Urban Nouveau proposes to turn a historic Stockholm bridge into housing and a park

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In a bid to save the historic Gamla Lidingöbron bridge in Stockholm from demolition, Swedish studio Urban Nouveau has proposed transforming the structure into 50 luxury apartments topped with a High Line-inspired linear park. Created as part of a petition to protest the tear down of the structure, the design aims to spark greater dialogue and media attention in hopes of galvanizing support for the bridge’s preservation. The design practice has also proposed using the sale of apartments to fund… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The adorable Acorn tiny cabin is made of wood salvaged from an old mansion

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A recycled brick wall runs through this breezy home in Australia

Bright, breezy and surrounded by nature, the Cedar Lane House is a place of peaceful respite on the south coast of Australia. Sydney-based architect and photographer Edward Birch designed the light-filled residence at the base of a mountain in Meroo Meadow. Spread out across 280 square meters, the linear home is anchored by a recycled brick wall that runs the length of the building and imbues the interior with warmth and softness.

The Cedar Lane House is organized into three pavilion-like… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

An experimental greenhouse pops up at a busy Copenhagen intersection

A surprising and experimental pocket of nature has popped up in the middle of a heavily trafficked intersection in Copenhagen, Denmark. Danish architect Simon Hjermid Jensen of SHJWorks recently unveiled “Biotope,” a sculptural pavilion that houses a microcosm of plants and insects. Sixty different seeds have been sown into the soil and a beehive has been attached inside the installation to foster a thriving and evolving ecosystem of activity for the enjoyment of passersby.

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Winter ticks are responsible for New England’s moose massacres

The changing autumn climate felt in recent years has proven deadly for moose populations in the North Eastern United States. A longer fall season and warmer winter weathers have caused winter tick populations to thrive at the expense of their majestic hosts. Experts who have been alarmed by the unfolding ravage on New England moose warn “we’re sitting on a powder keg” as calf survival has fallen to an all-time low of 30 percent while blighted adults – barely recognizable from the onslaught – are… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Hurricane Michael leaves uncertainty for loggerhead sea turtles in Florida

The full extent of the damage from Hurricane Michael is still not known. But, when the storm hit Florida’s panhandle, it definitely did more than destroy property and accumulate a human death toll close to 30. Part of the hurricane’s devastation included sweeping away the nests of threatened baby loggerhead sea turtles that were hatching on Florida beaches after damage from previous storms.

From May through October, the Gulfside Beaches in Florida’s Franklin County are dotted with sea turtle… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Jamaica will ban plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam by 2019

Jamaica has become the latest country to introduce a ban on single-use plastics. In order to reduce pollution and the impact of plastic on the environment, the Caribbean nation will ban single-use plastic bags, plastic straws, and Styrofoam beginning on January 1st next year.

Daryl Vaz, the minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, encourages consumers to use reusable carrier bags from local enterprises instead.

One of the details of the new environmental… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

10 sustainable Halloween decorations for your green home

Halloween is just around the corner, but when it comes to decorating your home for the spooky holiday, it can be a challenge to keep things eco-friendly, thanks to most store-bought decorations being made with non-recyclable plastic and covered in toxic paint or synthetic fabrics.

But, there is no need for frivolous spending and waste when it comes to decorating for Halloween. There are some great DIY ideas that you can use to upcycle things that are already lying around your house, allowing you… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

An angular timber cabin is hidden inside an ancient mountain forest

Rising like a tree out of rich volcanic ash soil is the Cabin Shangri-la, the first structure in a series of mountain cabins in Las Trancas, Chile. Architect Nicolas del Rio of the Chilean architecture firm DRAA designed the geometric cabin that’s clad in timber inside and out and punctuated with large windows. Built of prefabricated structural insulation panels, the compact cabin boasts minimal site impact thanks to its elevated footprint, which also gives the dwelling a treehouse-like feel.

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Meat consumption must drop by 90% to avert a climate crisis

As the saying would have it “anything in excess is a poison.” This is true of a growing trend in excessive meat consumption worldwide that experts say has turned meat-eating from an unhealthy habit to a deadly addiction. While the meat industry’s negative impacts on the environment have proved troublesome for some time, an assembly of scientists from various European research institutes have released a thorough analysis of the Earth’s food system that if farming practices and food trends continue… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building