Unusual Kerplunk House is envisioned as a miniature forest in the desert

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Design collective I STIFFEN THEE has completed Kerplunk House, a desert shelter with an eye-catching arrangement of exposed wood piercing through its cuboidal volumes. Inspired by nature and traditional colonial Spanish architecture, the structure was built with stucco and exposed wood and elevated off the ground for minimal site impact. Conceived as a multipurpose live-work space, the Kerplunk House forms part of a desert propagation center and will be gradually surrounded by desert flora.

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Geothermal-powered Forest House showcases sustainable features in Maryland

Set on the edge of a forest conservation area in central Maryland, the Forest House is a contemporary home integrated with a wide variety of energy-efficient features. Local design firm Gardner Architects LLC designed the spacious home that responds to passive solar principles and rises to the height of the tree canopy to capture surrounding views. The sustainable technologies include geothermal energy, rooftop solar panels, rain gardens, as well as low-tech solutions like stack ventilation.

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US Forest Service allows Nestl to continue taking water from California national forest

New protections on California’s Strawberry Creek watershed will ensure the bottled water industry will not overdraw the supply. The U.S. Forest Service offered Nestlé Water North America a three-year permit on water rights in the San Bernardino Mountains – but with limits on how much they can take.

Under the proposed agreement, Nestlé would continue to use the excess water for their Arrowhead and other water brands. Water would be drawn “when there is water available consistent with the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tiny home resort opens in idyllic forest setting in Wisconsin

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Zaha Hadids only house rises like a spaceship in a forest near Moscow

Zaha Hadid’s only private house has just been completed and—to the surprise of no one—looks like a spaceship that’s touched down on Earth. Created with a neo-futuristic appearance and ample glazing, the $140 million Capital Hill Residence stands in stark contrast with its leafy surroundings at the heart of Russia’s Barvikha forest just a couple miles west of Moscow. The $140 million project was completed for real estate developer and entrepreneur Vladislav Doronin, who runs Capital Group… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Sprawling nets turn a Chinese forest into a climbing wonderland

You don’t need to know how to climb a tree to enjoy this marvelous climbing maze suspended in a Guangdong forest. When the school affiliated to the Luofu Mountain Chinese Classics Institute wanted to encourage children to pursue more physical activity, the school tapped Chinese design studio unarchitecte to design a place conducive to play in the forested valley. Taking inspiration from nature, the designers created the Climbing Park of Luofu Mountain, a system of white nets and climbing areas… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Green-roofed Czech Forestry Headquarters seeks symbiosis with the forest

Imagine if your office was set in the middle of a forest—that’s the image Chybik + Kristof aims for in their competition-winning designs for the new Czech Forestry Headquarters. Located in Hradec Králové, the office building draws direct inspiration from the surrounding forest with its liberal use of timber, a facade evocative of tree trunks, and canopy-like green roofs that encourage bird nesting. The interiors continue the vision of the forest as a workplace with a calming environment full… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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

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