A sleek artist studio with Passive House elements projects over a cliff

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Montreal-based MU Architecture recently completed a minimalist and modern addition that boasts dramatic landscape views of Lake Deauville and the Laurentians’ mountainous countryside in Quebec, Canada. Conceived as a multipurpose extension, the Workshop on a Cliff covers over 5,000 square feet of space and includes two superimposed garages, a workshop, a spacious creative room as well as a mezzanine level. The building is partially elevated on thin pillars so as not to disturb the tree line.

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Solar-powered POP-UP Park takes over underused Budapest square

Hungarian design studio Hello Wood has teamed up with the Municipality of Budapest City yet again to revive a forgotten public space with a dazzling summer haven that’s free and open to all 24 hours a day. Located beside City Hall Park, the temporary park is Hello Wood’s latest POP-UP Park, a short-term urban intervention with eye-catching street furniture. This year’s version is inspired by the Mediterranean with its use of olive trees and wave-shaped seating.

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LEED Platinum housing for the homeless takes over a formerly vacant L.A. lot

Los Angeles-based design practice Michael Maltzan Architecture transformed a vacant suburban lot into the Crest Apartments, a LEED Platinum-certified permanent supportive housing center assisting homeless individuals and veterans. Commissioned by the Skid Row Housing Trust, this striking light-filled property promotes healthy lifestyles with its inviting community-focused design. In addition to serving the homeless, the 45,000-square-foot development also offers major benefits to the local community… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Solar-powered cube home in Australia hovers over the landscape

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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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Over 200 nations commit to ending ocean plastic waste

Over 200 countries signed a United Nations resolution in Nairobi, Kenya to eliminate plastic waste in the world’s oceans. The resolution is an important step forward to establishing a legally binding treaty that would deal with the global oceanic plastic pollution problem. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which organized the resolution, there will be more plastic by weight in the world’s oceans than fish by 2050 if current trends continue. The resolution offers hope for… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elevated glass-bottomed pool hovers over a second pool in the hip Wall House

An outdoor swimming pool with a glass bottom hovers above the patio and other pool of this gorgeous residence in the Portuguese Riviera. Guedes Cruz Arquitectos designed the entire Wall House as a sprawling, open-plan house that embodies the principles of indoor-outdoor living.

On one of its side, the residence features an expansive glass wall that can be opened to create a direct connection between the interior space, the garden and golf course. Wood slat coverings cover the concrete exterior… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This Danish school is completely covered with over 12,000 sea green solar panels

The days of unsightly bulky solar arrays are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Now, buildings like the International School Nordhavn in Copenhagen, designed by C.F. Møller, are using putting their solar panels on double duty – producing clean energy, and adding a stunning aesthetic to the design.

Related: Solar-powered Colorado school houses a sun-soaked learning environment

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CA communities sue Exxon, Shell and 35 other fossil fuel companies over climate change

A trio of California communities are standing up to fossil fuel peddlers and holding them to account for their role in climate change. San Mateo and Marin counties, and Imperial Beach filed an unprecedented suit against 37 companies, including major players like Shell, Chevron and Exxon Mobil. The complaint states that these companies have knowingly caused billions of dollars worth of damage and have caused sea levels to climb, putting lives and property in serious danger.

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This boy accidentally found a 1.2 million-year-old fossil by tripping over it

Sometimes, there are benefits to being clumsy. A 9-year-old named Jude Sparks recently found this out. While hiking the Orange Mountains in New Mexico with his family, Sparks tripped over an object which at first, he thought was “just a big fat rotten cow.” Instead, it turned out to be a Stegomastodon fossil from 1.2 million years ago.

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The young boy told KVIA TV: “I didn’t know what it was. I just knew it wasn’t usual.” His family agreed, which… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building