Urban design

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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Snøhetta’s Designs Updated for Golden State Warrior’s New Pavilion in San Francisco

Snøhetta’s Designs Updated for Golden State Warrior’s New Pavilion in San Francisco

This updated design of the Golden State Warriors’ new home comes almost three years after Joe Lacob and Peter Guber took over the franchise. “Going into this project, we wanted to build a world-class

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Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi’s Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi’s Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Taken while on a Masdar-sponsored trip that included a tour to the Shams 1 Concentrated Solar Power Plant and interviews with several key Masdar officials, these images are a testament to Masdar's

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Thomas Heatherwick Unveils New Images of London Garden Bridge as Public Consultation Phase Launches

Thomas Heatherwick Unveils New Images of London Garden Bridge as Public Consultation Phase Launches

A garden-topped bridge designed by Thomas Heatherwick could span the River Thames by 2017, creating a new green park for London. The project's engineering consultants at Arup just unveiled exciting new

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MOPET Breaks Ground on Green-Roofed SET Building in Amsterdam

MOPET Breaks Ground on Green-Roofed SET Building in Amsterdam

MOPET just broke ground on its new SET-Building (Signal, Energy and Telecom) in Amsterdam's rapidly developing business district, the Zuidas. Scheduled for completion in 2014, the low-lying, green-roofed

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Hundreds of Vacant Lots to Become World’s Largest Urban Farm in Detroit

Hundreds of Vacant Lots to Become World’s Largest Urban Farm in Detroit

Hundreds of vacant lots in Detroit, Michigan will soon be transformed into the world’s largest urban farm. Governor Rick Snyder has just approved the plan proposed by a private company that has bought

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Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Launched in September 2012, the Breathe competition challenged international architects to submit innovative urban design concepts for a medium density residential village in the recovering town. The

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Edible Austrian Pavilion Scoops First Runner Up for the 2015 Milan Expo

Edible Austrian Pavilion Scoops First Runner Up for the 2015 Milan Expo

The edible Austrian Pavilion designed by Chris Precht from Prenda and Alex Daxböck won first runner-up in the international design competition for the Milan Expo 2015. Inspired by the 2015 expo theme

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Futuristic LED-Lit Hovenring Bicycle Path Hovers Over Car Traffic in Veldhoven

Futuristic LED-Lit Hovenring Bicycle Path Hovers Over Car Traffic in Veldhoven

Now separated from the car traffic below, bicyclists can enjoy the freedom and peace of mind to travel comfortably. The roundabout below the Hovenring is a major intersection along the A2 highway, one of

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BioCellar Turns Abandoned Cleveland House into a Center for Urban Farming

BioCellar Turns Abandoned Cleveland House into a Center for Urban Farming

Cleveland has just unveiled the world’s first BioCellar, a sustainable agriculture project that’s a smart mix of urban design, architecture, and biology. Built upon the masonry foundation of an

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Aqualibrium: Miniature Modular Ecosystem Grows Fresh Vegetables Indoors

Aqualibrium: Miniature Modular Ecosystem Grows Fresh Vegetables Indoors

The Aqualibrium is a closed-loop aquaponics system that offers city dwellers and renters an exciting new way to join the urban farming movement. The system incorporates plants, fish, and LED lights to

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Sculptor George Sabra Transforms Discarded Cardboard into Figures for Environmental Change

Sculptor George Sabra Transforms Discarded Cardboard into Figures for Environmental Change

The great philosopher Macklemore said it best in his hit song “Thrift Store” that one man’s trash is another man’s come up. This statement rings particularly true for artist and sculptor George

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Amazing Interactive Maps Compare America’s Cities Using Vintage Charts and Satellite Images

Amazing Interactive Maps Compare America’s Cities Using Vintage Charts and Satellite Images

Although it's unclear what our future cities will look like, the Smithsonian just unveiled a series of awesome interactive maps that look back to the past. Created by by David Rumsey, the project pairs

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The Cascade Project Transforms Disused Staircase into Inspiring Urban Space for Hong Kong Residents

The Cascade Project Transforms Disused Staircase into Inspiring Urban Space for Hong Kong Residents

Edge Design Institute has converted an ordinary public stairway in Hong Kong into a striking, socially engaging public area called The Cascade Project. Located in The Centrium, the asymmetric mesh

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Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge Connects Downtown Clifton Forge to New Public Park

Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge Connects Downtown Clifton Forge to New Public Park

VA Tech's design/buildLAB program offers third year architecture students the chance to learn while participating in a project that makes a difference. For the third year now in a row, the program has

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Lincoln Reimagine Project Helps Launch Green Pocket Park in San Francisco

Lincoln Reimagine Project Helps Launch Green Pocket Park in San Francisco

Community-driven urban design just scored a big win in San Francisco with a newly announced public-private investment that will transform an underutilized street into a green pocket park. Architecture for

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Agriculture Could Go Coastal with Sealeaf Floating Farms

Agriculture Could Go Coastal with Sealeaf Floating Farms

As the global population rises, it's becoming increasingly difficult to feed everyone - particularly in dense urban environments. Innovation Design Engineering recently unveiled an elegant solution: the

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Artists Haas & Hahn Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Paint and Repair Rio de Janiero’s Favelas

Artists Haas & Hahn Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Paint and Repair Rio de Janiero’s Favelas

Haas & Hahn's murals are inspired by the beauty of the favelas poised on the hilltops of Rio de Janeiro. They see the project as an opportunity to improve social conditions while creating beautiful

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Gustafson Porter’s Central Park to Transform 60 Hectares of Former Rail Yards in Valencia

Gustafson Porter’s Central Park to Transform 60 Hectares of Former Rail Yards in Valencia

As Spain gradually emerges from recession, the many municipal projects that have been put on hold during the country's economic crisis are now champing at the bit to get underway once again. One such

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Yves Behar’s New Centro Tower Brings Sustainability and Walkable Urbanism to Downtown Miami

Yves Behar’s New Centro Tower Brings Sustainability and Walkable Urbanism to Downtown Miami

With 352 units and dramatic 10-foot ceilings, The Centro swaps floors of lifeless gray parking for spacious lofts and a lower overall carbon footprint. In lieu of a built-in parking garage, residents will

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Philips to Upgrade 91,000 Buenos Aires Street Lights With LEDs

Philips to Upgrade 91,000 Buenos Aires Street Lights With LEDs

The city of Buenos Aires, Argentina is teaming up with Philips Lighting to retrofit 91,000 street lights with energy-saving LED bulbs. Philips will replace the city’s incandescent lighting with bright

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Infographic: Futuristic Technologies Coming Soon to a City Near You

Infographic: Futuristic Technologies Coming Soon to a City Near You

What will the smart city of tomorrow look like? Sagentia just launched a new infographic that details some of the cutting-edge technologies that will make cities more efficient, healthy, and enjoyable

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China Builds an Apartment Complex in the Middle of an Eight-Lane Superhighway

China Builds an Apartment Complex in the Middle of an Eight-Lane Superhighway

Urban planning seems to have taken a turn for the worse in the Chinese city of Xi'an after a brand new set of modern apartments was constructed right in the middle of an eight-lane superhighway.

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Park 567 Opens as Part of Chicago’s Elevated Bloomingdale Trail & The 606

Park 567 Opens as Part of Chicago’s Elevated Bloomingdale Trail & The 606

Park 567 opened to the public on September 13th and is the second above ground park to be completed as part of The 606 system. The neighborhood park features limestone boulders for use as seating or

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Melting Ice Cools Team ASUNM’s Desert-Adapted SHADE House at the Solar Decathlon

Melting Ice Cools Team ASUNM’s Desert-Adapted SHADE House at the Solar Decathlon

In the desert, sun can be both a blessing and a curse - especially in urban environments beset with a host of other problems such as the heat island effect and pollution. A smart home, like the SHADE

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