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This Indonesian high-rise performs 36% better than LEED baseline

Located in Jakarta’s central business district of Sudirman, Sequis Tower makes a space for itself in the city skyline. Drawing inspiration from the Banyan tree for both design influence and metaphoric meaning, the tower is meant to look like it’s rising organically from the ground. Sequis Tower encompasses roughly 1.5 million square feet and 40 floors....

San Diego Zoo apes get experimental, animal-only COVID-19 vaccine

In California, like other states, officials have come up with a priority list of COVID-19 vaccination recipients: healthcare workers, long-term care residents, elderly people, endangered apes — wait a minute, did the bonobos and orangutans at the San Diego Zoo just jump the line? No, they’re the first great apes to receive an experimental COVID-19 vaccine...

Glowing sharks found near New Zealand

Scientists have found three glow-in-the-dark sharks off the coast of New Zealand. The kitefin shark, blackbelly lanternshark and southern lanternshark weren’t unknown to science. However, scientists had never seen them glow until recently. It’s the first time this phenomenon has been observed in larger sharks. Researchers found the glowing sharks at...

Design unveiled for a sustainable wooden tower in Switzerland

Architecture firms 3XN and IttenBrechbühl have won an international competition with their design for the Tilia Tower©, an 85-meter-tall timber high-rise that will serve as a beacon for sustainability and an anchor for the up-and-coming district of Prilly-Malley. In addition to an ambitious wooden building, the pair of architecture firms will also oversee...

News From the Future imagines iconic landmarks after a climate apocalypse

Have you ever wondered what the world might look after an environmental apocalypse? Thanks to Paris-based digital artist and photographer Fabien Barrau, you can get a clear picture. A professional advertising artist by day, he uses his personal time to create thought-provoking visuals out of his drone images and stock photography for a series known...

A contemporary home slots inside a historic stone facade in Spain

Spanish architecture firm Valentín Arrieta Berdasco has recently completed the Pino-Roble House, an architecturally striking home that combines a historic stone facade with a contemporary new build. Completed in 2019, the residence is located in Canicosa de la Sierra. This municipality within the province of Burgos is home to a natural monument called...

13 more endemic species in Australia are confirmed extinct

An updated list released by the Australian government has confirmed the extinction of 13 endemic species. Among the species are 12 mammals and one reptile. The news now makes Australia the leading country globally in terms of mammal extinctions. Currently, more than 10% of the 320 land mammals that lived in Australia by 1788 are now extinct. The list...

Climate change spells trouble for baby tree swallows

As climate change worsens, spring temperatures come earlier in the year, cueing tree swallows to build their nests sooner. This leaves baby swallows vulnerable as the inevitable cold snap happens. “It’s getting warmer overall. They’re thinking, OK, it’s a good time to breed, to lay my eggs,” said Lily Twining of the Max Planck Institute for Animal...

The Gaia off-grid container house has a custom rooftop wind turbine

Made using an upcycled, discarded shipping container and featuring its own personal wind turbine, three solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system, the Gaia off-grid container house embodies self sufficiency. The architects at Pin-Up Houses, who are responsible for the project, said that they were inspired to find alternative forms of housing with...

Mask Architects designs a cavernous luxury villa in Sardinia

European design firm Mask Architects has shared renderings of a proposed luxury villa that resembles a white, seaside café. Informed by local Sardinian architecture and digital modeling software, the project — dubbed the Villa G01 “Rock and Cave” special — has been proposed for one of the most exclusive areas of Northern Sardinia and celebrates indoor/outdoor...

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