Urban design

Queens University Students Turn an Abandoned Mill Into a Flourishing Urban Farm

Queens University Students Turn an Abandoned Mill Into a Flourishing Urban Farm

Over the course of 12 months, Queens University Belfast worked alongside the Biospheric Foundation in Salford, England to design and implement a multilevel aquaponic system within an old disused mill.

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Ambitious Eiffel Tower Renovation Turns the Aging Icon’s 1st Floor into a Green Energy Powerhouse

Ambitious Eiffel Tower Renovation Turns the Aging Icon’s 1st Floor into a Green Energy Powerhouse

The $34.6 million dollar project includes demolition and reconstruction of the first floor Eiffel and Ferrié pavilions, which house the welcoming center, shops and a restaurant. Upon completion, the

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AquaSprouts’s Stylish Aquaponic Garden Lets You Grow Fresh Veggies on Your Kitchen Counter

AquaSprouts’s Stylish Aquaponic Garden Lets You Grow Fresh Veggies on Your Kitchen Counter

If you like the idea of aquaponics but aren't sure how to get started, you're in luck: AquaSprouts just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their brilliant home system, which allows anyone to grow

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MVRDV Reveals Giant Mirrored “Salad Bowl” Art Depot for Rotterdam’s Museumpark

MVRDV Reveals Giant Mirrored “Salad Bowl” Art Depot for Rotterdam’s Museumpark

40% of the large museum space will be visible or accessible to the public. Visitors will pass through the building taking in the various art exhibitions and restoration workshops as they make their way up

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Could These Artificial Composting Islands Be the Future of NYC Sanitation?

Could These Artificial Composting Islands Be the Future of NYC Sanitation?

No one wants a landfill in their backyard, but the alternative - trucking garbage to other states - is an obvious drain on funds, fuel and energy. Present Architecture recently proposed a plan that they

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Dutch Students Design Revolutionary Solar Power ‘Skins’ for Historic Homes in the Netherlands

Dutch Students Design Revolutionary Solar Power ‘Skins’ for Historic Homes in the Netherlands

According to Delft University, approximately 60 percent of Dutch citizens live in row houses and 25 percent of those homes are from the post war period. Although beloved by the city's population, these

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INTERVIEW: LIKEArchitects on the Challenges and Rewards of Sustainable “Performance Architecture”

INTERVIEW: LIKEArchitects on the Challenges and Rewards of Sustainable “Performance Architecture”

Inhabitat: What kind of architecture do you create? LIKEArchitects: We try to build projects in which humor, subjectivity, emotion and surprise ally with the desirable functionality of any architectural

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Henri Gueydan’s Colorful Renovated Apartment Block Breathes Life Into a Japanese Suburb

Henri Gueydan’s Colorful Renovated Apartment Block Breathes Life Into a Japanese Suburb

The 2000 square meter building consists of color-blocked concrete volumes stacked one on top of the other. The smallest volume is on the bottom of the building, while larger spaces are located at the

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Rojkind Adds a Futuristic Open Air Canopy to Newly Renovated Mexico National Film Archive and Film Institute

Rojkind Adds a Futuristic Open Air Canopy to Newly Renovated Mexico National Film Archive and Film Institute

The renovation process included installing extra cinema screens, an outdoor 750 seat amphitheater, additional storage vaults for the institute's extensive film archive and a Latin American cinema museum.

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Tessellated Tree-Like Transportation Shelters Offer Unique Shade for Local College Students

Tessellated Tree-Like Transportation Shelters Offer Unique Shade for Local College Students

When architects from Public: Architecture + Communication visited the University of British Columbia, they noticed a slight flaw in the campus' urban design plan. Although the main university avenue was

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Colossal Green Value Farm Flourishes Within a Former Factory in China

Colossal Green Value Farm Flourishes Within a Former Factory in China

The colossal 2,100 square meter factory has become a testing ground for a number of green ideas. Within the confines of the space, the studio preserved the original factory features, such as old walls,

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Meet the Team Picked to Redesign Washington D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Meet the Team Picked to Redesign Washington D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

The budget for redesigning the 400,000 square foot (37,000 square meter) steel, brick and glass building is estimated to be in the $225 million to $250 million range. The cost to construct the original

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Philips’ Sexy Urban Beehive Concept Lets Apartment-Dwellers Harvest Honey

Philips’ Sexy Urban Beehive Concept Lets Apartment-Dwellers Harvest Honey

Philips' just unveiled a new concept for an urban beehive that would allow anyone to become an amateur bee keeper - even those who live in apartments with no backyards. The pod-like hive attaches to a

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Ton Matton’s Chicken Cabinet Produces Fresh Eggs Right in Your Backyard

Ton Matton’s Chicken Cabinet Produces Fresh Eggs Right in Your Backyard

Ton's Chicken Cabinet turns a familiar furnishing into a system dedicated to free range egg production. The cupboard is built to EU-approved free range specs, and it provides enough space for three

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Toronto Designer Tucked His Own Home into an Urban Driveway

Toronto Designer Tucked His Own Home into an Urban Driveway

Through some creative deals, Rohan Walters was able to purchase a driveway in downtown Toronto from a client. He had previously designed the adjacent house at 1292 College Street and wanted to build his

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INFOGRAPHIC: Engineering the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

INFOGRAPHIC: Engineering the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

The XXII Winter Olympics are upon us, and over 6,000 athletes are competing from 85 countries in front of thousands of spectators - but the story behind the scenes is every bit as interesting as the

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Brooklyn Boulders Rock Climbing Gym Allows Workers to “Climb the Walls” to Reduce Stress

Brooklyn Boulders Rock Climbing Gym Allows Workers to “Climb the Walls” to Reduce Stress

Do stressful workdays make you want to climb the walls? Well, thanks to Brooklyn Boulders, you can now literally climb the walls to help relieve stress and stimulate your productivity. The climbing

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HKS Redevelops One Dallas Center into Their LEED Platinum Global Headquarters

HKS Redevelops One Dallas Center into Their LEED Platinum Global Headquarters

One Dallas Center, also known as Patriot Tower, was originally designed by I.M. Pei & Partners in 1979, but over the years became financially bankrupt and left vacant. HKS decided to make their new

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Sophisticated Beach-Inspired Extension Brings Summer to an Aging Victorian Home in London

Sophisticated Beach-Inspired Extension Brings Summer to an Aging Victorian Home in London

Right in the midst of frigid temps around the UK, London-based architects Hayhurst and Co. have managed to bring a bit of summer time ambience to one lucky London home owner. The British architects have

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King’s Cross: Renovating London’s Largest Transport Hub

King’s Cross: Renovating London’s Largest Transport Hub

Designed by Lewis Cubitt and unveiled in 1852, London’s King’s Cross railway station is one of Britain’s biggest and most well-known transport hubs. The station took its name from the King's Cross

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Giant Solar Energy-Generating e-QBO Cube Lands in the Streets of Italy

Giant Solar Energy-Generating e-QBO Cube Lands in the Streets of Italy

The e-QBO cube is an architectural chameleon that can be transformed to fit different programs. Although e-QBO is autonomous and off-grid, it can still be integrated into the urban context. At the Milan

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FARMM’s b-Shack is an Urban Hive and Bee Study Center for McGill Students

FARMM’s b-Shack is an Urban Hive and Bee Study Center for McGill Students

The brilliant b-Shack developed by McGill School of Architecture students is an urban beehive that doubles as an educational facility. The project will bring urban beekeepers and volunteers together to

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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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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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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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