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Audi Urban Future Initiative: How Will Cars and the City Become Connected in 2050?

Audi Urban Future Initiative: How Will Cars and the City Become Connected in 2050?

The Audi Urban Future Initiative, a global platform for dialog between the city and the automobile, is meant to discover innovative ideas for tomorrow's mobility. Today cities are plagued with traffic

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How the Cheonggyecheon River Urban Design Restored the Green Heart of Seoul

How the Cheonggyecheon River Urban Design Restored the Green Heart of Seoul

The Cheonggyecheon project is remarkable for its dramatic transformation from a seedy industrial eyesore to a nature-filled public space. In the 1940s, the Cheonggyecheon had deteriorated into an open

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7-Story Indoor Green Wall is an Enormous Air Filter for Solar-Powered Seoul City Hall

7-Story Indoor Green Wall is an Enormous Air Filter for Solar-Powered Seoul City Hall

When the 13-story new Seoul City Hall was first unveiled in 2012, the curvaceous modern glass building sparked controversy for its incongruity in style with the former city hall, a preserved colonial-era

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Seoul Installing Hydro-Powered Smartphone Charging Stations

Seoul Installing Hydro-Powered Smartphone Charging Stations

The smartphone capital of the world has found an innovative and environmentally-friendly way to charge all those homegrown Samsungs and other mobile devices—Seoul, South Korea, is planning to install

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UNStudio to Renovate Seoul’s Hanwha Headquarters With Photovoltaic LED Facade

UNStudio to Renovate Seoul’s Hanwha Headquarters With Photovoltaic LED Facade

Hanwha Group manufactures photovoltaic panels and environmental technology and they felt their office tower no longer reflected their values or met their needs, so they asked for proposals to renovate

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Tower Infinity: ‘Invisible’ Anti-Skyscraper Gets the Green Light in South Korea

Tower Infinity: ‘Invisible’ Anti-Skyscraper Gets the Green Light in South Korea

Tower Infinity will be located at the heart of the Yongsan International Business District, whose master plan was originally designed by Samoo. The superscraper will be a landmark project for the area,

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Shigeru Ban’s Gorgeous Nine Bridges Golf Club House is Inspired by Traditional Bamboo Cushions

Shigeru Ban’s Gorgeous Nine Bridges Golf Club House is Inspired by Traditional Bamboo Cushions

Located an hour's drive south of Seoul, the clubhouse for this 18-hole golf course stands out for its elegance and intricate design. Taking full advantage of advanced technologies in woodworking and

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Seoul’s Green-Roofed H-House Unifies Three Generations of a Single Family

Seoul’s Green-Roofed H-House Unifies Three Generations of a Single Family

The award-winning home occupies a small plot in the dense neighborhood of Seongbuk-dong. It's located in an alley that winds down a hill, so Bang By Min designed a rising series of outdoor spaces and

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Catherine Nelson Creates Incredible Floating Worlds From Hundreds of Nature Photographs

Catherine Nelson Creates Incredible Floating Worlds From Hundreds of Nature Photographs

Nelson returned to her love of photography in 2008 after lending her talents to such illustrious projects as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 300, Moulin Rouge, and Australia. Drawing upon

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Asymptote Architecture’s Prefab Velo Towers are Topped With Green Roofs and a Soaring Skybridge

Asymptote Architecture’s Prefab Velo Towers are Topped With Green Roofs and a Soaring Skybridge

Asymptote Architecture's round, offset Velo Towers offer an interesting alternative to typical skyscraper designs, resembling rotating parts on a machine. Both the interior residential units and external

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Monocomplex’s Reborn Chair is Made from 127 Flattened and Compressed Cardboard Boxes

Monocomplex’s Reborn Chair is Made from 127 Flattened and Compressed Cardboard Boxes

Monocomplex recently exhibited its Reborn Chair, an armchair cut out of 127 flattened cardboard boxes that have been pressed together and slowly carved with careful attention. The design studio,which is

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KPF Announces Design for Block H of Seoul’s Yongsan International Business District

KPF Announces Design for Block H of Seoul’s Yongsan International Business District

The plan for the 1.8 million square feet (167,225 square meters) Block H includes a hotel and residential tower with a massive basement will have room for retail and a spa. But instead of the traditional

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Twin Apartment Towers in Seoul are Joined by a Common Roof and a Bevy of Sky Gardens

Twin Apartment Towers in Seoul are Joined by a Common Roof and a Bevy of Sky Gardens

Hanging gardens are a central theme of the Pentimonium apartments, coming in all shapes and sizes. Many units will feature balcony gardens, as well as larger balcony courtyards that will span four

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Seoul’s Kukje Art Center is Wrapped in a Funky Mesh Armor that Reduces Solar Heat

Seoul’s Kukje Art Center is Wrapped in a Funky Mesh Armor that Reduces Solar Heat

Comprised of thousands of small steel rings that together form a pliable envelope, the mesh facade wraps easily around the building, giving it an almost ethereal disguise that is altogether more

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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Unveil Dancing Dragons Towers With Scaly, Breathable Skin

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Unveil Dancing Dragons Towers With Scaly, Breathable Skin

We get the dragon part, but what about the dancing? "There's a sympathetic and complementary relationship between the two masses at the level of the cuts, almost as though they were dancing," explains

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BIG Unveils Award-Winning Green-Roofed Interlocking Cross # Towers for Seoul

BIG Unveils Award-Winning Green-Roofed Interlocking Cross # Towers for Seoul

Cross # Towers is a residential housing project for the Yongsan International Business District (Dreamhub) that consists of two towers - one is 214 meters tall and the other is 204 meters tall. The

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EWHA Woman’s University is a Green-Roofed Constructed Canyon in Seoul

EWHA Woman’s University is a Green-Roofed Constructed Canyon in Seoul

EWHA Woman's University is Korea’s first educational institution for women and is located in the Shinchon area of Seoul. Dominique Perrault won an international competition to design the complex, which

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Trash to Treasure: 6 Awesome Buildings Made of Recycled Materials

Trash to Treasure: 6 Awesome Buildings Made of Recycled Materials

Check out 6 awesome buildings from around the world that are made entirely out of recycled materials: Artist Victor Moore Builds an Incredible Junk Castle for Just $500 Starbucks Opens New Reclamation

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MVRDV Apologizes for “Cloud” Skyscrapers that Resemble Exploding Twin Towers as Outrage Spreads

MVRDV Apologizes for “Cloud” Skyscrapers that Resemble Exploding Twin Towers as Outrage Spreads

Last week MVRDV unveiled plans for "The Cloud" - two luxury condo towers in Seoul, South Korea joined by a pixelated "cloud" of protruding sections that bloom from the middle. Much to the surprise of

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The Cloud: MVRDV’s Twin Towers Look Eerily Similar to The World Trade Center

The Cloud: MVRDV’s Twin Towers Look Eerily Similar to The World Trade Center

Located at the entrance of the Yongsan Dreamhub, designed by Daniel Liebskind, the Cloud will be a unique high rise in the new business district. The residential complex is formed out of two skyscrapers -

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ChonGae Sunken Stone Garden Opens Up an Underground River in Seoul

ChonGae Sunken Stone Garden Opens Up an Underground River in Seoul

For 40 years, the Cheonggyecheon stream was covered with pavement and used as a road. Only those who saw the waterbody before it was filled in and covered over even knew it was a stream until the early

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Pan Gyo Complex by MACK Architects Wins Korean National Housing Contest

Pan Gyo Complex by MACK Architects Wins Korean National Housing Contest

Set amidst a heavily planted area,  the sustainable housing complex by MACK Architect(s) blends seamlessly with the plant life of the area. Pan Gyo’s common areas are heavily planted with greenery, and

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12 Staggered Green Roof Homes in Korea Bloom Create a Seasonal Symphony of Blooming Plants

12 Staggered Green Roof Homes in Korea Bloom Create a Seasonal Symphony of Blooming Plants

The designers took advantage of the site's steep slope by staggering the twelve green-topped units, which has the additional benefit of ensuring that each home has views of the surrounding valley. And

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South Korea To Convert School Textbooks To Digital Versions By 2015

South Korea To Convert School Textbooks To Digital Versions By 2015

South Korea recently announced that it will curtail the use of printed printed paper textbooks by investing $2 trillion to develop digital textbooks for all subjects and all schools by 2015. The new

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World’s First Solar-Powered Floating Island Opens in Seoul!

World’s First Solar-Powered Floating Island Opens in Seoul!

The citizens living off the Han River in Seoul, South Korea inaugurated the world’s largest floating island just last week with great excitement! With two more islands slated to open in September, the

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Space Invaders: NL Architects Unveils Green-Roofed Apartments That Resemble the Classic Video Game

Space Invaders: NL Architects Unveils Green-Roofed Apartments That Resemble the Classic Video Game

NL Architects was asked by Yo2 to join forces and work on a proposal for a residential development in the city of Gapyong, which is outside of Seoul. While Yo2 worked on the masterplan, NL Architects

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South Korea Unveils World’s First Commerical Electric Bus

South Korea Unveils World’s First Commerical Electric Bus

Many countries have invested in green public transportation as of late, with both the UK and the US implementing trial electric bus services. However South Korea set to surpass both nations as the Seoul

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Futuristic Multi Floor Bridge for Seoul Creates Its Own Energy

Futuristic Multi Floor Bridge for Seoul Creates Its Own Energy

The bridge would connect the Dangi-li Power Plant site (which is in the works to be redeveloped into public cultural space) in the north to the National Assembly Building in the south, while creating its

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Researchers Transmit 10mbps Broadband Data Through Human Arm

Researchers Transmit 10mbps Broadband Data Through Human Arm

Gadget geeks, prepare to get wired in a whole new way -- researchers at Korea University in Seoul recently discovered a way to transmit data directly through the human body at broadband speeds by using

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Amusement Park Powers EVs Using Electric Toothbrush Technology

Amusement Park Powers EVs Using Electric Toothbrush Technology

Last year, we watched as Korea’s Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed a new kind of electric vehicle that relies entirely on power from cables buried beneath the road--no

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