Urban design

X-TU’s Architects World Expo pavilion evokes the iconic food markets of France

X-TU’s Architects World Expo pavilion evokes the iconic food markets of France

France is known for its fabulous food markets, so it is no surprise that the focus of the country's Milan Expo 2015 pavilion is centered on creating sustainable community center for agriculture. The

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The Urban Homesteader brings back ancestral know-how to inspire future generations

The Urban Homesteader brings back ancestral know-how to inspire future generations

Many people call themselves (and are) urban homesteaders, but these folks are The Urban Homesteader. Urban dwellers with an interest in adding some sustainable practices to their own homes can learn

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Why are state governments shutting down community seed libraries?

Why are state governments shutting down community seed libraries?

All across the United States, from Boston, Massachusetts to Oakland, California, seed libraries and seed swaps help local gardeners and benefit communities in numerous ways. Seed libraries allow people to

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“YES IN MY BACK YARD!” garden made from reused plastic bottles challenges throw-away culture

“YES IN MY BACK YARD!” garden made from reused plastic bottles challenges throw-away culture

You wouldn’t think it, but these beautiful colorful flowers of the Scartell flowerbed are made from plastic waste. Italian artist and sustainability enthusiast Francesca De Marinis created this

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What can we learn from Cuba’s remarkable farmers?

What can we learn from Cuba’s remarkable farmers?

The current Cuban system of farming was developed in response to crisis. In 1989, with the collapse of the Soviet Union underway, overnight Cuba lost its most vital trading partner, and the source

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Boston Food Forest inspires community through ecological design

Boston Food Forest inspires community through ecological design

IMAGE As a brutal winter retreats into the record books, Bostonians of all species are out and about. “Mating sparrows, wild turkeys, hunting hawks, they’re all around us as we work,” says Orion

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This family produces 6,000 pounds of food per year on 4,000 square feet of land

This family produces 6,000 pounds of food per year on 4,000 square feet of land

Six thousand pounds of food from one tenth of an acre of land just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles; if you try to do the math, it just doesn’t seem to compute. But somehow the numbers work out

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10 free coop designs for keeping backyard chickens in style

10 free coop designs for keeping backyard chickens in style

Are you thinking of keeping some chickens in your backyard, but don't know how you're going to house them? The Poultry Guide has put together this fab little collection of 10 free coop designs to help

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Leicestershire Master Gardeners offer free food-growing support for local people and communities

Leicestershire Master Gardeners offer free food-growing support for local people and communities

If you happen to live in Leicestershire, UK, and have always dreamt of growing your own food, you're in luck.

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Re-Imagining A City: Temporary exhibits take over San Francisco streets

Re-Imagining A City: Temporary exhibits take over San Francisco streets

San Francisco recently played host to a 3-day explosion of interactive street art and urban interventions along Market Street, a major boulevard through the downtown. The "Market Street Prototyping

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Washington State Rep wants to turn old aircraft carriers into a massive floating bridge

Washington State Rep wants to turn old aircraft carriers into a massive floating bridge

First-term Republican Congressman Jesse Young, who represents the 26th District in the Washington State Senate is attracting significant attention for an unusual detail in his proposed transportation

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Freight Farms may be the future of sustainable food

Freight Farms may be the future of sustainable food

    Freight Farms enable food production to be managed from anywhere, at anytime.  Track air and water quality,  monitor crops anytime through live, in-farm cameras and shop for all your

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Undulating Croatian sports center is an urban design masterpiece

Undulating Croatian sports center is an urban design masterpiece

The campus is sited on a slope, so access is provided by flights of stairs that ascend the lower roofs. Complementing the upper adjacent park is a series of green roofs that enable rainwater infiltration

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OpenFarm’s community-created guides help you learn to grow anything

OpenFarm’s community-created guides help you learn to grow anything

Backyard gardens and home-scale farms are popping up all over the world as people re-develop an interest in cultivating their own food, but gardening newbies can get a bit lost at times. While the ideal

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DIY: How to Plant a Personal Garden In a Small Urban Space

DIY: How to Plant a Personal Garden In a Small Urban Space

Many people bemoan the fact that they can't grow their own food (or even flowers) because they lack any kind of garden space, but guess what? You can actually grow more than you realize in really small

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Los Angeles to network all 7,500 miles of LED streetlights through wireless and cloud technologies

Los Angeles to network all 7,500 miles of LED streetlights through wireless and cloud technologies

Los Angeles has more streetlights than any other U.S. city, and a massive retrofit in 2013 replaced a phenomenal 141,089 of those bulbs with LEDs, all keeping the streets brighter and safer while

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Cargotecture transforms a San Francisco parking lot into a lively village

Cargotecture transforms a San Francisco parking lot into a lively village

A drab asphalt-covered pier in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood is playing host to a pop-up village comprised of shipping containers, portable planters, curbside seating, and food trucks. The

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DIY: How to create a vertical garden with upcycled wood pallets

DIY: How to create a vertical garden with upcycled wood pallets

If you were wondering how to turn your balcony or a small back yard into a green oasis, look no further: a pallet garden is an ideal solution that gives you the chance to plant a whole bunch of flowers

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ENOTA’s Velenje car park is a brilliant alternative to parking lot sprawl

ENOTA’s Velenje car park is a brilliant alternative to parking lot sprawl

The city of Velenje in Slovenia was designed as a garden city, so as increased car use put pressure on the city to increase parking spaces, sprawling parking lots began taking over the lush landscape. So

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Hivernacle: Barcelona’s luscious hidden garden center is a renovated wonderland

Hivernacle: Barcelona’s luscious hidden garden center is a renovated wonderland

Hivernacle is one of Barcelona’s hidden gems. It is a garden center like no other, located in a restored historic building that dates back to 1884, when architect Josep Amargós designed the building

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Massive Energy-Independent ‘Tree of Life’ Pavilion Unveiled for the World Expo 2015 in Milan

Massive Energy-Independent ‘Tree of Life’ Pavilion Unveiled for the World Expo 2015 in Milan

Nemesi & Partners Srl, Proger SpA and BMS Progetti Srl just won an international competition to design the Padiglione Italia pavilion for the World Expo 2015 in Milan. The Italian team's "Tree of

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Hand Over is raising funds to provide sustainable housing in Cairo’s slums

Hand Over is raising funds to provide sustainable housing in Cairo’s slums

An astonishing 47% of Egypt's slums are in Cairo's, whose 6 million inhabitants are living in a chronically underdeveloped environment. A group of dedicated Engineering students are working to create a

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Chinese Developer Attempts to Copy Colonial Williamsburg, VA, Replicates Hipster Williamsburg, Brooklyn Instead

Chinese Developer Attempts to Copy Colonial Williamsburg, VA, Replicates Hipster Williamsburg, Brooklyn Instead

China's copycat architecture trend has been well documented - so far the nation has built full-scale replicas of the Eiffel Tower, the canals of Venice, and even an entire Austrian village. However when

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Smarter traffic light programming could help cut carbon emissions, MIT study shows

Smarter traffic light programming could help cut carbon emissions, MIT study shows

Idling cars create unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions, so common sense indicates that less time sitting in traffic would lead to a cleaner world. A new study by researchers at MIT shows how

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Gogoro to launch battery-swapping electric Smartscooter this summer in Taipei

Gogoro to launch battery-swapping electric Smartscooter this summer in Taipei

This past January Gogoro unveiled its battery-swapping Smartscooter - and the startup just announced that its zippy electric scooters will hit the streets of Taipei this summer! The pilot program will

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INFOGRAPHIC: Are you living in an age-friendly city?

INFOGRAPHIC: Are you living in an age-friendly city?

By 2020, the number of people worldwide who are aged 65 or older will outnumber children under the age of 5. Citizens of advanced age have a very different set of needs than younger generations, and city

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The Parkolation Project helps special-education kids and brings green spaces to Boston

The Parkolation Project helps special-education kids and brings green spaces to Boston

Teaching fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Wilhelmina Peragine, pulled together a team of students, volunteers, city officials and several nonprofits in order to transform two parking spaces

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SOM reveals design for new sustainable capital city in Egypt

SOM reveals design for new sustainable capital city in Egypt

Egypt is getting a new and improved capitol city designed by architecture firm SOM. The privately-funded project consists of a 700-square meter development with an urban park, residential neighborhoods

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Philips to install LED streetlights in Poland for a 70 percent energy savings

Philips to install LED streetlights in Poland for a 70 percent energy savings

Philips Lighting has announced that they have been selected to conduct a massive overhaul of over 5,000 streetlights in Poland's historic "floating garden" city of Szczecin. By replacing over half the

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Laughing Chickens offers DIY chicken coops that can fit in bike boxes for portability

Laughing Chickens offers DIY chicken coops that can fit in bike boxes for portability

Laughing Chickens is a Marin County, California-based workshop that's been making beautiful hen houses and runs exclusively from reclaimed redwood fence boards. With interest in their designs coming from

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