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BOARD’s Recycled Apartment Playground is Made from Items Donated by Surrounding Apartments

BOARD’s Recycled Apartment Playground is Made from Items Donated by Surrounding Apartments

BOARD began its design by first recognizing the competition organizers’ wish to involve the surrounding buildings as much as possible. The design team enlarged a typical neighboring apartment floorplan

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MVRDV Completes the Pixelated DNB NOR Bank Headquarters In Oslo

MVRDV Completes the Pixelated DNB NOR Bank Headquarters In Oslo

The scheme for DNB NOR's headquarters in Oslo was to create a clear identity for the company in the city and provide excellent working conditions and spatial qualities for their employees. MVRDV's design

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Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism iPad App

Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism iPad App

A new free iPad app is taking an iconic vision of sustainable cities and making it accessible to millions of tablet users in an interactive format. The Harvard Graduate School of Design has released an

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Bright Agrotech’s Vertical Towers Make it Easy to Grow Vegetables At Home

Bright Agrotech’s Vertical Towers Make it Easy to Grow Vegetables At Home

Hailing from Wyoming, Nate Storey and Paul Bennick founded Bright Agrotech in 2009 to help revolutionize agriculture for small-business farmers and consumers. More recently, they've created  modular

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

Learn 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 within the last couple of weeks. Considering that it’s -15C outside right now where I am, and there’s a good 3” of

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Infographic Shows Which Cities are Embracing the Green Revolution Around the World

Infographic Shows Which Cities are Embracing the Green Revolution Around the World

Countries around the world are becoming increasingly conscious of environmental issues, and major metropolitan centers are the new front line in the struggle to go green. But how are big cities taking on

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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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China Developing Space Gardens to Grow Vegetables on Mars

China Developing Space Gardens to Grow Vegetables on Mars

Mars image from Shutterstock As more and more (and more) groups announce their intent to venture to Mars, it's perhaps inevitable that we'd see some fairly odd life-sustaining science developing; and

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Nail House: Chinese Home That Stood In Center of New Highway is Demolished

Nail House: Chinese Home That Stood In Center of New Highway is Demolished

The iconic 'nail house'—whose owners stood firm as redevelopment swallowed up surrounding residences—has been demolished. Located in China's Zhejiang Province, the home quickly became a striking—and

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Brandon Martella’s Live Share Grow Vertical Farm Could Generate 10% of San Diego’s Produce

Brandon Martella’s Live Share Grow Vertical Farm Could Generate 10% of San Diego’s Produce

Live Share Grow is a proposal by Brandon Martella for a combo residential tower and vertical farm for downtown San Diego. The multi-story tower is dual purpose - one side is holds residential apartments

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Shedkm Selected to Design $160 Million Redevelopment of Brighton’s Municipal Market Square

Shedkm Selected to Design $160 Million Redevelopment of Brighton’s Municipal Market Square

The 1.8 acre site is located just off the Grande Parade at the heart of Brighton City Center, and it has been left unused for quite some time. The new design will feature a central public plaza as the

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Nail House: China Builds a Road Around a Single Home That Stood Strong Against Urban Redevelopment

Nail House: China Builds a Road Around a Single Home That Stood Strong Against Urban Redevelopment

This single house is all that's left of a neighborhood in Zhejiang Province, China that was demolished to make room for new urban development. The house, a dwelling owned by redevelopment resister Luo

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TomDavid Architecten Unveils Rainwater Harvesting Leaf Pavilion for Casablanca, Morocco

TomDavid Architecten Unveils Rainwater Harvesting Leaf Pavilion for Casablanca, Morocco

TomDavid Architecten recently unveiled plans for a soaring leaf-shaped canopy that would transform a market square in Casablanca, Morocco. Developed for the [AC-CA] Competition, the design consists of

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What Hurricane Sandy Taught Us About America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

What Hurricane Sandy Taught Us About America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

Photo of a blacked out Lower Manhattan by Iwan Baan When Hurricane Sandy reached the eastern United States in late October, it wasn't a surprise visit - meteorologists had issued warnings about the

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Gensler Hacks the J. Edgar Hoover Building To Envision the Office Building of the Future

Gensler Hacks the J. Edgar Hoover Building To Envision the Office Building of the Future

This past year Gensler worked on a plan to envision what an office building would look like in 2050 as part of the NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) competition. Gensler was named one

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How We Can Strengthen America’s Infrastructure Against Future Natural Disasters

How We Can Strengthen America’s Infrastructure Against Future Natural Disasters

Photo by NYC DOT New York is one of the world’s great cities - and when it was brought to a standstill by Hurricane Sandy, many questioned the state of the city’s infrastructure - and the

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David Baker’s Zero Cottage is an Impressive Tiny Backyard House Made From Recycled Materials

David Baker’s Zero Cottage is an Impressive Tiny Backyard House Made From Recycled Materials

Zero Cottage is located in the backyard of of an urban lot in the Mission District fronted by StoreFrontLab, a community-focused cultural initiative that gives the historic commercial space a new public

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Green-Roofed Belfort Sports Center is a Shining New Urban Catalyst in France

Green-Roofed Belfort Sports Center is a Shining New Urban Catalyst in France

The sprawling sports center is partially tucked into a hillside and topped with a massive green roof that allows it to blend into the surrounding park - a mainstay for outdoor recreation. This landscaped

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North Carolina’s Research Triangle Master Plan Seeks to Get More Done in Less Space, Sustainably

North Carolina’s Research Triangle Master Plan Seeks to Get More Done in Less Space, Sustainably

Located on a then-rural tract of land between the university cities of Raleigh (NCSU), Durham (Duke University), and Chapel Hill (UNC) the 7,000-acre Research Triangle Park was established in 1959. Since

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DIY Holiday Gift: The Urban Gardener Kit

DIY Holiday Gift: The Urban Gardener Kit

Image © Mike Glass What you’ll need: Bucket or planter Trowel and garden fork Assorted seeds Small watering can Optional: cute trimming shears and coir starter pots As this is a kit

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London Unveils High Line-Inspired Linear Park for Southbank’s New Nine Elms Development

London Unveils High Line-Inspired Linear Park for Southbank’s New Nine Elms Development

The Linear Park will wind through the Embassy Gardens housing development from Vauxhall to the Battersea Power Station. Residents will be able to open their doors right onto the meandering park, which

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Daylit House is Split Down the Middle for an Independent Couple in Japan

Daylit House is Split Down the Middle for an Independent Couple in Japan

Two triple level wooden shells exist on either side of the home, which has an extremely compact footprint, one for her and one for him. These spaces are exposed and separated by a cavernous core that

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AllesWirdGut’s BIO Campus is a Ziggurat-Like Sustainable Neighborhood for Istanbul

AllesWirdGut’s BIO Campus is a Ziggurat-Like Sustainable Neighborhood for Istanbul

Rising almost like ziggurats from the land, the BIO Campus mimics the sand dunes familiar in parts of Turkey. AllesWirdGut partnered with Transsolar and Tom Matton to design each building to accommodate

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Snøhetta Wins Busan Opera House Competition With Theater that Joins Sea and Sky in South Korea

Snøhetta Wins Busan Opera House Competition With Theater that Joins Sea and Sky in South Korea

The geometry of Snøhetta's Busan Opera House twists and bends in a way to open the flowing public entrances around the building, while still accommodating the programmatic elements in the building. Just

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La Ferme Musicale is a Vertical Farm, Music Venue & Educational Center for Bordeaux

La Ferme Musicale is a Vertical Farm, Music Venue & Educational Center for Bordeaux

La Ferme Musicale = also known as Ferme Darwin - is a concept for a vertical farm and cultural center in Bordeaux. Darwin Ecosysteme has been working on a larger project to build a sustainable community

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Protestors Temporarily Block the Removal of Toronto’s Jarvis Street Bike Lane

Protestors Temporarily Block the Removal of Toronto’s Jarvis Street Bike Lane

Photo: Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star The city of Toronto clearly underestimated the passion of cyclists when it decided to remove the popular Jarvis Street bike lane. When large street scrubbing trucks

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With Millions of Bikes on the Road, Dutch Cyclists Deal with Gridlock, Scarce Bike Parking and “Bike Rage”

With Millions of Bikes on the Road, Dutch Cyclists Deal with Gridlock, Scarce Bike Parking and “Bike Rage”

While America struggles to accommodate the tide of vehicles on the roads, the Dutch have a different problem entirely. Rather than worrying about road rage, they are worrying about lane rage as they deal

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Morphosis Proposes a Rooftop Public Park to Enliven Spain’s Vialia Vigo Train Station

Morphosis Proposes a Rooftop Public Park to Enliven Spain’s Vialia Vigo Train Station

The train station connects the small city of Vigo to more metropolitan areas, linking Madrid to Porto in Portugal. Morphosis’s design echoes the natural mountainous lay of the land, which drops in

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Santa Monica’s Garden / Garden Project Quantifies the Benefits of Sustainable Building

Santa Monica’s Garden / Garden Project Quantifies the Benefits of Sustainable Building

Here at Inhabitat we've showcased thousands of green building and sustainable landscaping projects that save water, conserve energy, and minimize waste. But did you know just how much more efficient

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