Urban design

Chad Wright’s Sand Castle Suburb Symbolizes the Collapse of the American Dream

Chad Wright’s Sand Castle Suburb Symbolizes the Collapse of the American Dream

Chad Wright is a native of California, where one can find many sprawling subdivisions. "I was raised in Orange County—a sprawling suburb of Southern California built by disciples of Levittown. We lived

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London Cyclists Account for 24% of All Vehicles During Rush Hour Traffic

London Cyclists Account for 24% of All Vehicles During Rush Hour Traffic

London Cyclist photo from Shutterstock Transport for London (TfL) conducted the biggest mass census of cyclists to date and found that bikes make up 24% of all vehicles on the streets during the city's

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Los Angeles’ Alameda Square to be Transformed Into One of the Nation’s Largest Creative Campuses

Los Angeles’ Alameda Square to be Transformed Into One of the Nation’s Largest Creative Campuses

Built in 1918, Los Angeles' Alameda Square is one of the nation’s largest historic industrial centers. Creative Space, an integrated development and marketing firm, is in the process of upgrading and

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MIT’s Mapdwell Project Tracks Sustainable Development Around the World

MIT’s Mapdwell Project Tracks Sustainable Development Around the World

The Mapdwell Project is a collaborative effort by researchers, academics, and professionals at MIT to develop a community resource of research-driven and tested information on sustainable practices. The

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Dubai’s Sustainable City Will be Powered by 600,000 Square Feet of Solar Cells

Dubai’s Sustainable City Will be Powered by 600,000 Square Feet of Solar Cells

The construction of Dubai Sustainable City is planned over 4 phases. According to Diamond Developers, the first batch of 100 villas and townhouses at the Dubai Sustainable City will be delivered by the

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Denmark’s Rabalder Park Can Store 10 Swimming Pools Worth of Floodwater

Denmark’s Rabalder Park Can Store 10 Swimming Pools Worth of Floodwater

Designed by Danish firm Nordarch, Rabalder Park combines its drainage function with recreation, offering the city inhabitants lots of hang-out, grill and dancing areas, fitness and parkour equipment and a

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Multifunctional Mobiel Bike Cart Helps Urban Farmers Carry Tools and Produce

Multifunctional Mobiel Bike Cart Helps Urban Farmers Carry Tools and Produce

Inspired by a thriving demographic in Vancouver, Mobiel is a multifunctional cart designed to support the day-to-day needs of commercial urban farmers - people who grow food on a medium to large scale on

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London’s 2012 Olympic Village to be Transformed into Affordable Housing Units

London’s 2012 Olympic Village to be Transformed into Affordable Housing Units

The greenest building is the one that's already standing, and this week London officials announced that the buildings from the 2012 Olympic Village will be transformed into rental units, and many of them

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GrowUp’s Aquaponic Urban Farm Produces Sustainable Fish and Vegetables in a Recycled Shipping Container

GrowUp’s Aquaponic Urban Farm Produces Sustainable Fish and Vegetables in a Recycled Shipping Container

Last week London-based GrowUp unveiled their small urban farm, which produces sustainable vegetables and fish through vertical gardening and aquaponics. After successfully raising over £16,000 through a

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Micro Urban Prefab Project Wins Micro Housing Ideas Competition in Denver

Micro Urban Prefab Project Wins Micro Housing Ideas Competition in Denver

The Denver Architecture League Micro Housing Ideas Competition received around a hundred entries from across the country and the globe for an affordable and micro housing project. The competition was

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Shanghai World Expo Site to Be Redeveloped into a Lush Business District

Shanghai World Expo Site to Be Redeveloped into a Lush Business District

The Shanghai World Expo site is located on the south banks of the Huangpu River, and during its heyday in the summer of 2010, 73 million people had visited. The theme, "Better City – Better Life," had

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Scientists Developing Self-Healing Concrete With Micro-Capsules and Bacteria

Scientists Developing Self-Healing Concrete With Micro-Capsules and Bacteria

Concrete photo from Shutterstock Sooner or later, even the best sidewalk in the country will develop a crack or two. When this happens, workers are deployed to either fill in the damage or lay down

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FarmedHere: The Nation’s Largest Indoor Organic Farm Now Growing in Chicago

FarmedHere: The Nation’s Largest Indoor Organic Farm Now Growing in Chicago

FarmedHere has been growing greens in the Chicago area since 2011 and has a 10,000-square-foot facility in Flanagan and a 4,000-square-foot one in Englewood, IL. Jolanta Hardej, the CEO and co-founder of

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Indoor Vertical Farm ‘Pinkhouses’ Grow Plants Faster With Less Energy

Indoor Vertical Farm ‘Pinkhouses’ Grow Plants Faster With Less Energy

Indoor farms need light—and a lot of it—to grow crops, but that energy adds up big time in terms of cost and environmental impact. A Pinkhouse is a new type of indoor farm that grows crops using

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Hollywood Park Racetrack to Be Redeveloped into an Eco Community

Hollywood Park Racetrack to Be Redeveloped into an Eco Community

After a long run, the Hollywood Park Racetrack will be closing its doors after the completion of the racing series this fall. Likely due to economic instability, the owners of the racetrack decided the

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Help Save the Gap Filler Shipping Pallet Pavilion in Christchurch, New Zealand!

Help Save the Gap Filler Shipping Pallet Pavilion in Christchurch, New Zealand!

The Gap Filler Pallet Pavilion in Christchurch, New Zealand, was built as a community space following devastating earthquakes. The recycled shipping pallet pavilion is an incredible facility, but

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Visiondivision’s Stunning Concept for Miami’s Bayfront Park Looks a Lot Like the Rising Sun!

Visiondivision’s Stunning Concept for Miami’s Bayfront Park Looks a Lot Like the Rising Sun!

Originally, the land where Bayfront Park sits was home to the Everglades. Dredged to create a port and real estate opportunities, the area is now home to host of human landmarks. Bringing a sense of

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Didier Muller’s Livre Exchange is a Free Urban Library that Promotes Access to Books

Didier Muller’s Livre Exchange is a Free Urban Library that Promotes Access to Books

The Livre Exchange is a free library designed by Didier Muller of the French design collective House Work that lets passers-by exchange books for free. The project was unveiled at the International

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Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP Architects’ New Green-Roofed Tokyo Plaza Features a Dizzying Kaleidoscopic Entrance

Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP Architects’ New Green-Roofed Tokyo Plaza Features a Dizzying Kaleidoscopic Entrance

The roof garden’s heart has a hexagonal communal table with trees sprouting and a glazed core. Attracting people as well as plenty of birds and butterflies, the trees all around it help to filter out

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BIG Unveils Plans for Massive Green Overhaul of Miami Beach Convention Center

BIG Unveils Plans for Massive Green Overhaul of Miami Beach Convention Center

The goal of the new convention center and surrounding support areas is to bring Miami Beach to the convention center, including the cool shade of tropical trees, art deco styling, human-scaled

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MVRDV & Space Group Propose Plan for Green & Sustainable Growth in Norway

MVRDV & Space Group Propose Plan for Green & Sustainable Growth in Norway

Danish firm, MVRDV and the Norwegian firm of Space Group joined as a team to envision a future growth pattern for Stavenger, Norway on the southwest coast. The town, which is booming from growth in the

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West 8 Plans to Transform a Polluted Area of China into an Ecologically Sound Flower City

West 8 Plans to Transform a Polluted Area of China into an Ecologically Sound Flower City

Like much of China, the Flower City will inhabit an area of the country with heavily polluted waterways. In order to ensure the longevity of the region, the local government called for urban plans that

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Sunset Magazine to Develop First-Ever Sustainable Idea Town in Seabrook, Washington

Sunset Magazine to Develop First-Ever Sustainable Idea Town in Seabrook, Washington

“Seabrook is a charming seaside town built on big ideas that promote a true sense of community,” said Sunset Editor-in-Chief Kitty Morgan. “Seabrook’s ability to integrate these development

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MVRDV to Transform Industrial Port in Caen, Normandy into Urban Garden “Mosaic”

MVRDV to Transform Industrial Port in Caen, Normandy into Urban Garden “Mosaic”

Caen Presqu’ile is a large brownfield located on a peninsula near the center of Caen, which was hastily rebuilt after Word War II. MVRDV's comprehensive redevelopment plan calls for reconstructing the

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Massive Energy-Independent ‘Tree of Life’ Pavilion Unveiled for the World Expo 2015 in Milan

Massive Energy-Independent ‘Tree of Life’ Pavilion Unveiled for the World Expo 2015 in Milan

Nemesi & Partners Srl, Proger SpA and BMS Progetti Srl just won an international competition to design the Padiglione Italia pavilion for the World Expo 2015 in Milan. The Italian team's "Tree of

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Studio Fuksas Unveils High Line-Style Elevated Park for Rail Station in Bari, Italy

Studio Fuksas Unveils High Line-Style Elevated Park for Rail Station in Bari, Italy

The the city of Bari launched a redesign competition to transform the railway site into a more pedestrian and environmentally friendly area. Drawing inspiration from projects like New York City's High

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Dillon Marsh’s “Invasive Species” Photo Essay Explores How We Disguise Cell Towers as Trees

Dillon Marsh’s “Invasive Species” Photo Essay Explores How We Disguise Cell Towers as Trees

When cell towers starting popping up in the '90s, they were signs of progress, but then as more sprouted they became an eyesore. Even worse was when they were planted in a neighborhood and towered over

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Sasaki Associates Reimagines a Disused Area of Detroit as a Creative Community Hub

Sasaki Associates Reimagines a Disused Area of Detroit as a Creative Community Hub

The first phase of the TechTown District Plan would be to instate the central plaza. This plaza would serve as the creative hub of the area, with market-style moveable and flexible “collaboration

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Mississippi Man Transforms Tornado Debris Into a Sustainable Vegetable Garden

Mississippi Man Transforms Tornado Debris Into a Sustainable Vegetable Garden

Earlier this year, when a tornado ripped through Hattiesburg, Mississippi, it left a scene of destruction in its wake. But as the storm-ravaged residents set about clearing fallen trees and branches, Jody

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Anthony Duncan Designs St. Louis’ First Shipping Container Building

Anthony Duncan Designs St. Louis’ First Shipping Container Building

St. Louis is about to receive its first shipping container structure, a three-story mixed-use building that will be built using 10 shipping containers. Designed by Architect Anthony Duncan for Patrick

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