Urban design

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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Nescafe’s Portal of Awareness Made of 1,497 Coffee Cups Will be Covered in Vines in Mexico

Nescafe’s Portal of Awareness Made of 1,497 Coffee Cups Will be Covered in Vines in Mexico

Located on the Paseo de la Reforma, a popular thoroughfare in the heart of Mexico City, the portal of awareness demonstrates how ordinary materials, such as a coffee mug, can be combined with basic

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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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New Master Plan for North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park Will Stress Sustainable Development

New Master Plan for North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park Will Stress Sustainable Development

RTP was established in 1959 as a center for R&D, strategically located in the middle of the triangle formed by the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University

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Pop-up ‘Centipede Cinema’ is Made With Locally-Sourced Cork From Portugal

Pop-up ‘Centipede Cinema’ is Made With Locally-Sourced Cork From Portugal

Led by Colin Fournier, the Centipede Cinema is an urban intervention that demonstrates how easily exciting new cultural programs can be developed with minimal costs. It also reveals that cork, which is

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Where the Stimulus Money Went: New Buildings, Clean Energy and Infrastructure Projects

Where the Stimulus Money Went: New Buildings, Clean Energy and Infrastructure Projects

Photo © Chad Ress When it comes to President Obama’s domestic policy, healthcare reform gets all the attention while Obama’s other main achievement, the American Recovery and Reinvestment

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Hobbit Hole Chicken Coops Bring the Beauty of the Shire to Your Backyard

Hobbit Hole Chicken Coops Bring the Beauty of the Shire to Your Backyard

As J.R.R Tolkein once wrote, “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with

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Iskandar Malaysia to be a Model Sustainable and Socially Equitable City of the Future

Iskandar Malaysia to be a Model Sustainable and Socially Equitable City of the Future

Iskandar, an area that covers 2,217 square kilometers at the southern tip of Malaysia, is the center of its country’s sustainable development strategy as an ultra-green and socially integrated city of

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Culinary Misfits Rescue Fruits & Veggies that Supermarkets and Restaurants Reject

Culinary Misfits Rescue Fruits & Veggies that Supermarkets and Restaurants Reject

Beauty is only skin deep - but try telling that to supermarkets who reject an apple or carrot with even the slightest hint of a blemish. Fortunately, there are those among us who are willing to look past

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[BP] Architectures’ M9-C is an Integrated, Energy-Efficient Mixed-Use Housing Development in Paris

[BP] Architectures’ M9-C is an Integrated, Energy-Efficient Mixed-Use Housing Development in Paris

The M9-C project is located on the Parisian Left Bank and contains a nine-class school, a three-level theater, 66 social housing rental units, and a 51-space underground parking garage. The school and the

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Solar- and Geothermal-Powered Guthrie Green Park Replaces an Old Truck Loading Facility in Tulsa

Solar- and Geothermal-Powered Guthrie Green Park Replaces an Old Truck Loading Facility in Tulsa

The site of the new Guthrie Green Park was once a 2.7-acre truck loading facility - essentially a concrete jungle. Now it's a green oasis and community gathering space offering gardens, interactive

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Kasetsart University in Thailand Builds an Innovative Rooftop Garden on Campus

Kasetsart University in Thailand Builds an Innovative Rooftop Garden on Campus

After devastating floods hit Bangkok in 2011 leaving university staff cut off from food, Kasetsart University decided to build an urban farm on the rooftop of their Faculty of Architecture building to not

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The World’s First Commercial Vertical Farm Opens in Singapore

The World’s First Commercial Vertical Farm Opens in Singapore

The dense metropolis of Singapore is now home to the world’s first commercial vertical farm! Built by Sky Greens Farms, the rising steel structure will help the city grow more food locally, reducing

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HNTB Unveils High-Flying Ribbon Bridge to Renovate Los Angeles’ 6th Street Viaduct

HNTB Unveils High-Flying Ribbon Bridge to Renovate Los Angeles’ 6th Street Viaduct

HNTB collaborated with Michael Maltzan Architecture, AC Martin, and Hargreaves Associates to design the new bridge, which was inspired by the arches of its predecessor. Opened in 1932, the art deco 6th

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ProtoHouse: A Cantilevered, Fibrous Home Created With a 3D Printer

ProtoHouse: A Cantilevered, Fibrous Home Created With a 3D Printer

It was only a matter of time before 3D-printed houses started popping up, but Softkill Design's fibrous ProtoHouse wasn't exactly what we all had in mind. Eschewing the conventional solid house, the

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San Francisco’s Urban Prototyping Festival Showcases 23 Urban Innovation Projects

San Francisco’s Urban Prototyping Festival Showcases 23 Urban Innovation Projects

UP:SF was the second stop on the tour (the festival has already been to Singapore), and it was presented by Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in partnership with Intersection for the

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BIG’s Quirky Kilometer Long Superkilen Park Celebrates Diversity in Copenhagen

BIG’s Quirky Kilometer Long Superkilen Park Celebrates Diversity in Copenhagen

Superkilen Park is a long 1km urban space in the Nørrebro neighborhood on the northwest side of the Copenhagen, and was designed by BIG, Topotek1, and Superflex. The park features 3 distinct areas: the

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DIY: Learn How To Build a Root Cellar From Recycled Materials

DIY: Learn How To Build a Root Cellar From Recycled Materials

Creating a cellar for food storage is an ideal method for many reasons: an underground chamber doesn't see much temperature fluctuation, and during the colder months the conditions within will be nice and

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