Urban design

SolBooth: A Transparent Solar-Powered Phone Booth That Blends Into City Streets

SolBooth: A Transparent Solar-Powered Phone Booth That Blends Into City Streets

Hakan Gürsu of Designnobis developed the Solbooth - a beautiful solar-powered phone booth that we'd love to see on city streets. The transparent shelter blends into the urban environment with its

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Major European Cities Enveloped by a Mysterious Aurora Borealis-Like Glow

Major European Cities Enveloped by a Mysterious Aurora Borealis-Like Glow

The Aurora Borealis has brought visitors to Northern Europe for years, especially Finland, but these lights may find competition thanks to a new man-made phenomenon. Photographer Mika Wist captured photos

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Colorfully Renovated Ny Krohnborg School Revitalizes a Neighborhood in Bergen, Norway

Colorfully Renovated Ny Krohnborg School Revitalizes a Neighborhood in Bergen, Norway

Originally chosen to build a school on an old war bunker site located in Bergen, the Norwegian architects quickly realized that the bunker area was too small for the project, forcing the city to look for

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Sasaki’s Master Plan for Minsk, Belarus Turns an Airport Site Into a Vibrant Cultural Hub

Sasaki’s Master Plan for Minsk, Belarus Turns an Airport Site Into a Vibrant Cultural Hub

Founded on state-of-the-art ecological and urban strategies, Sasaki’s urban master plan celebrates the rare opportunity to transform an existing 320-hectare urban airport site into a dynamic,

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Ricardo Bofill Transforms Cement Factory Ruins Into Castle-Like Architecture Headquarters

Ricardo Bofill Transforms Cement Factory Ruins Into Castle-Like Architecture Headquarters

Simply dubbed the Cement Factory, the complex hosts Bofill’s architectural offices, archives, a model laboratory, exhibition space, his personal apartment, guest rooms, and extensive gardens. The

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Wowhaus Transforms 4 Lane Highway into Moscow’s First Year-Round Urban Park

Wowhaus Transforms 4 Lane Highway into Moscow’s First Year-Round Urban Park

Located along the edge of the Moskva River, the renovated embankment is linked with nearby Gorky Park and an existing six mile long pedestrian and cycle path. Starting at the Krymskaya bridge, Muzeon Park

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Das Haus 2014: Minimalist Home of the Future Ensures Masculine and Feminine Compatibility

Das Haus 2014: Minimalist Home of the Future Ensures Masculine and Feminine Compatibility

Representing two individual bodies that have merged together at a rectangular overlap in the middle, the structure combines two intersecting timber-framed buildings with large openings at each end rather

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Unroll an UrbMat to Grow Fresh Veggies Quickly and Easily

Unroll an UrbMat to Grow Fresh Veggies Quickly and Easily

The new UrbMat by UrbnEarth makes growing your own garden as easy as rolling out a mat! Each mat grows 12 types of non-GMO herbs, vegetables and flowers, which can be planted just about anywhere, and

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Hamburg Announces Plans to Become a Car-Free City Within 20 Years

Hamburg Announces Plans to Become a Car-Free City Within 20 Years

Hamburg photo via Shutterstock Hamburg is currently working on a plan that would eliminate the need for cars within the next 15-20 years, making the city a greener, healthier and more pleasant place to

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Hungarian Town Flooded by Toxic Red Sludge Re-Emerges as a Model Green Town

Hungarian Town Flooded by Toxic Red Sludge Re-Emerges as a Model Green Town

On October 4, 2010, the Hungarian town of Devecser woke up to a landscape soaked in toxic red sludge from a nearby alumina plant reservoir that had burst. The crimson flood of the caustic byproduct of

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Registration for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Opens in Copenhagen

Registration for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Opens in Copenhagen

The 2014 edition of the Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition, which will take place in Copenhagen this year, is officially open for submissions. The international design competition seeks to

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Guerrilla Designers Upgrade Parisian Streets with Pop-Up Furniture Made from Trash [PHOTOS]

Guerrilla Designers Upgrade Parisian Streets with Pop-Up Furniture Made from Trash [PHOTOS]

© Michael DePasquale  Chapitre Zero started early last year when a group of Paris-based designer friends, encouraged by Gambi and Rizzi, decided to make use of found scrap materials. They first

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BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

The term “upcycle” - used to describe the process of turning something old and used into a new and useful item - has rapidly grown in popularity over recent years. The term was popularized by Cradle

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Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

The Nomadic Sand Bath, Rensink's latest work, was unveiled during the last Dutch Design Week. It naturally follows his previous installation, a pop-up inflatable spa that we spotted last year at the grand

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Check Out SpY’s Most Provocative Urban Street Art Projects of 2013

Check Out SpY’s Most Provocative Urban Street Art Projects of 2013

SpY has been working since the 1980's and is currently one of the world's most renowned urban artists. His unique style incorporates a variety of materials to draw attention to his eye-catching creations.

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Africa’s Largest Urban Redevelopment Project Underway After Ugandan Government Approval

Africa’s Largest Urban Redevelopment Project Underway After Ugandan Government Approval

Thanks to the support of UK-based charitable organization Made in Africa Foundation, a massive urban redevelopment scheme in Kampala, Uganda is now underway. The concept for the site was presented to

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Future Cities Will Succeed

INFOGRAPHIC: How Future Cities Will Succeed

What will the smart city of tomorrow look like? Industry Perspectives: Creating Smart and Sustainable Cities is a new report and infographic published by the McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute and

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Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Last year, Hackney City Farm held a design competition open to architects, designers and students for the design of a new shop and info center. The Farm requested that the shop use recycled materials and

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BOOK REVIEW: EVolo Skyscrapers – A Reference Manual on the Future of Architecture?

BOOK REVIEW: EVolo Skyscrapers – A Reference Manual on the Future of Architecture?

EVolo Magazine has made a name for itself with its annual skyscraper competition, which started in 2006. Since then there have been over 4,000 submissions arriving from across the planet, seemingly

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Behind the Design of San Francisco’s 1 Burrows Pocket Park with Rebar Studio and Artist Jason Jagel

Behind the Design of San Francisco’s 1 Burrows Pocket Park with Rebar Studio and Artist Jason Jagel

This past October we brought you a first look at 1 Burrows Pocket Park, a community-driven project launched by Architecture for Humanity, the Lincoln Reimagine Project and Architectural Digest to

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COBE and Transform Architects Open Jagged, Aluminum-Clad Maritime Museum in Norway

COBE and Transform Architects Open Jagged, Aluminum-Clad Maritime Museum in Norway

Certainly more contemporary than its surroundings, the new 2,000 square meter maritime museum curiously manages to both contrast and merge with the industrial landscape that surrounds it. While the

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10 Landscape Design Projects That Turn Damaged and Neglected Spaces Into Healthy, Beautiful Environments

10 Landscape Design Projects That Turn Damaged and Neglected Spaces Into Healthy, Beautiful Environments

The High Line Park in NYC. Photo by Jill Fehrenbacher for Inhabitat Landscape architects frequently work to transform areas that contain industrial and toxic waste, infrastructure no longer in use, or

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Beautiful Esch-sur-Alzette Footbridge Leads Pedestrians from Chaotic Traffic to a Peaceful Green Park

Beautiful Esch-sur-Alzette Footbridge Leads Pedestrians from Chaotic Traffic to a Peaceful Green Park

Since its completion in 2009, the 345-foot bridge has become one of the city's most important urban design projects, especially considering that there were few easily accessible entrances to the

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The Amazing Metaphone Concert Hall is the World’s First Interactive Musical Building

The Amazing Metaphone Concert Hall is the World’s First Interactive Musical Building

To create the sound-related and instrumental features of the building, the architects consulted musician and sound designer Louis Dandrel. The majority of the Metaphone building (the technical spaces and

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World’s Largest Crowfunding Campaign Could Make Colombia’s Tallest Skyscraper a Reality

World’s Largest Crowfunding Campaign Could Make Colombia’s Tallest Skyscraper a Reality

Projected for completion in the year 2015, the new green skyscraper is a true inspiration for community-responsive urban design. Yes, it will be Colombia's first skyscraper in 40 years and upon

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INFOGRAPHIC: America’s Failing Infrastructure and the Need to Improve

INFOGRAPHIC: America’s Failing Infrastructure and the Need to Improve

America once had one of the greatest infrastructure networks in the world - however today our cracked streets and failing bridges stand as testament to the lack of investment and the need for improvement.

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Studio Gang’s Mega Efficient NRDC Office Retrofit Achieves LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification

Studio Gang’s Mega Efficient NRDC Office Retrofit Achieves LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification

Located in the Civic Opera House building, the open floorplan was key to the design because it allowed for a minimal amount of building materials and maixmum energy efficiency. An open layout office

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Euan Maharg’s Lush and Green Motorway Bridge Design Wins the Seven Loch Contest

Euan Maharg’s Lush and Green Motorway Bridge Design Wins the Seven Loch Contest

Glasgow-based landscape architect Euan Maharg has won the Seven Loch's Contest to design a new green bridge over a motorway at the Seven Lochs Wetland Park in Glasgow. Euan, with the backing of Glasgow

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‘LOCAL: Make The Switch’ Environmental Design Film Series is Looking for Your Support

‘LOCAL: Make The Switch’ Environmental Design Film Series is Looking for Your Support

A new environmental film project exploring the power of acting locally and how design can impact the world is now underway. Aptly named LOCAL: Make the Switch, the project will consist of 25 short films

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro Wins International Competition for Moscow’s First Public Park in 50 Years

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Wins International Competition for Moscow’s First Public Park in 50 Years

The multifunctional Zaryadye Park will replace the former site of Hotel Rossiya, a striking glass-and-metal relic of the Soviet era. As a sign of respect for the landscape's history, Zaryadye derives its

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