Urban design

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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Spiraling green-covered walkway unfurls from an office window

Spiraling green-covered walkway unfurls from an office window

Polish architects Zalewski Architecture Group have designed a lush spiraling walkway that could spruce up the concrete courtyard outside of their offices in Gliwice. Suspended from the surrounding

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Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

The modular shipping container block structures were designed by QED Property in collaboration with WCEC Architecture and are located in a former scrap metal yard, referred to as Richardson's Yard. Set

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Join a seed-planting workshop with Ilan Dei Venice in California this Sunday!

Join a seed-planting workshop with Ilan Dei Venice in California this Sunday!

Sunnday, March 22nd from 2-4 pm as we host a Planting Seeds Workshop with Matthew Van Diepen & Sarah Klein of Home Grown Gardens LA. Learn about the importance of growing food locally - how it impacts

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Guerilla gardening: strategies for greening up your neighborhood

Guerilla gardening: strategies for greening up your neighborhood

Regardless of whether you are an urban, suburban, or rural dweller, there is inevitably a patch of neglected turf in your neighborhood that might need a bit of TLC to green it up. If you see hidden

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Vincent Callebaut’s City of Science in Rome is turning a former military district into a self-sufficient urban ecosystem

Vincent Callebaut’s City of Science in Rome is turning a former military district into a self-sufficient urban ecosystem

Città della Scienza in Italy aims to turn a former military district into a self-sufficient urban ecosystem. The project by Vincent Callebaut Architecture is part of a plan to regenerate the urban area

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James Corner Field Operations unveils plans for 10-mile “Underline” park in Miami

James Corner Field Operations unveils plans for 10-mile “Underline” park in Miami

James Corner Field Operations (JCFO)—the architects behind the New York Highline—have been selected to develop the vision and master plan for a 10-mile linear park dubbed the Miami Underline. The park

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Farm-X is a modular vertical farm that grows food hydroponically

Farm-X is a modular vertical farm that grows food hydroponically

Food has historically been grown in areas of low real-estate interest, far from densely populated settlements normally described as “cities”.  Farm-X (www.farm-x.com) is a modular vertical farm

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PlantLab could grow fruit and vegetables for the entire world in a space smaller than Holland

PlantLab could grow fruit and vegetables for the entire world in a space smaller than Holland

PlantLab’s vision is that our growing population will have access to affordable, safe and nutritious food via urban farming. “The farmers of the future will be in the basements, not the fields,”

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How to transform Los Angeles’ River neighborhoods into an urban agriculture paradise

How to transform Los Angeles’ River neighborhoods into an urban agriculture paradise

The Urban Greening Plan’s main goal is to establish an environmentally and economically sustainable urban development that activates the Los Angeles River and develops a brand for its surrounding and

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Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel hosts landscape architecture series for Earth Day

Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel hosts landscape architecture series for Earth Day

Design tours, films, urban farming workshops, and seed exchanges are all part of the fun at the third annual Grow Op exhibition in downtown Toronto this spring. From April 23rd to 26th, 2015, the

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Growing trees from seeds: which seeds work, and which won’t

Growing trees from seeds: which seeds work, and which won’t

If there are any trees in your area, you may have noticed that a couple of major changes come over them at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Branches end up laden with fruit, nuts, seed pods,

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Reading your weeds—what’s your soil telling you?

Reading your weeds—what’s your soil telling you?

So, it's mid March, which means that the summer growing season is a few short weeks away, and many springtime plants will be popping up soon. Although you might already be starting seeds for this year's

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How Canada’s tar sands capital turns trash into vegetables

How Canada’s tar sands capital turns trash into vegetables

The Canadian city best known as the epicenter of dirty oil from the tar sands is trying to green up its image by turning trash into vegetables for local food banks and farmers markets. For McMurray, a

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World’s largest indoor vertical farm will produce 2 million pounds of soil-free food in Newark

World’s largest indoor vertical farm will produce 2 million pounds of soil-free food in Newark

The multimillion-dollar deal was developed by AeroFarms in partnership with property management firm RBH Group, Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, Prudential Financial Inc., and the City of Newark and

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Learn about water-sensitive urban design for FREE with this online course

Learn about water-sensitive urban design for FREE with this online course

Water, water everywhere. Developing water-sensitive urban areas is rapidly becoming a key factor in sustainability, but it's a challenging topic with a lot of moving parts. FutureLearn has partnered

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Hydrophobic paint takes the piss out of public urination in St. Pauli

Hydrophobic paint takes the piss out of public urination in St. Pauli

Areas popular with tourists and drinkers are often, pretty, well, smelly. Massive quantities of garbage, loud crowds and late-night acts of public urination can make party neighborhoods feel pretty

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This vertical farm will provide Wyoming residents with 100,000 lbs of fresh produce each year

This vertical farm will provide Wyoming residents with 100,000 lbs of fresh produce each year

A 30 foot by 150 foot sliver of land located next to a parking lot in Jackson, Wyoming is set to be transformed into a vertical farm that will produce over 85,000lbs of produce each year. Using 90 percent

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UC Berkeley unveils  3D-printed “Bloom” building made of powdered cement

UC Berkeley unveils 3D-printed “Bloom” building made of powdered cement

Ronald Rael and UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design just unveiled the world's largest 3D printed building made from powdered cement! Measuring 9 feet high by 12 feet wide and 12 feet deep, the

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HOW TO: Attracting pollinators: Flowers that encourage bees, butterflies, and birds to visit

HOW TO: Attracting pollinators: Flowers that encourage bees, butterflies, and birds to visit

Most people have a pretty good idea of what pollen is. Some know it as the fuzzy, fluffy stuff that flies through the air and makes them sneeze from March to November, while others may get daubed on the

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Edmonton locals could ice skate to work using the new Freezeway

Edmonton locals could ice skate to work using the new Freezeway

Landscape architecture student Matthew Gibbs wants to be getting around the chilly Canadian city of Edmonton a lot more easy- and fun. Designed for his thesis project, the city is considering a pilot of

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EcoQube aquaponics system transforms any desk into a mini farm

EcoQube aquaponics system transforms any desk into a mini farm

http://aquaponicsfilter.com/ My name is Ryan and I’m an undergrad at UC San Diego working on a really exciting project going on Kickstarter called the EcoQube. We have had previous success with our

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Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature

Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature

Moldovan architect Maxim Calujac has a unique vision for sustainable urban design, and he has named it "Calotopos". Based on a set of principles including polycentrism, population dispersion, transport

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Kjellander + Sjöberg designs a climate-optimized urban development in new Kiruna

Kjellander + Sjöberg designs a climate-optimized urban development in new Kiruna

Located 145 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, Kiruna sits atop a rich body of iron and has a subarctic climate with long, cold winters. To mitigate climatic conditions, Kjellander + Sjöberg

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Amsterdam is out of bicycle parking spaces, so it’s building 40,000 more

Amsterdam is out of bicycle parking spaces, so it’s building 40,000 more

You know your bike culture is strong, when people are having a hard time finding a place to park their rides. And that’s just what’s happening in Amsterdam right now, where the Dutch city is having a

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9 green tools for a bountiful spring garden

9 green tools for a bountiful spring garden

 1. Upcycled Seed Starters The most economical way to grow food is to start from seed, but you can't just throw those little guys directly into the ground. A month or two before you want to begin your

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Hey gardeners! Consider planting an extra row for the hungry this year

Hey gardeners! Consider planting an extra row for the hungry this year

Although it may be known by many different names, the "Grow a Row" program is one that's gaining popularity all over the world. The concept is pretty self-explanatory, and can make an enormous difference

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