Urban design

West 8 Plans to Transform a Polluted Area of China into an Ecologically Sound Flower City

West 8 Plans to Transform a Polluted Area of China into an Ecologically Sound Flower City

Like much of China, the Flower City will inhabit an area of the country with heavily polluted waterways. In order to ensure the longevity of the region, the local government called for urban plans that

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Sunset Magazine to Develop First-Ever Sustainable Idea Town in Seabrook, Washington

Sunset Magazine to Develop First-Ever Sustainable Idea Town in Seabrook, Washington

“Seabrook is a charming seaside town built on big ideas that promote a true sense of community,” said Sunset Editor-in-Chief Kitty Morgan. “Seabrook’s ability to integrate these development

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MVRDV to Transform Industrial Port in Caen, Normandy into Urban Garden “Mosaic”

MVRDV to Transform Industrial Port in Caen, Normandy into Urban Garden “Mosaic”

Caen Presqu’ile is a large brownfield located on a peninsula near the center of Caen, which was hastily rebuilt after Word War II. MVRDV's comprehensive redevelopment plan calls for reconstructing the

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Massive Energy-Independent ‘Tree of Life’ Pavilion Unveiled for the World Expo 2015 in Milan

Massive Energy-Independent ‘Tree of Life’ Pavilion Unveiled for the World Expo 2015 in Milan

Nemesi & Partners Srl, Proger SpA and BMS Progetti Srl just won an international competition to design the Padiglione Italia pavilion for the World Expo 2015 in Milan. The Italian team's "Tree of

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Studio Fuksas Unveils High Line-Style Elevated Park for Rail Station in Bari, Italy

Studio Fuksas Unveils High Line-Style Elevated Park for Rail Station in Bari, Italy

The the city of Bari launched a redesign competition to transform the railway site into a more pedestrian and environmentally friendly area. Drawing inspiration from projects like New York City's High

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Dome of Visions: Mobile Greenhouse Studio Boasts a Facade of CNC-Cut “Fish Scales” in Copenhagen

Dome of Visions: Mobile Greenhouse Studio Boasts a Facade of CNC-Cut “Fish Scales” in Copenhagen

The mobile Dome of Visions greenhouse studio and temporary cultural center has set off on a two-year tour of Denmark and its first stop until May is at Copenhagen harbor. Squeezed between Noma restaurant

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Dillon Marsh’s “Invasive Species” Photo Essay Explores How We Disguise Cell Towers as Trees

Dillon Marsh’s “Invasive Species” Photo Essay Explores How We Disguise Cell Towers as Trees

When cell towers starting popping up in the '90s, they were signs of progress, but then as more sprouted they became an eyesore. Even worse was when they were planted in a neighborhood and towered over

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Sasaki Associates Reimagines a Disused Area of Detroit as a Creative Community Hub

Sasaki Associates Reimagines a Disused Area of Detroit as a Creative Community Hub

The first phase of the TechTown District Plan would be to instate the central plaza. This plaza would serve as the creative hub of the area, with market-style moveable and flexible “collaboration

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Mississippi Man Transforms Tornado Debris Into a Sustainable Vegetable Garden

Mississippi Man Transforms Tornado Debris Into a Sustainable Vegetable Garden

Earlier this year, when a tornado ripped through Hattiesburg, Mississippi, it left a scene of destruction in its wake. But as the storm-ravaged residents set about clearing fallen trees and branches, Jody

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Anthony Duncan Designs St. Louis’ First Shipping Container Building

Anthony Duncan Designs St. Louis’ First Shipping Container Building

St. Louis is about to receive its first shipping container structure, a three-story mixed-use building that will be built using 10 shipping containers. Designed by Architect Anthony Duncan for Patrick

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Futurist Melissa Sterry About Earth 2.0 and the Bionic City

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Futurist Melissa Sterry About Earth 2.0 and the Bionic City

Last week we reported on the groundbreaking new media platform Earth 2 Hub which aims to create a space for the world's most creative artists, designers, scientists, and storytellers to explore and share

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High-Flying Elevated Bikeway Proposed for London’s Regents’ Canal

High-Flying Elevated Bikeway Proposed for London’s Regents’ Canal

The pathway along London’s Regent’s Canal can be treacherous, as pedestrians and bicyclists struggle to move along without bumping into each other and falling into the waters below. To alleviate the

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BIG Unveils Winning Plans for Massive Green-Roofed Europa City Outside of Paris

BIG Unveils Winning Plans for Massive Green-Roofed Europa City Outside of Paris

Bjarke Ingels Group competed in an international design competition against the likes of Valode & Pistre, Snøhetta and Manual Gautrand to win the award for Europa City. The project began with the

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Felipe Carrelli Turns Abandoned Cars into Public Art in São Paulo

Felipe Carrelli Turns Abandoned Cars into Public Art in São Paulo

Carrelli came up with the idea to clean, paint and put some plants in the car, turning it from a dump into a work of art and a beautiful garden. He shared this idea with friends Tobias Rodil and Thiago

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Pavilion of Dream Terraces: H&P Architects Unveil Rice Paddy-Covered Pavilion for Viet Nam’s Expo 2015

Pavilion of Dream Terraces: H&P Architects Unveil Rice Paddy-Covered Pavilion for Viet Nam’s Expo 2015

If H&P Architects win the competition to design Viet Nam's Expo 2015 Pavilion in Milan, it will have a steel frame filled up with a staggered series of salvaged wood modules of different lengths that not

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Whole Foods Announces Plans for 20,000 Sq. Ft. Rooftop Farm Atop New Gowanus Store

Whole Foods Announces Plans for 20,000 Sq. Ft. Rooftop Farm Atop New Gowanus Store

NYC foodies will soon be in for a real treat as Whole Foods has announced they'll be operating a rooftop farm right atop their forthcoming Gowanus, Brooklyn store. The 20,000 sq. ft. greenhouse will

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Vertigo-Inducing Photos of Hong Kong Housing Show Just How Dense It Is

Vertigo-Inducing Photos of Hong Kong Housing Show Just How Dense It Is

Living in Hong Kong, your view is likely not of the ocean, a forest, or even mountains. It's likely of the building across the street with a direct line of site into another family's living room. Packed

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Chicago Set to Break Ground on 13-Acre Elevated Sky Park This Year!

Chicago Set to Break Ground on 13-Acre Elevated Sky Park This Year!

As the design process for the Bloomingdale Trail and Park nears completion, several important details distinguish Chicago's new elevated park from the High Line. Whereas cycling is not permitted in the

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La Valentina Station Affordable Housing Transforms a Neglected Site in Sacramento

La Valentina Station Affordable Housing Transforms a Neglected Site in Sacramento

For more than two decades the brownfield lot sat empty and was known for a high crime rate. The light rail line stops directly in front of the site and the new affordable housing development changes the

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21-Piece Swing Set “Orchestra” Emits Music and Light as Passersby Play!

21-Piece Swing Set “Orchestra” Emits Music and Light as Passersby Play!

21 Balançoires (21 Swings) from Daily Tous Les Jours on Vimeo. Local collective Daily Tous Les Jours created this unique interactive space for people to exercise and meet others - and they're rewarded

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Rotterdam Citizens Crowdfund Fantastic Wooden Luchtsingel Footbridge

Rotterdam Citizens Crowdfund Fantastic Wooden Luchtsingel Footbridge

The new crowdfunded bridge will connect the Hofplein area with the Northern district of Rotterdam. The original schedule was to fully complete the project in 30 years time, but the founders decided to

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United States Infrastructure Scores D+ in New ASCE Report

United States Infrastructure Scores D+ in New ASCE Report

Infrastructure photo from Shutterstock Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers releases a report on the state of the nation’s infrastructure - and every year the United States

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Code Black Coffee: Two Melbourne Warehouses Merge to Create Industrial Chic Cafe and Roastery

Code Black Coffee: Two Melbourne Warehouses Merge to Create Industrial Chic Cafe and Roastery

Dark and moody, Code Black Coffee is an open space defined by rough steel framing, polished concrete floors, natural Oriented Strand Board walls, and black-painted brick. The original warehouse windows

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Aeroponic Vertical Farm: High-Yield Terraced Rice Paddies for the Philippines

Aeroponic Vertical Farm: High-Yield Terraced Rice Paddies for the Philippines

The Aeroponic Vertical Farm is made up of an array of bamboo parallelograms that are formed to create stepped terraces of rice fields. Located in cities, these compact farms would not only help grow rice

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Rooftop Running Track Slashes ChiCheng Primary School’s Footprint in China

Rooftop Running Track Slashes ChiCheng Primary School’s Footprint in China

What a clever idea for LYCS to put the track field on the roof, not only because it saves space and reduces the project's overall footprint, but it also provides children an inspired environment in which

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Echo Architecture Unveils Greenscaper Hotel Wrapped With Living Foliage

Echo Architecture Unveils Greenscaper Hotel Wrapped With Living Foliage

Echo Design and Architecture's Greenscraper focuses on creating a diverse and sustainable new hybrid environment. The building combines public and private areas, each with a strong identity enriched by

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Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

The original home was built on this unique 780 square foot lot in 1929, and although most of it had to be demolished, some of the original basement walls are still visible. Anonymous Architects focused on

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HASSELL Builds a Shipping Pallet Urban Coffee Farm for Melbourne’s Food & Wine Festival

HASSELL Builds a Shipping Pallet Urban Coffee Farm for Melbourne’s Food & Wine Festival

Located in Queensbridge Square in Southbank, the Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar has transformed the public square into a temporary coffee plantation. Inspired by Guatemalan farms, the Young Designers

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London Unveils $1.51 Billion Bicycle Master Plan With 15-Mile Bike Highway

London Unveils $1.51 Billion Bicycle Master Plan With 15-Mile Bike Highway

London bikes photo from Shutterstock London is about to get a Holland-style bike-ability makeover, as Mayor Boris Johnson just announced a $1.51 billion master plan to improve the city's bicycle

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San Antonio “Ghost Buildings” Renovated into Beautiful Mixed-Use Project by Lake|Flato Architects

San Antonio “Ghost Buildings” Renovated into Beautiful Mixed-Use Project by Lake|Flato Architects

Vacant since 2004, these heavily vandalized buildings had become a local “ghost town” full of transients and ripe with crime. The property was auctioned to new owners recently and developers AREA Real

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