Urban design

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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Flourishing urban garden sprouts in San Francisco churchyard

Flourishing urban garden sprouts in San Francisco churchyard

Even though urban gardens offer many benefits, competition for space in cities is intense. Enterprising San Francisco neighborhood activist Amy Farah Weiss, who heads up community organization Neighbors

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Spain reveals plans for first ever public streetlight system powered by wind and sun

Spain reveals plans for first ever public streetlight system powered by wind and sun

Spain will be home to the first public lighting system to be powered exclusively by solar and wind energy. Researcher Ramon Bargalló is the man behind the development, and he worked alongside the company

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DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

DIY: Plantable Valentines Made From Recycled Paper 1. Gather Your Materials 2. Shred Paper – make sure you don’t use coated paper like magazines. Use a few pieces of colored paper to tint your

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OMA and Olin chosen to transform Washington D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge into a High Line-style park

OMA and Olin chosen to transform Washington D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge into a High Line-style park

The design for the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C. will feature the proposal submitted by a collaboration between OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) and Olin Studios. The design by

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300 Ivy Street is a mixed-use block of pedestrian-friendly living

300 Ivy Street is a mixed-use block of pedestrian-friendly living

The mixed-used 300 Ivy Street development in San Francisco aims to return space to the public realm and create the comfortable, human-scaled edges. Designed by David Baker Architects, the development

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Help support this 1-for-1 aquaponic farm campaign to help the hungry

Help support this 1-for-1 aquaponic farm campaign to help the hungry

Imagine living in a community that doesn’t fear of having to choose between paying for your groceries or paying your electric bill. Imagine there were open-source aquaponic farms widely available

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Help the Food is Free Project transform your community

Help the Food is Free Project transform your community

Have you heard about the Food is Free Project yet? If not, it's worth looking into! It began in 2012 as a way for people to build community while also growing their own food, and has been sweeping across

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Sign up now for the Organicology food conference in Portland, OR, this February

Sign up now for the Organicology food conference in Portland, OR, this February

From Febrary 5–7, 2015, the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower Hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon, will be host to this year's Organicology food conference. Featuring workshops, training sessions,

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Harvesting Station uses urban farming to reactivate forgotten city spaces

Harvesting Station uses urban farming to reactivate forgotten city spaces

As cities grow ever denser with increasing development, so do the number of forgotten, interstitial spaces. To activate those leftover spaces, architect Antonio Scarponi developed the Harvesting Station,

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Could Gogoro’s new electric Smartscooter and battery swapping infrastructure revolutionize urban transport?

Could Gogoro’s new electric Smartscooter and battery swapping infrastructure revolutionize urban transport?

Sprawling mega-cities in Asia, such as Jakarta, Beijing, Taipei, are already full of scooters as the primary mode of personal transport, and the air quality is notoriously unhealthy for these urban

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Artificial snow is set to fall on Dubai’s World Islands

Artificial snow is set to fall on Dubai’s World Islands

Snow is a distant dream in a place like Dubai, where the wintertime temperature doesn’t typically drop below 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Real estate developer the Kleindienst Group wants to make it snow and

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Remote Alaskan town is the canary in the US climate change coal mine

Remote Alaskan town is the canary in the US climate change coal mine

The town of Shishmaref, Alaska lies on an island 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle and next to the Chukchi Sea. Its residents, Native Alaskan Inupiaq people, can really see Russia from their house!

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Stunning Madrid apartment features space-saving, multifunctional plywood furniture

Stunning Madrid apartment features space-saving, multifunctional plywood furniture

Spanish architectural firm + BUJ+COLÓN Arquitectos has just completed renovation work on a gorgeous apartment in Madrid. The team used plywood strategically as both the primary material for the home's

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Kinematope installation turns Parisian railway station into a trippy science fiction world

Kinematope installation turns Parisian railway station into a trippy science fiction world

http://vimeo.com/113798262 A fantastic light installation by artist Pablo Valbuena lit up the Nuit Blanche festival in Paris using light projectors, sounds systems and architecture to create a trippy

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Project Meganom to reconnect Moscow and its riverfront with gorgeous communal green spaces

Project Meganom to reconnect Moscow and its riverfront with gorgeous communal green spaces

  The main idea of the masterplan is to provide more connectivity within the area and improve transport facilities like the local metro, bus and tram routes and cycling and walking

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SOMA Architects break ground on uniquely challenging Beirut residential project

SOMA Architects break ground on uniquely challenging Beirut residential project

Although the plans for the residential tower were unique from the beginning, the architects had to think strategically to maneuver the tower construction site around the façade of the protected 1920s

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Head of Hyperloop design program describes it as ‘insane’ – but he means it in a good way!

Head of Hyperloop design program describes it as ‘insane’ – but he means it in a good way!

The head of the UCLA-based design program developing Elon Musk's Hyperloop high-speed transport concept has described the project as "insane" and "pure science fiction," but only in the most positive

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Pont9 proposes a parasitic takeover of a Paris bridge to make use of underutilized space

Pont9 proposes a parasitic takeover of a Paris bridge to make use of underutilized space

The concept behind Stéphane Malka's Pont9 is to co-opt existing infrastructure and better utilize the space for residents. In this scenario, a bridge over the Seine is taken over with parasitic

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‘Cooking With Mama’ Uses Skype and Unloved Vegetables to Whip Up Yummy Meals

‘Cooking With Mama’ Uses Skype and Unloved Vegetables to Whip Up Yummy Meals

A year ago we showed you Prinzessinnengarten, a mobile urban garden that blooms in Berlin. Well, in addition to growing lots of organic vegetables, they also organize open events centered around

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Architect team weaves the Mississippi River’s only waterfall into Minneapolis’ urban fabric

Architect team weaves the Mississippi River’s only waterfall into Minneapolis’ urban fabric

The powerful St. Anthony's Falls is credited as the birthplace of Minneapolis, a city that used hydropower to become the world's milling capital. To celebrate the site, the city commissioned a design for

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New Silent Wind Tree Turbines Make Energy Production Beautiful

New Silent Wind Tree Turbines Make Energy Production Beautiful

Three years of research have led a team of French engineers to produce their interpretation of wind energy for urban locations. The Wind Tree stands at 26 feet tall, and its branches adorn the

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Audi Urban Future Initiative: How Will Cars and the City Become Connected in 2050?

Audi Urban Future Initiative: How Will Cars and the City Become Connected in 2050?

The Audi Urban Future Initiative, a global platform for dialog between the city and the automobile, is meant to discover innovative ideas for tomorrow's mobility. Today cities are plagued with traffic

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Berlin’s High-Flying ‘Mount Center’ Climbing Park Looks Like a Real-Life Donkey Kong Level

Berlin’s High-Flying ‘Mount Center’ Climbing Park Looks Like a Real-Life Donkey Kong Level

Berlin's amazing Mount Center opened in 2010 next to a wild park, meters away from the Nordbanhof S-Bahn train station. After a short training session with an experienced guide, visitors are welcome to

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What City Skies Would Look Like Without Light Pollution

What City Skies Would Look Like Without Light Pollution

Darkened Cities features a series of Photographic Nightscapes created by Thierry Cohen to show what major cities would look like if they were plunged into darkness. His nightscapes illustrate how the

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Plantui: The First Hydroponic Smart Garden

Plantui: The First Hydroponic Smart Garden

Have you ever wanted to grow your own vegetables or herbs at home but felt like you were unable to do so because of a lack of space? If so, Plantui's Smart Garden could be the answer you've been looking

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$8M Artificial Floating Surf Park Proposed for Melbourne’s Waterfront

$8M Artificial Floating Surf Park Proposed for Melbourne’s Waterfront

Forget napping beneath a tree--Australians could soon be surfing waves on their lunch break in this artificial floating surf park in Melbourne. Damian Rogers Architecture and Arup recently unveiled their

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How the Cheonggyecheon River Urban Design Restored the Green Heart of Seoul

How the Cheonggyecheon River Urban Design Restored the Green Heart of Seoul

The Cheonggyecheon project is remarkable for its dramatic transformation from a seedy industrial eyesore to a nature-filled public space. In the 1940s, the Cheonggyecheon had deteriorated into an open

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BIG Unveils 20-Year-Plan to Transform the National Mall

BIG Unveils 20-Year-Plan to Transform the National Mall

BIG's South Mall redesign will have three main goals: to create a more cohesive and easily navigable master plan to tie the museums and gardens together, to improve the visitor experience with expanded

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