Urban design

Dirty Bike? Put a Sock on It!

Dirty Bike? Put a Sock on It!

Nearly every urban cyclist has had to contend with tire detritus at some point. If you're a city-dwelling bicycle aficionado, you likely know it well: the inevitable sand, mud, and gravel that your bike

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Foster + Partners and Nissan are developing the electric vehicle charging station of the future

Foster + Partners and Nissan are developing the electric vehicle charging station of the future

One of our favorite architecture firms, Foster + Partners, just announced an exciting new project with our of our favorite green car makers, Nissan. The two companies will partner to develop and design

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Mexico City’s busiest avenue returning to residents as a stunning elevated public park

Mexico City’s busiest avenue returning to residents as a stunning elevated public park

One of Mexico City's busiest roads will soon become a pedestrian's dream - a sloping public park with an elevated promenade will transform the 10-lane road that runs west to east between Chapultepec Park

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Innovative Gap House in Seoul saves space with communal living areas

Innovative Gap House in Seoul saves space with communal living areas

In order to tackle Seoul's population density and lack of communal spaces, local studio Archihood WXY designed a residential block where those occupying the units function more like housemates than

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Olson Kundig-designed lush public park hides on the ninth floor of a department store

Olson Kundig-designed lush public park hides on the ninth floor of a department store

Passing by a twelve story department store in Uijeongbu, South Korea, one wouldn't imagine that atop the ninth floor sits a surprising 20,000-square-foot park! Architecture firm Olson Kundig Architects

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Architects want to build a life-size Lord of the Rings city in England

Architects want to build a life-size Lord of the Rings city in England

If you've always pictured yourself as a hero of Tolkien-esque proportions, here's your chance to live like one. A group of architects and structural engineers is running an Indiegogo campaign to lift

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Study shows planting street trees can make residents feel up to 7 years younger

Study shows planting street trees can make residents feel up to 7 years younger

A new study published in the journal Nature has a shown a strong correlation between an abundance of street trees and local residents' improved sense of well-being.

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Colossal Green Value Farm Flourishes Within a Former Factory in China

Colossal Green Value Farm Flourishes Within a Former Factory in China

The colossal 2,100 square meter factory has become a testing ground for a number of green ideas. Within the confines of the space, the studio preserved the original factory features, such as old walls,

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Urine-deflecting walls in San Francisco will make you think twice about Number One

Urine-deflecting walls in San Francisco will make you think twice about Number One

Ah, urination. One of life’s simple pleasures, enhanced when performed in an outdoor setting. Though public peeing is best is done in natural spaces with some privacy, city folk sometimes just gotta go

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Space, Not Spikes humanizes London’s shameful anti-homeless initiative

Space, Not Spikes humanizes London’s shameful anti-homeless initiative

Urban planners in London are determined to make life even more difficult for the homeless by placing spikes on commonly used areas for sleeping and sitting. The spikes are placed in all the “right”

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Coffee Bar by jones | haydu brings a San Francisco neighborhood back to life

Coffee Bar by jones | haydu brings a San Francisco neighborhood back to life

Design firm jones | haydu designed the interior of a small cafe in downtown San Francisco simultaneously revitalizing the stretch of sidewalk in front of it, which has been neglected for over twenty

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Tenderloin’s rehabilitated “Prison Park” taps into San Francisco’s geothermal energy

Tenderloin’s rehabilitated “Prison Park” taps into San Francisco’s geothermal energy

Besides being one of the city's densest neighborhoods, Tenderloin is also notorious for it poverty. The adjacent Boeddeker Park has been a problematic area for years which earned it the nickname "Prison

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Stekke + fraas’ Brutopia brings idyllic communal living to Brussels

Stekke + fraas’ Brutopia brings idyllic communal living to Brussels

Brutopia is a sprawling role model of cohousing in Brussels, which combines residential living with urban gardening, business spaces and a service center in the Belgian capital. Designed by stekke +

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

In light of all the dire news related to climate change, rising sea levels and the natural disasters which have stricken numerous coastal areas around the world, we here at Inhabitat would like to

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Philips’ new GrowWise indoor farm will revolutionize food production

Philips’ new GrowWise indoor farm will revolutionize food production

Related: The world's largest indoor farm produces 10,000 heads of lettuce a day in Japan + Philips All images courtesy Philips

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Plans for world’s first self-sufficient floating city advance to next phase

Plans for world’s first self-sufficient floating city advance to next phase

The Seasteading Institute is on target to launch the world’s first floating city by 2020. The Floating City Project is set to have political autonomy, although the concept involves an integrated

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BOOK REVIEW: Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World

BOOK REVIEW: Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World

Climate change, air pollution, and water scarcity—these are just a handful of reasons why you may be worried for Earth’s future. But all hope is not lost, at least that’s the attitude of writer and

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Colorful noise-pollution barriers that also generate solar energy being tested in the Netherlands

Colorful noise-pollution barriers that also generate solar energy being tested in the Netherlands

Technology research is often about finding ways to combine two different functions into one tool or, as you might have heard it said before, kill two birds with one stone. In the Netherlands, a consortium

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A sprawling dragon with a mane of plants reaches through a Parisian art venue

A sprawling dragon with a mane of plants reaches through a Parisian art venue

In an art in Paris, a giant dragon rises above visitors, looming over their heads with an imposing presence. But it’s not exactly a terrifying sight. This larger-than-life vegetation-flaunting

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Urban beekeeping is safer thanks to Francesco Faccin’s sweet Honey Factory

Urban beekeeping is safer thanks to Francesco Faccin’s sweet Honey Factory

In an effort to preserve the ancient art of beekeeping, and safely bring it to a new, young audience, industrial designer Francesco Faccin has created the Honey Factory. The metal and wood parallelogram

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Stefaan De Croock transforms discarded wooden doors and panels into giant murals

Stefaan De Croock transforms discarded wooden doors and panels into giant murals

Belgian painter and sculptor Stefaan De Croock makes fantastic artwork using reclaimed wooden panels, doors and furniture. He uses the material to create giant geometric faces on the sides of buildings

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OAS1S “treescrapers” are modern skyscrapers inspired by trees

OAS1S “treescrapers” are modern skyscrapers inspired by trees

OAS1S™ INTRODUCES THE NUMBER 1 GREEN ARCHITECTURE OAS1S™ introduces its concept for the number 1 green architecture; the unique design of houses as trees and communities as forests. An innovative,

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Barcelona artists use old tires as street art to revitalize the city

Barcelona artists use old tires as street art to revitalize the city

Related: This building in Venice is covered in 1,000 used car tires Via Behance Images © Pneumàtic Pneumàtic, reused tires, salvaged tires, artwork, barcelona, barcelona art installation,

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Revolutionary Green Wheel hydroponic garden grows food faster with NASA technology

Revolutionary Green Wheel hydroponic garden grows food faster with NASA technology

The Green Wheel by DesignLibero is a NASA-inspired rotary hydroponic garden. NASA has come up with many ideas over the years, but due to budget and time constraints a lot have been discarded. Among them

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Top 10 cities in the U.S. for urban farming

Top 10 cities in the U.S. for urban farming

People have been growing food and raising livestock across the United States for centuries—even in cities. But it wasn't until around the 1970s that backyard produce started showing up on sidewalks as

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Central China’s most populous city gets New Urban redesign by Foster + Partners

Central China’s most populous city gets New Urban redesign by Foster + Partners

Central China’s most populous city will soon be home to a highly walkable and livable urban paradise. Foster + Partners recently received approval for their masterplan of Yuexiu International Financial

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8 incredible parks created from landfills

8 incredible parks created from landfills

1. Mt. Trashmore, Virginia Beach Talk about turning trash into treasure - the satirically dubbed Mount Trashmore went from being an abandoned landfill to becoming the Virginia's most visited park. Tony

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SHoP reveals design for downtown Miami’s proposed “Innovation District”

SHoP reveals design for downtown Miami’s proposed “Innovation District”

Often called the Capital of Latin America, Miami is a major global center of culture and commerce. The city has been identified as the richest city in the United States and the fifth richest city

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Hay Stack Café raises goats and hens in the heart of Philadelphia

Hay Stack Café raises goats and hens in the heart of Philadelphia

Most people don't know where their food comes from anymore, but visiondivision makes it very clear with Hay Stack Café. Invited by the Esther Klein Gallery to explore the role of ecology in society for

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Snøhetta, DIALOG and Mayer/Reed picked to revitalize Oregon’s Willamette Falls

Snøhetta, DIALOG and Mayer/Reed picked to revitalize Oregon’s Willamette Falls

The area around second largest waterfall in the United States is about to experience a serious revitalization. Oregon governor Kate Brown recently announced an impressive team of architects and designers

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