Urban design

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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Recycled “Gecekondoo” Emergency Shelters Could Provide Relief to Displaced Residents of Istanbul

Recycled “Gecekondoo” Emergency Shelters Could Provide Relief to Displaced Residents of Istanbul

The Turkish Government recently voted on a ‘’disaster risk’’ law that will demolish and rebuild roughly 7,000,000 dwellings in Turkey over the next 20 years. Although the object of this law is to

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Automate Your Garden With HavestGeek’s Plant Monitoring Technology

Automate Your Garden With HavestGeek’s Plant Monitoring Technology

The urban gardening movement is quickly entering the Information Age. Designed by Mike Alt, HarvestGeek is a program that monitors the condition of your fruits and veggies in order to produce the greatest

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Urban Farm School Opens in Asheville, North Carolina

Urban Farm School Opens in Asheville, North Carolina

Based in one of the country’s hotbeds of local food culture, the Urban Farm School just launched its first year with 100 instructors and sites in Asheville, North Carolina. The Urban Farm School is a

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HASSELL to Transform Shipping Containers and Pallets into an Urban Coffee Farm in Melbourne

HASSELL to Transform Shipping Containers and Pallets into an Urban Coffee Farm in Melbourne

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is coming to Australia in the first week of March and the Young Designers at HASSELL have created the Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar as a centerpiece for this year’s

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Sure Architecture’s Perforated Yinchuan Exhibition Center Reflects Islamic Architecture in Northwest China

Sure Architecture’s Perforated Yinchuan Exhibition Center Reflects Islamic Architecture in Northwest China

Sure Architecture's Yinchuan Exhibition Center is designed to unite the Chinese and Arabic Axis while also functioning as a premier cultural institution. The building's perforated facade features carved

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The Cultured Landscape Sets Out a Strategy for Sustainable Transformation of an Australian Brownfield

The Cultured Landscape Sets Out a Strategy for Sustainable Transformation of an Australian Brownfield

Rather than simply let the Latrobe Valley revert to a supposed “natural” state, NAAU proposes a new urban design that retains and adaptively reuses “the significant industrial infrastructure as a

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Melbourne Water Encourages Australian Citizens to Build 10,000 Rain Gardens

Melbourne Water Encourages Australian Citizens to Build 10,000 Rain Gardens

Melbourne Water, a water supply company owned by the Victorian State Government, is encouraging Australian residents to create 10,000 rain gardens - and they're already up to 7,804! A rain garden is a

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LA River Restoration Moves Forward With Opening of the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

LA River Restoration Moves Forward With Opening of the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

The LA River begins in the San Fernando Valley and moves east and then south through LA county. Flooding in the early part of the 19th century led to the river being walled up in a concrete canal to

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Recycled Shipping Pallet Pavilion Springs Up in Christchurch, New Zealand

Recycled Shipping Pallet Pavilion Springs Up in Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand suffered a number of devastating earthquakes in the past 2 years, which left almost 200 people dead and thousands without a home. Now artists and architects are rebuilding the

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Street Artist Hyuro to Turn Copenhagen Street into Denmark’s Longest Artwork

Street Artist Hyuro to Turn Copenhagen Street into Denmark’s Longest Artwork

Danish authorities decided that a long street in Copenhagen needed a makeover, so they hired Spanish artist Hyuro to transform the corridor into the nation's longest piece of street art! Once completed,

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Bosco Verticale: The World’s First Vertical Forest Nears Completion in Milan – NEW PHOTOS

Bosco Verticale: The World’s First Vertical Forest Nears Completion in Milan – NEW PHOTOS

Milan is one of the most polluted cities in the world, and the Bosco Verticale project aims to mitigate some of the environmental damage that has been inflicted upon the city by urbanization. The design

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Giant Glowing Sculpture Made From Crushed PET Bottles Rises at the Venice Architecture Bienniale

Giant Glowing Sculpture Made From Crushed PET Bottles Rises at the Venice Architecture Bienniale

Garcia and Siuda created Devebere after winning the Gau:di student competition for sustainable architecture. The temporary sculpture provided a free space for recreation and relaxation—and created some

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Das Haus: Striking House of the Future Blends Japanese Design With California Modernism

Das Haus: Striking House of the Future Blends Japanese Design With California Modernism

Concerned to eliminate the boundaries between the indoors and the outdoors, Nichetto designed a home that has plants everywhere: on shelves, in the bathroom, on the walls and there is even a small

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Seed Savour: An Eco-Friendly Kit For Growing and Sharing Heirloom Seeds

Seed Savour: An Eco-Friendly Kit For Growing and Sharing Heirloom Seeds

There are over 7,500 tomato species in the world, yet most people only buy and eat what the local supermarket has to offer -- which isn't much at all. To address this issue, Sebastiaan Sennema (Studio

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