urban renewal

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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Guerilla Gardening: Strategies for Greening Up Your Neighborhood

Guerilla Gardening: Strategies for Greening Up Your Neighborhood

Regardless of whether you are an urban, suburban, or rural dweller, there is inevitably a patch of neglected turf in your neighborhood that might need a bit of TLC to green it up. If you see hidden

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Beautiful Mashrabiya-Like Metal Facade Transforms Metro Station into a Glowing Lantern in Amsterdam

Beautiful Mashrabiya-Like Metal Facade Transforms Metro Station into a Glowing Lantern in Amsterdam

The new 5,900 square-foot Kraaiennest metro station was built to replace the original station from 1970. The overhaul of the station is one of the latest efforts turning Bijlmermeer from one of

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Sasaki’s Master Plan for Minsk, Belarus Turns an Airport Site Into a Vibrant Cultural Hub

Sasaki’s Master Plan for Minsk, Belarus Turns an Airport Site Into a Vibrant Cultural Hub

Founded on state-of-the-art ecological and urban strategies, Sasaki’s urban master plan celebrates the rare opportunity to transform an existing 320-hectare urban airport site into a dynamic,

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SHJWORKS’ Pop-Up Greenhouses Add a Splash of Summer to Cold Climates

SHJWORKS’ Pop-Up Greenhouses Add a Splash of Summer to Cold Climates

A modern interpretation of the 19th century glass-and-iron greenhouses, the Invisible Garden House clusters customizable modular domes in varying shapes and sizes. For their triple pod pilot project,

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BioCellar Turns Abandoned Cleveland House into a Center for Urban Farming

BioCellar Turns Abandoned Cleveland House into a Center for Urban Farming

Cleveland has just unveiled the world’s first BioCellar, a sustainable agriculture project that’s a smart mix of urban design, architecture, and biology. Built upon the masonry foundation of an

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The Cascade Project Transforms Disused Staircase into Inspiring Urban Space for Hong Kong Residents

The Cascade Project Transforms Disused Staircase into Inspiring Urban Space for Hong Kong Residents

Edge Design Institute has converted an ordinary public stairway in Hong Kong into a striking, socially engaging public area called The Cascade Project. Located in The Centrium, the asymmetric mesh

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Designers Create Imaginative Urban Playgrounds for Children and Adults in the Building Trust International Competition

Designers Create Imaginative Urban Playgrounds for Children and Adults in the Building Trust International Competition

With so much dead space plaguing urban cities today, charity organization Building Trust International put together a competition asking designers to reimagine these blights as innovative playgrounds for

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June Street Architecture Wants to Turn Downtown LA’s Abandoned Train Cars and Flatbeds Into City Parks

June Street Architecture Wants to Turn Downtown LA’s Abandoned Train Cars and Flatbeds Into City Parks

While Los Angeles is globally recognized for its love of the car, it is not associated with myriad of rail lines and train cars scattered throughout the city. These 19th century icons have been abandoned

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Architecture Students Join Forces with the City of San Diego to Reactivate Vacant Lots

Architecture Students Join Forces with the City of San Diego to Reactivate Vacant Lots

NewSchool of Architecture + Design students are bringing their senior thesis project, RAD LAB, to life. The students are working with San Diego officials to target specific pieces of vacant land owned by

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Open House Renovates an Abandoned Building into a Transforming Open Air Theater

Open House Renovates an Abandoned Building into a Transforming Open Air Theater

Matthew Mazzotta, an artist whose practice focuses on participatory community design, has teamed up with the Coleman Center for the Arts and people of York, Alabama to transform a blighted downtown

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Street Artist Megx Paints German Bridge to Look Like Giant LEGO Bricks!

Street Artist Megx Paints German Bridge to Look Like Giant LEGO Bricks!

It took Martin four weeks to complete the project, which required a lot of help from the municipality who cordoned off the space while the artist completed the vibrant transformation. As a result, the

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Green-Roofed Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco Also Has a Yoga Studio!

Green-Roofed Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco Also Has a Yoga Studio!

In addition to the swanky green roof, which is already populated by rows of leafy vegetables and provides a nice lunch spot for the company's jubilant employees, the new headquarters boasts a micro health

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LED Architecture’s LINK Solar Power Skyscraper Will Revitalize Polluted Areas of Venice

LED Architecture’s LINK Solar Power Skyscraper Will Revitalize Polluted Areas of Venice

The ingenious Link Solar Power Skyscraper is designed to serve a number of functions. While providing an administrative center for the Venice and Veneto areas, it will house a number of energy generating

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18th Century Romanian Bastion Transformed Into Green-Roofed Public Center

18th Century Romanian Bastion Transformed Into Green-Roofed Public Center

The complex was initially in a state of disrepair, and the architects took great care in removing cement patches added in the 70s which would have further deteriorated the original brick. The design was

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PierESCAPE: Aedas Envisions a Series of Outdoor “Dock-Like Extensions” for Navy Pier in Chicago

PierESCAPE: Aedas Envisions a Series of Outdoor “Dock-Like Extensions” for Navy Pier in Chicago

Aedas Architects and a team of other world-class consultants and designers have conceived of PierESCAPE: a series of outdoor "dock-like extensions" aimed at revitalizing Chicago's famous Navy Pier. This

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Tarrant County College Opens New Sustainable Urban Campus in Fort Worth, TX

Tarrant County College Opens New Sustainable Urban Campus in Fort Worth, TX

Tarrant County College already had four healthy campuses, but decided to open another one in the downtown area. This new campus would serve the local population who had limited access to educational

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Denver Union Station Will Be Transformed Into a LEED Gold Transit Hub and Hotel

Denver Union Station Will Be Transformed Into a LEED Gold Transit Hub and Hotel

Denver’s vaunted Union Station - once the transportation gateway to the west - recently received the nod to be renewed as a contemporary vision of urbanity and clean transportation. The Union Station

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JUMP! Hay Filled Wooden Pallet Lets You Dive Into Fun

JUMP! Hay Filled Wooden Pallet Lets You Dive Into Fun

Cities may be full of life, but they can also often fall short when it comes to providing a sense of wonderment. To give more lackluster spaces within the urban landscape an extra bit of cheeriness, RURAL

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Mexico City Will Get Its Own Greenery Filled High Line Park in 2012!

Mexico City Will Get Its Own Greenery Filled High Line Park in 2012!

New York City’s High Line Park has quickly become a new gem of urban renewal, and the increasingly cosmopolitan Mexico City is following suit. A heavily trafficked area in the city will be converted to

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New SoMa Skatepark Coming to San Francisco’s Mission District

New SoMa Skatepark Coming to San Francisco’s Mission District

San Francisco is about to boost its street sports cred with a long-awaited skatepark. After two years of petitioning and planning, the Department of Public Works is ready to break ground on the $3 million

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Swooping Green Land Bridge Design Turns Abandoned Taiwan Railway into a Lively Hub

Swooping Green Land Bridge Design Turns Abandoned Taiwan Railway into a Lively Hub

A gorgeous new park, commercial zones, cultural buildings, residences and museum are in the works. One of the most unusual features is a lush park, which is built atop a gridwork of the abandoned

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Lush Green Pedestrian Bridge Revitalizes Abandoned Parisian Roadways

Lush Green Pedestrian Bridge Revitalizes Abandoned Parisian Roadways

Parissy takes an obstructive element that was meant for, and abandoned by, the automobile, and gives it back to the pedestrian. Malka’s first step is to unify the abandoned roadways into one congruous

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Studio Fuksas’ Markthauser Complex is Clad in an Ultra Modern Ceramic Facade

Studio Fuksas’ Markthauser Complex is Clad in an Ultra Modern Ceramic Facade

At first the building looks jarringly out-of-place when set against the old city’s vernacular -- but on closer examination the design strives to forge a harmonious link with the past. Unlike some of its

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Wallpapered Dumpsters Change How We View Urban Waste

Wallpapered Dumpsters Change How We View Urban Waste

This past year, Rome-based artist Christine Finley (C. Finley) transformed garbage dumpsters into beautiful pieces of street art with her Wallpapered Dumpster Project. Using leftover wallpaper from a set

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Iceland’s Luminous New Harpa Concert Hall Nears Completion

Iceland’s Luminous New Harpa Concert Hall Nears Completion

Iceland’s currency may be devalued, but thankfully the same thing hasn’t happened to the country’s lust for arts and culture. The capital city of Reykjavík, will soon be welcoming the Harpa Concert

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Seoul Transforms a Freeway Into A River and Public Park

Seoul Transforms a Freeway Into A River and Public Park

The Cheonggyecheon stream was formed during the Joseon Dynasty in order to provide drainage for the city. It lasted for hundreds of years until the 1940s, when the city became so populated that a shanty

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