Urban design

MAD Architects Unveil Mountainous Skyscrapers for Beijing’s Chaoyang Park

MAD Architects Unveil Mountainous Skyscrapers for Beijing’s Chaoyang Park

Ma Yansong of MAD Architects wants to create a unique Chinese architecture that embraces contemporary design while still pulling from the country's traditional roots. To that end, he's unveiled plans for

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North America’s Largest Urban Orchard Transforms an Old Gas Station in Downtown Vancouver

North America’s Largest Urban Orchard Transforms an Old Gas Station in Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver’s Sole Food Farms has transformed an old gas station into North American’s largest urban orchard! Located in Downtown Eastside, the orchard provides jobs to recovering addicts and those with

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Giant Neon Recycled Snails Will Invade Sydney’s Streets This Month

Giant Neon Recycled Snails Will Invade Sydney’s Streets This Month

This month, an invasion of snails will over take the streets of Sydney, but don't panic—these snails are not your common backyard pests. Giant, neon, and irresistibly fun, these colorful snails will be

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Innovative Roaming Town Square Engages Local London Community

Innovative Roaming Town Square Engages Local London Community

Although most citizen-savvy cities these days recognize that community public space is as much a civic right as it is a priority, some small communities unfortunately find themselves lacking the resources

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SXSW Eco Place By Design Competition Announces Finalists

SXSW Eco Place By Design Competition Announces Finalists

SXSW Eco recently announced the fifteen finalists that will go on to compete in their annual conference’s Place by Design Competition. Final submissions were hand-selected by a distinguished jury of

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New ‘Kalvebod Waves’ Waterfront Park Makes a Splash in Copenhagen!

New ‘Kalvebod Waves’ Waterfront Park Makes a Splash in Copenhagen!

JDS Architects and KLAR Arkitekter wanted the project to have a strong connection to its surrounding context, and they sought to avoid the shadows cast by the buildings on shore that created a bleak space

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Growing Trees from Seeds: Which Work, Which Won’t

Growing Trees from Seeds: Which Work, Which Won’t

If there are any trees in your area, you may have noticed that a couple of major changes come over them at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Branches end up laden with fruit, nuts, seed pods,

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D.IS.H’s Seismic Harvest Re-Imagines Earthquake Simulators as Harvesting Systems for Urban Farming

D.IS.H’s Seismic Harvest Re-Imagines Earthquake Simulators as Harvesting Systems for Urban Farming

Seismic Harvest is a proposed energy-efficient green belt above a freeway near San Francisco that combines wind, solar energy and train vibration to generate enough energy required for farming. It

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

Inhabitat: What did the Research Triangle Foundation hope to achieve when it set out to develop the new RTP master plan? Liz Rooks: Our board recognized that, after fifty years, the way we were doing

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Register Now for AIA San Francisco’s 2013 Architecture and City Festival!

Register Now for AIA San Francisco’s 2013 Architecture and City Festival!

Calling all San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans! We're excited to announce the launch of one of our favorite annual events - the AIA SF Architecture and the City Festival! We're looking forward to an

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Saraiva + Associados Unveil Energy-Generating Science Complex for Expo2017 in Kazakhstan

Saraiva + Associados Unveil Energy-Generating Science Complex for Expo2017 in Kazakhstan

The site is surrounded by an interesting landscape delimited by a Green Ring embracing a water reservoir. This, the design studio states, is an essential framework for landscape design and architectural

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Nomad’s Phytology Medicinal Garden Project Highlights the Overlooked Healing Properties of Our Urban Environment

Nomad’s Phytology Medicinal Garden Project Highlights the Overlooked Healing Properties of Our Urban Environment

The high-rise blocks and grubby victorian streets in London's East End accommodate a culturally rich and varied population, but not so much in the way of biodiversity. The Phytology project, by arts

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Beehaus Provides Urban Rooftop Housing for Two Bee Colonies

Beehaus Provides Urban Rooftop Housing for Two Bee Colonies

Urban beekeeping has never been easier than with the sporty Beehaus. Resembling a picnic cooler, the easily maintainable hive is actually two hives in one, with two entrances that accommodate 22 separate

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Projexity Helps Communities Crowdsource for Better Urban Development

Projexity Helps Communities Crowdsource for Better Urban Development

Want to turn that pesky vacant lot into a pocket park but don't know where to start? Projexity's got you covered. Started by a group of Canadian architects, landscape architects and urban designers,

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Garden Grows on Roof of Chicago Convention Center

Garden Grows on Roof of Chicago Convention Center

Fresh, healthy vegetables and herbs are sprouting in the most unlikely of places -- the rooftop of the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Botanic Garden began planting on

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EnerGaia Grows Algae for Eating on Rooftops in Bangkok

EnerGaia Grows Algae for Eating on Rooftops in Bangkok

Spirulina was a healthy green snack that the Incas used to enjoy, and now the edible algae is grown on Bangkok rooftops as a nutritious alternative to meat protein. EnerGaia representatives told AFP that

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Plans for High Line-Style Park in Queens Move Forward with Feasibility Study

Plans for High Line-Style Park in Queens Move Forward with Feasibility Study

The score was Friends of the Queensway: 1, Haters: 0 this week as the controversial proposal to turn a disused rail line in Kew Gardens into a new High Line-esque park secured $1 million in funding. The

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Easehouse Pop-Up Toilet is an Outhouse with a View in Rotterdam

Easehouse Pop-Up Toilet is an Outhouse with a View in Rotterdam

The Easehouse features two toilets of different sizes - one for children and one for adults. This height differentiation is achieved with a diagonal step in between the two. The folded down roof serves a

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Kijani Grows Will Bring Small, Internet Connected Aquaponics Gardens to Schools

Kijani Grows Will Bring Small, Internet Connected Aquaponics Gardens to Schools

Aquaponics systems have grown in popularity over the years and they're currently one of the most common urban farming techniques. But while closed loop gardens—including the one you see above —are

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Airborne: World’s First Rotating Air Gardens Debut in Melbourne

Airborne: World’s First Rotating Air Gardens Debut in Melbourne

Funded by the City of Melbourne's 2013 Arts Grant Program, Airborne is a wonderful addition to Australia's second largest city's skyline. Made with recycled bicycle wheels and a bit of wire and adorned

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MARS Architects’ Ingenious Water Bench Collects Rainwater for Irrigating Public Parks and Gardens

MARS Architects’ Ingenious Water Bench Collects Rainwater for Irrigating Public Parks and Gardens

Water is our most essential resource, yet, increasingly, it is synonymous with inequality, disease, and environmental degradation. In developing economies in particular, there is often a stark contrast

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WXY+West 8 Team Shortlisted for Rebuild by Design Competition Aimed at Designing Resilient Coastal Communities

WXY+West 8 Team Shortlisted for Rebuild by Design Competition Aimed at Designing Resilient Coastal Communities

The WXY + West 8 team has been selected as one of ten teams to be shortlisted for the Rebuild by Design competition, which is centered around building resiliency around US coasts to withstand severe

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The Popularity of Urban Beekeeping May Actually Be Killing Bees

The Popularity of Urban Beekeeping May Actually Be Killing Bees

Photo via Shutterstock It's a case of too much of a good thing: A surge in the number of hives in some cities might actually be causing harm to the local honey bee population. According to an article

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Real Food Farm’s Mobile Market is a Produce Oasis in the Food Deserts of Baltimore

Real Food Farm’s Mobile Market is a Produce Oasis in the Food Deserts of Baltimore

Food Deserts are areas where a supermarket is more than 1/4 mile away, poverty is high, access to a vehicle is rare and the average Healthy Food Availability Index score is very low. The area surrounding

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Folsom Powerhouse: A Mixed-Income Green Development for Center City, Philadelphia

Folsom Powerhouse: A Mixed-Income Green Development for Center City, Philadelphia

Postgreen Homes is teaming up with Equinox Management & Construction LLC to build a 31 unit, mixed-income green housing development near Center City in Philadelphia. Topped off with green roofs and

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LivingLight: Hanging Garden OLED Pendant Lights Are Powered by the Soil They Contain

LivingLight: Hanging Garden OLED Pendant Lights Are Powered by the Soil They Contain

Michael Oechsle’s gorgeous LivingLights are hanging gardens that illuminate interiors while freshening the air with living plants. Each ambient OLED light is powered by an “earth battery” that

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Spring Street Park: Downtown LA Parking Lot Transformed into a Green Public Park

Spring Street Park: Downtown LA Parking Lot Transformed into a Green Public Park

In July, Mayor Villaraigosa and Council member Huizar opened Spring Street Park in Downtown Los Angeles. This is the 16th park to be opened as part of the City's 50 Parks Initiative, which aims to create

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Mexico City’s Bajo Puentes Program Turns Vacant Lots Under Freeways into Prized Public Spaces

Mexico City’s Bajo Puentes Program Turns Vacant Lots Under Freeways into Prized Public Spaces

Photo by Ian Sane As one of the world's largest megacities, Mexico City's skyrocketing real estate prices can pose a challenge to the creation of public space. Fortunately, city planners have come up

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Granary Row: Shipping Container Pop-up Market Jump Starts Industrial Neighborhood in Salt Lake City

Granary Row: Shipping Container Pop-up Market Jump Starts Industrial Neighborhood in Salt Lake City

Granary Row was born from a community planning session with over 500 people. There are retail shipping containers and a beer garden made of shipping pallets. The tenants range from from clothing stores to

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Sunset Magazine’s 2013 Idea Town Opens This Week in Seabrook, Washington

Sunset Magazine’s 2013 Idea Town Opens This Week in Seabrook, Washington

The Sunset Idea Town 2013 includes two Idea Houses and courtyard guest cottages with a shared courtyard and outdoor living space. The homes are within a close walking distance to Seabrook's local

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