Urban design

How to Eat Your Lawn: Transform Your Wasteful Grassy Space into a Food Forest Garden

How to Eat Your Lawn: Transform Your Wasteful Grassy Space into a Food Forest Garden

Who ever imagined that lawns would go from epitomizing the American dream to embodying all manner of evil? Blaming both human and natural failings, many homeowners have embraced the idea of

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Hamonic + Masson Propose to Turn Paris’ Ailing Avenue Foch into the Largest Pedestrian Avenue in France

Hamonic + Masson Propose to Turn Paris’ Ailing Avenue Foch into the Largest Pedestrian Avenue in France

First off, the team proposes to move car traffic from Avenue Foch to the existing side streets, potentially making the avenue into the largest pedestrian avenue in France. With cars out of the way, the

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Battersea Power Station’s ‘Garden of the Elements’ to Include the Largest Glass Atrium in London

Battersea Power Station’s ‘Garden of the Elements’ to Include the Largest Glass Atrium in London

Covering over two and a half acres of the industrial complex, the landscape designs include expansive manicured gardens, waterfalls, peaceful walkways and what is being proposed as London's largest glass

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The World’s Most Beautiful Street is a Tree-Filled Oasis in the Heart of Porto Alegre, Brazil

The World’s Most Beautiful Street is a Tree-Filled Oasis in the Heart of Porto Alegre, Brazil

The Tipuana trees along Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho were planted in the 1930's and they have grown into a shady neighborhood canopy for the past 70 years. In 2005, construction of a mall in the area

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Urban Screen’s ’320 Licht’ Transforms Former Gas Tank into a Magical Cathedral of Light

Urban Screen’s ’320 Licht’ Transforms Former Gas Tank into a Magical Cathedral of Light

As the lights display a continuous series of hectic, flashing images on the tank's vast interior, sounds react to the unique acoustics, creating a dizzying atmosphere designed to make viewers lose

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Vienna Upcycles Historic Coal Gasometers into Amazing Urban Communities

Vienna Upcycles Historic Coal Gasometers into Amazing Urban Communities

We love adaptive reuse here at Inhabitat, and can never get enough converted barns and upcycled water towers. But the adaptive reuse project that takes the cake, and is one of the most inspiring building

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Ambitious Urban Regeneration Plan for Mexico’s Ciudad Deportiva Aims to Reconnect the City with Water

Ambitious Urban Regeneration Plan for Mexico’s Ciudad Deportiva Aims to Reconnect the City with Water

The area that encompases the Ciudad Deportiva is located at the intersection of two of the most important rivers in Mexico City: Churubusco and La Piedad. The project aims to construct an urban wetland

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MIT Project Maps Everything From Greenery to Bike Crashes to Build Better Cities

MIT Project Maps Everything From Greenery to Bike Crashes to Build Better Cities

The project, which launched at the start of April, brings together a diverse team of computer scientists, mathematicians, artists, designers, and educators. Thus far, they've mapped the locations of

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Todmorden, UK Expands Edible Garden Initiative With Flourishing Aqua Farm

Todmorden, UK Expands Edible Garden Initiative With Flourishing Aqua Farm

The British town of Todmorden has already made name for itself by sprouting edible plants up and down its streets - and the city recently received a grant of over £500,000 to expand their edible

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Madrid’s Matadero Unveils Quirky Artistic Potlatch Event for El Ranchito 2014

Madrid’s Matadero Unveils Quirky Artistic Potlatch Event for El Ranchito 2014

All of the Potlatch gifts include four main elements that are designed to create a transformable "art neighborhood." Each artist will receive a main structure that is made up of six foldable greenhouses,

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Tiny SCADpad Asia Apartment Captures the Spirit of Hong Kong for Just $40,000

Tiny SCADpad Asia Apartment Captures the Spirit of Hong Kong for Just $40,000

Each of SCADpad's tiny mobile units are almost entirely designed and developed by an interdisciplinary team of SCAD students, staff, and alumni. Inhabitat was invited to explore SCADpad’s three

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INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Shockingly Expensive Homes in San Francisco

INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Shockingly Expensive Homes in San Francisco

The cost of living is rising at an unprecedented rate in San Francisco, and recent reports show that the city has some of the most expensive housing prices in the nation - but just how high have rents

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Bronx Box Prefab Fills a Narrow Urban Lot with a Charming Waterfront Home

Bronx Box Prefab Fills a Narrow Urban Lot with a Charming Waterfront Home

The Bronx Box is a charming waterfront home that adds up to much more than the sum of its prefab parts. The two-module prefabricated structure features multiple skylights that fill it with natural light

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Elii Architects Equip Tiny Madrid Studio with a Host of Quirky Space-Saving Features

Elii Architects Equip Tiny Madrid Studio with a Host of Quirky Space-Saving Features

The owner of the studio, Dido Fogué, worked with the design team to not only achieve the optimal amount of useable space in her little Spanish haven, (nicknamed the Didomestic Home) but to do so in her

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SCADpad Europe is a Tiny House Solution to Sustainable Urban Living

SCADpad Europe is a Tiny House Solution to Sustainable Urban Living

Designed by SCAD fibers alumna Trish Andersen, SCADpad Europe is clad in large wooden panels painted with a diamond pattern and vibrant blue lacquer finish. The SCADpad roof is covered with scalloped

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SCAD Students Transform an Atlanta Parking Garage into Ecologically Responsible Micro-Housing Community

SCAD Students Transform an Atlanta Parking Garage into Ecologically Responsible Micro-Housing Community

According to the 2012 U.S. Census, there are 105 million parking spaces in the United States--a number that roughly translates to five parking spaces for every registered car. As personal automobile

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SCADpad North America Lets Tiny House Lovers Live Large in a Parking Spot

SCADpad North America Lets Tiny House Lovers Live Large in a Parking Spot

Situated between the SCADpad community garden and a parking space-sized exterior courtyard, SCADpad North America features large windows that overlook its adjacent spaces as well as the Atlanta city

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Studio Osk’s Shape-Shifting Pavilion Set to Pop Up this Summer in Berlin

Studio Osk’s Shape-Shifting Pavilion Set to Pop Up this Summer in Berlin

Studio Osk are the brains behind this amazing shape-shifting pavilion, which is set to take shape this summer in Berlin. The creative public space will rise in the ZK/U sculpture park, and it will host

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Al Qassim Green University Slated to be Iraq’s First LEED Gold Certified Building

Al Qassim Green University Slated to be Iraq’s First LEED Gold Certified Building

UPA's design will potentially see the university as the first LEED certified building in the country. Once the campus is registered in the local Green Building Counsel (GBC), it can be classified

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David Chipperfield Wins Competition to Design Sophisticated New Nobel Center in Stockholm

David Chipperfield Wins Competition to Design Sophisticated New Nobel Center in Stockholm

Slated for the Blasieholmsudden peninsula, the building will include a variety of exhibition spaces and meeting rooms, a library and of course an expansive auditorium, where the annual Nobel Prize award

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Are Indoor Fish Farms America’s Next Big Green Industry?

Are Indoor Fish Farms America’s Next Big Green Industry?

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization produced a new study that says the United States has the greatest potential for fish farming. While oceanic agriculture has become popular overseas, it still

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Frank Gehry and Foster & Partners Unveil Designs for Battersea Power Station

Frank Gehry and Foster & Partners Unveil Designs for Battersea Power Station

To the east of The Electric Boulevard, Los Angeles-based Gehry Partners designed Prospect Place, a cluster of five mixed-use buildings with twisted and rippled facades matching Gehry's distinctive style.

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BMW Designs Ritzy Subway Trains for Kuala Lumpur’s New Transit System

BMW Designs Ritzy Subway Trains for Kuala Lumpur’s New Transit System

BMW subsidiary Designworks USA is helping the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur move into the 21st century with 58 ritzy trains for the city's new subway system. The new three-line metro system is expected to

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Chinese Developer Attempts to Copy Colonial Williamsburg, VA, Replicates Hipster Williamsburg, Brooklyn Instead

Chinese Developer Attempts to Copy Colonial Williamsburg, VA, Replicates Hipster Williamsburg, Brooklyn Instead

China's copycat architecture trend has been well documented - so far the nation has built full-scale replicas of the Eiffel Tower, the canals of Venice, and even an entire Austrian village. However when

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Gardens of Anfa: Flourishing Vine-Wrapped Skyscrapers Set to Spring Up in Casablanca

Gardens of Anfa: Flourishing Vine-Wrapped Skyscrapers Set to Spring Up in Casablanca

At the heart of the design is a series of tower blocks, each of which is connected by a central plaza. These include three mid-rise residential towers, a low-rise office tower, and a series of residential

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INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

Ed Mazria is the influential environmental architect behind the 2030 Challenge, which aims to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in new construction, and to cut the use of fossil fuels in existing

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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

It's estimated that one in eight people suffers from hunger and malnutrition, which means that all around the world, millions of people—including children—go hungry each and every day. That means that

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DIY: How to Maximize Your Growing Space with Keyhole Gardens

DIY: How to Maximize Your Growing Space with Keyhole Gardens

The average garden wastes a great deal of usable food-growing space in the paths between beds and planters. Every inch could yield a lot of edibles, but the inefficiency of standard gardening techniques

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The Goods Line: Sydney Begins Work on its own High Line-Style Urban Park

The Goods Line: Sydney Begins Work on its own High Line-Style Urban Park

The Goods Line will be a 500-meter-long urban pedestrian and cycle network stretching from Railway Square through Ultimo to Darling Harbour. The park will serve as a hub that connects 80,000 students,

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MVRDV Breaks Ground on Ambitious Cheung Fai Building Transformation in Hong Kong

MVRDV Breaks Ground on Ambitious Cheung Fai Building Transformation in Hong Kong

MVRDV has broken ground on an ambitious urban conversion project in Hong Kong's newly-designated business center, East Kowloon. The revitalization strategy's first step includes transforming former

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