Urban design

Colorful noise-pollution barriers that also generate solar energy being tested in the Netherlands

Colorful noise-pollution barriers that also generate solar energy being tested in the Netherlands

Technology research is often about finding ways to combine two different functions into one tool or, as you might have heard it said before, kill two birds with one stone. In the Netherlands, a consortium

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London’s first underground farm to harvest first crop 100 feet below street level

London’s first underground farm to harvest first crop 100 feet below street level

London’s new underground farm is nearly open for business. We’ve reported on Growing Underground in the past, when the founders used crowdfunding to raise money for equipment. This week, London’s

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A sprawling dragon with a mane of plants reaches through a Parisian art venue

A sprawling dragon with a mane of plants reaches through a Parisian art venue

In an art in Paris, a giant dragon rises above visitors, looming over their heads with an imposing presence. But it’s not exactly a terrifying sight. This larger-than-life vegetation-flaunting

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Urban beekeeping is safer thanks to Francesco Faccin’s sweet Honey Factory

Urban beekeeping is safer thanks to Francesco Faccin’s sweet Honey Factory

In an effort to preserve the ancient art of beekeeping, and safely bring it to a new, young audience, industrial designer Francesco Faccin has created the Honey Factory. The metal and wood parallelogram

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Stefaan De Croock transforms discarded wooden doors and panels into giant murals

Stefaan De Croock transforms discarded wooden doors and panels into giant murals

Belgian painter and sculptor Stefaan De Croock makes fantastic artwork using reclaimed wooden panels, doors and furniture. He uses the material to create giant geometric faces on the sides of buildings

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OAS1S “treescrapers” are modern skyscrapers inspired by trees

OAS1S “treescrapers” are modern skyscrapers inspired by trees

OAS1S™ INTRODUCES THE NUMBER 1 GREEN ARCHITECTURE OAS1S™ introduces its concept for the number 1 green architecture; the unique design of houses as trees and communities as forests. An innovative,

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Barcelona artists use old tires as street art to revitalize the city

Barcelona artists use old tires as street art to revitalize the city

Related: This building in Venice is covered in 1,000 used car tires Via Behance Images © Pneumàtic Pneumàtic, reused tires, salvaged tires, artwork, barcelona, barcelona art installation,

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Revolutionary Green Wheel hydroponic garden grows food faster with NASA technology

Revolutionary Green Wheel hydroponic garden grows food faster with NASA technology

The Green Wheel by DesignLibero is a NASA-inspired rotary hydroponic garden. NASA has come up with many ideas over the years, but due to budget and time constraints a lot have been discarded. Among them

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Top 10 cities in the U.S. for urban farming

Top 10 cities in the U.S. for urban farming

People have been growing food and raising livestock across the United States for centuries—even in cities. But it wasn't until around the 1970s that backyard produce started showing up on sidewalks as

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Texas-based EzGro Garden allows anyone, anywhere to grow crops vertically

Texas-based EzGro Garden allows anyone, anywhere to grow crops vertically

Larry Johnson used to be a computer guy, but he decided he wanted to work outside instead. Although he didn’t know much about plants at the time, Johnson got into vertical farming and designed a growing

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Central China’s most populous city gets New Urban redesign by Foster + Partners

Central China’s most populous city gets New Urban redesign by Foster + Partners

Central China’s most populous city will soon be home to a highly walkable and livable urban paradise. Foster + Partners recently received approval for their masterplan of Yuexiu International Financial

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This colorful Bienenhaus is a bee castle that provides sanctuary for 16 beehives

This colorful Bienenhaus is a bee castle that provides sanctuary for 16 beehives

Inspired by the industrious nature of honeybees, architect Massimiliano Dell'Olivo has designed and self-built a contemporary version of the traditional alpine wooden apiary known as a Bienenhaus.

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The Moop: A Modern Modular Prefab Coop For Design-Savvy Chickens

The Moop: A Modern Modular Prefab Coop For Design-Savvy Chickens

There are hundreds of designs out there for chicken coops - from super simple boxes to elaborate $100k fantasy hen mansions. But not all chicken coops are created equally - and Peter Strzebniok, founder

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8 incredible parks created from landfills

8 incredible parks created from landfills

1. Mt. Trashmore, Virginia Beach Talk about turning trash into treasure - the satirically dubbed Mount Trashmore went from being an abandoned landfill to becoming the Virginia's most visited park. Tony

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SHoP reveals design for downtown Miami’s proposed “Innovation District”

SHoP reveals design for downtown Miami’s proposed “Innovation District”

Often called the Capital of Latin America, Miami is a major global center of culture and commerce. The city has been identified as the richest city in the United States and the fifth richest city

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Hay Stack Café raises goats and hens in the heart of Philadelphia

Hay Stack Café raises goats and hens in the heart of Philadelphia

Most people don't know where their food comes from anymore, but visiondivision makes it very clear with Hay Stack Café. Invited by the Esther Klein Gallery to explore the role of ecology in society for

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Snøhetta, DIALOG and Mayer/Reed picked to revitalize Oregon’s Willamette Falls

Snøhetta, DIALOG and Mayer/Reed picked to revitalize Oregon’s Willamette Falls

The area around second largest waterfall in the United States is about to experience a serious revitalization. Oregon governor Kate Brown recently announced an impressive team of architects and designers

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World’s smallest park was started by a guerilla gardener over 65 years ago

World’s smallest park was started by a guerilla gardener over 65 years ago

Mill Ends Park in Portland, OR, is officially the world's smallest park. The tiny 2-foot-wide space is well-loved city landmark and rumored home to a leprechaun colony!

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Falling Fruit map guides you to local fruit that you can forage for free

Falling Fruit map guides you to local fruit that you can forage for free

It’s harvest season! The trees are overladed with fruit and while you may be spending your hard-earned cash at the farmer’s market to get your hands on it, did you know that you can pick fruit from

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INFOGRAPHIC: How vertical farming could help cities feed themselves

INFOGRAPHIC: How vertical farming could help cities feed themselves

As arable land decreases and urban populations increase, planners and designers worldwide have begun looking at vertical farming as a way to boost urban food security. Like its name implies, vertical

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Haworth Tompkins completes $1.2 billion renovation of London’s brutalist National Theatre

Haworth Tompkins completes $1.2 billion renovation of London’s brutalist National Theatre

Originally deigned by Denys Lasdun in 1976, London's National Theatre is considered one of the finest examples of brutalist architecture for the public sector. Comprised of three auditoriums and a suite

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Solar-powered Paleisbrug pedestrian and cycle bridge doubles as a raised park in The Netherlands

Solar-powered Paleisbrug pedestrian and cycle bridge doubles as a raised park in The Netherlands

The Paleisbrug raised park and pedestrian and cycle bridge is a 250-meter-long connection between the historic center and the Paleiskwartier neighborhood in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. The bridge,

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Project B connects urban beekeeping with the needs of restaurants

Project B connects urban beekeeping with the needs of restaurants

Project B: Fundamental to the biodiversity cycle, and essential to our food chain, bee populations in industrial countries are decreasing at an alarming rate due to changes dictated by the

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Zaha Hadid’s first project in Mexico is a honeycomb housing complex

Zaha Hadid’s first project in Mexico is a honeycomb housing complex

Zaha Hadid Architects have unveiled their honeycomb-like design for a residential development in Monterrey, Mexico - their first project in this Central American country. The project, entitled "Esfera

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Suspended green pathway is an unexpected alternative to a balcony

Suspended green pathway is an unexpected alternative to a balcony

Who says balconies need to follow the line of a building? In a new concept for a space to relax up high, Zalewski Studio have designed a wonderfully unexpected green pathway that invites inhabitants to

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London’s Wilkinson Eyre Architects reveal plans to refurbish three King’s Cross gasholders into mixed use buildings

London’s Wilkinson Eyre Architects reveal plans to refurbish three King’s Cross gasholders into mixed use buildings

Plans for the refurbishment of three King's Cross gasholders have been released by Wilkinson Eyre Architects. The Siamese Triplet gasholders, named for their interconnected frames, will define the

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MVRDV wins bid to design Seoul’s High Line-inspired park

MVRDV wins bid to design Seoul’s High Line-inspired park

Seoul is no stranger to the adaptive reuse of transit corridors: ten years ago, the city famously tore down a 14-lane freeway to develop Cheonggyecheon River Park, a 11-kilometer-long urban recreational

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Get a sneak peek of Santiago Calatrava’s Oculus WTC Transit Hub – opening soon

Get a sneak peek of Santiago Calatrava’s Oculus WTC Transit Hub – opening soon

Platform B at the World Trade Center Port Authority (PATH) Station in New York City opened today and we have a sneak peek at the stunning transit station. Crews scrambled last night painting and cleaning

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Printed Nest offers free plans for 3D printable bird feeders

Printed Nest offers free plans for 3D printable bird feeders

You've heard of guerrilla gardening, but now a company from the Czech Republic is encouraging global urbanites to 3D print birds nests and install them in random places. Printed Nest spent two years

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INFOGRAPHIC: How we can help reduce the impact of natural disaster

INFOGRAPHIC: How we can help reduce the impact of natural disaster

  Studies show that the number of people displaced by natural disasters has nearly doubled since the 1970s and scientists believe that, ultimately, urbanization is to blame for such displacements.

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