Soldiers reportedly kill forest defenders in Cambodia after they challenged illegal loggers

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Government forces reportedly attacked a forest protection ranger, conservation worker, and military police officer in a part of northeastern Cambodia that grapples with illegal logging, per the Associated Press. The soldiers killed the forest defenders in what seemed to be retaliation after the three-person team seized equipment from illegal loggers, according to officials. Senior environmental official Keo Sopheak said, “The three were killed not by robbers or a guerrilla group but they were shot… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The world’s first vertical forest for low-income housing is coming to the Netherlands

“The high-rise building of Eindhoven confirms that it is possible to combine the great challenges of climate change with those of housing shortages. Urban forestry is not only necessary to improve the environment of the world’s cities but also an opportunity to improve the living conditions of less fortunate city dwellers”, said Stefano Boeri. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Shanghai flying car tower to clean the air with a 50,000-plant vertical forest

Flying cars are moving from the realm of science fiction to reality – and Richard’s Architecture + Design (RA+D) helmed by architect Richard Moreta Castillo has already designed a tower pioneering drone car infrastructure. The Smart Power Long tower, a condominium building planned for Shanghai, features landing pads for flying cars. The futuristic concept is super green, according to RA+D, and will feature a vertical forest in which 50,000 trees and shrubs can scrub the skies. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Minimalist Revugia retreat is nestled amidst Germany’s Black Forest

First images of the Revugia spa and wellness resort show a complex of beautiful cabins and treehouses nestled in the middle of a forest in Germany. Designed by architect and digital artist Matthias Arndt, founder of lichtecht, for German developer Tidevand Bau , the resort will be built using wood, natural stone and glass and have a minimal impact on its natural surroundings.

The Revugia resort will comprise 50 junior and senior suites in the main building and over 30 more scattered around the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

“It has totally changed how people feel:” new forest transforms former UK coal community

One organization in the United Kingdom is transforming an industrial landscape into a green, thriving woodland. The National Forest Company planted the first tree 25 years ago, and today have planted eight million trees in 200 square miles in the Midlands, in the first forest created in the United Kingdom in 1,000 years. Former coal miner Graham Knight told The Guardian, View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Modern charred timber house juts out of Quebecs forest landscape

If you haven’t tired yet of the blackened timber trend, feast your eyes on this modern retreat that’s backed up on a forested hillside in Quebec, Canada. Montreal-based studio Atelier General designed The Rock, a boxy timber home that, like its name implies, is meant to evoke a natural extension of the mountainous terrain. Full-height glazing and extensive use of wood inside and out blur the line between indoor-outdoor living.

Topped with a flat roof, the two-story home avoids… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Artists transform gigantic Japanese park into a psychedelic forest of light

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Stefano Boeri Architects envisions a Vertical Forest City on Mars

What will Shanghai look like 100 years from now? Some with grim outlooks say the Chinese metropolis will be submerged under water and engulfed by rising sea levels. In response, Stefano Boeri Architects—the designers behind the vertical forests and China’s planned forest cities—teamed up with the Chinese Space Agency and Tongji University’s Future City Lab to conceptualize a Shanghai colony on the planet Mars. Envisioned as a Vertical Forest City, this “New Shanghai” would use “eco-systemic… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

VIDEO: 60,000-year-old preserved underwater forest discovered in the Gulf of Mexico

When Hurricane Ivan formed in 2004, it did more than devastate regions in the Caribbean and parts of the United States’ coast. According to the new documentary “The Underwater Forest,” it also unearthed a fossilized forest of cypress trees which grew more than 50,000 years ago. Located 60 feet below the surface in the Gulf of Mexico, the underwater forest features fossilized cypress trees which have intact bark and are still leaking sap.

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This house for sale in New York has two waterfalls and a luscious forest

If you’re on the market for a beautiful home that forces you to get in touch with nature, then you might want to check out this piece of property that just went on the market in upstate New York. Delphi Falls, located near Cazenovia, NY, features more than 60 acres of land that include two waterfalls, a creek and woodlands.

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The rustic wooden home was built in 1945 and is 3,500 square feet with four bedrooms and three baths. The master bedroom suite on the first floor holds… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building