Urban design

Gorgeous Folded Nomad Portable Herb Planters Made from Scrap Boat Sails and Covers

Gorgeous Folded Nomad Portable Herb Planters Made from Scrap Boat Sails and Covers

Nomad is a portable herb planter in the form of folded fabric. The design is adaptable to a variety of environments with limited space for plants. It can hang from a rope, sit on the coffee table, be

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Chicago Approves Plan for Urban Agriculture Eco-District to Revitalize Southside Neighborhoods

Chicago Approves Plan for Urban Agriculture Eco-District to Revitalize Southside Neighborhoods

Chicago's Englewood, Washington Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods were once home to a thriving street life, centered around bustling locally-owned businesses and the famous jazz and blues scene of the 1950s

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Atlanta’s ‘Emerald Necklace’ Beltline Was a Grad Student’s Dream in 1999 and is Now a Reality

Atlanta’s ‘Emerald Necklace’ Beltline Was a Grad Student’s Dream in 1999 and is Now a Reality

Gravel always wondered about the abandoned railroad tracks he’d seen in some of the city’s older neighborhoods. Further investigation during his thesis research revealed the gem that became the

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The Biggest Hospital in North America to Feature a Green Roof with Medicinal Herbs

The Biggest Hospital in North America to Feature a Green Roof with Medicinal Herbs

The $2 billion, 772-bed facility is seeking LEED Silver status and seems likely to precipitate a paradigm shift in the way that health care is done. Architects at Canon Design designed the building with a

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Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Imagine a place where homes open onto gardens fed by streams from the rainwater flowing off nearby rooftops. Narrow cobblestone streets lead past vibrant storefronts to the village green where a group of

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Five-Towered Home Topped with Lush Banyan Trees Pops Up in Viet Nam

Five-Towered Home Topped with Lush Banyan Trees Pops Up in Viet Nam

Planted in more than 1.5 meters of soil, Banyan trees were chosen for the roof tops because of their above-ground rooting system. The five tower-like buildings were built with reinforced load-bearing

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Silos Topped With Stacks of Shipping Containers Provide Cheap Student Housing in South Africa

Silos Topped With Stacks of Shipping Containers Provide Cheap Student Housing in South Africa

According to official data, about half of South African undergraduate students drop out of school without a degree. Citiq is hoping to reduce that number by providing secure, comfortable and afffordable

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INFOGRAPHIC: Do You Live in One of America’s Most Eco-Friendly Cities?

INFOGRAPHIC: Do You Live in One of America’s Most Eco-Friendly Cities?

From coast to coast, US cities are touting their latest and greatest environmental initiatives - but how do they rank in relation to each other? Upbeat recently crunched the numbers and launched a new

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Talking Public Space and Urban Intervention With San Francisco’s Rebar Studio

Talking Public Space and Urban Intervention With San Francisco’s Rebar Studio

INHABITAT: How did Rebar get its start? MATT: Rebar started around a project called the Cabinet National Library. We were inspired by an art magazine in Brooklyn called Cabinet, which had bought a

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OMA Receives $230 Million to Rebuild New Jersey Area Devastated by Hurricane Sandy

OMA Receives $230 Million to Rebuild New Jersey Area Devastated by Hurricane Sandy

Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: A Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken from Rebuild by Design on Vimeo. The OMA proposal focuses on implementing resiliency through the integration of key infrastructural

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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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How To: Make a Bird Feeder from Recycled Materials

How To: Make a Bird Feeder from Recycled Materials

Step One: Gather the materials Gather the materials you'll need: A recycled clean plastic peanut-butter jar with a screw-on lid (any size will do) Lid from a large plastic yogurt container Dremel

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Prismatic KLM House Literally Stands Out in This Eclectic Dutch Neighborhood

Prismatic KLM House Literally Stands Out in This Eclectic Dutch Neighborhood

Located in Roombeek, Enschede, the KLM house is the latest project to be completed in a neighborhood that was destroyed by a fireworks warehouse explosion in 2000. Instead of turning to the typical

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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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How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

Have you ever thought about how the design of our cities, towns, and communities has wide ranging effects on both our own lives and on larger global issues? Yes, simply by changing the way we design our

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Herzog & de Meuron Renovates Open-Air Brazilian Gymnasium with Giant Fin-Like Panels

Herzog & de Meuron Renovates Open-Air Brazilian Gymnasium with Giant Fin-Like Panels

In order to maintain the personality of the neighborhood, the architects focused on expanding and reframing the original space of the Arena do Morro community center while adding new design features. The

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MOSS is a Solar and Wind Powered Prefab Office That’s Perfect for the Backyard

MOSS is a Solar and Wind Powered Prefab Office That’s Perfect for the Backyard

Vetterlein has thought of every last detail to ensure the Micro Office Systems Space concept has a small environmental impact while still providing a comfortable and professional working environment for

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Foster + Partners Unveils Istanbul’s First Apple Store

Foster + Partners Unveils Istanbul’s First Apple Store

Istanbul's first Apple store features a frameless, rectangular glass cube that sits at street level and illuminates from the interior below ground. The 18-square-meter glass structure allows pedestrians

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Luke Jerram’s Massive Blue Water Slide Stops City Traffic for a Day in Bristol

Luke Jerram’s Massive Blue Water Slide Stops City Traffic for a Day in Bristol

A strip of blue plastic coated straw bale, surrounded by excited onlookers allowed thrill seekers to sail down the middle of an iconic Bristol street from the Wills Memorial building and City Museum at

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

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

Photo via Shutterstock Much like green roofs, these swaths of green provide a host of benefits to any urban area, like reducing urban heat island effect, providing a permeable surface for storm water

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Herzog & de Meuron Unveil Stunning Daylit Office for Helvetia in Switzerland

Herzog & de Meuron Unveil Stunning Daylit Office for Helvetia in Switzerland

Swiss architecture firm Herzog & Meuron unveiled plans for the fourth extension to the Helvetia Head Office in the Swiss city of St.Gallen. The project, which is set to break ground in late 2014, will

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Battersea Power Station’s ‘Garden of the Elements’ to Include the Largest Glass Atrium in London

Battersea Power Station’s ‘Garden of the Elements’ to Include the Largest Glass Atrium in London

Covering over two and a half acres of the industrial complex, the landscape designs include expansive manicured gardens, waterfalls, peaceful walkways and what is being proposed as London's largest glass

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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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Unique Elliptical Skylight Naturally Illuminates Portugal’s Sophisticated Pó House

Unique Elliptical Skylight Naturally Illuminates Portugal’s Sophisticated Pó House

The low, rectangular design stems from the architect's desire to take maximum advantage of the solar exposure, while simultaneously minimizing impact on the surrounding environment. The architects took

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Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

On Monday, 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban sat down with New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman at the NYT Cities for Tomorrow conference to discuss Ban's pro bono work in disaster

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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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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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