Urban design

Felipe Carrelli Turns Abandoned Cars into Public Art in São Paulo

Felipe Carrelli Turns Abandoned Cars into Public Art in São Paulo

Carrelli came up with the idea to clean, paint and put some plants in the car, turning it from a dump into a work of art and a beautiful garden. He shared this idea with friends Tobias Rodil and Thiago

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Pavilion of Dream Terraces: H&P Architects Unveil Rice Paddy-Covered Pavilion for Viet Nam’s Expo 2015

Pavilion of Dream Terraces: H&P Architects Unveil Rice Paddy-Covered Pavilion for Viet Nam’s Expo 2015

If H&P Architects win the competition to design Viet Nam's Expo 2015 Pavilion in Milan, it will have a steel frame filled up with a staggered series of salvaged wood modules of different lengths that not

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Whole Foods Announces Plans for 20,000 Sq. Ft. Rooftop Farm Atop New Gowanus Store

Whole Foods Announces Plans for 20,000 Sq. Ft. Rooftop Farm Atop New Gowanus Store

NYC foodies will soon be in for a real treat as Whole Foods has announced they'll be operating a rooftop farm right atop their forthcoming Gowanus, Brooklyn store. The 20,000 sq. ft. greenhouse will

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Vertigo-Inducing Photos of Hong Kong Housing Show Just How Dense It Is

Vertigo-Inducing Photos of Hong Kong Housing Show Just How Dense It Is

Living in Hong Kong, your view is likely not of the ocean, a forest, or even mountains. It's likely of the building across the street with a direct line of site into another family's living room. Packed

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Chicago Set to Break Ground on 13-Acre Elevated Sky Park This Year!

Chicago Set to Break Ground on 13-Acre Elevated Sky Park This Year!

As the design process for the Bloomingdale Trail and Park nears completion, several important details distinguish Chicago's new elevated park from the High Line. Whereas cycling is not permitted in the

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La Valentina Station Affordable Housing Transforms a Neglected Site in Sacramento

La Valentina Station Affordable Housing Transforms a Neglected Site in Sacramento

For more than two decades the brownfield lot sat empty and was known for a high crime rate. The light rail line stops directly in front of the site and the new affordable housing development changes the

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21-Piece Swing Set “Orchestra” Emits Music and Light as Passersby Play!

21-Piece Swing Set “Orchestra” Emits Music and Light as Passersby Play!

21 Balançoires (21 Swings) from Daily Tous Les Jours on Vimeo. Local collective Daily Tous Les Jours created this unique interactive space for people to exercise and meet others - and they're rewarded

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Rotterdam Citizens Crowdfund Fantastic Wooden Luchtsingel Footbridge

Rotterdam Citizens Crowdfund Fantastic Wooden Luchtsingel Footbridge

The new crowdfunded bridge will connect the Hofplein area with the Northern district of Rotterdam. The original schedule was to fully complete the project in 30 years time, but the founders decided to

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United States Infrastructure Scores D+ in New ASCE Report

United States Infrastructure Scores D+ in New ASCE Report

Infrastructure photo from Shutterstock Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers releases a report on the state of the nation’s infrastructure - and every year the United States

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Code Black Coffee: Two Melbourne Warehouses Merge to Create Industrial Chic Cafe and Roastery

Code Black Coffee: Two Melbourne Warehouses Merge to Create Industrial Chic Cafe and Roastery

Dark and moody, Code Black Coffee is an open space defined by rough steel framing, polished concrete floors, natural Oriented Strand Board walls, and black-painted brick. The original warehouse windows

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Aeroponic Vertical Farm: High-Yield Terraced Rice Paddies for the Philippines

Aeroponic Vertical Farm: High-Yield Terraced Rice Paddies for the Philippines

The Aeroponic Vertical Farm is made up of an array of bamboo parallelograms that are formed to create stepped terraces of rice fields. Located in cities, these compact farms would not only help grow rice

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Rooftop Running Track Slashes ChiCheng Primary School’s Footprint in China

Rooftop Running Track Slashes ChiCheng Primary School’s Footprint in China

What a clever idea for LYCS to put the track field on the roof, not only because it saves space and reduces the project's overall footprint, but it also provides children an inspired environment in which

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Echo Architecture Unveils Greenscaper Hotel Wrapped With Living Foliage

Echo Architecture Unveils Greenscaper Hotel Wrapped With Living Foliage

Echo Design and Architecture's Greenscraper focuses on creating a diverse and sustainable new hybrid environment. The building combines public and private areas, each with a strong identity enriched by

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Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

The original home was built on this unique 780 square foot lot in 1929, and although most of it had to be demolished, some of the original basement walls are still visible. Anonymous Architects focused on

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HASSELL Builds a Shipping Pallet Urban Coffee Farm for Melbourne’s Food & Wine Festival

HASSELL Builds a Shipping Pallet Urban Coffee Farm for Melbourne’s Food & Wine Festival

Located in Queensbridge Square in Southbank, the Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar has transformed the public square into a temporary coffee plantation. Inspired by Guatemalan farms, the Young Designers

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London Unveils $1.51 Billion Bicycle Master Plan With 15-Mile Bike Highway

London Unveils $1.51 Billion Bicycle Master Plan With 15-Mile Bike Highway

London bikes photo from Shutterstock London is about to get a Holland-style bike-ability makeover, as Mayor Boris Johnson just announced a $1.51 billion master plan to improve the city's bicycle

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San Antonio “Ghost Buildings” Renovated into Beautiful Mixed-Use Project by Lake|Flato Architects

San Antonio “Ghost Buildings” Renovated into Beautiful Mixed-Use Project by Lake|Flato Architects

Vacant since 2004, these heavily vandalized buildings had become a local “ghost town” full of transients and ripe with crime. The property was auctioned to new owners recently and developers AREA Real

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Damien Chivialle’s Urban Farming Units Transform Old Shipping Containers into Greenhouses for Organic Produce

Damien Chivialle’s Urban Farming Units Transform Old Shipping Containers into Greenhouses for Organic Produce

Within the containers Chivialle has designed a complex aquaponics system to enable circular agricultural processes. The containers each contain two cubic meters of water in which bacteria transforms fish

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The Bay Lights Unveiled: World’s Largest Light Sculpture Illuminates San Francisco Bay Bridge with 25,000 LEDs

The Bay Lights Unveiled: World’s Largest Light Sculpture Illuminates San Francisco Bay Bridge with 25,000 LEDs

The last time we checked in with Leo Villareal, he had just installed a gigantic glowing LED Buckyball in NYC's Madison Square Park. For The Bay Lights, Words Pictures Ideas founder Ben Davis called upon

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Boston’s Higher Ground Farm Will be the Second-Biggest Rooftop Farm in the World

Boston’s Higher Ground Farm Will be the Second-Biggest Rooftop Farm in the World

Urban rooftop farming is thriving in cities like Brooklyn and Montreal, but it hasn't quite caught on yet in Boston. That's about to change in a big way with the launch of Higher Ground Farm, a

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Vincent Callebaut Unveils Stacked Pebble-Inspired Eco-Farmscrapers for Shenzhen

Vincent Callebaut Unveils Stacked Pebble-Inspired Eco-Farmscrapers for Shenzhen

People are flocking to the cities around the world, especially in China with 75% of the Chinese population projected to be living in urban environments by 2030. To alleviate the pressures put on the

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BIBLIO-Centrum: A Green-Roofed Solar-Powered Library for Helsinki’s City Center

BIBLIO-Centrum: A Green-Roofed Solar-Powered Library for Helsinki’s City Center

BIBLIO-Centrum - from the Greek word for book and the Latin word for center – is a cultural hub designed by Dinkoff Architects to unite several of Helsinki's most prominent facilities: Parliament, the

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Homesteaders vs Preppers: What’s the Difference?

Homesteaders vs Preppers: What’s the Difference?

My lack of familiarity with these terms prompted me to do some research (as any good noob should do), and I found that there was a veritable treasure-trove of info to be found on the topic. At first

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Pasona HQ is an Urban Farm That Grows Food For Its Employees in Tokyo

Pasona HQ is an Urban Farm That Grows Food For Its Employees in Tokyo

Located in downtown Tokyo, Pasona HQ is a nine-story building for the Japanese recruitment company. Rather than build a brand-new building, the company took over a 50-year-old structure and renovated it

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Scientists Develop Self-Healing Protective Coating for Concrete

Scientists Develop Self-Healing Protective Coating for Concrete

Photo via Shutterstock Cracks are a road's worst enemy. Once a crack forms, water is able to enter the paved surface, and when it expands and contracts with changes in temperature it destroys the road.

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New Study Shows NYC Could Cut an Astounding 90% of Emissions by 2050

New Study Shows NYC Could Cut an Astounding 90% of Emissions by 2050

New York City has been working diligently towards its planNYC goal to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by 2030. But that number is not nearly enough according to recent studies that show that countries

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Support the Hariyo Chowk Urban Garden Project in Kathmandu, Nepal!

Support the Hariyo Chowk Urban Garden Project in Kathmandu, Nepal!

The Sattya Media Arts Collective in Kathmandu, Nepal has set out to transform a vacant site into a modern adaptation of a traditional chowk, or town square. Dubbed Hariyo Chowk or "green square", the

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Strawberry Tree Flow: Solar Power Park Invites Passersby to Charge their Gadgets in Belgrade

Strawberry Tree Flow: Solar Power Park Invites Passersby to Charge their Gadgets in Belgrade

Strawberry Energy recently unveiled a new solar powered park in Belgrade that invites visitors to charge their mobile devices using the power of the sun. Designed by Tamara Švonja and Vojin

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Parallax Landscape Re-Imagines a Low-Carbon Future for a Coal-Dominated Australian City

Parallax Landscape Re-Imagines a Low-Carbon Future for a Coal-Dominated Australian City

Parallax Landscape is a design collaborative consisting of Yu Ding, designer at Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates in New York; Kees Lokman, assistant professor of landscape architecture at Washington

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Rooftecture OT2: Endo Shuhei’s Perforated Building Permits Air and Light While Blocking Peeping Toms in Japan

Rooftecture OT2: Endo Shuhei’s Perforated Building Permits Air and Light While Blocking Peeping Toms in Japan

Shuhei has built a series of structures using industrial-chic metal facades, but few are as striking as Rooftecture OT2 in Osaka. Designed to shut out the street while still permitting air and light to

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