Landscape Architecture

West Loop Park Infuses Chicago With Green Urban Space

West Loop Park Infuses Chicago With Green Urban Space

As the construction process for Hudson Yards drags on in New York, we're glad to see green urban design is alive and well in Chicago. The windy city is no stranger to sustainable building, and this urban

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The Brooks Ave House: A Californian Study in Green

The Brooks Ave House: A Californian Study in Green

Vancouver-based architecture firm Bricault Design’s vegetation-clad house in Venice, California is a sexy study in green. The mod abode incorporates sustainable design in a new residential addition that

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Making Public Places: Forum on Placemaking in Cities

Making Public Places: Forum on Placemaking in Cities

On Monday, July 13, 2009, Diana Balmori and her NYC-based landscape and urban design firm hosted a forum that was part-academic discussion, part-social media experiment. The forum, called Making Public

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The Swimming City: A Water World for Future Generations

The Swimming City: A Water World for Future Generations

Much like a floating Club Med, “The Swimming City” by Andras Gyorfi could be the perfect solution for ocean-bound adventure seekers. As most of us have daydreamed about abandoning our complex

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US Government May Bulldoze 50 Cities; Create More Green Space

US Government May Bulldoze 50 Cities; Create More Green Space

It seems virtually everyone—from Wall Street bankers to small business owners—has been affected by the economic downturn. Now, the recession’s latest victims may be American cities. The Obama

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Holey Concrete: Pervious Paving Reduces Stormwater Run-off

Holey Concrete: Pervious Paving Reduces Stormwater Run-off

Let’s be clear - paving a surface does not reduce storm water run-off, but if you must create a street, parking lot, driveway, or any other form of this detriment, an apples-to-apples comparison between

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Links Roundup of the Week: The High Line

Links Roundup of the Week: The High Line

The High Line opened this week!! The Inhabitat team was lucky enough to gather together to see it this week on Monday, and we loved it! It's green, it's public space -- and visitors feel like they are

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New York’s High Line Park in the Sky Opens Today!

New York’s High Line Park in the Sky Opens Today!

An elevated park in the sky built on top of the skeleton of an old rail system? It may have sounded impossible only five years ago, but today, the eagerly awaited High Line elevated urban park officially

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A Clearing in the Streets: NYC Spouts a Meadow Amid Concrete

A Clearing in the Streets: NYC Spouts a Meadow Amid Concrete

As the topic of urban restoration garners more attention, we have seen an increase in the investigation and experimentation relating to NYC's ecological past. NYC Wildflower Week demonstrated a rise in

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Vertical Park: Stackable Solar Skyscraper for Mexico City

Vertical Park: Stackable Solar Skyscraper for Mexico City

In the ever-expanding metropolis of Mexico City, green space is hard to come by. An estimated population of 22 million inhabitants bears an impressive weight on the Valley of Mexico and, in recent years,

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New York’s High Line Sky Park to Open in June

New York’s High Line Sky Park to Open in June

New York City will soon be receiving a brand new stretch of green space as the once-abandoned High Line railway is renovated to become a lush public park. Designed to capture the majesty of both nature

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Skate Parks Jump the Gap To Green Design

Skate Parks Jump the Gap To Green Design

It seems like almost every community has a skate park--a place for the youngins' to go, try out some sick tricks, and hang out with friends. City officials like them because they keep kids off the

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Green Roofed Cooper Point House Blends Into Big Sur

Green Roofed Cooper Point House Blends Into Big Sur

Fading right into the Big Sur landscape, this three-bedroom house is nearly invisible when viewed from certain angles. And that's just how Mickey Muennig, the mastermind behind the project, wanted it. The

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Cracked Concrete Garden Springs up to Claim ASLA Award

Cracked Concrete Garden Springs up to Claim ASLA Award

Think you need an open plot of land with plenty of soil in order to cultivate a garden? Think again. CMG Landscape Architecture's Cracked Concrete Garden proves that many plants have a way of surviving

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Food City: Dubai’s Self-Sufficient Ecotopia

Food City: Dubai’s Self-Sufficient Ecotopia

This past February, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce authorized the development of a “free zone” dubbed Food City. GCLA, a green landscape architect firm, proposed a master plan for the city

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Generating Giant Sandstone Walls to Fight Desertification

Generating Giant Sandstone Walls to Fight Desertification

Desertification, the degradation of land in arid areas, is a growing problem due to deforestation, fires, and climate change. Magnus Larsson, a student at London's Architectural Association has a drastic

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EDEN BIO: Paris Grows a Green Heart

EDEN BIO: Paris Grows a Green Heart

Villas des Vignoles or EDEN BIO is an entire block of public housing nestled in urban Paris. The newly unveiled dwellings are enclosed in a small alley with plenty of nooks and crannies for gardening,

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Fibonacci-Inspired British National Wildflower Center

Fibonacci-Inspired British National Wildflower Center

You might not intuitively associate wildflowers with mathematics, but as Ian Simpson Architects proves, the relationship between the two can inspire beautiful architecture. The architecture firm was part

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Bird Bridge in Sweden by Visiondivision

Bird Bridge in Sweden by Visiondivision

We may be biased, given our love of owls here at Inhabitat, but the “Bird Bridge” by architectural firm visiondivision is quite a poetic design solution. Located deep in a forest in

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The Flowing Gardens of the World Horticultural Expo

The Flowing Gardens of the World Horticultural Expo

From the manicured forms of French estates to the sculptural gestures of Japanese gardens, the adjectives we use to describe a garden are often subject to the characteristics of the plants (or lack

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MIO Debuts Line of Eco Products for Target!

MIO Debuts Line of Eco Products for Target!

We loved MIO's Flat Pack Origami table at first sight and couldn't wait to see what would come next from this Philly fave.  Luckily for us, Brothers Isaac and Jaime Salm do not disappoint.  Just in

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Michelle Obama To Plant White House Edible Garden

Michelle Obama To Plant White House Edible Garden

Eleanor Roosevelt's World War II-era Victory Garden was a shining example to Americans that they could grow their own food. And now Michelle Obama is following in her footsteps, taking up the cause by

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Brazil Promotes Sustainability with São Paulo Eco-Park

Brazil Promotes Sustainability with São Paulo Eco-Park

Anna Dietzsch, Managing Director of Davis Brody Bond Aedas' São Paulo office and Levisky Arquitetos Associados designed this beautiful eco-park on what was once a contaminated brownfield in São Paulo,

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Monterey Bay Shores Set to be Greenest Ecoresort in the World

Monterey Bay Shores Set to be Greenest Ecoresort in the World

Monterey Bay Shores is a stunning new development set to break ground this month that will convert a desolate disused sand mine into a thriving environmental preserve and eco-resort. Replete with living

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Passive Designed Llorenç House Optimizes the Sun

Passive Designed Llorenç House Optimizes the Sun

Located in Mutxamel, Spain, this gorgeous green home designed by Eneseis Arquitectura is half buried into the ground in part to take advantage of passive solar design techniques, but also to provide some

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Europe’s Grass-Lined Green Railways = Good Urban Design

Europe’s Grass-Lined Green Railways = Good Urban Design

Although it's certainly not a new idea to combine landscaping with public transportation, we love the sight of these European trams gliding along on beds of grass. From Barcelona to the Czech Republic,

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Re-mixed Topographies: Maya Lin’s Systematic Landscapes

Re-mixed Topographies: Maya Lin’s Systematic Landscapes

As in her work on the Vietnam War Memorial so many years ago, the contemporary pieces of artist Maya Lin hit the emotional nail right on the head. In her exhibition Systematic Landscapes, which is showing

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Diller Scofidio & Renfro Dancing Trees at Liverpool Biennial

Diller Scofidio & Renfro Dancing Trees at Liverpool Biennial

With all eyes on the much anticipated first installment of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s NYC High Line project this winter, it is refreshing to experience their work as ‘moving’ art with Arbores Laetae

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Manhattan Apartment Meets Garden Escape

Manhattan Apartment Meets Garden Escape

Two years ago, Matt Blesso, a real estate developer, bought a 3,100 sq ft apartment in lower Manhattan.  He dreamed of  an apartment with beautiful rooftop gardens, and wanted to be surrounded by nature

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The New Green California Academy of Sciences Unveiled!

The New Green California Academy of Sciences Unveiled!

After nearly a decade in the making, Renzo Piano's California Academy of Sciences is set to open this week - and Inhabitat recently took a sneak peak inside the incredible new institution! A crowning

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