Urban design

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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A++ Unveils Plans for Falcon Island Eco City in the United Arab Emirates

A++ Unveils Plans for Falcon Island Eco City in the United Arab Emirates

Al Hamra Real Estate Development just appointed sustainable architecture studio A++ to design 150 new luxury villas on Falcon Island in Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE. The new residences are designed to LEED

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Falling Fruit Guides You to Local Fruit That You Can Forage

Falling Fruit Guides You to Local Fruit That You Can Forage

It’s harvest season! The trees are overladed with fruit and while you may be spending your hard-earned cash at the farmer’s market to get your hands on it, did you know that you can pick fruit from

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Are These Incredible Rice Paddy-Topped Hong Kong Towers the Skyscrapers of the Future?

Are These Incredible Rice Paddy-Topped Hong Kong Towers the Skyscrapers of the Future?

Shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival 2014 awards, Studio CTC's visionary skyscrapers bring agriculture and greenery back to the urban fabric in a big way. Inspired by the duality in Hong Kong's

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Is Your Neighborhood’s Urban Design Making You Fat?

Is Your Neighborhood’s Urban Design Making You Fat?

"What is the influence of street network design on public health?" This question prompted a recent study that has just been published in the Journal of Transport & Health. While much has been said

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Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Green Cascade completely rehabilitated the polluted site of the Keller-Dorian factory, which made small metal parts for engraving and textile printing. Now the area features 100 apartments spread

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Floating Solar Orchid Pods Could Bring Pop-Up Restaurants to Singapore’s Waterfront

Floating Solar Orchid Pods Could Bring Pop-Up Restaurants to Singapore’s Waterfront

Although The Solar Orchid project is currently only a concept proposal, Spark Architects believes the project would complement the government's recent initiative to develop floating solar islands in

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Officials Approve $13.5 Million Plan to “Re-wild” East London

Officials Approve $13.5 Million Plan to “Re-wild” East London

The banks of the Upper Lee Valley in East London are to be "re-wilded." By 2017, a vast stretch of riverbanks beginning just north of the Olympic Park will be restored to flood-mitigating marshland. The

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Oakland Appoints its First Chief Resilience Officer

Oakland Appoints its First Chief Resilience Officer

The City of Oakland just announced its first Chief Resilience Officer (CRO). "What's that?" I hear you ask. Well, the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities initiative (100RC) is "dedicated to

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LEED Gold Parking Deck Boasts a Bevy of EV Charging Stations in Santa Monica

LEED Gold Parking Deck Boasts a Bevy of EV Charging Stations in Santa Monica

Built in collaboration with Studio Jantzen, the massive structure was designed with a variety of innovative components that aim to incorporate the parking deck into its bustling urban surroundings. In

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Explore 6 High Line-Inspired Copy Cats Changing Cities Across the Globe

Explore 6 High Line-Inspired Copy Cats Changing Cities Across the Globe

  Philadelphia's Reading Viaduct Project Post-industrial Philadelphia wants to do away with their "under-parked" image starting with the "Philadelphia Rail Park; a three-mile-long abandoned

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Rotterdam is Transforming a Canal into a Water-Purifying Wave Park!

Rotterdam is Transforming a Canal into a Water-Purifying Wave Park!

The new urban attraction will have a constantly flowing 14-second wave that is planned to reach five feet, allowing the city inhabitants to surf right in the middle of the city. Besides its recreational

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This Massive Rooftop Sky Farm Might Just Make Hospital Food Taste Good

This Massive Rooftop Sky Farm Might Just Make Hospital Food Taste Good

The team who designed the CommonGround was led by David Rubin, principal at LAND COLLECTIVE, the two fountains were designed in collaboration with design studio Fluidity, while Diller Scofidio Renfro

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Urban Reef Encourages Summertime Street Lounging in Vancouver

Urban Reef Encourages Summertime Street Lounging in Vancouver

Each summer Vancouver works to create vibrant pedestrian spaces to help people make the best of the good weather and sunshine. The VIVA Vancouver program supports parklets, hosts concerts and events and

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Store Your Summer Harvest in a DIY Backyard Root Cellar

Store Your Summer Harvest in a DIY Backyard Root Cellar

Creating a cellar for food storage is an ideal method for many reasons: an underground chamber doesn't see much temperature fluctuation, and during the colder months the conditions within will be nice and

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Is Damien Hirst’s Plan for a Green UK Town Half Baked?

Is Damien Hirst’s Plan for a Green UK Town Half Baked?

Controversial artist Damien Hirst has turned his focus from diamond skulls to green building, announcing plans to design an eco-friendly town near Ilfracombe north of Devon, England. Hirst's Southern

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Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village is envisioned as a place where residents can work, shop, play, and have virtually all of their needs met within a 5 minute walk of where they live. Once construction is complete

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Dirty Bike? Put a Sock on It!

Dirty Bike? Put a Sock on It!

Nearly every urban cyclist has had to contend with tire detritus at some point. If you're a city-dwelling bicycle aficionado, you likely know it well: the inevitable sand, mud, and gravel that your bike

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How Can an Outdoor Aquaponics System Survive a Frigid Winter? Use Upcycled Fridges as Tanks

How Can an Outdoor Aquaponics System Survive a Frigid Winter? Use Upcycled Fridges as Tanks

  In our quest for a better aquaponics, we each face our challenges. Here in Wisconsin, we average five feet of snow in wintertime along with temperatures below -20°F, and often go two solid

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Watch Artist Jason Jagel Transform a Blighted San Francisco Block into a Vibrant Pocket Park

Watch Artist Jason Jagel Transform a Blighted San Francisco Block into a Vibrant Pocket Park

Last year, we reported on an exciting partnership between the Lincoln Reimagine Project, Architecture for Humanity, and Architectural Digest to transform a blighted San Francisco block into a vibrant

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Fixing Germany’s Least Bike-Friendly City? There’s an App for That!

Fixing Germany’s Least Bike-Friendly City? There’s an App for That!

When Wiesbaden, Germany, was proclaimed the country's least bike-friendly city by a leading cycling club, local creative agency Scholz & Volkmer teamed up with artists Manfred Kraft and Tom Kresin to

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Can Zappos Billionaire Transform Downtown Las Vegas into a Sustainable Urban Center?

Can Zappos Billionaire Transform Downtown Las Vegas into a Sustainable Urban Center?

Back in the 1940s, an entrepreneur named Bugsy Siegel had big dreams for a shimmering oasis in the heart of the Mojave desert, and from his vision, the Las Vegas as we know it today was born. 70 years

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