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Furniture factory opens in a forest in Norway

Bjarke Ingels Group and Vestre, a furniture maker in Norway, opened up the PLUS. This is a furniture factory but it's a whole lot more. In fact, it's also an experience center and a 300-acre public park. This is an entire manufacturing village.[...]

Feel what energy can do at this garden exhibit in Milan

A historical botanical garden in Milan transformed into an energy park thatas full of copper and possibilities. Itas a public exhibit that anyone can visit to learn more about different types of sustainable energy.[...]

600-acres of land will turn into a climate-adaptive park

Origin Park is a massive climate-adaptive park that provides an expansive outdoor landscape to serve visitors from near and far. Simultaneously, it hopes to highlight the historical aspects of the region.[...]

The tallest shipping container structure in the nation

Architectural design comes in all forms. In the case of the newly opened IDA on McKinley apartment building, that form is six stories of steel shipping containers that make up commercial and residential space. [...]

Kaieteur Falls is the world's largest single-drop waterfall

If a massive waterfall sits remotely in the rainforest and thereas no one to hear it, does it still make a sound? Yes, a massive one. Case in point: Kaieteur Falls, the worldas largest single-drop waterfall. It's buried among the savannah in an Amazonian jungle and receives less than 6,000 visitors each year.A [...]

Human fossils found in cave questions origins of humankind

A recentA studyA of human fossils from the Sterkfontein Caves in South Africa reignited debates about the origin of humans. The caves are home to Mrs. Ples' skeleton, as they nicknamed the fossils of a cave woman found. Her fossils date back to between 3.4 to 3.6 million years ago.[...]

Worlds largest direct air capture plant coming to Iceland

A Swiss startup is working on a solution to that pesky carbon dioxide that is killing the planet: burying it underground. Climeworks is building a ginormous direct air capture (DAC) facility in Iceland. The company expects it to be ready to start sucking 36,000 tons of CO2 annually out of the air within two years.[...]

Home is anchored to the earth, hovers over the landscape

The Orcas House on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands is an intergenerational family home under construction designed by Seattle firm Allied8. The home explores how construction material use can reduce global emissions. The site was the challenge that started the project. Orcas House is located on a small lot on a ridgeline the previous owner could not figure out how to build on as it is extremely steep and half bedrock. [...]

Where is the most green and sustainable city in the US?

When one thinks of sustainable living, urban centers probably donat come to mind. Yet, itas where the vast majority of people in the country live and work. Therefore, cities hold the power to make the greatest impact when it comes to cleaning up the air and reducing carbon emissions. The team at Battleface, a leading travel insurance company, ranked Washington, D.C., New York City, Portland, Seattle and Boston as the cities leading the country in sustainable actions.A [...]

Artificial coral reefs help marine life and biodiversity

Climate change-induced storms are battering coasts worldwide with sea level rise, erosion and damages. More than half of coral reefs and 85% of oyster beds used to protect our coasts have already been severely damaged or destroyed.A [...]

Coveted black watermelons for sale in California

The coveted black watermelons are available in the US and are on sale in the Bay Area of California. The black seedless watermelon is treasured in Japan where it is auctioned in an annual event that sees prices hit the roof. This year, the auction of this first crop in the northern island of Hokkaido saw one supreme quality black watermelon go for a whopping $370. Though a handsome figure, the highest record for the sale of one black watermelon isA $6,100A A set in 2008.A [...]

Two women arrested with 109 live wild animals in airport

Two Indian women have been arrested at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand after they were found with 109 live wild animals, including 20 snakes, 50 lizards, 35 turtles, two white porcupines, and two armadillos. The animals were detected in two suitcases by an X-ray scan, prompting officials at the airport to jump into action.[...]

Historic NY farmhouse looks like it's always been there

JLF Architects created a custom-built, modern and sustainable farmhouse on 40 acres in Upstate New York. A couple lives there during the summers camping on their property to learn the land. The new farmhouse, called Looking Glass Farm, features reclaimed Amish barn wood, aluminum windows and a design that blends with the landscape.[...]

This luxury eco hotel uses rammed earth and concrete design

You can tell right away that Sunyata Eco Hotel is luxury. Designed by Design Kacheri, the innovative, arresting design blends well with the shining glass and beautiful patches of green. But look closely. This boutique hotel is eco-friendly, sustainable and made out of the Earth itself.[...]

The first 24/7 plant-based convenience store in the US

Drivers stopping by the Tanforan Shell station in San Bruno, California may be in for a shock. When they enter the convenience store looking for beef jerky and nacho cheese Doritos, they will find 100% plant-based offerings. This city of 43,000 about 12 miles south of San Francisco seems an unlikely site for North America's first 24/7 vegan convenience store, Hangry Planet. It's part of the fun for owner Bobak Bakhtiari. The actor and philanthropist talked to Inhabitat about this intriguing venture.[...]

Fish-shaped robot to collect microplastics from water

Researchers at the American Chemical Society have created a light-activated robot resembling a fish that can swim around quickly, collecting microplastics from the water. With microplastics now found everywhere on the earth, the robot might be instrumental in measuring microplastic concentrations.[...]

Nuclear fusion is the newest advancement in clean energy

When one thinks of nuclear power, thoughts often include nuclear fission weapons (AKA atomic bombs) and their dangerous consequences. However, new research in sustainable energy production indicates that another type of nuclear energy could be an infinitely-abundant energy resource for the planet. It's called fusion. Though challenging to produce, fusion's high-energy yield and limited by-products make it an important resource to consider for the future.[...]

Fresh Market helps feed and revitalize one Chicago community

Chicago-based studio Wheeler Kearns Architects designed the Go Green Community Fresh Market in Englewood. It is the first phase of a masterplan driven by the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). It is in collaboration with the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (RAGE), Teamwork Englewood, and E.G. Woode to revitalize a Chicago neighborhood. The Fresh Market was one of six finalists in the 2020 Chicago Prize, recognized as a community resource that will help to develop a neighborhood long neglected by systemic disinvestment.[...]

This healthcare center maximizes energy use and greenery

The Rancho Los Amigos Recuperative Care Center by GGA+ Architects is a healthcare campus in Downey, California. It is located on the northeast border of the Rancho Los Amigos Hospital campus, near the neighboring residential areas. In the past, the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center was a key healthcare facility in the area. Inspired by the rehabilitation center's rich history, the RCC seeks to emulate the levels of profound care in the present day. The care center also fosters a deep connection to the surrounding landscape, maximizing sustainable strategies and promoting nature as a tool for healing.[...]

Closure of California's last nuclear power plant questioned

There are doubts over the planned closure of California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power station following the recent energy crisis. The station currently serves as the state's largest power supplier, accounting for over 9% of the state's energy needs. It has the capacity to serve a population of overA 3 million residents.A [...]

Biodegradable packaging could replace plastic food wrapping

Scientists have developed a new plant-based coating for food that could replace plastic. The biodegradable coating is environmentally sustainable, but also a public health solution thanks to its antibacterial properties. The product comes in the form of a solution that is sprayed directly onto foods, protecting them from disease-causing microbes and from damage during transportation.[...]

The BioBased concrete tiles cut carbon emissions and waste

BioBased tiles are a new sustainable building material being used to create sustainable facades for buildings. They replace traditional building materials and lower carbon emissions. As the result of a collaboration between StoneCycling and Biomason, the BioBasedTile is created with Biomasonas Biocement technology.A The tiles can be used to build structures that are stronger than traditional buildings, while significantly reducing waste.[...]

New travel book "Around the World in 80 Spiritual Places"

I frequently visit cemeteries, but was especially excited to be at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn last month. This historic cemetery is an enormous greenspace, fronted by gothic arches and full of birds, prairie dogs, flowering trees and interesting monuments to people ranging from obscure to celebrities. I was drawn to a pyramid-shaped tomb with a huge gold sculpture of animals leaning on the grassy hill below it. [...]

Artwork brings attention to the urgency of climate change

Exculpatio by Nomad Studio and Global R&D Cemex is a silent demonstration and sculptural space that explores the lack of substantial action on climate change. Hosted in Venice and Switzerland, it's part of the exhibition called PERSONAL STRUCTURES curated by the European Cultural Centre during the Venice Biennale 2022. The project looks at speech surrounding sustainability through concrete as a creative counterpart. The design morphs and adapts to its environment, and now stands in Switzerland in the form of two rectangular monoliths.[...]

Undergraduate students develop glow-in-the-dark concrete

In efforts to find solutions to world power problems, students at the America University in Cairo have developed glow-in-the-dark concrete as part of their graduation project. The building material would help cut down on the power used for street lighting and road signage.[...]

Illinois encourages carp consumption to save native species

The state of Illinois has started a campaign to encourage more people to eat the invasive carp fish. This project is an effort to save local species that have been threatened since its introduction in the 1960s to remove algae from the Deep South sewage lagoons, and escape into the Mississippi River and Great Lakes.[...]

A home that incorporates recycled materials from the jobsite

Located in the coastal town of Alibaug, near Mumbai, the House of Concrete Experiments is a residential project. The home was built for a client who attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and showed a willingness to experiment with the designs presented by Lead Architect Samira Rathod.A [...]

Big Ship's solutions for a flourishing Kenyan coastline

The densely-populated, low-income regions in the coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya often struggle to maintain a healthy living environment. Lack of waste-management facilities and extensive environmental degradation often exacerbate these problems. To alleviate poverty and prevent further harm to the environment, a group of conservation activists founded Big Ship in 2010. The organization is dedicated to providing community-focused solutions to local problems in Mombasa. By addressing these challenges, the organization targets several of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those pertaining to socio-economic growth, environmental reestablishment and sustainable living.[...]

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Harry Styles concert canceled after Copenhagen shooting: 'Devastated for the victims'

Harry Styles was scheduled to perform Sunday at Royal Arena, a venue located close to the Copenhagen shopping mall where a gunman opened fire.

Drake relives his bar mitzvah glory days onstage with the Backstreet Boys

Drake called "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys "one of the greatest songs in music history" before performing it with the group in concert.

Appreciation: The radical majesty of British theater director Peter Brook

A tribute to Peter Brook, the pathbreaking British theater director who died at age 97.

Crosby, Stills & Nash return to Spotify after taking a stand against Joe Rogan

Musicians David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash previously removed their music from Spotify in solidarity with their band mate, Neil Young.

'Minions: The Rise of Gru' dominates the Fourth of July weekend domestic box office

'Minions: The Rise of Gru,' 'Top Gun: Maverick' and 'Elvis' led the domestic box office over the Fourth of July weekend.

Commentary: As Roe vs. Wade is overturned, a grim 1962 sculpture gains tragic new relevance

Ed Kienholz's assemblage 'The Illegal Operation,' on view at LACMA, muses on back-alley abortions.

'Stranger Things' star Joseph Quinn breaks down Eddie Munson's fate

Actor Joseph Quinn expects to see 'a gaggle of Munsons' this Halloween. He tells The Times about his surreal experience on a Netflix blockbuster.

Travis Barker says he's much better after 'life threatening' bout with pancreatitis

Travis Barker, the drummer for Blink 182, says he was hospitalized after complications from an endoscopy.

Gaming community salutes Technoblade, late YouTube star who built 'Minecraft' empire

Technoblade, a YouTube star beloved for his 'Minecraft' content, announced his own death in an emotional message his father recited in a video.

Goldenvoice cancels Day N Vegas fest over 'logistics, timing and production issues'

Goldenvoice has canceled hip-hop fest Day N Vegas 2022, which was set to include headliners SZA, J.Cole and Travis Scott.

Cardi B enlisted Kanye West for new song and wishes we all knew 'the real' Ye

Rapper Cardi B talked with Zane Lowe about her new single, 'Hot Sa,' and what it was like working with Ye.

More 'magical adventures' ahead for newly engaged 'Halloweentown' stars

After meeting in 2001 for 'Halloweentown 2,' co-stars Kimberly J. Brown and Daniel Kountz are engaged.

Singer R. Kelly placed on suicide watch even though he's not suicidal, lawyer says

R. Kelly's lawyer explains why the R&B artist was put on suicide watch after being sentenced this week to 30 years in prison.

Busy Philipps arrested in Roe vs. Wade protests: 'This is the fight of a lifetime'

'I can think of no better way to use my privilege and voice than to amplify the message that bodily autonomy IS a human right,' Busy Philipps said after arrest.

Review: Disappointing 'Beauty,' another college admissions scandal and more movies

The Whitney Houston-inspired 'Beauty' on Netflix, George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez looking good in 4K 'Out of Sight,' plus more movies to watch at home.

Danny Roberts is HIV-positive. So why did 'The Real World' leave that out?

'It's probably easier ... to leave out that dark story and just not touch on it,' Roberts told The Times, 'in the service of the great forgetting.'

Tamara de Lempicka was a bisexual Art Deco icon. A musical aims to depict her faithfully

A Broadway-bound musical at La Jolla Playhouse explores the life and legacy of Tamara de Lempicka, portrayed by Eden Espinosa.

Misidentified Chuck D says everybody doesn't 'know everything,' even on 'Jeopardy'

Chuck D defends 'Jeopardy' contestant who erroneously responded that he was part of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

Poison rocker Bret Michaels hospitalized in Nashville ahead of show

Poison had to cancel a show minutes before its stadium set because frontman Bret Michaels was hospitalized for 'an unforeseen medical complication.'

Rocker Travis Barker 'beat the odds' before and will again, says ex Shanna Moakler

Former Miss USA Shanna Moakler says her hospitalized ex Travis Barker, with whom she has two kids, is 'surrounded by loving support' and the best medical teams.

The newest, coolest L.A. and O.C. museum shows to see in July

Paintings by Korean artist Park Dae Sung at LACMA. The California Art Club's 111th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition. Black photographers at the Getty.

An agent told this 'Stranger Things' star he wouldn't work until 50. 'She was wrong'

After being written off, Brett Gelman built an impressive career as a character actor. Now, in Netflix's sci-fi blockbuster, he's giving a star turn.

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Chris Pratt strikes back in violent, faintly poisonous 'Terminal List'

In Prime Video's thriller, Pratt plays a vengeful soldier a with none of the charm he brought to 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy.'

Review: In 'The Princess,' Joey King slashes the patriarchy and rewrites fairy tales

Hulu's empowering fantasy action movie is fun, feminist and R-rated.

George Michael spent his career singing about freedom. But he never quite found it

A new biography and documentary on the late singer tell vastly different versions of his life story, but both are potent reminders of his pioneering brilliance.

In a glimmer of hope for L.A. film fans, the Cinerama Dome will return with new name

L.A.'s iconic Cinerama Dome, which shuttered during the pandemic, is closer to reopening with a new name, two bars and a restaurant.

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