Shipping containers become a spectacular plant-covered gallery

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São Paulo-based architecture studio SuperLimão and architect Gabriela Coelho recently completed GSC, a massive multi-use collectors gallery built from shipping containers and other metal materials. Located in a lush area of São Paulo, the spacious complex also contains an office, a gym, a small workshop, a kennel and additional gallery space for the client’s other prized items. The industrial character of the cargotecture project was softened with the addition of turf and potted plants while… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Exotic pets are most likely to be released in the wild and become invasive species

With import of Fish and Wildlife regulated reptiles exceeding one million individuals each year, it comes at no surprise that many of these animals are finding their way out of the house and into the wild where they are threatening natural ecosystems. Exotic pets can be extremely endearing and are bought cheaply when they are small babies by impulsive pet owners and collectors. The problem is when these animals get too large to handle, or are cast off by wavering attention spans, and they make their… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

BIGs massive Lanescraper building may become Australias tallest tower

Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled designs for the Lanescraper, a supertall building proposal that has been shortlisted for Melbourne’s Beulah Tower competition. Envisioned with a footprint of over 2.5 million square feet, The Lanescraper aims to serve as a bustling mixed-use destination housed in what could be the tallest tower in Australia. The $2 billion project would see a dramatic redevelopment of the post-industrial Southbank neighborhood, so-named after its location south of the Yarra River…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

SeagrassSpotter app empowers ocean lovers to become citizen scientists

Bet you don’t often think about seagrass, but this powerhouse plant supports thousands of marine creatures, sequesters carbon, cleans water, and generates oxygen. But Earth loses around two football pitches of seagrass every single hour, according to Wales-based charity Project Seagrass, and co-founder Richard Unsworth told Mongabay irregular mapping of seagrass meadows has hindered work to protect the plants. So Project Seagrass released their SeagrassSpotter app, with the hope that instead of a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

California to become the first US state to require solar panels on new homes

California is expected to require solar energy for just about all new homes, the Orange County Register reported. The California Energy Commission is slated to vote this Wednesday on new standards mandating almost all new houses be equipped with solar panels, beginning in 2020, and it’s expected they’ll approve the move.

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Elon Musk warns AI could become an immortal’ digital dictator

As if the world didn’t have enough analog dictators to worry about, Elon Musk now warns that perhaps a future authoritarian leader will go digital. Musk has previously warned about the dangers of artificial intelligence, particularly if control of it is concentrated the hands of a power-hungry global elite. ”The least scary future I can think of is one where we have at least democratized AI because if one company or small group of people manages to develop godlike digital superintelligence, they… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Could France-sized ocean garbage patch become 196th nation?

Trash is polluting our oceans, and now there’s a patch near Hawaii that is around the size of the entire country of France. The charity Plastic Oceans Foundation and publication LADbible want to recognize the garbage patch as a country, called Trash Isles, to not only raise awareness, but try to get the area cleaned up.

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Costa Rica aims to become the first country to ban all single-use plastics

Costa Rica is taking a stand against the plastic waste that is flooding our oceans and clogging up our landfills. The country is poised to become the first in the world to eliminate all single-use plastics. This isn’t just a ban on plastic bags or water bottles – using a multi-prong approach, Costa Rica will eliminate plastic forks, lids and even coffee stirrers. And they plant to do this by 2021. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Sweden passes law to become carbon neutral by 2045

Sweden just took a huge step to become a cleaner, greener country. Their parliament just passed a law – 254 to 41 votes – to slash carbon emissions all the way down to zero by 2045. The move makes them the first country upgrade its goal since the 2015 Paris Agreement.

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