Raymond Rutting/Next Architects via Designboom In the Dutch town of Monster, a new pedestrian bridge makes space for bats to hide.

A town by the name of Monster, in the Netherlands, recently completed construction on a 160-foot-long, curved pedestrian walkway designed to give bats a place to get some shuteye. The Amsterdam-based firm Next Architects won the commission through a competition to build an eco-friendly bridge for the town’s Poelzone wetland on the Vlotwatering river, Wired reports. The architects collaborated with bat experts at the Dutch Mammal Society to build the bridge, which is shaped by 29.5”-thick concrete walls clad in wood planks that are spaced to fit the bats. Enclosed areas accommodate the mammals during the cold months while protecting them from predators; crevices facilitate springtime roosting; and open spaces on the bridge’s underside let them, quite literally, hang out during the summer. The concrete core warms the bat spaces in the winter and keeps them cool in the summer. The bridge was designed in response to the Dutch government’s increasingly stringent energy-efficiency requirements for buildings that leaves attic spaces, bats’ typical hangout, largely unconditioned. Why is this important? Bats eat bugs. “Displace too many and you risk tilting things in the bugs’ favor,” Wired explains, adding that there exist other similar, bat-friendly bridges worldwide to protect humans, animals, and agriculture from hungry insects. “Making room for bats, then, is more than inner-species politesse—it’s a great way of keeping insects under control.” Think about that during your next fight with a waterbug. [Wired + Designboom]

ICYMI: The buildings of the future are less likely to be extruded in one piece than to be assembled as a system of components 3D-printed in concrete, metal, and plastic. [ARCHITECT]

Global dependency on fossil fuel–intensive air conditioning and refrigeration is poised to put a freeze on achieving carbon-reduction goals for the countries that have them. [The Guardian]

Supertalls are in the spotlight but even Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture’s Kingdom Tower, now rising in Saudi Arabia, pales in comparison to this 1991 concept drawing from architect Eugene Tsui whose proposed height of two miles is supported by a mile-wide base. Modeled after termite mounds and designed to house the entire population of San Francisco, the structure has 120 levels that integrate natural features like lakes and hills, is passively heated and cooled, and is powered by windmills and photovoltaics. An estimated cost of $150 billion, however, is one of the many reasons why the visionary tower remains unbuilt. [CityLab]

A bed of roughly 1,000 springs under this warehouse-turned-performance-venue’s floor separates the space, acoustically, from the busy Brooklyn, N.Y., street outside and the rumbling subway tunnels beneath. [Fast Company’s Co.Design]

The smart minds at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab aren’t short on cool gadgets. Their latest lets them send wireless signals through the wall to get a fairly detailed silhouette of what, or who, is on the other side, whether it’s breathing, and how fast its heart is beating. Though creepy in concept, the technology has applications in assisted living facilities and smart homes. [The Verge]