Urban design

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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Rooftop Farms on Japanese Train Stations Serve as Community Gardens

Rooftop Farms on Japanese Train Stations Serve as Community Gardens

The first Soradofarm, also known as a Machinaka Vegetable Garden, was built on top of the Ebisu station in Tokyo over four years ago. Now there are thirteen stations around the country with operating

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Vehovar & Jauslin Architects Unveil Bulbous Blue Bus Shelter in Switzerland

Vehovar & Jauslin Architects Unveil Bulbous Blue Bus Shelter in Switzerland

The "floating" shade structure stretches over 1,000 square meters and it's supported by a steel frame. An irregular network of steel cables gives shape to the inflated membrane cushion, which is made of

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future

INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future

People around the world are moving to urban areas in record numbers - and for the first time ever there's more people living in cities than in rural areas. This trend is only set to accelerate, so it's

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For Perennial Fruit Gardens, Berries Are the Way to Grow

For Perennial Fruit Gardens, Berries Are the Way to Grow

Hardy, easy to cultivate, resistant to disease, and quick to yield, berry bushes are perfect for just about any garden environment. Whether you have a large lot in which to plant fruit-bearing hedges, or

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Guérin & Pedroza Architects Revamp Abandoned French War Complex with Brilliant Golden Apartments

Guérin & Pedroza Architects Revamp Abandoned French War Complex with Brilliant Golden Apartments

Once the desolate land was bought by the municipal government in 2010, individual building plots were sold to local developers, and the community areas around the old military fort were installed with

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San Francisco’s Castro District to Install Rainbow Crosswalks

San Francisco’s Castro District to Install Rainbow Crosswalks

San Francisco's Castro district has long been famous for its vibrant LGBT community, its commitment to civil rights, and its fabulous festivals. Last week, a spokeswoman from the Castro/Upper Market

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World’s Largest Ghost City Lies 98% Abandoned After Failed Real Estate Investments

World’s Largest Ghost City Lies 98% Abandoned After Failed Real Estate Investments

When coal was discovered in the Northern Chinese city of Ordos 20 years ago, it underwent a massive boom that was expected to create a wealthy city of one million people, but now it's home to a mere

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Luke Jerram’s Giant Waterslide Could Take Over a Street in Bristol

Luke Jerram’s Giant Waterslide Could Take Over a Street in Bristol

Artist Luke Jerram wants to bring a little fun to the streets of Bristol by transforming a road into the world's biggest slip and slide! If all goes according to plan, the artist’s "Park and Slide"

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Create Community Through Quality Public Spaces

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Create Community Through Quality Public Spaces

Here at Inhabitat we often focus on specific buildings - but the urban fabric that connects people and places is equally important. Well thought-out public spaces can create a sense of community, raise

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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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