This sculptural home takes cues from the sloping Hollywood Hills landscape

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Tucked inside a quiet and wooded site of Nichols Canyon is the Hollywood Hills House, a sculptural home that boasts cutting-edge green technologies and materials. Los Angeles-based design practice Tighe Architecture crafted the home for a musician and took inspiration from the terrain to form the curvaceous, multi-story dwelling. Spanning an area of 5,200 square feet, the home is faced with an abundance of full-height glazing that create a seamless connection between the indoors and out.

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Virgin Atlantic plane takes flight with fuel from recycled waste

A Virgin Atlantic plane, flying from Orlando to London, has become the first commercial flight to use jet fuel partly made from recycled industrial waste. The Boeing 747 — which landed at London’s Gatwick Airport — used a blend of normal jet fuel plus ethanol made from waste gases.

“This fuel takes waste, carbon-rich gases from industrial factories and gives them a second life so that new fossil fuels don’t have to be taken out of the ground,” Virgin Atlantic founder, Sir Richard Branson… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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

Australia takes stand on single-use plastic bags

Single-use plastic bags are going out of style in Australia, but shoppers aren’t thrilled by the reduction. Two major retailers, Big W and Coles, ended the use of plastic shopping bags from their stores. The move effectively outlaws their use in nearly every Australian state.

After Tasmania and South Australia started by installing a plastic bag ban, national retailers voluntarily began relying on them in stores. On June 20, 2018, Woolworths stopped offering single-use bags, instead charging… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Nature takes center stage at this renovated Soviet resort in Georgia

An old Soviet resort received a modern makeover that transformed it into a stunning mountain retreat facing the dramatic Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. Tbilisi-based duo Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia restored the brutalist building as the new home of the Rooms Hotels Kazbegi, named after a 19th-century Georgian poet.

The building combines rustic and industrial aesthetics as a way of reconciling its architectural legacy with the appreciation of its alpine surroundings. It features 155… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Gorgeous lakeside home takes cues from Pacific Northwest midcentury modernism

The tradition of midcentury modernism in the Pacific Northwest lives on in the handsome West Mercer Residence nestled along the shores of Lake Washington. SKL Architects designed this cedar-clad abode and worked closely with local craftspeople to create the custom 5,500-square-foot home with enviable views framed through large expanses of glass.

California may be considered the stronghold of midcentury modernism in the West, but the design movement also crept up to the Pacific Northwest… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

VIDEO: Self-flying electric car successfully takes its maiden voyage

Forget the flying cars you’ve seen in sci-fi movies because the air transportation of the future is going to be way better than we imagined, and it is here today. Lilium Aviation has unveiled their all-electric, self-flying car. There are quite a few flying car prototypes driving, er, flying around right now, but Lilium sets itself apart with its electric engine and vertical takeoff, which the company successfully tested for the first time this week. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Incredible rooftop farm takes over Israels oldest mall to grow thousands of organic vegetables

An amazing farm has sprouted in an unlikely place—the rooftop of Israel’s oldest mall in the heart of Tel Aviv. Hidden between high-rises, “Green in the City” is a rooftop farm that produces 10,000 heads of leafy greens a month year-round using organic, hydroponic and aquaponic methods—no dirt required. This thriving example of urban agriculture is one of many surprising sustainable initiatives at the Dizengoff Center shopping mall, which includes bird habitat, a tree nursery, rooftop apiary,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Azuma Makoto takes his 50-year-old bonsai to the last places you’d ever expect to see a tree

In order to capture the first first four photographs in this gallery, which are featured in the new exhibit, Makoto and his team traveled around the globe with the framed bonsai sculpture. Using a crane-like contraption, the tree-in-a-box has been dangled above an active geyser, where the sculpture is partially obscured by the density of the delicate mist.

Related: Underwater bonsai brings a new calm to a thousand-year-old tradition

The photographs seem minimalist in nature. Each wide angle… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building