 2020, 6:30 pm
Last Friday, the wintry weather set a record in Britain as more than 40% of that day’s electricity was generated on wind farms.

Humane Society UK finds top brands selling real fur disguised as faux fur

By: Bonface Landi on 23 December 2020, 5:30 pm
Humane Society International’s undercover shoppers purchased faux fur items online from top brands. Lab tests show the products contained real fur.

EXO ONE is a futuristic electric vehicle designed to solve traffic jams

By: Dawn Hammon on 23 December 2020, 4:30 pm
Designer Piotr Czyżewski is well aware of traffic jams and parking issues, so he decided to try to tackle the problem by developing EXO ONE.

Green-roofed yna hotel blends into a spectacular Nordic landscape

By: Lucy Wang on 23 December 2020, 3:30 pm
Earlier this year, Norwegian architects Green Advisers AS completed the Øyna hotel — Norway’s “first cultural landscape hotel” with stunning views of the Trondheim fjord.

This artist turns paper waste into decorative vases

By: Katherine Gallagher on 22 December 2020, 7:30 pm
London-based designer Jacqueline de la Fuente is committed to turning trash into treasure. She’s the artist behind De La Jardin, decorative vases made from a unique type of cardboard and paper waste clay.

Latest COVID-19 relief includes legislation on climate change

By: Teresa Bergen on 22 December 2020, 6:30 pm
A $35 billion investment in clean power and other climate initiatives hitched a ride on the latest COVID-19 relief package.

Trash-monitoring cameras help McDonald's clean up its waste stream

By: Teresa Bergen on 22 December 2020, 5:30 pm
Dumpster cameras and artificial intelligence can help businesses cut waste and boost recycling rates.

Bamboo Compression Socks offer support via natural and recycled materials

By: Dawn Hammon on 22 December 2020, 4:30 pm
One tool for handling long days on your feet or sitting at a computer is a trusty pair of compression socks.

Award-winning Jewish primary school gets a sustainable expansion in Chicago

By: Lucy Wang on 22 December 2020, 3:30 pm
The Blue Ribbon School-recognized Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School (BZAEDIS) in Chicago, Illinois has elevated its unique identity with a sustainable expansion that celebrates the private K-8 day school’s Jewish values and cultural heritage.

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.