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

Brazilian federal judge blocks move to destroy huge swath of Amazon forest

Brazilian president Michel Temer recently attempted to open up a national reserve to mining companies, but a federal judge put a stop to that plan. The National Reserve of Copper and Associates, or Renca, is a 17,760 square mile area of the Amazon forest that’s been protected since 1984, and Temer’s move was met with outcry from activists. But with the decision of judge Rolando Valcir Spanholo, the president’s attempt won’t move forward – at least for now.

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Fly down a zipline in the Willy Wonka-esque Future Forest in London

Bompas & Parr are like real-life Willy Wonkas—and they brought their magic touch to the inside of a UK shopping mall. The design duo launched a free ‘Future Forest’ in the Westfield London shopping center with the theme of urban reforestation. The immersive experience is an incredible indoor forest playground with a fantastical Fruit Cloud, electricity-producing plants, a historic tree circus, and even a 40-meter-long zip-line that starts atop a 5.3-meter-high treehouse.

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House by the Forest gets a retro remodel that helps it blend into its surroundings

Architecture firm kaa-studio used classical building materials and techniques to reconstruct a simple suburban house in Czech Republic and revamp it as a retro-styled weekend getaway. With its dark and grey-brown facade the House by the Forest blends into its natural surroundings and channels the simplicity of rural living.

The architects preserved as much as possible of the original structure and focused on reorganizing its interior to open it up towards the garden and bring natural light in…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Modular Cylinder House weaves its way through a forest in France

The unique Cylinder House in Lyon, France, takes modular architecture to the next level. Cyril Lancelin, French architect and founder of creative studio Town and Concrete, imagined the house as a large cluster of glass tubes that utilize height differences to create an undulating roof surface and create a space that can grow without disrupting its wooded surroundings.

The architects used a system of cylinder juxtaposition to allow future extensions of the house, but also meander around trees to… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Light-filled Danish home with flexible interiors welcomes the forest indoors

Who needs wallpaper when you’ve got exquisitely framed forest views in almost every room? C.F. Møller Architects designed Villa Rypen, a 158-square-meter dwelling that blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living. Built on the edge of a forest in Aarhus, Denmark, this light-filled home offers a lovely contemporary living environment with large glazed openings that offer front-row seats to nature’s changing seasons.

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China breaks ground on 12-mile treetop walkway in Fuzhou forest

China’s magnificent new walkway in Fuzhou is giving people a treetop experience of Fuzhou’s sub-tropical forests unlike any before. Singapore-based LOOK Architects recently completed the first phase of the Fuzhou Forest Walkway, a snaking treetop walkway that will span over 19 kilometers (nearly 12 miles) at completion. The elevated pedestrian pathway looks like a dragon’s back threading down the lush Jinniushan mountain and offers urban dwellers the chance to reconnect with nature and brings… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building