Inhabitat News 2021-03-06

This Indonesian high-rise performs 36% better than LEED baseline

By: KC Morgan on 5 March 2021, 7:30 pm
Located in Jakarta’s central business district of Sudirman, Sequis Tower makes a space for itself on the city skyline. Drawing inspiration from the Banyan tree for both design influence and metaphoric meaning, the tower is meant to look like it’s rising organically from the ground.

San Diego Zoo apes get experimental, animal-only COVID-19 vaccine

By: Teresa Bergen on 5 March 2021, 6:30 pm
They’re the first great apes to receive an experimental COVID-19 vaccine made specifically for animals.

Glowing sharks found near New Zealand

By: Teresa Bergen on 5 March 2021, 5:30 pm
Scientists have found three glow-in-the-dark sharks off the coast of New Zealand.

Design unveiled for a sustainable wooden tower in Switzerland

By: Lucy Wang on 5 March 2021, 4:30 pm
Architecture firms 3XN and IttenBrechbühl have won an international competition with their design for the Tilia Tower©, an 85-meter-tall timber high-rise that will serve as a beacon for sustainability and an anchor for the up-and-coming district of Prilly-Malley.

News From the Future imagines iconic landmarks after a climate apocalypse

By: Katherine Gallagher on 5 March 2021, 3:30 pm
Have you ever wondered what the world might look after an environmental apocalypse?

A contemporary home slots inside a historic stone facade in Spain

By: Lucy Wang on 4 March 2021, 7:30 pm
Valentín Arrieta Berdasco has recently completed the Pino-Roble House, an architecturally striking home that combines a historic stone facade with a contemporary new build.

13 more endemic species in Australia are confirmed extinct

By: Bonface Landi on 4 March 2021, 6:30 pm
The Australian government has confirmed 13 more extinct species, including the Christmas Island pipistrelle and forest skink and several endemic bandicoots.

Climate change spells trouble for baby tree swallows

By: Teresa Bergen on 4 March 2021, 5:30 pm
Warmer temperatures earlier in the year cue birds to lay eggs. The chicks are then left vulnerable to cold snaps.

The Gaia off-grid container house has a custom rooftop wind turbine

By: Katherine Gallagher on 4 March 2021, 4:30 pm
This container house embodies self sufficiency.

Mask Architects designs a cavernous luxury villa in Sardinia

By: Lucy Wang on 4 March 2021, 3:30 pm
Villa G01 celebrates indoor/outdoor living with a massive garden, spacious terraces and openings that offer panoramic views of the sea.

Breitenbach Landscape Hotel features 14 Nordic cabins on stilts

By: Katherine Gallagher on 3 March 2021, 7:30 pm
The cabins are inspired by Scandinavian architecture, specifically traditional hytte retreats, which are used to reconnect with nature.

Volvo is going fully electric by 2030

By: Teresa Bergen on 3 March 2021, 6:30 pm
This was a big week for Volvo, which made two bold and forward-looking announcements and debuted the C40 Recharge.

Monarch butterfly population declines due to climate change and logging

By: Bonface Landi on 3 March 2021, 5:30 pm
Migrating monarch butterflies declined 26% in December 2020 compared to December 2019.

Daan Roosegaardes GROW is a colorful LED dreamscape

By: Lucy Wang on 3 March 2021, 4:30 pm
This field of LED lights can boost plant growth and reduce the use of pesticides.

Caf Terra is an urban oasis with raw earth surfaces in Dubai

By: Lucy Wang on 3 March 2021, 3:30 pm
Crafted as an urban oasis, Café Terra provides respite from both the heat and the bustle of the city.

New apartments bring sustainable architecture to the Upper West Side

By: Dawn Hammon on 2 March 2021, 7:30 pm
A new, luxury apartment complex on the Upper West Side meets the stringent Passive House standards.

Yara invests in green ammonia for renewable energy

By: Teresa Bergen on 2 March 2021, 6:30 pm
By using hydropower with its existing ammonia plant, Norway’s Yara is about to manufacture green ammonia commercially

LEED Gold Columbia Building cleans stormwater runoff with green roofs

By: Lucy Wang on 2 March 2021, 4:30 pm
The award-winning Columbia Building successfully meets its design targets with an attractive green roof and a visible stormwater management system.

Green renovation to a '50s California home features recycled denim insulation

By: Katherine Gallagher on 2 March 2021, 3:30 pm
A private residence in San Anselmo, California has received a green renovation with some unique features. Designers from Pfau Long Architecture expanded the space to 2,800 feet to help this project stick out from the rest, complete with sustainable solar power and recycled denim insulation.

Are Florida manatees starving to death?

By: Teresa Bergen on 2 March 2021, 3:30 pm
Manatee mortality in Florida has shot up this year, with 358 recorded deaths in January and February. Last year, the first two months had a combined total of 143 deaths — less than half this year’s current toll. Conservationists worry that the manatees are starving to death.

These bioclimatic student dorms use low-cost, sustainable materials

By: Lucy Wang on 1 March 2021, 7:30 pm
In the tropical Vietnamese province of Dong Nai, Southeast Asian architecture firm T3 Architects has completed the Hippo Farm Bioclimatic Dormitories, a cost-effective housing structure that uses locally sourced materials and bioclimatic design principles to stay naturally cool and comfortable year-round.

USPS cuts emissions with new delivery vehicle fleet

By: Teresa Bergen on 1 March 2021, 6:30 pm
USPS is getting a new fleet of efficient delivery vehicles.

Facebook Marketplace fuels illegal sales of land in the Amazon rainforest

By: Bonface Landi on 1 March 2021, 5:30 pm
Large parcels of land in the Amazon rainforest are being sold illegally on Facebook.

This home floats in a self-sufficient Amsterdam neighborhood

By: Katherine Gallagher on 1 March 2021, 4:30 pm
In a city characterized by fast population growth, Amsterdam residents are beginning to entertain alternative living situations.

Modern, barn-inspired home ages gracefully in a wild Pozna meadow

By: Lucy Wang on 1 March 2021, 3:30 pm
The client wanted a Hollywood Western-inspired abode where she could fulfill her passions for horseback riding and raising cacti.

A skyscraper will purify Shenzhens air with aquaponic gardens

By: Lucy Wang on 26 February 2021, 7:30 pm
Informed by 3D-modeling tools, the skyscraper features a futuristic, energy-efficient design with terraced levels, dramatic curves and expansive glazing.

MAD unveils solar-powered "Train Station in the Forest"

By: Lucy Wang on 26 February 2021, 6:30 pm
This summer, the Chinese city of Jiaxing will welcome an innovative transportation hub that will be topped with a lush “borderless park” to bring nature back to the urban environment.

Stranded at sea: 2000 cattle face culling by Spanish government

By: Bonface Landi on 26 February 2021, 5:30 pm
Stranded at sea with roughly 2000 cattle, two ships face are “crying out for help” from the Spanish government.

Topsoil is disappearing from Midwest farms

By: Teresa Bergen on 26 February 2021, 4:30 pm
Almost one-third of crop-growing land in the upper Midwest is now devoid of its most fertile topsoil, says a controversial new study.

The Mawj 3D Printed Chair is inspired by the Arabian Sea

By: Katherine Gallagher on 26 February 2021, 3:30 pm
Off the shores of Dubai, the majestic Arabian Sea section of the northern Indian Ocean can trace its history back to important marine trade routes. Also known as the Sea of Oman, this massive body of water is known for its turquoise waters and unique wave patterns. This natural wonder was the inspiration behind Middle East Architecture Network’s Mawj 3D Printed Chair, an innovative contemporary armchair meant to explore the potential of robotic 3D-printing in the furniture industry.

Rent a minimalist tiny home on the edge of a lake in Austria

By: Dawn Hammon on 25 February 2021, 7:30 pm
It’s a minimalist tiny house handmade with a love of the outdoors in mind.

Seville's plan to turn oranges into electricity

By: Teresa Bergen on 25 February 2021, 6:30 pm
When life gives you oranges, make electricity.

Mayonnaise is saving sea turtles after an oil spill in Israel

By: Teresa Bergen on 25 February 2021, 5:30 pm
An unlikely hero is emerging in Israel’s fight to save sea turtles from one of the country’s worst ecological disasters.

Green terraces intersect a mixed-use tower in Shenzhen

By: Lucy Wang on 25 February 2021, 4:30 pm
Visitors can find respite from the hustle and bustle by visiting the lush terraces at Shuiwan 1979 Life Plaza.

Adorable goat playground raises awareness of upcycling waste

By: Lucy Wang on 25 February 2021, 3:30 pm
NOMAD architects and Karina Aramanda have transformed wood waste into GO[A]T WASTE?, an educational pavilion and animal playground that raises awareness about the merits of upcycling.

HempWood offers a sustainable wood alternative with endless applications

By: Dawn Hammon on 24 February 2021, 7:30 pm
No trees were harmed in the making of HempWood.

Microplastics could affect the healing process for COVID-19 patients

By: Bonface Landi on 24 February 2021, 6:30 pm
A new study has found that microplastics can inhibit lungs that are growing or trying to heal themselves, particularly after health conditions like COVID-19.

Nearly 1/3 of freshwater fish face extinction

By: Teresa Bergen on 24 February 2021, 5:30 pm
Just over half of the world’s fish species are freshwater species, consisting of about one-quarter of all vertebrate species on Earth.

Planet City explores housing the world population in one city

By: Lucy Wang on 24 February 2021, 4:30 pm
Planet City shows a possible future where a population of 10 billion people could live with minimal impact on the environment to give the rest of the natural world outside of the city’s borders a chance to rejuvenate.

Art crafted with natural materials sends powerful message

By: Katherine Gallagher on 24 February 2021, 3:30 pm
Joana Cabrita Martins is a Portugal-based artist who merges design and activism. Her latest collection, “Trees of My Land” (or “Árvores da Minha Terra”), is a duo of handmade pieces crafted from olive tree wood and clay by master artisans.

YEZO is a nature retreat perched on a Japanese hillside

By: Dawn Hammon on 23 February 2021, 7:30 pm
Looking for low site impact, a focus on nature or a retreat? YEZO is all of that and more.

Texas power outages lead to deaths of animals in a sanctuary

By: Bonface Landi on 23 February 2021, 6:30 pm
Several animals, including monkeys, chimpanzees and lemurs, have died at a Texas animal sanctuary due to freezing temperatures and a power outage.

US officially rejoins Paris Agreement

By: Teresa Bergen on 23 February 2021, 5:30 pm
Now comes the hard part: getting the U.S. to set and meet a national target for cutting fossil fuel emissions.

A modern cabin in rural Washington celebrates indoor/outdoor living

By: Lucy Wang on 23 February 2021, 4:30 pm
Eager to relax and unwind from city living, a retired aerospace engineer reached out to Seattle-based David Coleman Architecture to design a modern, energy-efficient cabin.

Water-powered shower head speaker made from recycled plastic wins honors at CES

By: Katherine Gallagher on 23 February 2021, 3:30 pm
Whether it’s podcasts, music or audiobooks, humans are streaming audio content now more than ever. Now, thanks to wireless tech company Ampere, the sound doesn’t have to stop when it’s time for a shower. Audiophiles, meet Shower Power, the water-powered showerhead made from recycled plastic.

Endangered black-footed ferret is successfully cloned

By: Bonface Landi on 22 February 2021, 7:30 pm
Elizabeth Ann is the first endangered species in North America to be successfully cloned.

You can make this 3D-printed, bioplastic face shield at home

By: Dawn Hammon on 22 February 2021, 6:30 pm
Designer Alice Potts is planning to release a template and recipe for 3D-printed face shields made with food waste.

SoilKit wins recognition through Lowe's small businesses program

By: KC Morgan on 22 February 2021, 5:30 pm
Through the “Making It…With Lowe’s” program, entrepreneurs around the U.S. had the opportunity to showcase their products and innovative ideas. One of these standouts is SoilKit, and the story behind the kit is just as interesting as the product itself.

Hyperloop desert campus imagines futuristic solar-powered oasis

By: Lucy Wang on 22 February 2021, 4:30 pm
Begum Aydinoglu of Pada Labs, Mariana Custodio Dos Santos and Juan Carlos Naranjo have been recognized among the 30 finalist teams for their Hyperloop Desert Campus design, a competition entry for a futuristic Hyperloop test center in last summer’s Young Architects Competitions (YAC).

Shahar Livne turns recycled ocean plastic into Balenciaga jewelry

By: Katherine Gallagher on 22 February 2021, 3:30 pm
Inhabitat caught up with Livne to hear more about the process and inspiration behind the project.