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Feb 23, 2017

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Philippe Starck reinvents himself again with striking green YOO Quito tower

Feb 23, 2017: The slender YOO Quito tower brings nature into the heart of Ecuador's capital and marries it with luxury living. Philippe Starck, one of most influential designers of modern times, teamed up with property entrepreneur John Hitchcox, real estate developer Tommy Schwarzkopf and architecture studio Arquitectónica to create a space based on three themes– culture, nature, and minimalist design. The project is part of a larger scheme which comprises four major developments conceived in collaboration...

Tesla just announced plans to build up to five Gigafactories

Feb 23, 2017: Tesla is about to embark on a building spree. The integrated sustainable energy company (generation, storage and transportation) just revealed plans for up to five gigafactories, with locations finalized for Gigafactories 3, 4 and 5 to be announced later this year. While Tesla CEO Elon Musk already announced plans for a second gigafactory in Europe last November, in the company's fourth quarter investor letter released Wednesday, Musk said there would definitely be another gigafactory, with the possibility...

Couple builds dream solar-powered home on an awkward lot in Rotterdam

Feb 23, 2017: Related: Super skinny 4-meter-wide home is squeezed between buildings in Tokyo SkinnyScar House + Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman Via New Atlas SkinnyScar house, Gwendolyn Huisman, Marijn Boterman, narrow home design, tiny home, skinny home, brick homes, tiny home desing, skinny homes,…

Indonesian president gives forest management back to indigenous communities

Feb 23, 2017: After decades of conflict over the rights to Indonesia's forests, President Joko Widodo has granted the rights to forest management to nine indigenous communities. Related: Indonesian president announces plan to halt palm oil industry expansion…

London's 'smallest house' uses flexible plywood furniture to maximize space

Feb 23, 2017: Related: + Studiomama Via Dezeen Studiomama, plywood furniture, London tiny home, tiny home design,…

Patagonia launches campaign to protect Utah's Bear Ears National Monument

Feb 23, 2017: The battle for Bears Ears National Monument is far from over. Weeks after Patagonia spurned the Outdoor Retailer Show trade show in Salt Lake City over Utah governor Gary Herbert's resolution to roll back nascent protections for the twin sandstone formations, the outdoor-apparel company is launching a campaign to inundate the gubernatorial office with calls to preserve the 1.35 million-acre expanse. And it's not just Bear Ears that is under attack from Utah's top politician. On February 17, Herbert...

Inhabitat is giving away an Avocado Green Mattress

Feb 23, 2017: We spend one third of our lives sleeping, but how many of us have taken the time to learn what's inside our mattresses? Studies have found that conventional mattresses contain dangerous levels of volatile organic compounds and could be the source of many ailments, including chronic allergies, asthma, endocrine problems and even cancer. Not to mention the fact that once traditional mattresses bit the dust, they're synthetic materials cannot be broken down. That's enough to cause anyone to have insomnia....

50,000 new seeds deposited in Arctic Circle's Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Feb 23, 2017: Climate change, wars, and natural disasters threaten our planet, so a group of scientists took matters into their own hands. They started the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a storage facility in the Arctic Circle specifically designed to endure disasters. According to The Crop Trust, an organization supporting the seed vault, it is the world's largest seed collection - and they just received a major stash of 50,000 seeds. Related:…

Rios $800 million Olympic Park sits nearly abandoned after 2016 games

Feb 23, 2017: Last year, during the 2016 Summer Games, it would have been hard to imagine the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro sitting empty in the hot Brazilian sun. Sadly, this is what has become of the space today. Despite having been officially reopened in January as a public recreation area, the park is treated to only a few visitors and a longstanding bad reputation. The $800 million Olympic Park was constructed in the months prior to last year’s Summer Games in a process that displaced residents...

Stay in the world's largest human birdhouse for free

Feb 23, 2017: Planning to attend SXSW but still searching for a place to stay? You may be in luck—HomeAway is opening up its human-sized Birdhouse in downtown Austin to two lucky groups of SXSW attendees for free. The vacation rental website teamed up with West Elm to transform the quirky space in their headquarters into comfortable and stylish bedrooms that sleeps six. Keep reading to take a tour inside of the world’s biggest human-sized birdhouse. Perched in the middle of downtown Austin at 5th...

New EPA chief Scott Pruitt's emails reveal troubling oil-industry ties

Feb 23, 2017: Photos by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency…

New York City unveils massive green-roofed film and fashion hub in Brooklyn

Feb 23, 2017: State-of-the-art, affordable production spaces for film, television production and garment manufacturing, housed in two green-roofed buildings, will soon give new life to underutilized buildings in Brooklyn's Sunset Park. The green-roofed Made in NY Campus, designed by WXY architecture + urban design, will modernize the industrial waterfront site and create several pedestrian-friendly spaces and public plazas. Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the City's commitment to the $136 million overhaul project...

Apple's $5 billion spaceship campus to open in April as "Apple Park"

Feb 23, 2017: With the final stages of construction on schedule, Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino is all set for a planned move-in date of April 2017. Previously known as Apple Spaceship when the late Steve Jobs presented his vision and building plans to city managers in 2011, the company announced yesterday its new headquarters will actually be called “Apple Park.” The building will pump out 17 megawatts of solar power via panels on its massive roof, which will provide power to much of Apple Park’s...

Mountain-inspired skyscrapers unveiled for Zhengzhou

Feb 23, 2017: London-based architecture firm Tonkin Liu recently revealed their competition-winning designs for the Cradle Towers in Zhengzhou, China. Centered on a large green space, this collection of five mixed-use towers is designed with a swooping sculptural form to mimic the nearby Songshan mountains. This urban “mountainscape" will be partly covered in greenery and feature a responsive skin to control solar shading and maximize energy efficiency. Located in a city regarded as China’s cradle...

NASA discovers 7 Earth-sized planets outside our solar system

Feb 22, 2017:   In a press conference today, NASA scientists revealed an intriguing new discovery – the first known system of seven rocky, Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star. Three out of the seven planets are situated at the perfect distance from the sun to potentially harbor liquid water, making them habitable for life as we know it.   This is the largest number of habitable-zone planets ever found around a single star outside our own solar system. It’s important to note...

How this photographer escaped the grid with her tiny Teardrop Trailer

Feb 22, 2017: Related: Via Treehugger mandy lea, teardrop trailer, phoenix photographer, camper renovation, trailer renovation, tiny living, tiny home, rv renovation,…

INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku founder Elora Hardy on creating incredible buildings with bamboo

Feb 22, 2017: We’ve showcased numerous bamboo designs over the years, from furniture to entire buildings, but when it comes to combining green building and renewable materials, Ibuku’s incredible bent-bamboo buildings take the cake. The Bali-based bamboo building team…

Facebook Selects Affordable Solar For Data Center Project in New Mexico

Feb 22, 2017: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Affordable Solar, the most experienced solar power solution provider in New Mexico, proudly announces the company has been selected to build a 30 MW photovoltaic project for the Facebook Data Center in Los Lunas, NM. PNM has awarded Affordable Solar the $37 million contract for engineering, procurement, and construction of the 30MW solar generation project.

China plans its first "Forest City" to fight air pollution

Feb 22, 2017: Just weeks after Stefano Boeri announced plans for China's first vertical forest, the Italian architect unveiled an even more ambitious vision: Forest Cities. Scaling up from his tree-clad Bosco Verticale skyscraper, Boeri created a blueprint for new cities in China that will be blanketed in greenery to fight air pollution. The first implementation of the nature-filled city will start in the city of Liuzhou, with construction expected to begin later this year. Stefano Boeri’s Forest...

New map reveals the world's most toxic countries

Feb 22, 2017: Pollution is an issue just about every country in the world grapples with, no matter how rich or poor. But you may not be aware of just how toxic your locale is. United Kingdom company The Eco Experts recently cross-referenced data to rank the countries of the world by toxicity, and some of the results may surprise you. Read on to find out how your country ranks. Related: New Google Timelapse shows how humans have destroyed Earth over 32 years…

First Solar Secures Financing for Utility-Scale Solar Project in Japan

Feb 22, 2017: TOKYO, JAPAN--(eSolarEnergyNews)--First Solar announced today that it has obtained non-recourse project debt financing of approximately 27 billion yen (US$240 million) in a syndicated loan arranged by Mizuho Bank Ltd. for a utility-scale solar project in Ishikawa prefecture, Japan. This financing arrangement demonstrates First Solar’s technology, project development, operations and maintenance,…

Why a buckwheat pillow makes a good pillow

Feb 22, 2017: Buckwheat pillows been popular throughout Asia for centuries - as early as the 5th – 3rd century B.C. Originating in China, buckwheat and its variety of uses spread to Central Asia, Tibet, and then to the Middle East. Unbeknownst to most, the grain is…

California introduces its own 100% renewable energy bill

Feb 22, 2017: California is now looking at their own bill to obtain 100 percent of electricity from renewable sources. State Senate leader Kevin de León introduced a bill that would require the Golden State to make the switch to renewables by 2045. The legislation marks a leap up from California's current goal, which is 50 percent clean electricity by 2030.

Secluded Thai home converted into a luxury lodge with an elephant lookout

Feb 22, 2017: Related: + SOOK Architects Via Platforma Arquitecture Hill Lodge, sook architects,…

Groundbreaking technology affordably captures CO2 from fossil fuel plants

Feb 22, 2017: What if fossil fuels could be burned without releasing any carbon emissions? That idea is wishful thinking to many people, but not for chemical engineer Rodney Allam. He's been working on carbon capture technology on and off since the 1970's, but with the help of venture capital incubator 8 Rivers, recently put the finishing touches on the Allam Cycle, an electric-generation system that captures all the carbon dioxide made from burning natural gas. Related:…

Uber rolls out autonomous cars in Arizona

Feb 22, 2017: Just shy of two months after Uber’s autonomous cars were banned in California, the company is rolling out its second round of experimental autonomous vehicles on the roadways of Arizona. Uber’s most-recent experiment is happening on the streets of Tempe Arizona, where locals have the option to ride in one of the company’s self-driving Volvo XC90s – along with two Uber engineers in the front seats for safety purposes. Uber’s operation on the streets of San Francisco lasted only a week due...

German architecture students and refugees build a beautiful timber community center

Feb 22, 2017: Architecture students from Germany's University of Kaiserslautern teamed up with 25 refugees to build a timber community center in a refugee camp in Mannheim, Germany. Completed as part of the “Building Together—Learning Together” program, the 550-square-meter structure breathes new life into the bare-bones surroundings with a beautiful new gathering space. The design/build project prioritized ecological and cost-effective design without compromising design and construction quality. The...

Earth, air and fire inspire deep green interior of Ecuador's twisted tower

Feb 22, 2017: Design firm Arquitectónica transformed a 18-story tower in Quito, Ecuador, into a slender urban sculpture that twists upwards to meet the sky. The building's interesting, animated exterior is outshined only by its green interior, conceived by renowned Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. The project belongs to a larger scheme which comprises four major developments conceived in collaboration between leading experts in real estate development, industrial design and architecture. The architects achieved...

New silicon nanoparticles could finally make solar windows commercially viable

Feb 22, 2017: The trend toward integrating solar into homes and buildings seems to be taking off. First Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled his rooftop solar shingles that are invisible when viewed from the street. Now, researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca have developed technology that could bring solar windows a step closer to reality -- a future with photovoltaic windows harvesting renewable energy from the sun. The research, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Photonics,...

Scott Pruitt attacks critics and EPA employees in first speech

Feb 22, 2017:   In this first address to the staff of the Environmental Protection Agency, newly-appointed chief Scott Pruitt didn’t give any rousing speeches about fighting global warming or protecting the planet. Instead, he used the opportunity to strike back at everyone who opposed his controversial candidacy for the position over recent weeks, and laid out a vision that seems to undermine everything the agency stands for.   In an address lasting less than 20 minutes, Pruitt described...

The biggest artwork in Europe "recharges" an Italian mountain with new trees

Feb 22, 2017: Related: Irish town plans to plant world’s largest giant redwood grove + Escif + Breath Project Spanish artist Escif, spanish artists, Breath – Time to recharge, environmental art, eco art, tree planting, eco artists, sustainable artists, maple tree art, Mount Olivella, Mount Olivella replanting, tree art, breath project…

NASA scientists propose to make Pluto a planet again

Feb 21, 2017: Alan Stern has never been happy with Pluto's demotion to dwarf planet. Principal investigator of NASA's New Horizons mission, he told Gizmodo the International Astronomical Union's new definition of a planet, which excludes Pluto, is "bullshit." So he and a team of other NASA scientists have submitted a proposal to the IAU to once again refine the definition of what makes a planet, which would not only include Pluto, but also pretty much any round object in space that is smaller than a star.

Beautiful cabin pops up in ten days with minimal landscape disturbance

Feb 21, 2017: BIO Architects recently completed a modern modular cabin, proving yet again how beautiful homes can be affordable with the help of prefabrication. Commissioned by a young couple that desired a cost-effective home on the lake, the prefabricated cabin is the latest iteration in the Russian firm’s line of modular Dubldom homes. The dwelling, located at Pirogovo Lake in the suburbs of Moscow, was installed in roughly ten days with minimal site impact. The lakeside cabin, named DublDom...

Cajon Valley Union School District Selects SunPower for 24 Sites

Feb 21, 2017: SAN JOSE &EL CAJON,CA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- This spring, Cajon Valley Union School District  and SunPower will begin construction of SunPower® Helix™ solar systems at 24 school sites in the El Cajon region of San Diego County. The solar installations totaling 4.6 megawatts (MW) will primarily include carports, as well as a few rooftop systems, and should be operational by the end of this year.

Iceberg-inspired Greenland cultural center celebrates 20 years of resilience in the Arctic

Feb 21, 2017: Greenland’s harsh arctic climates are notoriously unforgiving, which makes the Katuaq Cultural Centre of Greenland’s 20th anniversary all the more impressive. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects completed the cultural and artistic center in February 1997 and forged a meeting space open to locals, the international Inuit community, and visitors from around the world. Located in Nuuk, the award-winning Katuaq Cultural Centre is largely inspired by the environment, from its iceberg-like massing to...

Baltimore's floating trash-eaters have intercepted 1 million tons of debris

Feb 21, 2017: Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel sound like characters on a children's program, but despite their silly names, these solar- and hydro-powered trash interceptors are doing serious work cleaning up Baltimore's Inner Harbor. As cute as they are effective, Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel have wide googly eyes, a snail-like shape, and the ability to suck up plastic bags, Styrofoam containers, cigarette butts, and other debris. The initial trash wheel prototype was created by local...

Futuristic canopy made of knitted solar panels wins 2017 Young Architects Program at MoMA

Feb 21, 2017: Since 2000, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) PS1 art gallery brings to life experimental outdoor installations every summer—and this year’s winning design is shaping up to be its most innovative project yet. Ithaca-based design practice Jenny Sabin Studio won the 2017 MoMA PS1’s Young Architecture Program competition with their proposal of a futuristic shelter made from robotically knitted textile solar panels. The project, called Lumen, is a “knitted light” structure that...

Yingli to Supply Over 50 MW of Solar Panels for 2 Solar Power Plants in Japan

Feb 21, 2017: BAODING, CHINA & MADRID, SPAIN --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Yingli Green Energy, one of the world's leading solar panel manufacturers, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Spain, has signed a 50.6 MW solar panel supply agreement with X-ELIO, a leading Spanish developer and operator of utility-scale PV systems. The agreement is for two Japan solar power plants: the…

IKEA Taps Phoenix Solar for Rooftop Solar Project in Singapore

Feb 21, 2017: SINGAPORE & SULZEMOOS, GERMANY --(eSolarEnergyNews)--Singapore’s Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd has been awarded a contract by IKEA Southeast Asia to design and build a 1 MWp solar system on the roof of IKEA Tampines. The system is expected to generate 1.3 million kilowatt hours per year – enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 283 four-room HDB flats. IKEA expects to trim an estimated $2.4…

Trump to sign executive orders rolling back Obama's climate protection policies

Feb 21, 2017: The environment could be the next victim of President Donald Trump's executive orders. The Washington Post reported according to some people briefed on the measures, Trump is seeking to curtail some of President Barack Obama's policies on water pollution and the climate through upcoming executive orders. Signing such orders would line up with Trump's championing of the fossil fuel industry, regardless of the economic growth the country could see through renewable energy. Related:…

Self-sustaining island eco-lodge in Florida has its own desalination system

Feb 21, 2017: In the world of luxury eco-lodges, not all are equal. The Melody Key Private Island Lodge is currently up for sale and includes a5.24 acres of secluded paradise with Related: For $2.3 million, this breathtaking self-sufficent Scottish island could be yours + Engel & Völkers Florida Keys Via Uncrate Melody Key Private Island Lodge, key west island lodge, key west architecture, Melody Key Private Island, luxury eco-lodge, florida keys real estate, florida keys islands, private...

How Sweden plans to heat homes with internet searches

Feb 21, 2017: Emails and Instagram photos aren't without their carbon footprint - they're stored in data centers which continually battle excess heat and have to cool servers with lots of electricity. But Stockholm recently came up with a rather brilliant solution to all that wasted energy: what if the heat generated in the centers could be used to warm people's homes instead? Under their initiative, Stockholm Data Parks, renewable energy will power data centers, and the heat that accumulates will be...

Uranium from seawater could provide an "endless" supply of nuclear energy

Feb 21, 2017: + Stanford University Via Engadget Top photo by apasciuto…

Officials declare world's first famine in six years

Feb 21, 2017: The first official famine in the world in six years has been declared in South Sudan. The United Nations and the government said 100,000 people are suffering already and one million more likely face starvation soon. The leader of South Sudan's food and agriculture organization Serge Tissot said, "Our worst fears have been realized."…

Dibdo Francis Kr unveils 2017 Serpentine Pavilion with rain-gathering roof

Feb 21, 2017: Burkina Faso-born architect Diébédo Francis Kéré has been selected as this year’s designer of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion—making him the first African architect of the annual pavilion. Kéré, who leads the Berlin-based practice Kéré Architecture, unveiled preliminary designs of a pavilion strongly influenced by the rural vernacular in his home country. Designed to mimic the functions and form of a large tree, the temporary pavilion will be topped by a large wooden disc that offers...

Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality

Feb 21, 2017: Researchers are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon nanoparticles.

BMW and LEGO team up to create a futuristic flying motorcycle

Feb 20, 2017: It appears LEGO provides inspiration for everyone from preschool-aged future engineers to BMW. The two companies collaborated on the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure model kit based on a BMW motorcycle. But as the LEGO Technic kits often offer an alternative build, designers from the two companies looked to the future to create a Hover Ride Design Concept - and then built one in real life.

Tiny meditation shelters are the perfect place for hikers to connect with the forest

Feb 20, 2017: These small meditation shelters offer protection and a place to rest to hikers exploring the Lithuanian forest of Anykščiai. The project, named Gapahuk, is part of a larger Meditation Garden designed by Bjørnådal Arkitektstudio which has won the American Architecture Prize 2016. The shelters are meant to provide a space where people can reconnect with nature and find harmony with the environment. Used for individual meditation and as a place where hikers can rest and get warm, this cluster...