Urban design

Berlin’s High-Flying ‘Mount Center’ Climbing Park Looks Like a Real-Life Donkey Kong Level

Berlin’s High-Flying ‘Mount Center’ Climbing Park Looks Like a Real-Life Donkey Kong Level

Berlin's amazing Mount Center opened in 2010 next to a wild park, meters away from the Nordbanhof S-Bahn train station. After a short training session with an experienced guide, visitors are welcome to

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What City Skies Would Look Like Without Light Pollution

What City Skies Would Look Like Without Light Pollution

Darkened Cities features a series of Photographic Nightscapes created by Thierry Cohen to show what major cities would look like if they were plunged into darkness. His nightscapes illustrate how the

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Plantui: The First Hydroponic Smart Garden

Plantui: The First Hydroponic Smart Garden

Have you ever wanted to grow your own vegetables or herbs at home but felt like you were unable to do so because of a lack of space? If so, Plantui's Smart Garden could be the answer you've been looking

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$8M Artificial Floating Surf Park Proposed for Melbourne’s Waterfront

$8M Artificial Floating Surf Park Proposed for Melbourne’s Waterfront

Forget napping beneath a tree--Australians could soon be surfing waves on their lunch break in this artificial floating surf park in Melbourne. Damian Rogers Architecture and Arup recently unveiled their

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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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Self-Fertilizing Vertical Garden Tower Reaches Kickstarter Goal in Just 33 Minutes

Self-Fertilizing Vertical Garden Tower Reaches Kickstarter Goal in Just 33 Minutes

The Indiana-based Garden Tower Project just launched a Kickstarter for the Garden Tower 2, an improved self-fertilizing vertical garden, and the results have been overwhelmingly positive -- the project

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Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

It's hard to imagine something as filthy as a toilet being used to grow food. Yet that's exactly what one Swedish architect hopes to do in the developing world. Anders Wilhelmson is working on the Peepoo,

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Los Angeles Metro Board Approves Union Station Master Plan by Grimshaw and Gruen

Los Angeles Metro Board Approves Union Station Master Plan by Grimshaw and Gruen

LA Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti called the approval "a milestone day in our goal to bring 'America’s Last Great Train Station' into the 21st century," adding that "Metro is now on the move

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Benoy Unveils Designs for Park-Centered Mixed-Use Development in the Heart of Chengdu

Benoy Unveils Designs for Park-Centered Mixed-Use Development in the Heart of Chengdu

The Greenland GIC mixed-use masterplan design includes five residential towers, three commercial towers, serviced apartments, hotel, retail podium, and outdoor pedestrian shopping street. Approximately a

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How to Maximize Your South-Facing Windows to Grow Food All Winter

How to Maximize Your South-Facing Windows to Grow Food All Winter

As I write this, I'm chewing on a spicy little arugula seedling that I grew from seed within the last couple of weeks. Considering that it’s hovering around freezing outside right now where I am, and

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Freeway Algae Garden Turns CO2 Emissions into Energy in Switzerland

Freeway Algae Garden Turns CO2 Emissions into Energy in Switzerland

Culture Urbaine - The Cloud Collective from The Cloud Collective on Vimeo. The Cloud Collective's Culture Urbaine Genève was one of the 13 gardens produced for the Genève: Villes et Champs festival.

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HOW TO: Extend Your Garden’s Growing Season With Cloches and Cold Frames

HOW TO: Extend Your Garden’s Growing Season With Cloches and Cold Frames

Hardy vegetables like kale, cabbage, chard, lettuce, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, turnips, parsnips, and beets will over-winter well,  and you'd likely also have a fair bit of luck with herbs such as

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6 Stylish Systems to Keep Your Organic Vegetable Garden Growing Year-Round

6 Stylish Systems to Keep Your Organic Vegetable Garden Growing Year-Round

Aqualibrium If you live in the city, chances are you don't have much real estate to grow vegetables. Enter Aqualibrium: a miniature, modular, urban farming aquaponics system that gives renters a

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Urban Skärvet Neighborhood Will Have a Lush Park at its Heart in Sweden

Urban Skärvet Neighborhood Will Have a Lush Park at its Heart in Sweden

The block is organized around a large, green park and offers different types of housing units – from smaller spaces for students to large apartments for big families with children. All were created

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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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INFOGRAPHIC: How Community Gardening Has Grown in the United Kingdom

INFOGRAPHIC: How Community Gardening Has Grown in the United Kingdom

Community gardening is on the rise as increasing numbers of urban dwellers realize the benefits of homegrown produce. This recent growth of interest has also seized hold in the United Kingdom, where

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INTERVIEW: Kacie Meyers, the 22-Year-Old Who Turned Discarded Wood Pallets into a Commercial Flooring Business

INTERVIEW: Kacie Meyers, the 22-Year-Old Who Turned Discarded Wood Pallets into a Commercial Flooring Business

At a time when most college students are still trying to figure out how they want to make an impact on the world, 22-year-old Kacie Meyers is already building a business empire with Pal Hardwood,

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Creepy Skull Sculptures Rise from the Remains of Dead Skateboards

Creepy Skull Sculptures Rise from the Remains of Dead Skateboards

More frightening than those bruises, broken bones, or arthritis, your old skateboards have come back to haunt you. Carved from the remnants of shattered boards by designer Beto Janz, these creepy heads

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Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Chosen to Design ‘Hawaii of China’ Project

Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Chosen to Design ‘Hawaii of China’ Project

Prolific starchitects Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster have been picked to jointly design two of three new resorts in what is being referred to as the 'Hawaii of China.' Slated to be built in the Chinese

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Flussbad Berlin Wants to Build an Enormous Natural Swimming Pool in the City’s River

Flussbad Berlin Wants to Build an Enormous Natural Swimming Pool in the City’s River

Nonprofit Flussbad Berlin has proposed a remarkable brownfield rejuvenation project for the center of Berlin: transforming an underutilized canal into an enormous outdoor natural swimming pool for summer

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Can the $40 Billion Great Garuda Project Stop Jakarta From Sinking Into the Sea?

Can the $40 Billion Great Garuda Project Stop Jakarta From Sinking Into the Sea?

Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, is sinking into the sea. And forget the fuss about Venice dropping at a rate of 0.08 inches per year, Jakarta – home to 10 million people and counting – is sinking at

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Santiago Calatrava’s Iconic Peace Bridge Wins Canadian National Steel Design Award

Santiago Calatrava’s Iconic Peace Bridge Wins Canadian National Steel Design Award

Calatrava's striking helical design for the candy cane-colored Peace Bridge was completed in 2012, and it provided a remarkable solution to a number of challenging design criteria. Over the 126-meter

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HAO’s Binhai Eco City Master Plan Provides Case Study for a Completely Green Development

HAO’s Binhai Eco City Master Plan Provides Case Study for a Completely Green Development

The Binhai Eco City Master Plan is a Sino-Singaporean project created with the support of both governments. Bordered by a planned green belt to the north, the mixed-use plan comprises a new Central

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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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INFOGRAPHIC: How Five Building Technologies Bridge the Gap

INFOGRAPHIC: How Five Building Technologies Bridge the Gap

We tend to take for granted the bridges that bind the world around us, but where would we be without gap-spanning marvels of modern construction? The Ohio University's Masters in Civil Engineering program

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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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SXSW Eco Announces Winners of the 2014 Place by Design Competition

SXSW Eco Announces Winners of the 2014 Place by Design Competition

Rather than pick one overall winner, SXSW Eco selects three winners for the categories of Community Impact, Global Potential, and Transformative Design. Libros Libres, a literary and community design

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LOLA Landscape Architects Win Third Place in Moscow’s Sokolniki Park Competition

LOLA Landscape Architects Win Third Place in Moscow’s Sokolniki Park Competition

Organized by Archpolis, the international competition called for proposals for the redesign of the 515-hectare Sokolniki Park, Moscow's largest park. Created under the rule of Peter the Great, the 19th

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