Urban design

XishuangbanNa Residence is a Sustainable Modern Bamboo High-Rise in China

XishuangbanNa Residence is a Sustainable Modern Bamboo High-Rise in China

China's massive population needs housing, but Tokamarch Architects have proposed that it's not necessary to construct ugly residential buildings that all look the same. Additionally, they are concerned to

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Team Rhône-Alpes’ Modular Canopea House Wins the Architecture and Operations Competitions of the Solar Decathlon Europe!

Team Rhône-Alpes’ Modular Canopea House Wins the Architecture and Operations Competitions of the Solar Decathlon Europe!

Both vertical and horizontal stacks of Canopea homes can produce nanotowers that respond to the dearth of urban space in France. Each level is a fairly spacious, complete home, and only the very top is

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Chandler City Hall: SmithGroupJJR Creates a Sustainable City Center for an Arizona Town

Chandler City Hall: SmithGroupJJR Creates a Sustainable City Center for an Arizona Town

Chandler City Hall is a five-story, 187,000 square-foot office building complex that takes up two city blocks and cost an estimated $47 million to complete. A hinged exterior shading device on the western

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Lake Link Trail and Greenway Will Be a Sustainable Green Space at the Cleveland Flats

Lake Link Trail and Greenway Will Be a Sustainable Green Space at the Cleveland Flats

Located on the west bank of Cleveland’s Flats Waterfront District, a 1.3-mile trail of abandoned railroad yard is the focus of a new revitalization project called Lake Link Trail and Greenway. The

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Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Green-Roofed Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre in Shanghai

Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Green-Roofed Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre in Shanghai

Construction is officially underway on Foster + Partners' sustainable masterplan for the Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre, a sustainable mixed-use development in the heart of the Shanghai Hongqiao

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Tsai Design Imagines Soaring High Line Park for Cape Town’s Unfinished Highway

Tsai Design Imagines Soaring High Line Park for Cape Town’s Unfinished Highway

One of South Africa's most celebrated architecture studios has designed a High Line Park for Cape Town. Winning the Re-Imagine Cape Town design competition with this bold proposal, Tsai Design envisions

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Massive Fala Park Brownfield Reclamation Project Has a Rooftop Tennis Court in Poland

Massive Fala Park Brownfield Reclamation Project Has a Rooftop Tennis Court in Poland

Funded in part by EU grants and private equity, the two level recreational center is a wonderful community center that not only restored a former brownfield site, but also promotes health and community in

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OOIIO’s Patchwork City Encourages Residents to Customize Their Buildings

OOIIO’s Patchwork City Encourages Residents to Customize Their Buildings

Designed by OOIIO Architecture, the Patchwork City Masterplan focuses on organizing the future growth of Linkoping, a city in southern Sweden with 100,000 inhabitants. The architects were challenged to

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PICS: DUS Architects Unveils Giant 3D Printer That Can Print Entire Rooms in Amsterdam

PICS: DUS Architects Unveils Giant 3D Printer That Can Print Entire Rooms in Amsterdam

Because the KamerMaker is taller than it is wide, the pavilions or rooms that it prints have a small footprint. Not only that, but it uses recycled plastic waste as its main building material, meaning

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Escaravox is a Greenhouse-Inspired Pavilion on Wheels in Madrid

Escaravox is a Greenhouse-Inspired Pavilion on Wheels in Madrid

The structure is located in Matadero Madrid, a former slaughterhouse in Madrid's Arganzuela district that is now used as a multi-functional public space and cultural playground, housing various types of

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Construction Begins on Texcoco Lake Ecological Park – The World’s Largest Urban Park in Mexico City

Construction Begins on Texcoco Lake Ecological Park – The World’s Largest Urban Park in Mexico City

As the Texcoco region is key to the hydrological systems of Mexico City, the park will serve as part of the city’s water infrastructure with 11 rivers, 14 canals for waste water, 4 water treatment

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Park(ing) Day 2012: Photos of the Best Pop-Up Parks From Coast to Coast!

Park(ing) Day 2012: Photos of the Best Pop-Up Parks From Coast to Coast!

Park(ing) Day began in San Francisco in 2005 when Rebar Studio converted a single parking space into a pop-up park. The idea is that as long as you feed the meter, the space is yours to use as you please.

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New CDC Study Links Highway Noise Pollution to Widespread Sleep Disturbances, Risk of Heart Attack and High Blood Pressure

New CDC Study Links Highway Noise Pollution to Widespread Sleep Disturbances, Risk of Heart Attack and High Blood Pressure

A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that 2.3 percent of people in Fulton County, Ga., where the city of Atlanta is, are exposed to significant levels of highway noise

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Siemens’ Solar-Powered Crystal Building is Dedicated to Improving Urban Sustainability in London

Siemens’ Solar-Powered Crystal Building is Dedicated to Improving Urban Sustainability in London

The Crystal is a landmark building from the electronics powerhouse, and it serves as Siemens' flagship hub dedicated to urban sustainability. Inspired by London's Crystal Palace, which showcased the

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Chun Qing Li’s Sustainable Wooden Kreod Pavilion Unveiled at London Design Festival

Chun Qing Li’s Sustainable Wooden Kreod Pavilion Unveiled at London Design Festival

Chun Qing Li, Managing Director of Pavilion Architecture and Greenwich University's Proffesor, told us that he designed KREOD pavilion to resemble three giant seeds. Measuring 215 square foot each pod,

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World’s “First Floating Village” Unveiled by Baca Architects and ZM Architecture Design for Glasgow

World’s “First Floating Village” Unveiled by Baca Architects and ZM Architecture Design for Glasgow

Baca Architects and ZM Architecture have teamed up with Floating Concepts to design what has been dubbed the world’s first “floating leisure village” at Canting Docks in Glasgow. The

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Lufa Farms Brings Large-Scale Rooftop Farming To Montreal

Lufa Farms Brings Large-Scale Rooftop Farming To Montreal

When designing the greenhouse, the Lufa Farms team investigated what conditions suit each type of food grown in order to maximize yield. They use a rainwater harvesting system to put a minimal burden on

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Lower East Side Residents Battle Plan to Build Greyhound Bus Stop at Seward Park Playground

Lower East Side Residents Battle Plan to Build Greyhound Bus Stop at Seward Park Playground

Residents of NYC's Lower East Side could hardly believe their ears when they heard about a new proposal to create a permanent Greyhound bus stop at Seward Park, which is the nation's oldest playground. If

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Moscow Agglomeration Competition Unveils Sustainable Master Plans for the City of the Future

Moscow Agglomeration Competition Unveils Sustainable Master Plans for the City of the Future

France’s Antoine Grumbach & Associes SA with Wilmotte & Associes SA won the prize for the overall planning of Moscow. The winner in the category for the best solution for the new federal

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Amazon’s New Green-Roofed Headquarters Will Be Seattle’s Largest Development Ever

Amazon’s New Green-Roofed Headquarters Will Be Seattle’s Largest Development Ever

NBBJ released new renderings and plans of Amazon's downtown Seattle campus in August during a Design Review Board (DRB) meeting. Amazon has already purchased three blocks in the underdeveloped Denny

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Gandía’s Experimental Kid University Nurtures Creativity and Six Mulberry Trees in Spain

Gandía’s Experimental Kid University Nurtures Creativity and Six Mulberry Trees in Spain

The Gandía Kid University was organized around and protects six existing white mulberry trees scattered around a central courtyard. All of the learning activities and workshops take place here - in this

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“Hive” by Philip de los Reyes Brings Architectural Style to Backyard Beekeeping

“Hive” by Philip de los Reyes Brings Architectural Style to Backyard Beekeeping

Honey bees are some very hard-working ladies. Why not show them a little love with a beautiful, comfortable place to come home to after a hard day of pollinating? Industrial designer Philip de los Reyes

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Twisted ContemPLAY Pavilion is a Complex Piece of Street Furniture Made With Local Materials in Montreal

Twisted ContemPLAY Pavilion is a Complex Piece of Street Furniture Made With Local Materials in Montreal

Master architecture students from McGill University (along with their supervisors) worked on this project for fifteen months, sourcing all of the necessary materials and technology from within the local

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The Battle Begins for Developer of London’s Landmark Battersea Power Station

The Battle Begins for Developer of London’s Landmark Battersea Power Station

After 25 years of speculation over the future of the Battersea Power Station a Malaysian consortium has bought the protected 39-acre site for 400 million pounds ($635 Million). The consortium plans to

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Dutch Pavilion Re-Set Presents a Dynamic Re-thinking of Disused Space at the Venice Architecture Biennale

Dutch Pavilion Re-Set Presents a Dynamic Re-thinking of Disused Space at the Venice Architecture Biennale

The Dutch pavilion draws attention to a new set of conditions under which modern architects are working. No longer blessed with wide swaths of empty land or large budgets, designers instead have to work

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Melbourne’s Pop-up Shipping Container Market Mixes Funky Attitude With Reused Materials

Melbourne’s Pop-up Shipping Container Market Mixes Funky Attitude With Reused Materials

Steven Vidovic and Kristina Taranto's design was selected as the winner of a competition looking for a ‘green theme’ - and they succeeded with a design that is largely made from cast-off materials.

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London-based William Tozer Designs Inspiring Loft in Old Factory Building

London-based William Tozer Designs Inspiring Loft in Old Factory Building

The loft's concrete ceilings, warn by time, are accented by beautiful new timber elements in some rooms and white gallery-esque walls in others. Modern pieces of art now hang on the walls such that the

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Denmark’s Natural History Museum in Copenhagen has a Walkable Green Roof

Denmark’s Natural History Museum in Copenhagen has a Walkable Green Roof

The Natural History Museum of Denmark has one of the world’s largest collections documenting the planet’s natural history. In order to make it more accessible to the public, the architects decided to

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Tredje Natur Architecture Unveils Plans for World’s First Climate Adjusted Neighborhood in Copenhagen

Tredje Natur Architecture Unveils Plans for World’s First Climate Adjusted Neighborhood in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is planning to create the world’s first climate-adapted neighborhood. The project is set to transform Saint Kjeld’s Quarter in Copenhagen, adapting it to the changing climate, which has

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