Urban design

London Bus Stop Made from 100,000 Lego Bricks Pops Up on Regent Street

London Bus Stop Made from 100,000 Lego Bricks Pops Up on Regent Street

UK-based Trueform recently built a bus stop made from thousands of LEGO bricks! Working in collaboration with Transport for London, Trueform collected 100,000 building blocks to create the bus stop on

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GM is Transforming a Shipping Container into an Über Green Urban Homestead for Detroit

GM is Transforming a Shipping Container into an Über Green Urban Homestead for Detroit

In a bid to bolster the importance of sustainable development, General Motors is building a tiny urban homestead out of a recycled shipping container in Detroit. Along with the Michigan Urban Farming

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Silos Topped With Stacks of Shipping Containers Provide Cheap Student Housing in South Africa

Silos Topped With Stacks of Shipping Containers Provide Cheap Student Housing in South Africa

According to official data, about half of South African undergraduate students drop out of school without a degree. Citiq is hoping to reduce that number by providing secure, comfortable and afffordable

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White Arkitekter Unveils Plans to Move an Entire Swedish City

White Arkitekter Unveils Plans to Move an Entire Swedish City

Kiruna was founded by a state-run mining company in 1900, and many subsequent years of iron mining since have caused dangerous underground cracks to form beneath the city. This makes relocation an

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SOM Selected to Build Polestar Tower, Sweden’s Tallest Skyscraper

SOM Selected to Build Polestar Tower, Sweden’s Tallest Skyscraper

The SOM team collaborated with Copenhagen architects Entasis and engineering firm COWI to realize what will be the tallest building in Sweden. Together, the team beat four other international finalists in

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Hanging Parasite Office Makes the Most of Unused Urban Space in Moscow

Hanging Parasite Office Makes the Most of Unused Urban Space in Moscow

Za Bor Architects' Parasite Office caters to Moscow's new emphasis on modern design, while providing a plan for new offices that do not disrupt the cityscape. The Parasite Office is is attached one story

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Conceptual Design’s Prefab Modules Transform Any Flat Industrial Rooftop into an Aquaponic Urban Farm

Conceptual Design’s Prefab Modules Transform Any Flat Industrial Rooftop into an Aquaponic Urban Farm

Design firm Conceptual Devices designed a prefab aquaponic rooftop farm to capitalize on unused space in the city. Designed for Urban Farmers AG Basel, urban farm is created from two prefab modules that

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Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

  In a time of rapid climatic shift and lack of political will, the lessons in Ned Tillman’s book Saving the Places We Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship are imperative for the younger

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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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Gorgeous Dutch Power Plant is Completely Clad in Delftware Tiles!

Gorgeous Dutch Power Plant is Completely Clad in Delftware Tiles!

The power plant holds two gas turbines that generate on-demand electricity while providing district heating for the community's buildings. This makes the facility two times more efficient than plants

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California Students Create Smog-Eating Roof Tiles to Cut Urban Pollution

California Students Create Smog-Eating Roof Tiles to Cut Urban Pollution

A team of ambitious students at the University of California at Riverside have developed an incredible new weapon in the battle against air pollution. For their entry in the Environmental Protection

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PHOTOS: Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in New York

PHOTOS: Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in New York

It may seem like Hurricane Sandy was quite a while ago now, but many people are still displaced after losing their homes in the storm. In order to make sure the city is better prepared for future

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Which U.S. Cities Have the Best Quality of Life?

Which U.S. Cities Have the Best Quality of Life?

Nonprofit initiative Data Driven Detroit (D3) recently released its latest One D Scorecard. The addictively interactive online scorecard charts and compares various indicators of quality of life in 54

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INFOGRAPHIC: Do You Live in One of America’s Most Eco-Friendly Cities?

INFOGRAPHIC: Do You Live in One of America’s Most Eco-Friendly Cities?

From coast to coast, US cities are touting their latest and greatest environmental initiatives - but how do they rank in relation to each other? Upbeat recently crunched the numbers and launched a new

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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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Find or Share Ripe, Home-Grown Local Produce with RipeNearMe

Find or Share Ripe, Home-Grown Local Produce with RipeNearMe

If you've ever had a surplus of produce from your garden and didn't know what to do with it, or wished that someone nearby had some berries you could trade your zucchini for, you're in luck. RipeNear.Me

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America’s First Food Forest: From Ground Level to Canopy, Urban Agriculture is Growing Seattle

America’s First Food Forest: From Ground Level to Canopy, Urban Agriculture is Growing Seattle

“A food forest is a gardening technique or land management system, which mimics a woodland ecosystem by substituting edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals,” writes Beacon Food Forest co-founder

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OMA Receives $230 Million to Rebuild New Jersey Area Devastated by Hurricane Sandy

OMA Receives $230 Million to Rebuild New Jersey Area Devastated by Hurricane Sandy

Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: A Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken from Rebuild by Design on Vimeo. The OMA proposal focuses on implementing resiliency through the integration of key infrastructural

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How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

Have you ever thought about how the design of our cities, towns, and communities has wide ranging effects on both our own lives and on larger global issues? Yes, simply by changing the way we design our

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Sao Paulo’s Urban Garden is a Green Paradise in the Center of Brazil’s Most Cosmopolitan City

Sao Paulo’s Urban Garden is a Green Paradise in the Center of Brazil’s Most Cosmopolitan City

Related: Top 5 Urban Farms in New York City The original building was inspired by the Pompidou center in Paris, complete with exposed pipes, multiple entrances, and stacked mezzanine levels. The

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Herzog & de Meuron Renovates Open-Air Brazilian Gymnasium with Giant Fin-Like Panels

Herzog & de Meuron Renovates Open-Air Brazilian Gymnasium with Giant Fin-Like Panels

In order to maintain the personality of the neighborhood, the architects focused on expanding and reframing the original space of the Arena do Morro community center while adding new design features. The

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East London’s Phytology Medicinal Garden Offers Tours, Talks, Music and Food This Weekend

East London’s Phytology Medicinal Garden Offers Tours, Talks, Music and Food This Weekend

Londoners interested in urban food production and medicinal plants should head over to Nomad's medicinal field in Bethnal Green this weekend. An exciting series of talks from Phytology collaborators will

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GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

  We've already touched upon ways to keep cool (and warm!) via insulation and home orientation, but what about your home's location itself? Where would you like to live? Naturally, aspects such as

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Phillips’ Large New Vertical LED-lit Urban Garden Brightens Food Security in Indianapolis

Phillips’ Large New Vertical LED-lit Urban Garden Brightens Food Security in Indianapolis

One of the largest indoor commercial farms with LED lighting will be unveiled today at the AmeriPlex Industrial Park in Indianapolis. Philips has partnered with Green Sense Farms (GSF), a Chicago-based

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IRIS: Kinematic Sea Pods Generate Energy in the Shadow of Beirut’s High-rises

IRIS: Kinematic Sea Pods Generate Energy in the Shadow of Beirut’s High-rises

Najjar & Najjar developed the IRIS pods to create accessibility to the sea in a way that profoundly connects the viewer with their environment. The large, eye-shaped IRIS structures provide surrogate

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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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Luke Jerram’s Massive Blue Water Slide Stops City Traffic for a Day in Bristol

Luke Jerram’s Massive Blue Water Slide Stops City Traffic for a Day in Bristol

A strip of blue plastic coated straw bale, surrounded by excited onlookers allowed thrill seekers to sail down the middle of an iconic Bristol street from the Wills Memorial building and City Museum at

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PHOTOS: Europe’s Grass-Lined Green Railways = Good Urban Design

PHOTOS: Europe’s Grass-Lined Green Railways = Good Urban Design

Photo via Shutterstock Much like green roofs, these swaths of green provide a host of benefits to any urban area, like reducing urban heat island effect, providing a permeable surface for storm water

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Grow Your Own Dinner with the Niwa Smartphone App

Grow Your Own Dinner with the Niwa Smartphone App

UK startup Niwa has developed an amazing hydroponic gardening system that allows you to perfectly control growing conditions through a sophisticated app, giving anyone an instant green thumb.

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France’s 2015 World Expo Pavilion Challenges World Hunger with a Farm-to-Table Design

France’s 2015 World Expo Pavilion Challenges World Hunger with a Farm-to-Table Design

X-TU Architects describe the scheme as a "reversed and spectacular landscape," in that food is grown on the vaulted ceiling and walls rather than on the ground. The French pavilion innovates upon the

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