Planting trees

This week experts told Dezeen that tree planting is an unreliable way of fighting climate change

This week on Dezeen, several key figures said that planting trees is not a reliable way of sequestering atmospheric carbon

Interviewed as part of our carbon revolution series, the experts cast doubts on the effectiveness of afforestation, as the trees planted need to grow for a long time to be effective as carbon stores.

"Planting trees is probably the most difficult potential method from a measurement and verification perspective," Paul Gambrill, CEO of carbon marketplace Nori told Dezeen.

Concrete
Construction industry "doesn't know where it stands when it comes to carbon emissions"

Continuing the carbon revolution series, a report revealed that only one per cent of new buildings are being assessed to determine their carbon footprint.

However, one group that will be assessed are a series of low-carbon urban quarters that are set to be built as part of the Reinventing Cities global competition.

Kengo Kuma-designed sunglasses
Kengo Kuma creates 3D-printed sunglasses from castor beans

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma turned his hand to designing sunglasses with a capsule collection of 3D-printed eyewear 3D-printed from Indian castor beans.

Eyewear brand Reframd also unveiled a range of 3D-printed sunglasses. The "Afropolitan" sunglasses were specifically designed to fit black faces more comfortably.

OMA supertall for New York
Visual shows supertall skyscraper designed by OMA for Billionaire's Row in New York

In New York, architecture firm OMA revealed a render of a proposed supertall skyscraper that is set to join the cluster near Central Park known as Billionaire's Row.

Foster + Partners also unveiled the design of a skyscraper. Named Marina Tower, the skyscraper will be the tallest building in Greece when it is completed.

Architect Alison Killing
Architect Alison Killing wins Pulitzer Prize for exposing alleged Chinese internment camps

This week saw architect Alison Killing win the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for her investigation into a network of Chinese prison camps allegedly built to incarcerate Muslims.

Killing, along with reporter Megha Rajagopalan and programmer Christo Buschek, unveiled the research into the camps in a series of articles for Buzzfeed News.

Hotel Castello di Reschio
Bolza family turns 1,000-year-old Italian castle into Hotel Castello di Reschio

Popular projects this week included the conversion of a 1,000-year-old castle in Italy into a hotel, a modern take on a traditional Tasmanian farmhouse and a home alongside an elongated pool in Portugal.

Our lookbook this week focused on loft conversions and Scandi-style living rooms.

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