Urban design

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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Vilamarina Housing Complex Faces a Self-Irrigating Park Outside of Barcelona

Vilamarina Housing Complex Faces a Self-Irrigating Park Outside of Barcelona

The growing area of Viladecans was once hampered due to the lowlands and waterways that meander through the area. With Batlle i Roig’s plan, the once unusable waterways were transformed into public

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X Marks the Spot at the Striking Naturally Daylit NEO Bankside Residences in London

X Marks the Spot at the Striking Naturally Daylit NEO Bankside Residences in London

NEO Bankside is located directly south of the Tate Modern and features four buildings with 217 residences and a six-story office block. The hexagonal buildings have a distinctive external cross-bracing

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Bicimetro Eco Bahn: Elevated Bike Tunnels Let Cyclists Soar Above Congested City Traffic

Bicimetro Eco Bahn: Elevated Bike Tunnels Let Cyclists Soar Above Congested City Traffic

Dominican designer Richard Moreta Castillo has proposed an innovative solution for cyclists stuck in congested cities packed with cars - a 10 kilometer elevated bike path that lets bike riders soar

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Data From Google Earth Helps to Uncover Chicago’s Hidden Urban Farms

Data From Google Earth Helps to Uncover Chicago’s Hidden Urban Farms

Google Earth has already been helpful in such endeavors as monitoring the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and determining the location of landmines. Now, advocates of urban agriculture are using the

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Metropolitan Cityscapes: Incredibly Intricate City Maps Carved Into Sheets of Paper

Metropolitan Cityscapes: Incredibly Intricate City Maps Carved Into Sheets of Paper

Australian-German duo Chauntelle Trinh and Eckard Buscher have captured the urban identity of 16 cities from across America, Europe and Asia in an ethereal collection of urban maps intricately cut from

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The Goedzak is a Special Rubbish Bag for Curbside Donations

The Goedzak is a Special Rubbish Bag for Curbside Donations

One of the great joys of living in the urban jungle is the daily discovery of treasures left out on the sidewalk. Sadly, the elements have a way of destroying the best finds before hunters have a chance

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Nice Architects Win First Prize for Lush Parkhill Development in Bratislava

Nice Architects Win First Prize for Lush Parkhill Development in Bratislava

The Parkhill location is currently an open-air amphitheater in Bratislava, Slovakia near the city centre and an urban forest. The development will be located on a steep slope, which will help to

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Flower Power: A Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Sensor That Monitors the Needs of Your Plants

Flower Power: A Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Sensor That Monitors the Needs of Your Plants

Now and again, even the best green thumb could use a little help taking care of their plants. French electronics company Parrot just unveiled a new gizmo at CES 2013 called the Flower Power that makes it

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Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Aiming to be the World Capital of CO2 by reducing fifty per cent its carbon emissions, Rotterdam has ambitious plans to adapt to rising sea levels. The idea is to build a community of floating homes,

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Steven Holl Completes Construction on LEED Gold Sliced Porosity Block in China

Steven Holl Completes Construction on LEED Gold Sliced Porosity Block in China

Located in Chengdu, Holl took inspiration from historic local poet, Du Fu, who wrote of Three Valleys. With this poem in mind, Holl created three plaza levels that represent the valleys and time, each

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