Urban design

UNStudio’s Yongjia World Trade Center Features Gem-Like ‘Vertical Neighborhood’ Towers

UNStudio’s Yongjia World Trade Center Features Gem-Like ‘Vertical Neighborhood’ Towers

Spanning over 5 million square feet, UNStudio's Yongjia World Trade Center consists of a series of multi-use buildings that serve as vertical neighborhoods. Each building provides all of the essentials

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INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about Fujisawa SST and what Panasonic is hoping to accomplish with this new endeavor? Mr. Ishio: From the business perspective, our Fujisawa Sustainable Smart

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Dubai’s First Farmers Market Offers Local Produce Near the World’s Tallest Building

Dubai’s First Farmers Market Offers Local Produce Near the World’s Tallest Building

Burj Khalifa photo from Shutterstock It's not news that the locally grown produce movement is spreading around the world. However farm-to-table lovers in Dubai have not been able to enjoy the same

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Olalquiaga Arquitectos Unveils Social Housing Complex for Eco-Boulevard Near Madrid

Olalquiaga Arquitectos Unveils Social Housing Complex for Eco-Boulevard Near Madrid

The Eco-Boulevard, designed by Ecosistema Urbano, is located in the Vallecas suburb just outside of Madrid, Spain. Olalquiaga Arquitectos's design for this 13,773 square meter site was based on the ideal

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Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eco-Aquaponic House is a Self-Sustaining Urban Farm

Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eco-Aquaponic House is a Self-Sustaining Urban Farm

Michael Jantzen’s Eco-Aquaponic House is a cylindrical steel structure that creates a self-sustaining environment for growing fish and plants - waste generated by the fish is used to fertilize the

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Proposed Red Line Park Could Be Cleveland’s Answer to The High Line

Proposed Red Line Park Could Be Cleveland’s Answer to The High Line

The recent trend to reinvent these old railways is part of a broader re-urbanization trend that is taking place across the United States. As people return to cities, new parks are needed to promote

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New Report Shows More Efficient Urban Transportation Could Save the World $70 Trillion

New Report Shows More Efficient Urban Transportation Could Save the World $70 Trillion

Photo from Shutterstock Transportation accounts for half of the world's oil consumption and about a fifth of the world's total energy use - and 40% of those resources are used for urban transportation.

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MVRDV’s Urban Hybrid Micro City is Set to be Constructed in Switzerland

MVRDV’s Urban Hybrid Micro City is Set to be Constructed in Switzerland

MVRDV’s porous Urban Hybrid project was just declared to be the winner of the Feldbreite competition for a housing block in Emmen, Switzerland. The proposal consists of 16 different housing types that

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Mitchell Joachim Wants to 3D Print Cities Using ‘Smart Trash’ From the World’s Overflowing Landfills

Mitchell Joachim Wants to 3D Print Cities Using ‘Smart Trash’ From the World’s Overflowing Landfills

The world's landfills are literally overflowing. According to 2008 figures (and we've added a few people since then), America alone produces a whopping 1.35 billion pounds of garbage every day - and

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Pop-Up Mini-Farmery Shop is Absolutely Covered in Organic Veggies

Pop-Up Mini-Farmery Shop is Absolutely Covered in Organic Veggies

Sponsored by Burt's Bees and located directly in front of their headquarters on the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, North Carolina, the Mini-Farmery is absolutely covered in living walls. Apart from

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San Francisco to Promote Sustainable Development with New Eco Districts

San Francisco to Promote Sustainable Development with New Eco Districts

Photo via Shutterstock Last summer, the San Francisco Planning Department announced plans to create four different types of "eco-districts" within the city that would lower greenhouse gas emissions and

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Gigantic Eight-Foot-Tall VIPP Rubbish Bin Pops Up in Copenhagen!

Gigantic Eight-Foot-Tall VIPP Rubbish Bin Pops Up in Copenhagen!

The extraordinary VIPP bin is 8.2 feet tall and 6 feet wide - which is eight times larger than the original pedal bin. It weighs 1,763.7 lbs and has a volume of 3,800 liters - that's enough space to hold

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Chad Wright’s Sand Castle Suburb Symbolizes the Collapse of the American Dream

Chad Wright’s Sand Castle Suburb Symbolizes the Collapse of the American Dream

Chad Wright is a native of California, where one can find many sprawling subdivisions. "I was raised in Orange County—a sprawling suburb of Southern California built by disciples of Levittown. We lived

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London Cyclists Account for 24% of All Vehicles During Rush Hour Traffic

London Cyclists Account for 24% of All Vehicles During Rush Hour Traffic

London Cyclist photo from Shutterstock Transport for London (TfL) conducted the biggest mass census of cyclists to date and found that bikes make up 24% of all vehicles on the streets during the city's

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Los Angeles’ Alameda Square to be Transformed Into One of the Nation’s Largest Creative Campuses

Los Angeles’ Alameda Square to be Transformed Into One of the Nation’s Largest Creative Campuses

Built in 1918, Los Angeles' Alameda Square is one of the nation’s largest historic industrial centers. Creative Space, an integrated development and marketing firm, is in the process of upgrading and

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MIT’s Mapdwell Project Tracks Sustainable Development Around the World

MIT’s Mapdwell Project Tracks Sustainable Development Around the World

The Mapdwell Project is a collaborative effort by researchers, academics, and professionals at MIT to develop a community resource of research-driven and tested information on sustainable practices. The

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Dubai’s Sustainable City Will be Powered by 600,000 Square Feet of Solar Cells

Dubai’s Sustainable City Will be Powered by 600,000 Square Feet of Solar Cells

The construction of Dubai Sustainable City is planned over 4 phases. According to Diamond Developers, the first batch of 100 villas and townhouses at the Dubai Sustainable City will be delivered by the

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Denmark’s Rabalder Park Can Store 10 Swimming Pools Worth of Floodwater

Denmark’s Rabalder Park Can Store 10 Swimming Pools Worth of Floodwater

Designed by Danish firm Nordarch, Rabalder Park combines its drainage function with recreation, offering the city inhabitants lots of hang-out, grill and dancing areas, fitness and parkour equipment and a

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Multifunctional Mobiel Bike Cart Helps Urban Farmers Carry Tools and Produce

Multifunctional Mobiel Bike Cart Helps Urban Farmers Carry Tools and Produce

Inspired by a thriving demographic in Vancouver, Mobiel is a multifunctional cart designed to support the day-to-day needs of commercial urban farmers - people who grow food on a medium to large scale on

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London’s 2012 Olympic Village to be Transformed into Affordable Housing Units

London’s 2012 Olympic Village to be Transformed into Affordable Housing Units

The greenest building is the one that's already standing, and this week London officials announced that the buildings from the 2012 Olympic Village will be transformed into rental units, and many of them

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GrowUp’s Aquaponic Urban Farm Produces Sustainable Fish and Vegetables in a Recycled Shipping Container

GrowUp’s Aquaponic Urban Farm Produces Sustainable Fish and Vegetables in a Recycled Shipping Container

Last week London-based GrowUp unveiled their small urban farm, which produces sustainable vegetables and fish through vertical gardening and aquaponics. After successfully raising over £16,000 through a

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Micro Urban Prefab Project Wins Micro Housing Ideas Competition in Denver

Micro Urban Prefab Project Wins Micro Housing Ideas Competition in Denver

The Denver Architecture League Micro Housing Ideas Competition received around a hundred entries from across the country and the globe for an affordable and micro housing project. The competition was

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Shanghai World Expo Site to Be Redeveloped into a Lush Business District

Shanghai World Expo Site to Be Redeveloped into a Lush Business District

The Shanghai World Expo site is located on the south banks of the Huangpu River, and during its heyday in the summer of 2010, 73 million people had visited. The theme, "Better City – Better Life," had

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Scientists Developing Self-Healing Concrete With Micro-Capsules and Bacteria

Scientists Developing Self-Healing Concrete With Micro-Capsules and Bacteria

Concrete photo from Shutterstock Sooner or later, even the best sidewalk in the country will develop a crack or two. When this happens, workers are deployed to either fill in the damage or lay down

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FarmedHere: The Nation’s Largest Indoor Organic Farm Now Growing in Chicago

FarmedHere: The Nation’s Largest Indoor Organic Farm Now Growing in Chicago

FarmedHere has been growing greens in the Chicago area since 2011 and has a 10,000-square-foot facility in Flanagan and a 4,000-square-foot one in Englewood, IL. Jolanta Hardej, the CEO and co-founder of

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Indoor Vertical Farm ‘Pinkhouses’ Grow Plants Faster With Less Energy

Indoor Vertical Farm ‘Pinkhouses’ Grow Plants Faster With Less Energy

Indoor farms need light—and a lot of it—to grow crops, but that energy adds up big time in terms of cost and environmental impact. A Pinkhouse is a new type of indoor farm that grows crops using

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Hollywood Park Racetrack to Be Redeveloped into an Eco Community

Hollywood Park Racetrack to Be Redeveloped into an Eco Community

After a long run, the Hollywood Park Racetrack will be closing its doors after the completion of the racing series this fall. Likely due to economic instability, the owners of the racetrack decided the

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Help Save the Gap Filler Shipping Pallet Pavilion in Christchurch, New Zealand!

Help Save the Gap Filler Shipping Pallet Pavilion in Christchurch, New Zealand!

The Gap Filler Pallet Pavilion in Christchurch, New Zealand, was built as a community space following devastating earthquakes. The recycled shipping pallet pavilion is an incredible facility, but

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Visiondivision’s Stunning Concept for Miami’s Bayfront Park Looks a Lot Like the Rising Sun!

Visiondivision’s Stunning Concept for Miami’s Bayfront Park Looks a Lot Like the Rising Sun!

Originally, the land where Bayfront Park sits was home to the Everglades. Dredged to create a port and real estate opportunities, the area is now home to host of human landmarks. Bringing a sense of

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Didier Muller’s Livre Exchange is a Free Urban Library that Promotes Access to Books

Didier Muller’s Livre Exchange is a Free Urban Library that Promotes Access to Books

The Livre Exchange is a free library designed by Didier Muller of the French design collective House Work that lets passers-by exchange books for free. The project was unveiled at the International

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