Urban design

Vienna Upcycles Historic Coal Gasometers into Amazing Urban Communities

Vienna Upcycles Historic Coal Gasometers into Amazing Urban Communities

We love adaptive reuse here at Inhabitat, and can never get enough converted barns and upcycled water towers. But the adaptive reuse project that takes the cake, and is one of the most inspiring building

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Ambitious Urban Regeneration Plan for Mexico’s Ciudad Deportiva Aims to Reconnect the City with Water

Ambitious Urban Regeneration Plan for Mexico’s Ciudad Deportiva Aims to Reconnect the City with Water

The area that encompases the Ciudad Deportiva is located at the intersection of two of the most important rivers in Mexico City: Churubusco and La Piedad. The project aims to construct an urban wetland

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MIT Project Maps Everything From Greenery to Bike Crashes to Build Better Cities

MIT Project Maps Everything From Greenery to Bike Crashes to Build Better Cities

The project, which launched at the start of April, brings together a diverse team of computer scientists, mathematicians, artists, designers, and educators. Thus far, they've mapped the locations of

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The World’s Most Beautiful Street is a Tree-Filled Oasis in the Heart of Porto Alegre, Brazil

The World’s Most Beautiful Street is a Tree-Filled Oasis in the Heart of Porto Alegre, Brazil

The Tipuana trees along Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho were planted in the 1930's and they have grown into a shady neighborhood canopy for the past 70 years. In 2005, construction of a mall in the area

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INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Shockingly Expensive Homes in San Francisco

INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Shockingly Expensive Homes in San Francisco

The cost of living is rising at an unprecedented rate in San Francisco, and recent reports show that the city has some of the most expensive housing prices in the nation - but just how high have rents

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Elii Architects Equip Tiny Madrid Studio with a Host of Quirky Space-Saving Features

Elii Architects Equip Tiny Madrid Studio with a Host of Quirky Space-Saving Features

The owner of the studio, Dido Fogué, worked with the design team to not only achieve the optimal amount of useable space in her little Spanish haven, (nicknamed the Didomestic Home) but to do so in her

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Al Qassim Green University Slated to be Iraq’s First LEED Gold Certified Building

Al Qassim Green University Slated to be Iraq’s First LEED Gold Certified Building

UPA's design will potentially see the university as the first LEED certified building in the country. Once the campus is registered in the local Green Building Counsel (GBC), it can be classified

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David Chipperfield Wins Competition to Design Sophisticated New Nobel Center in Stockholm

David Chipperfield Wins Competition to Design Sophisticated New Nobel Center in Stockholm

Slated for the Blasieholmsudden peninsula, the building will include a variety of exhibition spaces and meeting rooms, a library and of course an expansive auditorium, where the annual Nobel Prize award

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Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil

Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil

The Rio Branco 12 office tower on Rio Branco Avenue will have 21 floors. Currently undergoing an urban revitalization, Porto Maravilha is slated to become a new urban and commercial district with over 5

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Pinch Public Library Unveils a Sweet Rooftop Playground for Kids in Yunnan Province, China

Pinch Public Library Unveils a Sweet Rooftop Playground for Kids in Yunnan Province, China

The library itself sits against a retaining wall, and the roof takes a twisted path from the elevated path down to the recently built memorial plaza. Apart from a place for kids to play, the roof offers

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BMW Designs Ritzy Subway Trains for Kuala Lumpur’s New Transit System

BMW Designs Ritzy Subway Trains for Kuala Lumpur’s New Transit System

BMW subsidiary Designworks USA is helping the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur move into the 21st century with 58 ritzy trains for the city's new subway system. The new three-line metro system is expected to

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Jason Pomeroy Unveils Environmentally Responsive Century City Mall in the Philippines

Jason Pomeroy Unveils Environmentally Responsive Century City Mall in the Philippines

Award winning eco-architect Jason Pomeroy of Pomeroy Studio recently celebrated the launch of the Century City Mall he designed in the Philippines. The architecture seeks to challenge the ‘business as

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The Goods Line: Sydney Begins Work on its own High Line-Style Urban Park

The Goods Line: Sydney Begins Work on its own High Line-Style Urban Park

The Goods Line will be a 500-meter-long urban pedestrian and cycle network stretching from Railway Square through Ultimo to Darling Harbour. The park will serve as a hub that connects 80,000 students,

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MVRDV Breaks Ground on Ambitious Cheung Fai Building Transformation in Hong Kong

MVRDV Breaks Ground on Ambitious Cheung Fai Building Transformation in Hong Kong

MVRDV has broken ground on an ambitious urban conversion project in Hong Kong's newly-designated business center, East Kowloon. The revitalization strategy's first step includes transforming former

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Rooftop Farms on Japanese Train Stations Serve as Community Gardens

Rooftop Farms on Japanese Train Stations Serve as Community Gardens

The first Soradofarm, also known as a Machinaka Vegetable Garden, was built on top of the Ebisu station in Tokyo over four years ago. Now there are thirteen stations around the country with operating

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Vehovar & Jauslin Architects Unveil Bulbous Blue Bus Shelter in Switzerland

Vehovar & Jauslin Architects Unveil Bulbous Blue Bus Shelter in Switzerland

The "floating" shade structure stretches over 1,000 square meters and it's supported by a steel frame. An irregular network of steel cables gives shape to the inflated membrane cushion, which is made of

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future

INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future

People around the world are moving to urban areas in record numbers - and for the first time ever there's more people living in cities than in rural areas. This trend is only set to accelerate, so it's

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Guérin & Pedroza Architects Revamp Abandoned French War Complex with Brilliant Golden Apartments

Guérin & Pedroza Architects Revamp Abandoned French War Complex with Brilliant Golden Apartments

Once the desolate land was bought by the municipal government in 2010, individual building plots were sold to local developers, and the community areas around the old military fort were installed with

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INTERVIEW: Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

INTERVIEW: Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

The High Line urban park project in New York City opened last summer to tremendous excitement from locals and tourists alike looking to escape the bustling streets for a more peaceful, green enclave in

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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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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Create Community Through Quality Public Spaces

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Create Community Through Quality Public Spaces

Here at Inhabitat we often focus on specific buildings - but the urban fabric that connects people and places is equally important. Well thought-out public spaces can create a sense of community, raise

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Live Lib Plug-in Capsule Homes Offer Affordable and Energy-Efficient Urban Housing in Paris

Live Lib Plug-in Capsule Homes Offer Affordable and Energy-Efficient Urban Housing in Paris

At this year's Solar Decathlon event, Team Paris will unveil an innovative new urban living concept: plug-in housing. Live Lib is a community of plug-in capsule homes that share energy provided and

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MVRDV Reveals Giant Mirrored “Salad Bowl” Art Depot for Rotterdam’s Museumpark

MVRDV Reveals Giant Mirrored “Salad Bowl” Art Depot for Rotterdam’s Museumpark

40% of the large museum space will be visible or accessible to the public. Visitors will pass through the building taking in the various art exhibitions and restoration workshops as they make their way up

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America’s First All-Electric School Bus Launches in California

America’s First All-Electric School Bus Launches in California

The country's first all-electric school bus began transporting students to and from Kings Canyon Unified school district in central California this week. The new electric vehicle is a modified SST Trans

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paraSITE Inflatable Shelter Uses Excess HVAC Air to Keep the Homeless Warm

paraSITE Inflatable Shelter Uses Excess HVAC Air to Keep the Homeless Warm

Artist Michael Rakowitz designed a smart urban shelter that uses excess heat from building HVAC systems to keep the homeless warm. Inspired by Bedouin tents that respond to different kinds of desert

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What Planet Did OFIS’ Crazy Spaceship Football Stadium Come From?

What Planet Did OFIS’ Crazy Spaceship Football Stadium Come From?

Although the exterior of the stadium is certainly eye-catching thanks to the assortment of blob-shaped holes that cover the building, the building's unique design is more than just aesthetic. By using an

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Rojkind Adds a Futuristic Open Air Canopy to Newly Renovated Mexico National Film Archive and Film Institute

Rojkind Adds a Futuristic Open Air Canopy to Newly Renovated Mexico National Film Archive and Film Institute

The renovation process included installing extra cinema screens, an outdoor 750 seat amphitheater, additional storage vaults for the institute's extensive film archive and a Latin American cinema museum.

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Dynamic Twisted Terraced Tower Unveiled for Mexico City’s Design and Architecture Archives

Dynamic Twisted Terraced Tower Unveiled for Mexico City’s Design and Architecture Archives

The environmentally-centered design of the new building is influenced heavily not only by the importance of its future contents, but also the natural setting around the structure. Made up of six layered

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Tessellated Tree-Like Transportation Shelters Offer Unique Shade for Local College Students

Tessellated Tree-Like Transportation Shelters Offer Unique Shade for Local College Students

When architects from Public: Architecture + Communication visited the University of British Columbia, they noticed a slight flaw in the campus' urban design plan. Although the main university avenue was

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Toronto Designer Tucked His Own Home into an Urban Driveway

Toronto Designer Tucked His Own Home into an Urban Driveway

Through some creative deals, Rohan Walters was able to purchase a driveway in downtown Toronto from a client. He had previously designed the adjacent house at 1292 College Street and wanted to build his

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