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Bamboo electric bike is designed for Kathmandu locals and tourists

Designer and Fulbright scholar Lance Rake has teamed up with local bamboo builders at Abari in Kathmandu to design an electric cargo bike made out of sustainable materials. The resulting design is the Habre Eco Bike, a three-wheeled bicycle made out of locally sourced bamboo that was strategically crafted to provide locals and tourists with an alternative vehicle that would not only let them move around town easily but would also help reduce the city’s notorious pollution. Kathmandu is consider...
Tags: Asia, Design, Bicycles, Air Pollution, Urban Design, Kathmandu, Bamboo, Electric Bike, Cargo Bike, Fulbright, Lance Rake, Rake, Bamboo Bike, Abari, Clean Air Initiatives, Habre eco bike

Climate-adaptive park in Copenhagen wins Arne of the Year Award

One of Copenhagen’s newest green parks, the Sankt Kjelds Square and Bryggervangen, has just received Copenhagen’s most prestigious architecture prize — the Arne of the Year Award. Designed by Danish design studio SLA, the nearly 35,000-square-meter urban park is most notable for its effective solutions to cloudbursts, a term describing sudden heavy rainfall that can trigger violent flash floods. Using blue-green space as a sponge for rainwater, the cloudburst adaptation project not only mitigate...
Tags: Garden, Design, Park, Gallery, Urban Design, Denmark, Copenhagen, Sla, Carousel Showcase, Parks / Wildlife, Arne, Urban Park, Stormwater Management, Urban Heat Island Effect, Stormwater Runoff, Cloudburst

Tencent gets proposal from MVRDV for green smart city

After two years of development, MVRDV has unveiled its competition entry for Chinese tech giant Tencent’s next campus — a green and futuristic smart city shaped like a continuous undulating mountain range. Located on a 133-hectare site in Shenzhen’s Qianhai Bay, the nature-inspired development combines references to the lush, mountainous surroundings with Tencent’s cutting-edge technology. The massive urban district is expected to include enough office space for 80,000 to 100,000 employees, publ...
Tags: Smart City, Japan, Design, China, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Tencent, Toyota, Solar Panels, Shenzhen, Carousel Showcase, Green City, Conference Center, MVRDV, Sustainable City

Henning Larsen unveils plans for Copenhagens first all-timber community

A sustainable, nature-filled neighborhood unlike any other in Denmark could soon take root just beyond Copenhagen’s city center. Scandinavian architecture firm Henning Larsen has collaborated with biologists and environmental engineers from MOE to design the Fælledby community, a proposal for Copenhagen’s first all-timber neighborhood. Proposed for a former dumping ground site, the development promotes sustainable living, a reduced carbon footprint and a harmonious relationship with nature. Des...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Urban Design, Denmark, Biodiversity, Copenhagen, Carbon Footprint, Timber Architecture, Native, Moe, Billund, Sustainable Architecture, Nature Inspired Architecture, Henning Larsen, Sustainable Urbanism, Local Flora

BIG presents a sustainable living laboratory town in Japan for Toyota at CES

As part of CES 2020, Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled exciting designs for its first project in Japan — the Toyota Woven City, a sustainable “living laboratory” at the foothills of Mt. Fuji. Created in collaboration with Toyota Motor Corporation, the project will be the world’s first urban incubator dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of mobility with a focus on sustainability, from renewable energies to shared mobility. The futuristic prototype town will also be notable for its inclusio...
Tags: Smart City, Japan, Design, Ces, Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Bjarke Ingels, Toyota, Solar Panels, Big, Carbon-neutral, Bjarke Ingels Group, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Toyota Motor Corporation, Mt Fuji

Lush Sky Green towers are the first of their kind in Taichung

Taichung, Taiwan has taken yet another step toward becoming a greener, more livable city with the recent completion of Sky Green, a sustainably minded, mixed-use development. Designed by Singaporean architecture firm WOHA, the high-rise is named after its inclusion of sky gardens and terraces that are filled with lush, subtropical greenery. The project’s integration of green spaces is expected to raise the city’s standards for “skyrise greenery” in future sustainable developments. As an expert ...
Tags: Smart City, Design, Singapore, Taiwan, Architecture, Urban Design, Green Building, High-rise, Mixed-use, Courtyard, Taichung, Mixed-use Development, Sky Garden, Taichung Taiwan, Sustainable City, Residential Tower

Fuksas designs a zero-impact public square in the heart of Sofia

Italian design firm Studio Fuksas has recently revealed designs for the new Sveta Nedelya Square, a “zero-impact” public space in the heart of Sofia, Bulgaria. Located in front of the medieval Sveta Nedelya Church, the project will bridge the city’s ancient roots and modern urbanism with a contemporary design that shows off the city’s historic architecture. As a beacon for sustainability, the square will feature transparent solar panels atop a “hi-tech canopy” of pavement modules and a rainwater...
Tags: Design, Renewable Energy, Rome, Park, Urban Design, Bulgaria, Solar Panels, Public Space, Rainwater Collection, Rainwater Harvesting, Sofia, Public Square, Cardo, Fuksas, Pedestrian Friendly, Zero Impact

Luca Curci Architects proposes a self-sustainable Vertical City of the future

Italian architecture firm Luca Curci Architects has unveiled the Vertical City, a futuristic proposal for urban development comprising a series of modular, zero-energy skyscrapers anchored into the ocean floor. Envisioned as a completely self-sufficient settlement, the utopian city promises “healthier lifestyles” for the vertical city-building’s residents. The thought experiment was recently presented for the first time at the Knowledge Summit 2019 in Dubai last month. The Vertical City proposa...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Urban Design, Dubai, Skyscraper, Mixed-use, Modular Architecture, Prefab Architecture, Vertical City, Sustainable Architecture, Zero energy, WOHA, Futuristic Architecture, Luca Curci, Self-sustainable, Singapore Pavilion

FAAB reimagines Warsaws largest public square as a solar-powered cycle park

In 2018, after celebrating the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence, Warsaw-based firm FAAB Architektura was inspired to look toward the future for a more permanent commemoration of Poland. To that end, the architects have reimagined Piłsudski Square — Warsaw’s largest public square that is presently underused — as a sustainable city landmark redefined with Europe’s largest cycle park, photovoltaic panels and a new rainwater harvesting system. The redeveloped square would also ...
Tags: Europe, Design, Renewable Energy, Bicycles, Museum, Urban Design, Poland, Warsaw, Parks / Wildlife, Public Space, Landscape Architecture, Rainwater Harvesting, Public Square, Urban Heat Island Effect, Piłsudski Square, FAAB

A lush public park grows on the roof of a luxury Wuhan mall

When Los Angeles-based design studio 5+design was tapped to create a high-end mall in Wuhan, China, the firm was also given the opportunity to create a publicly accessible green space — an amenity in decline in the city due to rapid development. As a result, the 164,000-square-meter Wuhan North Pavilion supports a lush public rooftop park that’s accessible from the ground level and provides active and passive spaces for children and adults alike. Designed to foster community and an added sense o...
Tags: Design, China, Los Angeles, Park, Architecture, Urban Design, Water Conservation, Green space, Wuhan, Mall, Parks / Wildlife, Public Space, Greenery, Green Roof, Energy Saving, Hubei

BIGs LEED Gold-seeking school in Arlington features a cascade of green terraces

After five years in the making, BIG has completed The Heights, a new public school building in Arlington, Virginia that not only offers a unique and energy-efficient take on school architecture, but also helps maximize density and open space. Located along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, The Heights combines two existing secondary schools into a new 180,000-square-foot building that opens like a fan with a cascade of green-roofed terraces to provide an indoor-outdoor learning landscape. An emphas...
Tags: School, Design, Virginia, Architecture, Urban Design, Nepal, Schools, Big, Brick, Natural Light, Green Roof, Leed Gold, School Architecture, Bjarke Ingels Group, Arlington, Atrium

Tacoma's Dune Peninsula: from slag heap to beloved park

On a gorgeous fall day, people jog and walk dogs along Tacoma’s waterfront in the new Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park. Locals appreciate the almost miraculous transformation of this land. The human-made peninsula, named for the science-fiction book by Tacoma author Frank Herbert, was built over an accumulation of slag a manufacturer dumped into Puget Sound for 70 years. As Tacoma Park Board Commissioner Erik Hanberg said in a news release, “The theme in ‘Dune’ of a world destroyed by envir...
Tags: Design, Interview, Interviews, Environment, Park, Urban Design, Wildlife, Epa, Seattle, Tacoma, Parks / Wildlife, Frank Herbert, Landscape Architecture, Sustainability Initiatives, Beaudoin, RUSTON

Lemay injects new life into Montreals Expo 67 site

Canadian multidisciplinary design firm Lemay recently revitalized a core area on the site of Expo 67, the 1967 International and Universal Exposition that was held in Montreal and is considered the most successful World’s Fair of the 20th century. The $60 million project, which concluded earlier this summer, was carried out as part of the City of Montreal’s 375th anniversary in 2017. Spanning an area of approximately 35 acres, the redevelopment project known as the new Espace 67 enhances the vis...
Tags: Design, Canada, Urban Design, Island, Montreal, Redevelopment, Public Spaces, Pavilion, Helen, Landscape Design, Andrew King, Amphitheater, Buckminster Fuller, Lemay, Geodesic Dome, Biosphere

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

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