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Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Chosen to Design ‘Hawaii of China’ Project

Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Chosen to Design ‘Hawaii of China’ Project

Prolific starchitects Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster have been picked to jointly design two of three new resorts in what is being referred to as the 'Hawaii of China.' Slated to be built in the Chinese

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Flussbad Berlin Wants to Build an Enormous Natural Swimming Pool in the City’s River

Flussbad Berlin Wants to Build an Enormous Natural Swimming Pool in the City’s River

Nonprofit Flussbad Berlin has proposed a remarkable brownfield rejuvenation project for the center of Berlin: transforming an underutilized canal into an enormous outdoor natural swimming pool for summer

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Can the $40 Billion Great Garuda Project Stop Jakarta From Sinking Into the Sea?

Can the $40 Billion Great Garuda Project Stop Jakarta From Sinking Into the Sea?

Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, is sinking into the sea. And forget the fuss about Venice dropping at a rate of 0.08 inches per year, Jakarta – home to 10 million people and counting – is sinking at

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Santiago Calatrava’s Iconic Peace Bridge Wins Canadian National Steel Design Award

Santiago Calatrava’s Iconic Peace Bridge Wins Canadian National Steel Design Award

Calatrava's striking helical design for the candy cane-colored Peace Bridge was completed in 2012, and it provided a remarkable solution to a number of challenging design criteria. Over the 126-meter

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HAO’s Binhai Eco City Master Plan Provides Case Study for a Completely Green Development

HAO’s Binhai Eco City Master Plan Provides Case Study for a Completely Green Development

The Binhai Eco City Master Plan is a Sino-Singaporean project created with the support of both governments. Bordered by a planned green belt to the north, the mixed-use plan comprises a new Central

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Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Launched in September 2012, the Breathe competition challenged international architects to submit innovative urban design concepts for a medium density residential village in the recovering town. The

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Five Building Technologies Bridge the Gap

INFOGRAPHIC: How Five Building Technologies Bridge the Gap

We tend to take for granted the bridges that bind the world around us, but where would we be without gap-spanning marvels of modern construction? The Ohio University's Masters in Civil Engineering program

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UNStudio Completes Work on the Glowing Theatre de Stoep in the Netherlands

UNStudio Completes Work on the Glowing Theatre de Stoep in the Netherlands

Inside, the expansive theater comprises two auditoriums, one that accommodates up to 650 visitors and a smaller hall that seats up to 200. Additionally, the building has several interconnected foyers

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New Images of Battersea Power Station and Frank Gehry’s Flower Tower Unveiled as Apartments Hit the Market

New Images of Battersea Power Station and Frank Gehry’s Flower Tower Unveiled as Apartments Hit the Market

The images reveal new details for the third phase of the £8 billion project, which will renovate the iconic Battersea Power Station overlooking the Thames River. Interested buyers can now get a more

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SXSW Eco Announces Winners of the 2014 Place by Design Competition

SXSW Eco Announces Winners of the 2014 Place by Design Competition

Rather than pick one overall winner, SXSW Eco selects three winners for the categories of Community Impact, Global Potential, and Transformative Design. Libros Libres, a literary and community design

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LOLA Landscape Architects Win Third Place in Moscow’s Sokolniki Park Competition

LOLA Landscape Architects Win Third Place in Moscow’s Sokolniki Park Competition

Organized by Archpolis, the international competition called for proposals for the redesign of the 515-hectare Sokolniki Park, Moscow's largest park. Created under the rule of Peter the Great, the 19th

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BIG Unveils Plans for BSN7 Mixed-Use Neighborhood in Aarhus

BIG Unveils Plans for BSN7 Mixed-Use Neighborhood in Aarhus

BIG's decision to design the public realm first deviates from the norm, which usually starts with developing private residences and then activating the remaining landscape after residents have settled in.

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Dome of Visions: Mobile Greenhouse Studio Boasts a Facade of CNC-Cut “Fish Scales” in Copenhagen

Dome of Visions: Mobile Greenhouse Studio Boasts a Facade of CNC-Cut “Fish Scales” in Copenhagen

The mobile Dome of Visions greenhouse studio and temporary cultural center has set off on a two-year tour of Denmark and its first stop until May is at Copenhagen harbor. Squeezed between Noma restaurant

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Camping Reaches New Heights with This 5-Level Campsite Skyscraper!

Camping Reaches New Heights with This 5-Level Campsite Skyscraper!

  Low-budget accommodations aren’t always easy to find, especially in some of the world’s bigger cities. Camping is a great alternative to pricey hotels or limited youth hostels, but

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Park(ing) Day 2014: The Most Amazing Pop-Up Parks From Around the World!

Park(ing) Day 2014: The Most Amazing Pop-Up Parks From Around the World!

This past Friday parking spots across the States and around the world turned over a green leaf as pop-up public parks for Park(ing) Day 2014! This annual celebration of public space is one of our favorite

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nArchitects New Zig-Zagging M2 Building Will be a Civic Landmark in Calgary

nArchitects New Zig-Zagging M2 Building Will be a Civic Landmark in Calgary

The 20,000-square-foot building occupying a quarter-acre lot east of the historic Simmons Building will contain two restaurants on the ground floor and offices and large terraces on the upper floors. The

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INTERVIEW: Landscape Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

INTERVIEW: Landscape Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

NYC’s High Line is a project that exemplifies effective adaptive urban re-use in a city that is littered with structures and spaces that have since reached the end of their useful life. By turning an

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Yesterday was Park(ing) Day 2014 – Send us Photos of Pop-Up Parks Near You!

Yesterday was Park(ing) Day 2014 – Send us Photos of Pop-Up Parks Near You!

Yesterday was Park(ing) Day, and we'd love to see your photos of the most spectacular pop-up parks near you! If you've never heard of Park(ing) Day before, it's a global event where parking spaces are

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Olympic Cyclist’s Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

Olympic Cyclist’s Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

Apart from the original shed that still occupies a space in Jeremy and Heather's yard, the couple now have a 16x20 foot workshop that operates as a prototype for the company, which is based in Louisville,

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Rotterdam’s Cube Houses Look Like They’re About to Topple Over!

Rotterdam’s Cube Houses Look Like They’re About to Topple Over!

They may look like they're about to topple over, but these cube-shaped houses actually form a small village within the city center of Rotterdam, NL. A modern concept designed by the late architect Piet

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Lush Green Lilypad Bridge Spins Open to Accomodate Boat Traffic

Lush Green Lilypad Bridge Spins Open to Accomodate Boat Traffic

Located on a canal in front of Bayer's San Paulo headquarters, the bridge allows for more efficient crossing of the Pinheiros River by extending the walking and bike path used by Bayer employees. The two

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Five Major Landscape Architecture Firms Unveil Competing Designs for New Presidio Parklands Project in San Francisco

Five Major Landscape Architecture Firms Unveil Competing Designs for New Presidio Parklands Project in San Francisco

The five landscape architecture firms presented their designs at a public meeting in the Presidio last week, whereupon the project kicked off its "Imagine Phase," which invites the public to submit their

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Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings

Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings

Just when you thought Scandinavia couldn’t get any more eco-friendly, Helsinki ups the ante. The Finnish capital recently announced some major environmental initiatives aimed at making the city smarter

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Cape Town’s PLAYscapes Skatepark Enlivens a Dead Underpass, Wins Major Design Competition

Cape Town’s PLAYscapes Skatepark Enlivens a Dead Underpass, Wins Major Design Competition

Cape Town's much-anticipated PLAYscapes Skatepark opened last month to much fanfare. Although the Mill St Skatepark is certainly not the first skating facility in the South African city, it may well be

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Support the Urban Biotope Buzzbench to Help Save Wild Bees in Amsterdam

Support the Urban Biotope Buzzbench to Help Save Wild Bees in Amsterdam

The world remains perplexed by the mysterious and dramatic decline in our wild bee populations, but that hasn't stopped designers like Dutch artist AnneMarie van Splunter from trying to help out. In a bid

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Giants: Os Gemeos Convert Six Enormous Silos into Awesome Works of Art in Vancouver

Giants: Os Gemeos Convert Six Enormous Silos into Awesome Works of Art in Vancouver

In what will be the Brazilian street artists' largest work yet and their first in Canada, the project is part of their international series, Giants. Similar to previous works in the series, the makeover

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UK Airports Commission Rejects Foster + Partners’ Thames Estuary Airport

UK Airports Commission Rejects Foster + Partners’ Thames Estuary Airport

The U.K.'s Airports Commission just rejected Foster + Partners' plans for a new international airport in England's Thames Estuary. The proposal was designed to alleviate air traffic from Heathrow Airport

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San Francisco to Get its First Raised Bikeway Next Year

San Francisco to Get its First Raised Bikeway Next Year

Think of it as urban cycling with a view: San Francisco’s Mission district will soon be home to the city’s first raised bikeway as early as next year. The project will bring a whole new type of

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COBE Transforms Old Industrial Silo Into High-Rise Housing in Copenhagen

COBE Transforms Old Industrial Silo Into High-Rise Housing in Copenhagen

Topping out at a little over 200 feet, the 17-story tall silo is the largest industrial building in Nordhavn as well as one of its most well-known and iconic landmarks. The architects hope to maintain the

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