Urban design

Can Zappos Billionaire Transform Downtown Las Vegas into a Sustainable Urban Center?

Can Zappos Billionaire Transform Downtown Las Vegas into a Sustainable Urban Center?

Back in the 1940s, an entrepreneur named Bugsy Siegel had big dreams for a shimmering oasis in the heart of the Mojave desert, and from his vision, the Las Vegas as we know it today was born. 70 years

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Seed-Saving Part 2: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds

Seed-Saving Part 2: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds

With all of the pies, muffins, and preserves that are being created this season (not to mention the pumpkins that'll be carved a few months from now), there will be an extraordinary windfall of seeds to

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Amazing Multicolored Tree Produces 40 Different Kinds of Fruit!

Amazing Multicolored Tree Produces 40 Different Kinds of Fruit!

In a magical marriage of art and nature, Sam Van Aken has created a living fairytale tree that blooms in multiple colors and produces 40 different kinds of fruit. Artist and Syracuse University art

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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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NYC’s Design Trust for Public Space Launches Urban Agriculture Data Collection Portal

NYC’s Design Trust for Public Space Launches Urban Agriculture Data Collection Portal

Some people still criticize the urban agriculture movement as a cute idea with little potential to feed urban populations, or as an unnecessary intrusion on valuable city real estate. Part of the problem

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Learn How to Sustainably Farm Crops at the Perennial Agriculture Immersion Class in Asheville, NC

Learn How to Sustainably Farm Crops at the Perennial Agriculture Immersion Class in Asheville, NC

Want to learn about sustainable farming but don't have the time to participate in a long-term WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) volunteer exchange program? Then you may be interested in

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7N Architects Unveil Designs for Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge Masterplan

7N Architects Unveil Designs for Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge Masterplan

Formerly the home of the North British Rubber Company as well as the Scottish and Newcastle Brewery, the site for Fountainbridge has long been an important industrial and employment center. Today, the

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Help Edible Schoolyard NYC Build Organic Gardens for East Harlem Schools!

Help Edible Schoolyard NYC Build Organic Gardens for East Harlem Schools!

We all know how important being around nature is for boosting morale and health, which is why Edible Schoolyard NYC needs your help to bring organic gardens to several disadvantaged schools in Harlem. The

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Israel’s First LEED Platinum Building Opens in Tel Aviv [PHOTOS]

Israel’s First LEED Platinum Building Opens in Tel Aviv [PHOTOS]

The building's sustainable features include solar PV panels, wastewater recycling, a green roof and an "EcoWall" with solar tubes that will provide heat during the winter while during the summer the same

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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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Could Golden Nanoparticles Transform Trees Into Street Lights?

Could Golden Nanoparticles Transform Trees Into Street Lights?

Street lights are an important part of our urban infrastructure—they light our way home and make the roads safe at night. But what if we could create natural street lights that don't need electricity to

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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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São Paulo Replaces Parking Spots with Mini ‘Parklets’ for a More Pedestrian-Friendly Urban Environment

São Paulo Replaces Parking Spots with Mini ‘Parklets’ for a More Pedestrian-Friendly Urban Environment

Parklets are mini-parks that take up a few metered parking spaces. They are part of a growing movement to make streets more human-centered, green and accessible. The world's first formal public parklets

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Dubai to Build World’s Largest Shopping Mall for Expo 2020

Dubai to Build World’s Largest Shopping Mall for Expo 2020

While the impending Expo 2020 undoubtedly gives a timeline to the project, in unveiling the plans His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum commented: "We announced recently that we plan to

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

In light of all the dire news related to climate change, rising sea levels and the natural disasters which have stricken numerous coastal areas around the world, we here at Inhabitat would like to

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Swiss Students’ Sustainability Vision for Lucerne: Your Room, Our Room, My Room

Swiss Students’ Sustainability Vision for Lucerne: Your Room, Our Room, My Room

The protoype was constructed with wooden materials and was built for maximum flexibility. The building is designed to produce a positive amount of energy that could be used to share energy as part of a

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INFOGRAPHIC: Guerrilla Gardening Guide

INFOGRAPHIC: Guerrilla Gardening Guide

By now, it's more than likely that you're familiar with the term "guerrilla gardening"... but if you aren't, it's a great subject to look into. All over the world, people are planting everything from

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Studies Show that Americans are Growing More of Their Own Food Now than Ever Before

Studies Show that Americans are Growing More of Their Own Food Now than Ever Before

Homegrown food is so good, it has never gone out of style. However, a new study by the National Gardening Association (NGA) shows that food gardening is more in style than ever. It is so popular that

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An Old, Battered Calgary Garage is Transformed into a Greenhouse

An Old, Battered Calgary Garage is Transformed into a Greenhouse

Last autumn, a Calgary couple decided that their 1959 cinder block garage either had to go, or they had to put a new roof on it. The roofer quotes were insane, so instead of building a new garage, they

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Chicago’s New Lamp Posts Track All Kinds of Data About People and the Environment

Chicago’s New Lamp Posts Track All Kinds of Data About People and the Environment

Next time you walk down a street in Chicago, take a look at those innocuous and ever-present light poles, because they may not be what they seem. Chicago is installing a network of sensor-equipped lamp

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New Parklet Program Enlivens São Paulo’s Urban Streets

New Parklet Program Enlivens São Paulo’s Urban Streets

São Paulo, Brazil is making history with newly signed legislation for a permanent parklet program in the city. The new decree, which marks the first legal change of its kind in Latin America, follows the

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London Bus Stop Made from 100,000 Lego Bricks Pops Up on Regent Street

London Bus Stop Made from 100,000 Lego Bricks Pops Up on Regent Street

UK-based Trueform recently built a bus stop made from thousands of LEGO bricks! Working in collaboration with Transport for London, Trueform collected 100,000 building blocks to create the bus stop on

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GM is Transforming a Shipping Container into an Über Green Urban Homestead for Detroit

GM is Transforming a Shipping Container into an Über Green Urban Homestead for Detroit

In a bid to bolster the importance of sustainable development, General Motors is building a tiny urban homestead out of a recycled shipping container in Detroit. Along with the Michigan Urban Farming

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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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White Arkitekter Unveils Plans to Move an Entire Swedish City

White Arkitekter Unveils Plans to Move an Entire Swedish City

Kiruna was founded by a state-run mining company in 1900, and many subsequent years of iron mining since have caused dangerous underground cracks to form beneath the city. This makes relocation an

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SOM Selected to Build Polestar Tower, Sweden’s Tallest Skyscraper

SOM Selected to Build Polestar Tower, Sweden’s Tallest Skyscraper

The SOM team collaborated with Copenhagen architects Entasis and engineering firm COWI to realize what will be the tallest building in Sweden. Together, the team beat four other international finalists in

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Hanging Parasite Office Makes the Most of Unused Urban Space in Moscow

Hanging Parasite Office Makes the Most of Unused Urban Space in Moscow

Za Bor Architects' Parasite Office caters to Moscow's new emphasis on modern design, while providing a plan for new offices that do not disrupt the cityscape. The Parasite Office is is attached one story

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Conceptual Design’s Prefab Modules Transform Any Flat Industrial Rooftop into an Aquaponic Urban Farm

Conceptual Design’s Prefab Modules Transform Any Flat Industrial Rooftop into an Aquaponic Urban Farm

Design firm Conceptual Devices designed a prefab aquaponic rooftop farm to capitalize on unused space in the city. Designed for Urban Farmers AG Basel, urban farm is created from two prefab modules that

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Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

  In a time of rapid climatic shift and lack of political will, the lessons in Ned Tillman’s book Saving the Places We Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship are imperative for the younger

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