Urban design

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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Extraordinary ‘Bamboo Stalactites’ Sprout Mushrooms in Liter of Light’s Shanghai Biennale Pavilion!

Extraordinary ‘Bamboo Stalactites’ Sprout Mushrooms in Liter of Light’s Shanghai Biennale Pavilion!

Liter of Light's founder Illac Diaz commissioned Stephen Lamb from Touching the Earth Lightly to design their Shanghai Biennale pavilion, and Lamb in turn teamed up with artist Andrew Lord. Inspired to

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Archway Studios is a Slender Live-Workspace Built Around a 19th Century Rail Viaduct in London

Archway Studios is a Slender Live-Workspace Built Around a 19th Century Rail Viaduct in London

Located in Southward, Archway Studios stands on a former brownfield site that was left to sour, and that kind of regeneration is an important part of Undercurrent's professional ethos. Keen to make do

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Spectacular Japanese Vertical Garden Clads the Picardy Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in France

Spectacular Japanese Vertical Garden Clads the Picardy Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in France

The ground floor hall of the new extension spills out into a marvelous Japanese-style garden, while a long bay window provides plenty of natural light. By cladding the north facade with a similar

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The Terraform Raised Garden Bed Helps the Wheelchair-Bound Get Their Gardening On!

The Terraform Raised Garden Bed Helps the Wheelchair-Bound Get Their Gardening On!

Three social-minded urban gardeners saw an unfortunate problem in their community of Nantes: gardening is pretty difficult for those in wheelchairs. So to help the wheelchair-bound flex their green thumbs

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Artist Asbjorn Skou’s Temporary Light Murals Enliven the Streets of Copenhagen

Artist Asbjorn Skou’s Temporary Light Murals Enliven the Streets of Copenhagen

Asbjorn Skou's imagery touches on human relationships, portraiture, angels and even wheelchairs. The cast of characters is brought to (larger than) life in oversized installations projected upon vacant

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Hanging Gardens Split Open BIG’s Marina Lofts Development Along Ft. Lauderdale’s River

Hanging Gardens Split Open BIG’s Marina Lofts Development Along Ft. Lauderdale’s River

Marina Lofts is slated to be a 1,072-unit rental condo complex built in three phases along the south side of the New River in Ft. Lauderdale. The project has been designed by BIG for Asi Cymbal who

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The Farmery is a Farm and Market Set in Four Recycled Shipping Containers in North Carolina

The Farmery is a Farm and Market Set in Four Recycled Shipping Containers in North Carolina

The Famery has successfully raised $25,000 on Kickstarter to make this project a reality, so if you live in Raleigh, you're in for a special treat. So far they have developed two prototypes along with a

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Billionaire Larry Ellison Envisions Turning Hawaii’s Lanai Island Into Solar-Powered Paradise

Billionaire Larry Ellison Envisions Turning Hawaii’s Lanai Island Into Solar-Powered Paradise

What would you do if you had your own tropical island in the middle of paradise? If you're Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, you'd turn it into a haven for sustainable technology.  Four months ago, the

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Sou Fujimoto Unveils a Spiraling Cyclone-Shaped Waterfront Center for Belgrade

Sou Fujimoto Unveils a Spiraling Cyclone-Shaped Waterfront Center for Belgrade

Belgrade is the largest city in Serbia, and the riverfront district, located along the Sava River between the Sava Port and Kalemegrad Park, is one of the city's oldest continually inhabited areas.

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The Victorian Station Project Proposes a Green Park Renovation of an Aged London Train Station

The Victorian Station Project Proposes a Green Park Renovation of an Aged London Train Station

Nelly Fuentes and Ian M. Ellis proposed a lush green renovation of London's antiquated Victoria Station for London's recent Green Infrastructure Ideas Competition. Hosted by the Garden Museum, the

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Boston’s Glowing ENfold Pavilion is a Made from Reusable Garden Bed Liner Fabric

Boston’s Glowing ENfold Pavilion is a Made from Reusable Garden Bed Liner Fabric

The Pavilion is supported by large maple and oak trees, and it provides an imaginative frame for various musical and art performances (including a Brazilian drumming band, a tai chi exhibition, etc.). Not

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A Long Vertical Garden Spruces Up FVArquitectos’ Renovated House in Estoril, Portugal

A Long Vertical Garden Spruces Up FVArquitectos’ Renovated House in Estoril, Portugal

A 563 square foot block house, the House in Estoril is actually quite bland at first glance given its rectangular shape and masculine interior organization. But the green wall gives it some character and

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Students Design a High Line-Style Park for Philadelphia’s Abandoned Reading Railroad

Students Design a High Line-Style Park for Philadelphia’s Abandoned Reading Railroad

The exhibition, called “Above, Below, Beyond: Futures for a Former Railroad”, was conceived by the students as a way to bring the abandoned railroad into conversation, hopefully inciting interest -

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Underground Mushroom Tunnel Wins London’s High Line-Inspired Green Design Competition

Underground Mushroom Tunnel Wins London’s High Line-Inspired Green Design Competition

The competition was hosted by The Landscape Institute, the Mayor of London and the Garden Museum, and judged by a panel of experts that included the founders of the High Line. Over 170 designs were

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Dom Aquitectura Unveils Green Master Plan to Clean Air and Reduce Pollution in Huizhou, China

Dom Aquitectura Unveils Green Master Plan to Clean Air and Reduce Pollution in Huizhou, China

With respect to the practice of feng shui, the neighborhood is laid out to coincide with energy and air flow. After thoroughly studying the land and climate of the region, Dom Arquitectura chose the

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e(co)stratègia Nature Bridge Will Reconnect Barcelona With the Collserola Mountains

e(co)stratègia Nature Bridge Will Reconnect Barcelona With the Collserola Mountains

Taller Sau Arquitectura recently received first prize in a design competition to come up with urban interventions to reconnect the Collserola Mountains with the city of Barcelona. The competition was

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Sinclair Meadows: Residents Move Into the UK’s First Carbon-Negative Street

Sinclair Meadows: Residents Move Into the UK’s First Carbon-Negative Street

Each of the buildings at Sinclair Meadows in South Shields has been constructed with natural materials at the forefront, such as timber frames, hemp insulation, lime render, and sustainable timber. In

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The Atlanta BeltLine is a Smart, Ambitious 6,000 Acre Public Transportation Network by Perkins + Will

The Atlanta BeltLine is a Smart, Ambitious 6,000 Acre Public Transportation Network by Perkins + Will

This ambitious urban development, produced by Atlanta BeltLine Inc., began with the formulation of the idea in 1999. Overwhelming support of the idea from Atlanta led to the development of the Atlanta

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Jardin Serge Gainsbourg: Paris’ New Urban Park Bridges a Highway to Unite Two Communities

Jardin Serge Gainsbourg: Paris’ New Urban Park Bridges a Highway to Unite Two Communities

The ring road at the Porte des Lilas created a disconnect between two neighborhoods, so the city of Paris sought to bring them together. A design competition yielded a successful plan from local firm

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The Museé du Quai Branly in Paris Boasts a Lush 650-foot Green Wall by Patrick Blanc

The Museé du Quai Branly in Paris Boasts a Lush 650-foot Green Wall by Patrick Blanc

Featuring a 40-foot high and 650-foot long stunning green wall, The Museé du Quai Branly is definetely worth a visit if you are in Paris. Designed and planted by Gilles Clément and Patrick Blanc, it is

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Dror Benshetrit’s Massive Artificial Island Could House 300,000 Residents Near Istanbul

Dror Benshetrit’s Massive Artificial Island Could House 300,000 Residents Near Istanbul

Dror Benshetrit has a a vision for a new type of city - one that incorporates private residences with commercial spaces and parks. His project is dubbed HavvAda, and it's a man-made island that would

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Construction To Begin on Chicago’s Elevated Bloomingdale Trail Next Summer

Construction To Begin on Chicago’s Elevated Bloomingdale Trail Next Summer

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates presented the team's latest renderings and plans for the Bloomingdale Trail and park to the public last week. This was the last chance for public comment before final

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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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