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Jan 24, 2020

Environment & Sustainability

Stunning House on the Rocks uses geothermal power

Jan 23, 2020: On Finland’s windswept Turku archipelago, Helsinki-based design practice and log house kit purveyor Pluspuu has completed yet another ecological wood house — fittingly named the House on the Rocks. Designed to embrace landscape views in multiple directions, the three-bedroom, two-bath residence is a custom design based on Pluspuu’s pre-designed house models Isokari and Kustavi.

Check out these amazing sustainable cabins by ZeroCabin

Jan 23, 2020: Armed only with experience in biology, chemistry and physics, a group of Chile-based scientists took concepts ranging from photosynthesis to thermodynamics to create Zerocabin, a collection of off-grid and self-sustaining cabins that use “free energy” to function.

Restored Georgian townhouse has rainwater-fed green roof

Jan 23, 2020: The Sun Rain Room is an extension and restoration of a two-story Grade-II Listed townhouse designed and constructed by Tonkin Liu. Partnering with local craftspeople to complete the project, the London-based architecture firm was able to create an extension of the existing structure through landscape that feeds off of the sun and rain.

Henning Larsen unveils plans for Copenhagens first all-timber community

Jan 23, 2020: A sustainable, nature-filled neighborhood unlike any other in Denmark could soon take root just beyond Copenhagen’s city center.

Charming hobbit home in Slovenian 'Shire' is built of local, natural materials

Jan 23, 2020: While it may not be located in the Shire, this hobbit home in Slovenia is just as magical as a Middle Earth abode.

The Union Flats is a LEED Platinum-certified housing community

Jan 22, 2020: Prefab architecture and energy efficiency go hand-in-hand at The Union Flats, one of the largest completed modular housing developments in Northern California. Located in Union City directly across a new public plaza and the local BART station, the transit-oriented community celebrates walkability and the outdoors with its amenities and proximity to green space.

Hundreds of red plastic crates are repurposed into a public mosque in Indonesia

Jan 22, 2020: One green-thinking firm, Parisauli Arsitek Studio, has managed to find a way of giving new life to hundreds of discarded plastic crates.

Carbon-negative snack company AKUA offers kelp jerky and pasta

Jan 22, 2020: Seaweeds are becoming quite the catch for health- and eco-conscious brands and consumers.

Off-grid home is inspired by the iconic Australian Akubra hat

Jan 22, 2020: The Australian Akubra hat is one of the many symbols of the country, and one architectural team has used the hat's recognizable form as inspiration for a spectacular off-grid home in the small NSW town of Nundle.

Modular homes in Sweden are specially designed for solar panels

Jan 22, 2020: Swedish firm Street Monkey Architects has unveiled new solar-powered, prefabricated modular homes in Örebro, Sweden.

Luzinterruptus turns plastic waste into Death by Plastic eco-art for COP25

Jan 21, 2020: Made from plastic waste and transparent fabric, the glowing environmental art installation depicts a crime scene-like visual with a series of people-shaped sculptures lying on the ground.

CRA proposes reconfigurable roads and a floating garden to revitalize Luganos waterfront

Jan 21, 2020: Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) and Mobility in Chain (MiC) have unveiled a technologically savvy plan to better connect the Swiss city of Lugano with the beautiful Lugano Lake.

China plans to phase out single-use plastics by 2025

Jan 21, 2020: China is set to enact a plastic ban to phase out the production and use of many single-use plastic items by 2025.

Self-sustaining Ugandan surgical facility provides healthcare to underserved areas

Jan 21, 2020: The architects created a modular, easily replicable surgical facility to provide ambulatory surgical procedures for underserved populations in resource-poor regions.

New tiny home for glamping on Governors Island offers guests the best views of NYC

Jan 21, 2020: Outlook Shelter offers guests a glamping experience with city vistas they won't find anywhere else.

Cross-laminated timber makes this Scottish home climate resistant

Jan 20, 2020: Scottish firm Mary Arnold Foster Architects has unveiled a stunning home made out of several timber “pods” and tucked into the idyllic landscape of the Scottish Highlands. Clad in cross-laminated timber (CLT) and covered with slats of charred larch, which provide the home with resilience, the Nedd home was built on concrete pillars and set in between two outcrops to minimize damage to the landscape.

NAWA reveals hybrid electric motorcycle at CES 2020

Jan 20, 2020: It’s not the first electric motorcycle on the market, but the NAWA Racer is currently the most talked about after a big reveal at CES 2020 in Las Vegas.

Modern farmhouse in Italy pays homage to its agricultural surroundings

Jan 20, 2020: Tucked into the rolling wheat fields of the Italian region of Le Marche, the Border Crossing House is a private residence that pays homage to the area's rich agricultural history.

"Embroidered filtering skin helps library regulate light

Jan 20, 2020: French design practice Serero Architectes Urbanistes has recently completed the new Bayeux Media Library, a light-filled cultural institution that connects the northwestern French commune’s historical roots to its future development zones.

Architect makes playful puzzle pavilion for Design Week Mexico

Jan 20, 2020: At the eleventh Design Week Mexico, Mexican architect Gerardo Broissin has created the Egaligilo Pavilion, an eye-catching structure made with large jigsaw puzzle-shaped concrete pieces. Installed on the grounds of Mexico City’s contemporary art museum Museo Tamayo, the boxy pavilion draws the eye with its puzzle-inspired form and bubble-like protrusions designed to deliberately obscure views of the interior. Inside is a lush garden that remains exposed to the outdoor elements thanks to small slits...

Ramboll helps Lombok locals build earthquake-resistant bamboo housing

Jan 17, 2020: Back in 2018 when Lombok was struck by several earthquakes, some of which measured up to magnitude 7, local communities around the seismic region were greatly affected by loss. After the series of earthquakes settled, there were over 500 dead, 129,000 homes damages and 445,000 people homeless.

Planet Beyond earbuds combine tech, sustainability and fashion

Jan 17, 2020: These high-tech earbuds double as unique jewelry.

The Haeckels Victorian-style bathing machine has a sauna inside

Jan 17, 2020: Is there anything better than self-care by the sea? UK-based skincare brand Haeckels is on a mission to reintroduce the local community of Margate Beach to the healing powers of the ocean.

Airstream unveils new 2020 camper with smart technology

Jan 17, 2020: Airstream is a long-standing American legend beloved by many roaming road warriors, but now the iconic campers have been given a sleek modern makeover.

New Marine Education Center in Malm raises climate change awareness

Jan 17, 2020: In Malmo, Sweden, the recently completed Marine Education Center is giving visitors a closer look at the effects of climate change and sustainable technology.

Okanagan Chapter - Task Force Meeting

Jan 16, 2020: Okanagan ChapterThursday, January 16, 2020Our first Okanagan Sustainable Energy Task Force Meeting is coming up and we are hoping to connect with our community in the central Okanagan region to discuss solutions from our fall forum, Powering Sustainable Energy.  The task force will be strategizing how we can positively impact the transition to 100% renewables in the Okanagan by 2030. There are so many ways. We need numbers of people from all walks of life to take on this challenge. Offer some time to the change, educate ourselves and others by talking with the city councils and helping one another live the necessary change. Region-specific leaders and committees will be formed at this event. Please attend and bring friends.  Sunda…

Okanagan Chapter - Task Force Meeting

Jan 16, 2020: Okanagan ChapterThursday, January 16, 2020Our first Okanagan Sustainable Energy Task Force Meeting is coming up and we are hoping to connect with our community in the central Okanagan region to discuss solutions from our fall forum, Powering Sustainable Energy.  The task force will be strategizing how we can positively impact the transition to 100% renewables in the Okanagan by 2030. There are so many ways. We need numbers of people from all walks of life to take on this challenge. Offer some time to the change, educate ourselves and others by talking with the city councils and helping one another live the necessary change. Region-specific leaders and committees will be formed at this event. Please attend and bring friends.  Sunda…

Okanagan Chapter - Task Force Meeting

Jan 16, 2020: Okanagan ChapterThursday, January 16, 2020Our first Okanagan Sustainable Energy Task Force Meeting is coming up and we are hoping to connect with our community in the central Okanagan region to discuss solutions from our fall forum, Powering Sustainable Energy.  The task force will be strategizing how we can positively impact the transition to 100% renewables in the Okanagan by 2030. There are so many ways. We need numbers of people from all walks of life to take on this challenge. Offer some time to the change, educate ourselves and others by talking with the city councils and helping one another live the necessary change. Region-specific leaders and committees will be formed at this event. Please attend and bring friends.  Sunda…

Okanagan Chapter - Task Force Meeting

Jan 16, 2020: Okanagan ChapterThursday, January 16, 2020Our first Okanagan Sustainable Energy Task Force Meeting is coming up and we are hoping to connect with our community in the central Okanagan region to discuss solutions from our fall forum, Powering Sustainable Energy.  The task force will be strategizing how we can positively impact the transition to 100% renewables in the Okanagan by 2030. There are so many ways. We need numbers of people from all walks of life to take on this challenge. Offer some time to the change, educate ourselves and others by talking with the city councils and helping one another live the necessary change. Region-specific leaders and committees will be formed at this event. Please attend and bring friends.  Sunda…

Okanagan Chapter - Task Force Meeting

Jan 16, 2020: Okanagan ChapterThursday, January 16, 2020Our first Okanagan Sustainable Energy Task Force Meeting is coming up and we are hoping to connect with our community in the central Okanagan region to discuss solutions from our fall forum, Powering Sustainable Energy.  The task force will be strategizing how we can positively impact the transition to 100% renewables in the Okanagan by 2030. There are so many ways. We need numbers of people from all walks of life to take on this challenge. Offer some time to the change, educate ourselves and others by talking with the city councils and helping one another live the necessary change. Region-specific leaders and committees will be formed at this event. Please attend and bring friends.  Sunda…

Victoria Chapter - Update on Government Action

Jan 16, 2020: Victoria Chapter Thursday, January 16, 2020Happy new year from the Victoria Chapter team! Our first event for 2020 will be an update on government action to cut transportation emissions. Dan Clancy from the Clean Transportation Branch will address Zero-Emission Vehicles, the Clean Energy Vehicle Program and the Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive Program. Get the inside scoop and ask questions. Following the presentation, we will show videos on new developments in renewable electricity technologies: solar, wind, tidal, wave and more. Join us on Sunday, January 26, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Gorge-ous Coffee, 300 Gorge Road at Tillicum. (RSVP to samtorrance@hotmail.com to help us with numbers). We hope to see you the…

Victoria Chapter - Update on Government Action

Jan 16, 2020: Victoria Chapter Thursday, January 16, 2020Happy new year from the Victoria Chapter team! Our first event for 2020 will be an update on government action to cut transportation emissions. Dan Clancy from the Clean Transportation Branch will address Zero-Emission Vehicles, the Clean Energy Vehicle Program and the Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive Program. Get the inside scoop and ask questions. Following the presentation, we will show videos on new developments in renewable electricity technologies: solar, wind, tidal, wave and more. Join us on Sunday, January 26, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Gorge-ous Coffee, 300 Gorge Road at Tillicum. (RSVP to samtorrance@hotmail.com to help us with numbers). We hope to see you the…

Victoria Chapter - Update on Government Action

Jan 16, 2020: Victoria Chapter Thursday, January 16, 2020Happy new year from the Victoria Chapter team! Our first event for 2020 will be an update on government action to cut transportation emissions. Dan Clancy from the Clean Transportation Branch will address Zero-Emission Vehicles, the Clean Energy Vehicle Program and the Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive Program. Get the inside scoop and ask questions. Following the presentation, we will show videos on new developments in renewable electricity technologies: solar, wind, tidal, wave and more. Join us on Sunday, January 26, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Gorge-ous Coffee, 300 Gorge Road at Tillicum. (RSVP to samtorrance@hotmail.com to help us with numbers). We hope to see you the…

Victoria Chapter - Update on Government Action

Jan 16, 2020: Victoria Chapter Thursday, January 16, 2020Happy new year from the Victoria Chapter team! Our first event for 2020 will be an update on government action to cut transportation emissions. Dan Clancy from the Clean Transportation Branch will address Zero-Emission Vehicles, the Clean Energy Vehicle Program and the Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive Program. Get the inside scoop and ask questions. Following the presentation, we will show videos on new developments in renewable electricity technologies: solar, wind, tidal, wave and more. Join us on Sunday, January 26, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Gorge-ous Coffee, 300 Gorge Road at Tillicum. (RSVP to samtorrance@hotmail.com to help us with numbers). We hope to see you the…

Victoria Chapter - Update on Government Action

Jan 16, 2020: Victoria Chapter Thursday, January 16, 2020Happy new year from the Victoria Chapter team! Our first event for 2020 will be an update on government action to cut transportation emissions. Dan Clancy from the Clean Transportation Branch will address Zero-Emission Vehicles, the Clean Energy Vehicle Program and the Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive Program. Get the inside scoop and ask questions. Following the presentation, we will show videos on new developments in renewable electricity technologies: solar, wind, tidal, wave and more. Join us on Sunday, January 26, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Gorge-ous Coffee, 300 Gorge Road at Tillicum. (RSVP to samtorrance@hotmail.com to help us with numbers). We hope to see you the…

Victoria Chapter - Update on Government Action

Jan 16, 2020: Victoria Chapter Thursday, January 16, 2020Happy new year from the Victoria Chapter team! Our first event for 2020 will be an update on government action to cut transportation emissions. Dan Clancy from the Clean Transportation Branch will address Zero-Emission Vehicles, the Clean Energy Vehicle Program and the Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive Program. Get the inside scoop and ask questions. Following the presentation, we will show videos on new developments in renewable electricity technologies: solar, wind, tidal, wave and more. Join us on Sunday, January 26, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Gorge-ous Coffee, 300 Gorge Road at Tillicum. (RSVP to samtorrance@hotmail.com to help us with numbers). We hope to see you the…

COMMITMENT TO RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE KOOTENAYS

Jan 16, 2020: Jim Jacobson, BCSEA Board Member Thursday, January 16, 2020COMMITMENT TO RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE KOOTENAYS The Kootenay region of British Columbia, renowned for the many beautiful mountains and lakes, has long been environmentally conscious.  This came to the forefront in 2016 when SunMine – Canada’s largest solar project and largest solar tracking system – opened on an old mining site near Kimberley earning nationwide attention. Since then the area has seen Canada’s first community solar garden in Nelson; the launch of accelerate Kootenays - Canada's first community-driven, collaborative strategy to build a clean transportation netwo…

COMMITMENT TO RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE KOOTENAYS

Jan 16, 2020: Jim Jacobson, BCSEA Board Member Thursday, January 16, 2020COMMITMENT TO RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE KOOTENAYS The Kootenay region of British Columbia, renowned for the many beautiful mountains and lakes, has long been environmentally conscious.  This came to the forefront in 2016 when SunMine – Canada’s largest solar project and largest solar tracking system – opened on an old mining site near Kimberley earning nationwide attention. Since then the area has seen Canada’s first community solar garden in Nelson; the launch of accelerate Kootenays - Canada's first community-driven, collaborative strategy to build a clean transportation netwo…

COMMITMENT TO RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE KOOTENAYS

Jan 16, 2020: Jim Jacobson, BCSEA Board Member Thursday, January 16, 2020COMMITMENT TO RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE KOOTENAYS The Kootenay region of British Columbia, renowned for the many beautiful mountains and lakes, has long been environmentally conscious.  This came to the forefront in 2016 when SunMine – Canada’s largest solar project and largest solar tracking system – opened on an old mining site near Kimberley earning nationwide attention. Since then the area has seen Canada’s first community solar garden in Nelson; the launch of accelerate Kootenays - Canada's first community-driven, collaborative strategy to build a clean transportation netwo…

COMMITMENT TO RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE KOOTENAYS

Jan 16, 2020: Jim Jacobson, BCSEA Board Member Thursday, January 16, 2020COMMITMENT TO RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE KOOTENAYS The Kootenay region of British Columbia, renowned for the many beautiful mountains and lakes, has long been environmentally conscious.  This came to the forefront in 2016 when SunMine – Canada’s largest solar project and largest solar tracking system – opened on an old mining site near Kimberley earning nationwide attention. Since then the area has seen Canada’s first community solar garden in Nelson; the launch of accelerate Kootenays - Canada's first community-driven, collaborative strategy to build a clean transportation netwo…

COMMITMENT TO RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE KOOTENAYS

Jan 16, 2020: Jim Jacobson, BCSEA Board Member Thursday, January 16, 2020COMMITMENT TO RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE KOOTENAYS The Kootenay region of British Columbia, renowned for the many beautiful mountains and lakes, has long been environmentally conscious.  This came to the forefront in 2016 when SunMine – Canada’s largest solar project and largest solar tracking system – opened on an old mining site near Kimberley earning nationwide attention. Since then the area has seen Canada’s first community solar garden in Nelson; the launch of accelerate Kootenays - Canada's first community-driven, collaborative strategy to build a clean transportation netwo…

12 surprising things that arent vegan

Jan 16, 2020: It’s hard sticking to a vegan lifestyle.

Stunning, sustainable lodge blends into beautiful landscape

Jan 16, 2020: Romanian architecture firm BLIPSZ has created a near-autonomous holiday home that combines the charms of rural Transylvanian architecture with a sustainable and contemporary design aesthetic.

Children hurt after Delta jet dumps fuel on schools

Jan 16, 2020: On January 14, a Delta jet malfunctioned, dumping jet fuel over Los Angeles area schools. The incident affected over 50 people, including students from Park Avenue Elementary, San Gabriel Elementary, Graham Elementary, Tweedy Elementary, 93rd Street Elementary and Jordan High School.

Immersive, dystopian exhibit shows what life could be like post-climate change

Jan 16, 2020: As a wake up call to the possible effects of global warming, Superflux has created immersive art that explores the possible consequences of sea level rise for city dwellers in coastal areas.

Transparent, prefab tiny cabin offers the best views of the Italian Alps

Jan 16, 2020: If you need a little getaway, there is a beautiful, tiny cabin retreat in the Italian Alps calling your name.

Passive solar community in Brazil combines social justice and sustainability

Jan 15, 2020: To empower a marginalized community in Brazil’s Maranhão state, São Paulo-based architecture firm Estudio Flume has completed Castanha de Caju, a new headquarters for a women’s agricultural cooperative that doubles as a a welcoming community hub.

Rolls-Royce unveils prototype for world's fastest electric plane

Jan 15, 2020: Innovation is the name of the game for luxury industry leaders like Rolls-Royce, so it’s no surprise they have a variety of sustainable travel projects in the works. Last month, Rolls-Royce released its newest project — an all-electric plane set to take flight later this spring.

The low-impact Bridge House hovers over a stream in Los Angeles

Jan 15, 2020: Starting with the foundation, the bridge design suspends a large portion of the structure, minimizing the impact on the landscape.

Couple turns old van into home-on-wheels for just $1K

Jan 15, 2020: IKEA offers an almost infinite amount of space solutions for any type of abode, but for one couple looking to convert an old van into a home on wheels, IKEA products were their saving grace. Ambitious couple Grace Aquino and her husband Marlon were on an extremely tight budget when they decided to turn their old van into a full-time home so that they could travel the world.