Urban design

Giant colorful lampshades transform Quebec City streets into cozy interior-like spaces

Giant colorful lampshades transform Quebec City streets into cozy interior-like spaces

The project is part of a master plan proposed by Lightemotion in 2013 to the Office du Tourisme de Québec, which calls for the illumination of several more major arteries. The designers of Lightemotion

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The Casa Caja “Box House” by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

The Casa Caja “Box House” by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

On the outskirts of Monterey, Mexico, the Galváns  recently completed construction on their first family home: la Casa Caja, or the "Box House." For years, the five-member family has shared a house with

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Patalab Architects transform dank mechanics garage into light-filled London home

Patalab Architects transform dank mechanics garage into light-filled London home

Garage conversions have come a long way since you pinned that throw rug up as a wall. London based Pantalab Architects have converted a run down 1950's residential structure, once a mechanic’s garage

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New shipwrecked parklet is an urban oasis in San Francisco

New shipwrecked parklet is an urban oasis in San Francisco

Right outside of a popular coffee shop in San Francisco’s Mission District, passersby might be surprised to see what looks like a wooden shipwreck washed ashore on the curb. Parklets, the tiny urban

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Planning Korea unveils plans for futuristic pod city in the middle of Paris

Planning Korea unveils plans for futuristic pod city in the middle of Paris

Forget the blocky, monolithic buildings of yesteryear—urban dwellers in Paris could soon be living in futuristic and glazed pod-shaped habitats. Seoul-based architecture group Planning Korea envisioned

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Wind-Powered Pavilions in Shanghai Are Fun Candy-Coated Play Houses

Wind-Powered Pavilions in Shanghai Are Fun Candy-Coated Play Houses

Parks in China are used extensively by residents throughout the day to practice tai chi, dance, meet friends, relax or eat. Bailanjing Park along the river is a new development to increase the urban green

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Frank Gehry’s “paper bag” building opens at the University of Technology, Sydney

Frank Gehry’s “paper bag” building opens at the University of Technology, Sydney

The road for Frank Gehry’s Dr. Chau Chak Wing on the Business School campus of the University of Technology, Sydney has been bumpy. Or should we say crumply? Sydney’s newest architectural

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This rooftop cabin gives urbanites a remote escape high above the city

This rooftop cabin gives urbanites a remote escape high above the city

Asserting that there are no longer any corners of the world left to explore, the architects thought the regular urban worker might instead want to forego travel and simply retreat vertically. The cabin

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OMA and Olin chosen to transform Washington D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge into a High Line-style park

OMA and Olin chosen to transform Washington D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge into a High Line-style park

The design for the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C. will feature the proposal submitted by a collaboration between OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) and Olin Studios. The design by

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H&P Architects unveil brilliantly efficient urban office with interwoven vegetation

H&P Architects unveil brilliantly efficient urban office with interwoven vegetation

+ H&P Architects Via Archdaily Photography © Nguyen Tien Thanh H&P Architects, SRDP-IWMC Office, Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, sustainable architecture, sustainable design, climate

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nARCHITECTS’ visionary Guggenheim museum proposal will strengthen Helsinki’s urban fabric

nARCHITECTS’ visionary Guggenheim museum proposal will strengthen Helsinki’s urban fabric

To strengthen the connection between city and waterfront, nARCHITECTS derived the Art Wharf’s building shape from Helsinki’s block typology in an effort to strengthen the visual connection between the

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Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

In the past year Inhabitat had the privilege of speaking with a variety of talented designers, architects and thinkers. We chatted with Bianca Bosker about architectural mimicry and Boyan Slat filled us

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Stunning Madrid apartment features space-saving, multifunctional plywood furniture

Stunning Madrid apartment features space-saving, multifunctional plywood furniture

Spanish architectural firm + BUJ+COLÓN Arquitectos has just completed renovation work on a gorgeous apartment in Madrid. The team used plywood strategically as both the primary material for the home's

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SOMA Architects break ground on uniquely challenging Beirut residential project

SOMA Architects break ground on uniquely challenging Beirut residential project

Although the plans for the residential tower were unique from the beginning, the architects had to think strategically to maneuver the tower construction site around the façade of the protected 1920s

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Pont9 proposes a parasitic takeover of a Paris bridge to make use of underutilized space

Pont9 proposes a parasitic takeover of a Paris bridge to make use of underutilized space

The concept behind Stéphane Malka's Pont9 is to co-opt existing infrastructure and better utilize the space for residents. In this scenario, a bridge over the Seine is taken over with parasitic

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C.F. Møller Wins Bid to Design the “World’s Best City Campus”

C.F. Møller Wins Bid to Design the “World’s Best City Campus”

The master plan is organized around four distinct but connected urban spaces located along the path of the metro line. These spaces are diverse in character and range from the classical plazas located

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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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BIG Unveils 20-Year-Plan to Transform the National Mall

BIG Unveils 20-Year-Plan to Transform the National Mall

BIG's South Mall redesign will have three main goals: to create a more cohesive and easily navigable master plan to tie the museums and gardens together, to improve the visitor experience with expanded

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Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

In August 2014, Benjamin Garcia Saxe and Laura Morelli led an “International Workshop” at the Universidad Veritas in San Jose Costa Rica for a class of students. The month long workshop was intended

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Spanish Artist Lucas Munoz Challenges You to Get Some Sweet Air on His Stone Skateboards

Spanish Artist Lucas Munoz Challenges You to Get Some Sweet Air on His Stone Skateboards

Created out of Munoz's student thesis work, Bastardism, his design method seeks to juxtapose functionality and aesthetics, provoking a curiously strong desire to test the artist's creations. The artist

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Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

The modular shipping container block structures were designed by QED Property in collaboration with WCEC Architecture and are located in a former scrap metal yard, referred to as Richardson's Yard. Set

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RMIT University’s AB2 Building is Wrapped in a Striking Red Mesh Screen

RMIT University’s AB2 Building is Wrapped in a Striking Red Mesh Screen

Sitting adjacent to the original Academic Building 1, which was designed by RMIT Professor of Architecture Norman Day, the exterior of the new AB2 building is clad in a striking red steel mesh screen that

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews the Designers of the LowLine Underground Park

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews the Designers of the LowLine Underground Park

By now, you've probably heard of the High Line, but did you know that there is also an underground park called the LowLine proposed for downtown Manhattan? It may have seemed like a pipe dream at first

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Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Launched in September 2012, the Breathe competition challenged international architects to submit innovative urban design concepts for a medium density residential village in the recovering town. The

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Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Issy-les-Moulineaux's environmental quality charter, called ISSEO, began in 2009 when the town and 20 developers agreed that all new housing and offices would be built to high standards of sustainability.

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London Unveils Driverless Subway Trains of the Future

London Unveils Driverless Subway Trains of the Future

The new trains' contemporary style continues in their interior carriages.The designers converted the traditional separate carriage layout into a more comfortable, cohesive atmosphere of one long cylinder

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UNStudio Completes Work on the Glowing Theatre de Stoep in the Netherlands

UNStudio Completes Work on the Glowing Theatre de Stoep in the Netherlands

Inside, the expansive theater comprises two auditoriums, one that accommodates up to 650 visitors and a smaller hall that seats up to 200. Additionally, the building has several interconnected foyers

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New Images of Battersea Power Station and Frank Gehry’s Flower Tower Unveiled as Apartments Hit the Market

New Images of Battersea Power Station and Frank Gehry’s Flower Tower Unveiled as Apartments Hit the Market

The images reveal new details for the third phase of the £8 billion project, which will renovate the iconic Battersea Power Station overlooking the Thames River. Interested buyers can now get a more

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Pomona College’s New Sustainable Art Hall Bonds the Creative Process with Surrounding Nature

Pomona College’s New Sustainable Art Hall Bonds the Creative Process with Surrounding Nature

The new 35,000-square-foot Studio Art Hall will be home to various disciplines of the art-making process and was built to provide a tranquil, collaborative atmosphere to explore new innovative ideas and

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