This sustainable dog house has a green roof and solar-powered fan to keep cool

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Over 20,500 people have signed a petition to keep Starbucks out of Yosemite

Should a corporation like Starbucks be present in a national park like Yosemite? More than 20,000 people don’t think so. They’ve signed a Change.org petition to keep the coffee company out. The petition says the Starbucks would pave the way for more undue development, and that with the opening of the shop the national park “will lose its essence, making it hardly distinguishable from a chaotic and bustling commercial city.”

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Two protective layers keep this angular house in Chile cool in the summer

The angular Two Skins House, designed by architect Verónica Arcos, is enveloped in two layers which maintain stable temperatures throughout the year. Perched on high cliffs north of Santiago, capital of Chile, the house features generous openings that offer views of the Pacific Ocean.

The house has a simple rectangular plan and faceted walls that add drama to the space. Dark pine planks used as cladding add more variation to the exterior surfaces. Pine and other wooden structural panels were… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

DIY device emits a distinctive sound to keep cyclists safe

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Giant sequoia skyscrapers designed to keep rotted trees standing

Modernization has harmed magnificent giant sequoia trees: climate change has diminished their lifespan, according to four designers in South Korea. They drew up a skyscraper, called Tribute: The Monument of a Giant, that would be tucked inside hollowed-out tree trunks, and help keep trees whose heartwood had rotten from crashing down. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Japan’s Hanazono Kindergarten was designed to keep kids safe during typhoons

On the island of Miyako-jima, a Japanese island 250 miles off of the coast of Taiwan, typhoons are a very real threat. The Hanazono Kindergarten was designed with weather in mind, incorporating features to keep children safe and comfortable through and View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building