At the heart of Seoul lies one of the world's greatest urban design projects: the Cheonggyecheon River linear park. A green oasis in a concrete jungle, this inspiring urban renewal success underwent a dramatic transformation from a traffic-choked elevated freeway and concrete paved waterway into a lush, 3.6-mile-long “day-lit” stream corridor that attracts over 60,000 visitors daily. The restoration process has also provided huge boosts to local biodiversity and catalyzed economic development. Keep reading to learn the story behind Seoul's ambitious stream recovery project and to flip through our gallery for pictures of the inspiring urban park.
Seoul’s new City Hall boasts a sprawling indoor green wall that's so big it set a Guinness World Record as the world's largest vertical garden in 2013. Designed by iArc Architects, the seven-story-high vertical garden was created to complement the new City Hall’s environmentally friendly features, including its numerous renewable energy sources from solar power to geothermal energy. Approximately 65,000 plants from 14 different species grow in the garden, which spans an area greater than 17,000 square feet.
Fresno’s Forestiere Underground Gardens are one of California’s most beautiful feats of historical environmental design. Built by Sicilian immigrant Baldasare Forestiere over 40 years of his life, the subterranean gardens are fed with skylights and catch basins. Working totally on impulse, Forestiere designed the retreat without blueprints or plans - and his only tools were a pick, shovel, and wheelbarrow.
French artisan Alain Bellino took his craft to the dark side when he welded a number of leftover metal pieces together to create this surprisingly realistic Darth Vader bust. Bellino saves and restores a variety of items – from chandeliers to sculptures to tea sets to door knockers – and his handmade Vader sculpture is made of everything but the kitchen sink (including two recycled spoons for the eyes and an entire helmet of decorative ornaments). If you’re impressed with Bellino’s Star Wars tribute, check out his online portfolio for a look at his other creations – which include a chrome skull, a lamp made of out forks and spoons, and even a model of the Statue of Liberty!
Getting around by bicycle is more popular than ever, and nowhere more than in crowded cities where the benefits of a simple, portable, healthy transportation option are especially appealing. Cities across the globe, from London to San Francisco, are making an effort to improve bicycle infrastructure, and designers are following suit with bold new takes on the traditional bicycle. These 6 futuristic bike designs focus on rethinking the bicycle to improve safety, increase mobility, upgrade portability, and redesign fundamental elements like the chain.
When you’re a true book lover, it can be hard to step outside of your favorite novels and return to reality. Maybe that’s why these creative fans decided to bring their fantasy worlds to life by crafting book-themed decor for their homes. Fantasy or romance, epic or mystery, your most beloved story doesn't have to be bound to paper. Click through the gallery below to see how you can bring it alive right in your home.
It's that time of year - now that Halloween has passed, the holidays seem to be just around the corner! Thankfully, we're doing half of the work for you by compiling our favorite eco-conscious gifts of the year into our annual Green Holiday Gift Guide. And since time is ticking, we had to share one of our favorites with you before the official release of our guide. These simply elegant and eco-conscious timepieces from Sprout are unbelievably unique and biodegradable!
A “passive house”, from the German passivhaus, where the concept originated, is a way of building homes in an extremely energy-efficient manner. A true passive house not only demands very little energy for heating, cooling and electricity, it also wastes almost no heat or air through leakage. Often, a passive house is built with such a high quality building envelope that very little energy is even needed to heat (or cool) the dwelling in the first place. Passive houses utilize natural solar energy in cool climates, and well-placed landscaping in warm climates, in order to reduce energy needs. Check out these eight passive house amazing concepts—including residential homes, apartment buildings, and even a kindergarten!
In addition to chilly weather and the smell of wood smoke in the air, there’s another aspect of winter that can be counted on year after year: the inevitable cold that everyone seems to come down with. Fortunately, there are some great tonics that can boost your immune system so you can fight off colds and such more easily, and one such tonic is Gila Harvest Cider. Created by master herbalist and writer Kiva Rose of Bear Medicine Herbals, this variation of Fire Cider is as delicious as it is good for you, and can give your body the boost it needs to fight off winter bugs.
Whereas Kortrijk's Xpo center hosted hundreds of high-profile exhibitors for the Biennale Interieur, Ventura Interieur led design fans on a picturesque walking tour of the city's center. Along the way we caught glimpses of exceptional work by independent and up-and-coming designers that shined just as brightly as the Biennale's main halls. From furniture made from all kinds of recycled materials to humanitarian designs that seek to make the world a better place, read on for some of our favorite finds.
Belgium may be known best for its chocolate and beer, but the country has also cultivated a heady design scene—and it recently burst onto the international stage for the 2014 Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk. This landmark event showcased Belgium's best and brightest alongside talented designers from around the world, and we spotted scores of green design gems throughout the show. From shining solar tables and LED lamps to transforming furnishings and reclaimed wood wonders, read on for 14 of our favorite finds.
After Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the East Coast in 2012, it’s more important than ever to make sure you, your home and your family are prepared to weather hurricane season when it strikes—as it inevitably does each year, on coastal areas all over the world. While you can never predict when, where, and with what force a superstorm will strike, you can make sure that you have what you need and have taken the proper steps to be ready when it does. Here are some simple steps you can take to increase your odds of successfully weathering the storm.
Autumn is well underway and the days are getting colder and colder already. You’re undoubtedly feeling a fair bit of crispness in the air in the early morning or after sunset, as days will grow shorter, hands will be thrust into pockets or wrapped around hot drinks to keep them warm during morning commutes—to work, to school, or even just walking the dog. Soft fabric hand warmers are perfect for such chilly days, and can be tucked into pockets and mittens of all sizes. They’re super-easy to make, and you can decorate them in any way you like.