Urban design

Amazing Interactive Map Shows Carbon Footprint of all 31,000 U.S. ZIP Codes

Amazing Interactive Map Shows Carbon Footprint of all 31,000 U.S. ZIP Codes

Amidst numerous discussions about reducing greenhouse gases stands a glaring question: what are the greatest sources of household emissions? To answer this, researchers at the University of California,

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INTERVIEW: Eric Maundu on Turning Aquaponic Gardens into an Internet Connected Resource

INTERVIEW: Eric Maundu on Turning Aquaponic Gardens into an Internet Connected Resource

Inhabitat: So tell me about your work here at American Steel Studios. ERIC: I build gardens like these. This is the smallest one I’ve ever done with an aquarium on the bottom and a garden on

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Frank Gehry to Design Tallest Residential Building in Berlin

Frank Gehry to Design Tallest Residential Building in Berlin

The building will feature a stone exterior and include 39 floors with 300 apartments, restaurants, a hotel and spa. Construction on the €250 million ($337 million) project will begin in 2015 with an

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Spiraling Green8 Skyscraper is a ‘Vertical Garden City’ for Berlin

Spiraling Green8 Skyscraper is a ‘Vertical Garden City’ for Berlin

Architects Agnieskzka Preibisz and Peter Sandhaus just unveiled plans for a spectacular figure 8-shaped residential tower for the eastern quarter of Berlin. Sited at Alexanderplatz, Green8 is a "vertical

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Urban Artist HOT TEA Transforms a Derelict Tennis Court With Miles of Colorful Yarn

Urban Artist HOT TEA Transforms a Derelict Tennis Court With Miles of Colorful Yarn

As part of a new series called Paid in Full, Colossal teamed up with the online t-shirt store Threadless to promote the creation of new art and tell the stories of amazing creatives working today. Their

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La Petite Ceinture is a Waste-Free Traveling Market on a Train in Paris

La Petite Ceinture is a Waste-Free Traveling Market on a Train in Paris

La Petite Ceinture is a proposal for a traveling market that would transform an abandoned Parisian train line into low-impact infrastructures for farm-fresh fruits and veggies. The project would

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Talking Public Space and Urban Intervention With San Francisco’s Rebar Studio

Talking Public Space and Urban Intervention With San Francisco’s Rebar Studio

INHABITAT: How did Rebar get its start? MATT: Rebar started around a project called the Cabinet National Library. We were inspired by an art magazine in Brooklyn called Cabinet, which had bought a

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2.5 Acre Underground Farm Could Grow Fresh Veggies Below London Streets

2.5 Acre Underground Farm Could Grow Fresh Veggies Below London Streets

Entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring are planning to transform the passageways under London’s Northern Line into the world’s largest subterranean farm. The project, named “Growing

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Cantilevered Green Shield Protects McDonalds’ Customers from Adjacent Fuel Station

Cantilevered Green Shield Protects McDonalds’ Customers from Adjacent Fuel Station

The monolithic three story fast food joint and fuel station seem oddly out of place in what appears to be a rather run down area of the city, even if it is emerging as a new urban center. Stranger still

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Efficient Aquitanis Community Housing Complex Initiates a Vibrant Urban Renewal for Small French Town

Efficient Aquitanis Community Housing Complex Initiates a Vibrant Urban Renewal for Small French Town

The Aquitanis complex distributes 36 apartments over the top three floors, each singularly spaced around an open communal patio. The design strategically placed separate but interconnecting blocks

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SolBooth: A Transparent Solar-Powered Phone Booth That Blends Into City Streets

SolBooth: A Transparent Solar-Powered Phone Booth That Blends Into City Streets

Hakan Gürsu of Designnobis developed the Solbooth - a beautiful solar-powered phone booth that we'd love to see on city streets. The transparent shelter blends into the urban environment with its

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Major European Cities Enveloped by a Mysterious Aurora Borealis-Like Glow

Major European Cities Enveloped by a Mysterious Aurora Borealis-Like Glow

The Aurora Borealis has brought visitors to Northern Europe for years, especially Finland, but these lights may find competition thanks to a new man-made phenomenon. Photographer Mika Wist captured photos

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Colorfully Renovated Ny Krohnborg School Revitalizes a Neighborhood in Bergen, Norway

Colorfully Renovated Ny Krohnborg School Revitalizes a Neighborhood in Bergen, Norway

Originally chosen to build a school on an old war bunker site located in Bergen, the Norwegian architects quickly realized that the bunker area was too small for the project, forcing the city to look for

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Sasaki’s Master Plan for Minsk, Belarus Turns an Airport Site Into a Vibrant Cultural Hub

Sasaki’s Master Plan for Minsk, Belarus Turns an Airport Site Into a Vibrant Cultural Hub

Founded on state-of-the-art ecological and urban strategies, Sasaki’s urban master plan celebrates the rare opportunity to transform an existing 320-hectare urban airport site into a dynamic,

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Ricardo Bofill Transforms Cement Factory Ruins Into Castle-Like Architecture Headquarters

Ricardo Bofill Transforms Cement Factory Ruins Into Castle-Like Architecture Headquarters

Simply dubbed the Cement Factory, the complex hosts Bofill’s architectural offices, archives, a model laboratory, exhibition space, his personal apartment, guest rooms, and extensive gardens. The

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Wowhaus Transforms 4 Lane Highway into Moscow’s First Year-Round Urban Park

Wowhaus Transforms 4 Lane Highway into Moscow’s First Year-Round Urban Park

Located along the edge of the Moskva River, the renovated embankment is linked with nearby Gorky Park and an existing six mile long pedestrian and cycle path. Starting at the Krymskaya bridge, Muzeon Park

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Das Haus 2014: Minimalist Home of the Future Ensures Masculine and Feminine Compatibility

Das Haus 2014: Minimalist Home of the Future Ensures Masculine and Feminine Compatibility

Representing two individual bodies that have merged together at a rectangular overlap in the middle, the structure combines two intersecting timber-framed buildings with large openings at each end rather

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Unroll an UrbMat to Grow Fresh Veggies Quickly and Easily

Unroll an UrbMat to Grow Fresh Veggies Quickly and Easily

The new UrbMat by UrbnEarth makes growing your own garden as easy as rolling out a mat! Each mat grows 12 types of non-GMO herbs, vegetables and flowers, which can be planted just about anywhere, and

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Hamburg Announces Plans to Become a Car-Free City Within 20 Years

Hamburg Announces Plans to Become a Car-Free City Within 20 Years

Hamburg photo via Shutterstock Hamburg is currently working on a plan that would eliminate the need for cars within the next 15-20 years, making the city a greener, healthier and more pleasant place to

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Hungarian Town Flooded by Toxic Red Sludge Re-Emerges as a Model Green Town

Hungarian Town Flooded by Toxic Red Sludge Re-Emerges as a Model Green Town

On October 4, 2010, the Hungarian town of Devecser woke up to a landscape soaked in toxic red sludge from a nearby alumina plant reservoir that had burst. The crimson flood of the caustic byproduct of

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Registration for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Opens in Copenhagen

Registration for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Opens in Copenhagen

The 2014 edition of the Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition, which will take place in Copenhagen this year, is officially open for submissions. The international design competition seeks to

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Guerrilla Designers Upgrade Parisian Streets with Pop-Up Furniture Made from Trash [PHOTOS]

Guerrilla Designers Upgrade Parisian Streets with Pop-Up Furniture Made from Trash [PHOTOS]

© Michael DePasquale  Chapitre Zero started early last year when a group of Paris-based designer friends, encouraged by Gambi and Rizzi, decided to make use of found scrap materials. They first

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BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

The term “upcycle” - used to describe the process of turning something old and used into a new and useful item - has rapidly grown in popularity over recent years. The term was popularized by Cradle

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Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

The Nomadic Sand Bath, Rensink's latest work, was unveiled during the last Dutch Design Week. It naturally follows his previous installation, a pop-up inflatable spa that we spotted last year at the grand

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Check Out SpY’s Most Provocative Urban Street Art Projects of 2013

Check Out SpY’s Most Provocative Urban Street Art Projects of 2013

SpY has been working since the 1980's and is currently one of the world's most renowned urban artists. His unique style incorporates a variety of materials to draw attention to his eye-catching creations.

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Africa’s Largest Urban Redevelopment Project Underway After Ugandan Government Approval

Africa’s Largest Urban Redevelopment Project Underway After Ugandan Government Approval

Thanks to the support of UK-based charitable organization Made in Africa Foundation, a massive urban redevelopment scheme in Kampala, Uganda is now underway. The concept for the site was presented to

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Future Cities Will Succeed

INFOGRAPHIC: How Future Cities Will Succeed

What will the smart city of tomorrow look like? Industry Perspectives: Creating Smart and Sustainable Cities is a new report and infographic published by the McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute and

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Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Last year, Hackney City Farm held a design competition open to architects, designers and students for the design of a new shop and info center. The Farm requested that the shop use recycled materials and

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BOOK REVIEW: EVolo Skyscrapers – A Reference Manual on the Future of Architecture?

BOOK REVIEW: EVolo Skyscrapers – A Reference Manual on the Future of Architecture?

EVolo Magazine has made a name for itself with its annual skyscraper competition, which started in 2006. Since then there have been over 4,000 submissions arriving from across the planet, seemingly

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Behind the Design of San Francisco’s 1 Burrows Pocket Park with Rebar Studio and Artist Jason Jagel

Behind the Design of San Francisco’s 1 Burrows Pocket Park with Rebar Studio and Artist Jason Jagel

This past October we brought you a first look at 1 Burrows Pocket Park, a community-driven project launched by Architecture for Humanity, the Lincoln Reimagine Project and Architectural Digest to

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