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Old power station in Berlin is converted into off-grid arts center that runs on energy generated by woodchips

The former industrial town of Luckenwalde now has a beautiful new arts center that not only aims to bring a little vibrancy back to the German region, but a whole lot of sustainability. Artist Pablo Wendel just unveiled E-Werk, a defunct power station that he has turned into an innovative arts center that is projected to run on recycled wood chips rather than coal. Although an artist at heart, Wendel obviously has an admirable talent and passion for creating machinery that generates clean ener...
Tags: Design, Berlin, Architecture, Urban Design, Clean Energy, Sustainable Design, Adaptive Reuse, Wendel, Art Studios, German Architecture, E-Werk, E-WERK Luckenwalde, Kunststrom power station, E-Werk arts center, Contemporary Art Center In Germany, Kunststrom Art Power


Kengo Kuma weaves bamboo and carbon fiber into a nest-like structure at the V&A Museum

At the 2019 London Design Festival, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has crafted a new eye-catching outdoor installation in the John Madejski Garden at the V&A Museum — just one year after his completion of the V&A Dundee museum in Scotland. Dubbed Bamboo (竹) Ring, or ‘Take-wa 竹わ’, the temporary doughnut-shaped structure is woven from rings of bamboo and carbon fiber. The sculpture was developed in partnership with Chinese consumer electronics brand OPPO. Best known for his design of the New Natio...
Tags: Design, London, Scotland, Turkey, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Dundee, Tokyo, Art Installation, Carousel Showcase, Kengo Kuma, University Of Tokyo, Kuma, Baker Street, London Design Week


Old Paris railway site will transform into a carbon-neutral ecosystem neighborhood

An abundance of green will soon take over the heart of Paris with the transformation of the city’s old railway site, Ordener-Poissonniers, into a lush 3.7-hectare “ecosystem neighborhood.” The mixed-use masterplan will be spearheaded by Danish landscape architecture practice SLA and French architecture firm BIECHER ARCHITECTES, who won an international competition with the “Jardin Mécano” (“Mechanical Garden”) proposal for a sustainable urban development emphasizing bioclimatic design. In additi...
Tags: Design, Renewable Energy, Urban Design, Paris, Community, Railway, Solar Panels, Sla, Carbon-neutral, Adaptive Reuse, Mixed-use, Sustainable Urban Design, Rasmus Astrup, Post-industrial, Ordener-Poissonniers, Railway Transformation


Kengo Kuma unveils bold timber museum in Turkey that pays homage to the region's Ottoman heritage

The world-renowned architects of Kengo Kuma and Associates have just unveiled a stunning museum in Turkey. Located in Eskisehir, the Odunpazari Modern Museum features several stacked timber boxes that seemingly rise out of the ground at various angles, paying homage to the city’s Ottoman heritage. Featuring a design led by Kengo Kuma partner Yuki Ikeguchi, the new 48,400-square-foot museum is a light-filled, multilevel space that holds a collection of 1,000 pieces of contemporary art. Although ...
Tags: Design, Turkey, Museum, Architecture, Urban Design, Museums, Kengo Kuma, Timber, Timber Architecture, Associates, Clad, Post-format-gallery, Timber Buildings, Wooden Buildings, Eskisehir, OMM


Canada unveils its first chemical-free public outdoor pool and it's gorgeous

Toronto-based architects, gh3* have just unveiled a stunning chemical-free natural pool in the city of Edmonton, Alberta. The Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool, which replaced an existing pool that dated back to the 1950s, was incorporated with several innovative natural filtration processes that uses a combination of stone, gravel, sand and botanic filtering to keep the waters clean and pristine. The project was a massive undertaking from the start. The old pool and infrastructure had to be co...
Tags: Design, Toronto, Architecture, Canada, Gallery, Urban Design, Innovation, Urban Planning, Green Building, Edmonton, Sustainable Design, Gh3, Water Issues, Edmonton Alberta, Post-format-gallery, Water Filtration Systems


Green-roofed infill rental fills a gap in Vancouvers housing crisis

In light of Vancouver’s housing crisis, local architectural firm Haeccity Studio Architecture has transformed a 1950s bungalow in the city’s West End neighborhood into Comox Infill, a contemporary multi-family development with six dedicated rental units. Described by the firm as the “missing” piece from Vancouver’s urban fabric, this small-scale multi-family project is a case study for much-needed densification that doesn’t compromise on livability. Sandwiched between two heritage properties, t...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Canada, Gallery, Urban Design, Sydney, Community, Urban Planning, Vancouver, Housing Crisis, West End, Rental, Green Roof, Courtyard, Infill Architecture, Aging in Place


UNStudio envisions a Garden City of the 21st Century for India

UNStudio has unveiled designs for Karle Town Center (KTC), a new innovative tech campus in Bangalore, dubbed the “Silicon Valley of India.” Currently under construction, the campus will feature contemporary architecture painted in UNStudio and Monopol Color’s unique and patented ‘Coolest White’ for a striking contrast against Bangalore’s dense green canopy. Resiliency and health are also major themes in the design of KTC, which will not only maximize passive design techniques and feature expanse...
Tags: Design, India, Air Pollution, Urban Design, Amsterdam, Air Quality, Bangalore, Landscape Architecture, Garden City, UNStudio, Silicon Valley of India, Karle Town Center KTC, Manyata Tech Park the Karle Town Center, Nagavara Lake, KTC Masterplan, Urban Branding Manual


Urban waste is upcycled into an adorable, beetle-shaped micro library on wheels

Beijing-based firm LUO Studio has just unveiled an adorable mobile micro library crafted out of upcycled industrial parts. Made from an abandoned bicycle, discarded iron car sheets and reclaimed wood, the Shared Lady Beetle is a tiny contraption in the shape of a beetle that roams on four wheels, bringing books to local children. According to the designers, they were inspired to create a functioning mobile library by a teacher friend who often has to transport educational materials to the scho...
Tags: Books, Design, Library, Beijing, Gallery, Urban Design, Public Libraries, Community, Upcycling, Mobile Library, LUO Studio, Jin Weiqi, Library On Wheels, Shared Lady Beetle, Mobile Carts


An urban wetland springs to life among Bogotas high rises

An open plaza in Bogota’s northeastern business district has been radically transformed from a place of pure pavement to a vibrant urban wetland. Colombian architecture firm Obraestudio completed the project in 2016 in the Santa Barbara business center to revitalize the outdoor common space shared by the Torres Unidas Building, Scotia Bank, Samsung, AR and W Hotel towers. Covering an area of over two acres, the architects injected a lush aquatic landscape into the public-facing plaza, creating ...
Tags: Garden, Design, Colombia, Gallery, Urban Design, Wetlands, Santa Barbara, Bogota, Public Plaza, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design, Green Roofs, Rainwater Recycling, Native Species, Bogotas, Natural Habitat


UNStudio unveils sustainable vision for The Smartest Neighborhood in the World

In Helmond’s Brandevoort District in the Netherlands, an exciting new development had boldly declared its plans to become “The Smartest Neighborhood in the World.” Known as the Brainport Smart District (BSD), the tech-savvy and sustainable initiative has taken one step closer to reality thanks to the recently unveiled spatial plans created by a design team led by UNStudio. To be developed in phases across the span of 10 years, the Brainport Smart District will be a one-of-a-kind, mixed-use neig...
Tags: Design, Urban Design, Netherlands, UNStudio, Helmond, Sustainable Living, Metabolic, Energy Production, Living Lab, Communal Living, Circular Design, Brainport Smart District, The Smartest Neighborhood In The World, Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners, Habidatum, UNSense


Ocean cities add 'blue' to green engineering

As urban areas grow in population and footprint, many coastal cities are creating land where there once was ocean. This so-called “reclaiming” of land is not new — in fact, civilizations have been building land on top of bodies of water dating back to the Ancient Egyptians. However, urban planners and city dwellers are increasingly looking for ways to build more sustainably without damaging ecosystems and without increasing flood risk. A new trend, called blue-green infrastructure, marries ecos...
Tags: Design, Climate Change, Singapore, Environment, Features, Architecture, Urban Design, Shanghai, Urban Planning, St Vincent, Caribbean, Cayman Islands, Grenadines, Green Infrastructure, Nanhui New City, Lingang


MVRDV to dramatically revitalize Frances historic Palais du Commerce

Dutch design firm MVRDV has won a competition to renovate and expand the historic Palais du Commerce in Rennes, France. The impressive 19th century palace had once served multiple public functions but now suffers from disconnect with current civic life. Working in collaboration with co-architects Bernard Desmoulin for developers Frey and Engie Avenue, MVRDV plans to reactivate the former public building and transform it into an inviting mixed-use destination that will serve as the centerpiece o...
Tags: Transparency, Design, France, Germany, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Commerce, Expansion, Palace, Historic Preservation, Rennes, Place De La République, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse


Derelict building is wrapped in tin foil to protest lack of affordable housing in Warsaw

Polish-born artist Piotr Janowski has become well-known for turning buildings and even entire locomotives into shimmery art installations by covering them in thin layers of tin foil. Now, the artist is back with Zabkowska 9, Take off —  a building in the heart of Warsaw that has been sitting empty and in decay for years. By wrapping the large townhouse in tin foil, the artist hopes to call attention to Warsaw’s lack of affordable housing, despite the city’s high number of empty buildings. Jano...
Tags: Art, Design, Brooklyn, Gallery, Urban Design, Artwork, Social Housing, Warsaw, Affordable Housing, Take Off, Art Installations, Piotr Janowski, Janowski, Social Art, Zabkowska 9, Warsaw Art Installations


Aquaponic gardens bring life to an unused balcony in an architects' office

When a young architecture start-up in Vietnam went looking for office space, the Farming Architects team, led by founder An Viet Dung, looked to the local vernacular for inspiration. The result is the Urban Eco Balcony, a 376-square-foot office designed to showcase how it’s possible to bring new life to the empty and unused balconies found throughout Hanoi. The interior space is comprised of a unique steel grid system, which was installed with an aquaponic system to breathe new life and green s...
Tags: Design, Gallery, Urban Design, Vietnam, Aquaponics, Interior Design, Hanoi, Office Design, Indoor Gardens, Hydroponic Gardens, Farming Architects, Thach, An Viet Dung, Urban Eco Balcony, Viet Dung, Urban Eco


High-rise living in Utrecht to be transformed by a sustainable vertical village

A trio of high rises are expected to outreach Utrecht, Netherlands’ tallest building and be a beacon of sustainable urban living in the historic city. The MARK Vertical Village, designed by a consortium of architects and developers, won a recent high-rise development contest and the team plans to break ground starting in 2021. The residential buildings will surround an urban forest and feature extensive greenhouses at their pinnacles. Urban agriculture will also be integrated into every level,...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Urban Design, Paris, Netherlands, Utrecht, The Netherlands, Sustainable Design, Affordable Housing, High-rise, Mark, Utrecht Netherlands, Schulze, Vertical Village, Mark Vertical Village, Dom Tower


LEED-targeted Monroe Blocks breaks ground in the heart of Detroit

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has just broken ground on its first U.S. project, Monroe Blocks, a masterplan that the international architecture firm has described as “downtown Detroit’s most significant mixed-use development in decades.” Located in the heart of Detroit’s Central Business District, the project will span two city blocks and feature a striking high-rise office tower that will not only be the first of its kind in the downtown area in more than 25 years, but it is also expected t...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Michigan, Brussels, Detroit, Sustainable Design, Masterplan, High-rise, Urban Revitalization, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, SCHMIDT, Monroe, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Greektown


Penda unveils a futuristic micro-cabin inspired by Beijings hutongs

The micro-apartment concept has been sweeping cities around the world due to overcrowding and rising housing prices. But out of the need to provide solutions for urban housing issues, some designers are looking toward the future. Known for its innovative housing concepts, Penda has just unveiled the MINI Living Urban Cabin, designed to achieve “maximum quality of living within a minimum space” by forgoing walls almost completely. The 160-square-foot, pod-like cabin is a futuristic, circular vo...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Beijing, Gallery, Urban Design, Housing Crisis, Transforming Furniture, Tiny Homes, Tiny House, Penda, Micro Living, Sustainable Cabins, Flexible Design, Urban Cabin, Micro Apartment, Eco Friendly Cabins


This geometric pod is an ultra-light micro-office on wheels

Los Angeles-based design studio Knowhow Shop has unveiled Lighthouse — a digitally-crafted micro-pod on wheels meant to revolutionize the world of low-impact, urban design. The name refers to the light weight of the 150-square-foot structure. The work studio’s unique, asymmetrical volume was put together with everything from boat building materials to film industry hardware through prefabrication techniques. The design was the brainchild of architects Kagan Taylor and Justin Rice, who built th...
Tags: Design, Los Angeles, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Eco Design, Tiny Homes, Tiny House, Lighthouse, Green Architecture, Digital Fabrication, Office Space, Cornelia, Micro Living, Knowhow Shop, Minimal Site Impact


Stefano Boeri Architettis iridescent tower breaks ground in Tirana

Stefano Boeri Architetti, the Italian architecture firm behind the vertical forest towers, has unveiled designs for the Blloku Cube, a mixed-use high-rise marked by its distinctive energy-efficient cladding. Located in the heart of Albania’s capital of Tirana, the Blloku Cube is a multifunctional center instrumental in the Tirana 2030 master plan — also designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti — that aims to breathe new life into one of the most prestigious districts in the city. Construction on th...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Netherlands, Energy Efficiency, Albania, Carousel Showcase, Tirana, Thermal Efficiency, Stefano Boeri Architetti, Stefano Boeri, Anodized Aluminum, Glass Curtain Wall, Modular Facade, Blloku Cube


New Block design offers a low-cost and sustainable solution to urban infill

Los Angeles-based architecture firm Newman Garrison + Partners has unveiled New Block, a patented “green building solution” for urban developers nationwide. Created with affordability and livability in mind, New Block offers a cost-effective strategy for landowners and developers to maximize density on smaller lots, typically two-acre urban infill sites. Elements such as multi-family housing and an abundance of open space are part of New Block’s long-term sustainable concept. All architectura...
Tags: Design, Los Angeles, Sustainability, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Urban Development, Carousel Showcase, Affordable Housing, Green Roof, Density, Irvine, Kevin Newman, Buena Park, Urban Density, Urban Infill


Aperture-like windows maximize shading in this stunning Vancouver residence

When Arno Matis Architecture was tapped to help reshape the identity of Vancouver’s Cambie Street, they designed Aperture, a beautiful site-responsive residential development. The city-block-sized structure derives its name from its striking aperture-like openings with glass-and-wood veneer walls angled in response to each facade’s unique solar exposure. Built to LEED Gold specifications, Aperture maximizes passive shading and is topped with green roofs. Created using Arno Matis Architecture’...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Aperture, Vancouver, Carousel Showcase, Leed Gold, Solar Shading, Arno Matis Architecture, Arno Matis, UBC Aquatic Center, Responsive Density Design, Cambie Street, UV glass


Lyft launches self-driving cars on the Las Vegas strip

For the first time ever, after you’re done partying on the strip, you’ll be able to hail an autonomous ride with Lyft. The ride sharing company is bringing thirty self-driving cars to the streets of Las Vegas in partnership with developer Aptiv. The new initiative will offer the public the option of hailing a self-driving car using Lyft’s app. For those concerned about the interaction between robot and human drivers, trials show that the Aptiv-designed vehicles are more than capable of maneuver...
Tags: Lyft, Design, News, Autonomous, Cities, Automotive, Urban Design, Robots, Innovation, Jaguar, Autonomous Vehicles, Las Vegas, Lidar, Self-driving Car, Self Driving Cars, Kevin Clark


This stunning brick "cave house" in Vietnam is open to the elements

Vietnamese firm H&P Architects has created a unique “cave” fit for human habitation. Their “Brick Cave” townhouse has three levels of brick walls, each one with apertures that create a playful atmosphere of light and shadow throughout the interior. Pockets of greenery accent the brick construction throughout the house, and a vegetable garden on the roof caps off the structure. Built on a corner lot in Đông Anh, Vietnam, the home is nestled on the street and blends into the urban landscape. Th...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Vietnam, Brick, Home Design, Green Roof, Brick Architecture, Green Roofs, Brick Buildings, Brick Homes, H P Architects, Brick Cave, Đông Anh Vietnam


Winners of the 2018 Architecture at Zero competition announced

Boston-based architecture firm Arrowstreet has been named as the winner of the 2018 Architecture at Zero design competition. The winning design, Bay Area Transect, envisions a four-tiered complex embedded into the surrounding landscape in order to minimize its impact and provide educational experiences for the building’s visitors. The project also has multiple sustainable features, including passive ventilation, green roofs, on-site solar power, and a water counterbalancing funicular. Every yea...
Tags: Design, Boston, Environment, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Energy Efficiency, Solar Power, Green Design, Green Architecture, Energy Efficient Architecture, Green Design Competitions, Net-zero Architecture, Resilient Architecture, Landscape Architecture, San Francisco State University


Soaring wooden watchtower hovers over 17th century Dutch fortress

Dutch firm RO&AD Architecten recently built a massive timber tower that looks out from the historic Fort De Roovere in Halsteren, Netherlands. The Pompejus watchtower and open-air theater rises 100 feet off the ground, providing beautiful views of up to 13 miles in any direction. Named after the first commander of the fortress, Pompejus de Roovere, the tower hovers over the West Brabant Water Defense Line. The area has a lot of significance in local history. The West Brabantes Water Defense ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Netherlands, Timber Architecture, Wooden Towers, RO AD Architecten, Pompejus watchtower, Wooden Watchtower Netherlands, Open Air Theater, West Brabant Water Defence Line, Halsteren tower, Timber Constructions, Timber Towers, Sunken Pedestrian Bridge


A New Campaign Wants to Fight Hostile Urban Design With Instagram

If you’ve even set foot in a big city, it’s almost definitely happened to you. Your feet are aching and you want to take a seat for just five minutes—maybe check your phone or finish off your coffee. But the only thing around are window sills with huge spikes jutting out of them, or a “leaning” bench that doesn’t take…Read more...
Tags: Science, Design, Urban Design, Stuart Semple, Hostile Design


Former Angry Bird marketing guru wants to build a $15 billion underwater tunnel

Peter Vesterbacka, the former marketing chief for the smash hit mobile game Angry Birds, has embraced a new challenge: the construction of an 80-mile-long tunnel between Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia. This tunnel would facilitate a high-speed rail connection between the capital of Finland, an artificial island in the Baltic Sea that Vesterbacka plans on building, and the capital of Estonia. “Digging is just a few billion [euros],” Vesterbacka told Buzzfeed News. “Let’s say $15 billion ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Design, News, Infrastructure, Train, Urban Design, Finland, Railway, Estonia, Baltic Sea, Public Transportation, Angry Birds, Helsinki, Tallinn, Green Transportation


Tiny homes made of concrete pipes could be the next big thing in micro housing

The micro-housing trend has really taken off over the last decade, and a new age of tiny urban homes is now upon us. Created by James Law Cybertecture, the Opod Tube House is made from a repurposed concrete pipe and designed as an affordable home for young people who struggle with housing costs in the world’s major cities. Unveiled recently in Hong Kong, the tiny tube houses are created out of repurposed concrete water pipes that measure a little over eight feet in diameter. The tubes are desig...
Tags: Hong Kong, Design, Law, Mexico, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Green Design, Sustainable Design, James Law Cybertecture, Tiny Homes, Green Architecture, Affordable Housing, James Law, Chinese architecture, Micro Housing


Architects squeeze an ethereal art gallery into a narrow Shanghai alleyway

Chinese studio Wutopia Lab converted a dim, dark alleyway between two buildings into a beautiful, light-filled gallery in Shanghai. Located in a terraced courtyard sheltered from the city’s chaotic streets, One Person’s Gallery is a compact space topped with a pitched roof and furnished with repurposed items found during the site cleanup. The original site of the gallery was an old storage area that had been filled with junk over the years. As the cleanup process began, YU Ting from Wutopia Lab...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Shanghai, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Repurposed Materials, Renzo Piano, Tiny Living, Gallery Design, Wutopia Lab, One person's Gallery, Small Gallery Spaces, Shanghai Galleries, Gallery Design Shanghai


The Nuage promenade in the Miami design district

Nuage promenade is a 100 metre-long urban design by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in collaboration with Nathan Browning @ islandplanningcorporation. The modules and columns are made of stainless steel and tinted glass. The ground elements, ponds, planters and seating areas are made of raw concrete. It’s mainly characterized by an organic pergola, raised above some ponds and planters. This installation brings shade, shelter, seating and charm to the Paseo Ponti in the Miami Design District. Like ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Urban Design, Miami, Bouroullec, Ronan, Erwan Bouroullec, Nathan Browning



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