Urban design

How to transform Los Angeles’ River neighborhoods into an urban agriculture paradise

How to transform Los Angeles’ River neighborhoods into an urban agriculture paradise

The Urban Greening Plan’s main goal is to establish an environmentally and economically sustainable urban development that activates the Los Angeles River and develops a brand for its surrounding and

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Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel hosts landscape architecture series for Earth Day

Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel hosts landscape architecture series for Earth Day

Design tours, films, urban farming workshops, and seed exchanges are all part of the fun at the third annual Grow Op exhibition in downtown Toronto this spring. From April 23rd to 26th, 2015, the

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Growing trees from seeds: which seeds work, and which won’t

Growing trees from seeds: which seeds work, and which won’t

If there are any trees in your area, you may have noticed that a couple of major changes come over them at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Branches end up laden with fruit, nuts, seed pods,

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Reading your weeds—what’s your soil telling you?

Reading your weeds—what’s your soil telling you?

So, it's mid March, which means that the summer growing season is a few short weeks away, and many springtime plants will be popping up soon. Although you might already be starting seeds for this year's

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How Canada’s tar sands capital turns trash into vegetables

How Canada’s tar sands capital turns trash into vegetables

The Canadian city best known as the epicenter of dirty oil from the tar sands is trying to green up its image by turning trash into vegetables for local food banks and farmers markets. For McMurray, a

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World’s largest indoor vertical farm will produce 2 million pounds of soil-free food in Newark

World’s largest indoor vertical farm will produce 2 million pounds of soil-free food in Newark

The multimillion-dollar deal was developed by AeroFarms in partnership with property management firm RBH Group, Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, Prudential Financial Inc., and the City of Newark and

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Learn about water-sensitive urban design for FREE with this online course

Learn about water-sensitive urban design for FREE with this online course

Water, water everywhere. Developing water-sensitive urban areas is rapidly becoming a key factor in sustainability, but it's a challenging topic with a lot of moving parts. FutureLearn has partnered

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Hydrophobic paint takes the piss out of public urination in St. Pauli

Hydrophobic paint takes the piss out of public urination in St. Pauli

Areas popular with tourists and drinkers are often, pretty, well, smelly. Massive quantities of garbage, loud crowds and late-night acts of public urination can make party neighborhoods feel pretty

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This vertical farm will provide Wyoming residents with 100,000 lbs of fresh produce each year

This vertical farm will provide Wyoming residents with 100,000 lbs of fresh produce each year

A 30 foot by 150 foot sliver of land located next to a parking lot in Jackson, Wyoming is set to be transformed into a vertical farm that will produce over 85,000lbs of produce each year. Using 90 percent

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UC Berkeley unveils  3D-printed “Bloom” building made of powdered cement

UC Berkeley unveils 3D-printed “Bloom” building made of powdered cement

Ronald Rael and UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design just unveiled the world's largest 3D printed building made from powdered cement! Measuring 9 feet high by 12 feet wide and 12 feet deep, the

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HOW TO: Attracting pollinators: Flowers that encourage bees, butterflies, and birds to visit

HOW TO: Attracting pollinators: Flowers that encourage bees, butterflies, and birds to visit

Most people have a pretty good idea of what pollen is. Some know it as the fuzzy, fluffy stuff that flies through the air and makes them sneeze from March to November, while others may get daubed on the

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Edmonton locals could ice skate to work using the new Freezeway

Edmonton locals could ice skate to work using the new Freezeway

Landscape architecture student Matthew Gibbs wants to be getting around the chilly Canadian city of Edmonton a lot more easy- and fun. Designed for his thesis project, the city is considering a pilot of

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EcoQube aquaponics system transforms any desk into a mini farm

EcoQube aquaponics system transforms any desk into a mini farm

http://aquaponicsfilter.com/ My name is Ryan and I’m an undergrad at UC San Diego working on a really exciting project going on Kickstarter called the EcoQube. We have had previous success with our

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Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature

Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature

Moldovan architect Maxim Calujac has a unique vision for sustainable urban design, and he has named it "Calotopos". Based on a set of principles including polycentrism, population dispersion, transport

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Kjellander + Sjöberg designs a climate-optimized urban development in new Kiruna

Kjellander + Sjöberg designs a climate-optimized urban development in new Kiruna

Located 145 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, Kiruna sits atop a rich body of iron and has a subarctic climate with long, cold winters. To mitigate climatic conditions, Kjellander + Sjöberg

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Amsterdam is out of bicycle parking spaces, so it’s building 40,000 more

Amsterdam is out of bicycle parking spaces, so it’s building 40,000 more

You know your bike culture is strong, when people are having a hard time finding a place to park their rides. And that’s just what’s happening in Amsterdam right now, where the Dutch city is having a

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9 green tools for a bountiful spring garden

9 green tools for a bountiful spring garden

 1. Upcycled Seed Starters The most economical way to grow food is to start from seed, but you can't just throw those little guys directly into the ground. A month or two before you want to begin your

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Hey gardeners! Consider planting an extra row for the hungry this year

Hey gardeners! Consider planting an extra row for the hungry this year

Although it may be known by many different names, the "Grow a Row" program is one that's gaining popularity all over the world. The concept is pretty self-explanatory, and can make an enormous difference

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MVRDV redesigns the Ilôt Vandamme mixed-use block in Paris

MVRDV redesigns the Ilôt Vandamme mixed-use block in Paris

MVRDV has been granted approval to renovate a 1970s complex in Paris and transform it into a mixed-use development that "reintroduces the lost human scale." This colorful version of the Ilôt Vandamme

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INFOGRAPHIC: Discover the cleanest cities in the world

INFOGRAPHIC: Discover the cleanest cities in the world

There's a movement afoot to find ways to create super clean cities. Birmingham, England is slashing emissions like a CO2 ninja, while Oslo boasts the honor of having not a single landfill. Copenhagen is

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Noocity Growbeds enable urban agriculture in any space – now available via Indiegogo

Noocity Growbeds enable urban agriculture in any space – now available via Indiegogo

Concern regarding the origins of the products we consume is increasing, and cities like New York, São Paulo, and Paris are filled with mini-markets for organic produce, street fairs with local producers,

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OMA unveils plans to transform former tobacco plant into local food hub in Louisville

OMA unveils plans to transform former tobacco plant into local food hub in Louisville

In an ambitious effort to bring food producers and consumers closer together, OMA has developed a masterplan that consists of all stages in the food chain. To that end, the Food Hub design comprises a

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Flow Hive lets beekeepers harvest honey without disturbing the bees

Flow Hive lets beekeepers harvest honey without disturbing the bees

We know that honeybees are having a rough time, so naturally we're excited to hear about Flow Hive—a new honey collection and extraction system that allows beekeepers to easily extract honey from

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Peter Kogler’s spectacular graphic illusions take visitors into a dizzying vortex

Peter Kogler’s spectacular graphic illusions take visitors into a dizzying vortex

Peter Kogler's impressive spaces are charged with energy. His eye-ctahcing designs turn a two-dimensions work of art into 3-dimension spaces that are difficult to forget. His  works draw upon the Pop

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DIY: How to start a community seed bank

DIY: How to start a community seed bank

Urban food gardens are popping up all over the world, and with good cause: as food prices continue to rise and the very real issues of GMO contamination become more apparent, many people are realizing how

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Suspended green pathway is an unexpected alternative to a balcony

Suspended green pathway is an unexpected alternative to a balcony

Who says balconies need to follow the line of a building? In a new concept for a space to relax up high, Zalewski Studio have designed a wonderfully unexpected green pathway that invites inhabitants to

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AvoSeedo makes growing avocado trees easier than ever

AvoSeedo makes growing avocado trees easier than ever

  If you've ever tried to grow an avocado tree from a pit, you've probably noticed how finicky they can be to cultivate. AvoSeedo is a handy little tool that helps you grow your own tree without

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Frankfurt named the most sustainable city on the planet

Frankfurt named the most sustainable city on the planet

When it comes to sustainability, Frankfurt is the place to be. The German city, known widely for its green initiatives, took top spot in the recently released Sustainable Cities Index by Arcadis–

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New shipwrecked parklet is an urban oasis in San Francisco

New shipwrecked parklet is an urban oasis in San Francisco

Right outside of a popular coffee shop in San Francisco’s Mission District, passersby might be surprised to see what looks like a wooden shipwreck washed ashore on the curb. Parklets, the tiny urban

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Yes, chicken diapers are actually a thing

Yes, chicken diapers are actually a thing

As backyard vegetable farming gains in popularity, many people are also choosing to raise chickens. These sweet birds aren't merely great for producing eggs--they eat unwanted insects like slugs, grubs,

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