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OMA unveils designs for zigzagging residential towers in Brooklyn

OMA’s New York office has unveiled striking designs for the Greenpoint Landing mixed-use towers—two dramatically stepped buildings that appear to be two jagged halves of a whole. Designed to frame views of Greenpoint and vistas of Manhattan beyond, the project is “a ziggurat and its inverse…carefully calibrated to one another,” says OMA Partner Jason Long. Greenpoint Landing, which is expected to break ground in August of this year, is located in the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood of Greenpoi...
Tags: New York, Design, NYC, New York City, Architecture, Brooklyn, Gallery, Amsterdam, Manhattan, Green space, Carousel Showcase, Mixed-use, Williamsburg, Oma, Greenpoint, Waterfront


Afghanistans Chihilsitoon Garden is restored with rammed earth architecture

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) has breathed new life and purpose into the Chihilsitoon Garden, a historic cultural destination in Kabul, Afghanistan that was in ruins for nearly three decades. Founded in the 19th century, the Chihilsitoon Garden had once housed visiting dignitaries such as U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, but suffered looting and damage during the internecine conflict of the early 1990s. Now restored to its former glory, the Chihi...
Tags: Garden, Design, Afghanistan, Architecture, Gallery, Kabul, Landscaping, Green space, Green Renovation, Earthquake-resistant Architecture, Rammed Earth, KABUL Afghanistan, Dwight D Eisenhower, Simon Norfolk, Nikita Khrushchev, Rehabilitation


Growing up in nature reduces mental issues by up to 55%

A childhood spent in green spaces reduces the chance of acquiring adult mental disorders by 15% to 55%. A comprehensive study tracked the life stories of one million Danes to reach this conclusion. Humanity is moving to cities, and the report underscores the need for ample green spaces for children. None In 1950, two-thirds of us lived in rural settings, with just one-third living in cities. That balance is rapidly shifting, and experts now expect that by 2050 the numbers will be turned all th...
Tags: Children, Mental Health, Nature, Innovation, Urban Planning, Denmark, Npr, Urbanization, Green space, Public Spaces, Danes, PNAS, Aarhus University, Cognitive Science, Engemann, Jens Christian Svenning


A green veil of plants protects this home from Ho Chi Minh City's heat

In the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s concrete jungle, a compact family home has been infused with greenery thanks to the work of Vietnamese architecture firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Dubbed the Breathing House, the property is located in an extremely dense neighborhood on a plot measuring just 12.8 feet in width and 58.4 feet in length. To provide a connection to nature despite the constrained urban conditions, the architects wrapped three sides of the home in a “green veil” made of creeper pla...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Vietnam, Green space, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Natural Light, Green Architecture, Vertical Garden, Solar Heat Gain, Natural Ventilation, Roof Terrace, Vines, Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Green Screen


Inside Chengdu: can China's megacity version of the garden city work?

The next 15 megacities #13: It may be China’s most liveable burgeoning megacity, but Chengdu’s park city plans bear a price tag of forced evictions and relocationsRead the rest of our megacities series here“The goal is that every 300 metres you see green,” says Chen Lan, an expert in urban design and planning at Sichuan University in the emerging Chinese megacity of Chengdu. “You open a window, you see green, you see a park …”With its mild weather, teahouses, quiet leafy streets and internationa...
Tags: China, World news, Cities, Asia Pacific, Green space, Chengdu, Green Cities, south west China, Sichuan University, Chen Lan


'If we have to leave, we leave': the downside of life in China's park city

The next 15 megacities #13: Chengdu is arguably China’s most liveable burgeoning megacity, following in the footsteps of England’s garden city movement – but on an epic scaleRead the rest of our megacities series here“The goal is that every 300 metres you see green,” says Chen Lan, an expert in urban design and planning at Sichuan University in the emerging Chinese megacity of Chengdu. “You open a window, you see green, you see a park …”With its mild weather, teahouses, quiet leafy streets and i...
Tags: England, China, World news, Cities, Asia Pacific, Green space, Chengdu, Green Cities, south west China, Sichuan University, Chen Lan


Hungry for change: urban foragers take the law into their own hands

Municipal parks are generally off limits to foragers, but in Seattle there’s a newfound hunger to maintain this tradition in citiesAccording to Langdon Cook, there’s one golden rule of foraging: if you don’t know what it is, don’t eat it. Cook is a leading figure in America’s growing urban foraging movement – in fact he’s written the book on it. As we make our way along a trail through one of his favourite hunting grounds, Seattle’s Seward Park, he mentions some of the poisonous plants out there...
Tags: Food, Cook, America, Life and style, World news, US news, Cities, Seattle, Green space, Foraging, Green Cities, Socrates, Langdon Cook, Seattle Cook


secret gardens from around the world

For centuries people have cultivated gardens as a way of spending time outdoors and enjoying natural beauty. But not all gardens are visible to the public eye or easily accessible. Many famous artists, entrepreneurs, monarchs and even city planners have taken pleasure in creating beautiful gardens that are shrouded in a little mystery. Curious to investigate we have found a selection of the world’s most intriguing real-life secret gardens — all of which you can actually visit. 1. Tromsǿ Arcti...
Tags: Travel, Garden, UK, Washington, Mexico, White House, Unesco, Britain, Royals, John F Kennedy, Buckingham Palace, Edinburgh, Norway, Green space, Gardens, Arctic Circle


UK parks save NHS more than £111m a year, study suggests

Fields in Trust charity says regular users are likely to be healthier and visit GPs less oftenThe UK’s parks save the NHS more than £111m every year, according to a report. Regular users of parks and green spaces are likely to be healthier and make fewer visits to their GP, research by Fields in Trust suggests. The charity estimates such spaces provide more than £34bn of wellbeing benefits , by improving mental and physical health. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, NHS, Local Government, Green space, Fields in Trust


How forest bathing can profoundly improve your health and well-being

Dive into the practice of forest bathing. Doing so does not clean your body, per se, but rather refreshes the spirit and benefits your mood and health. Even scientific studies back forest bathing. So what are you waiting for? Discover the new trend that can make you feel more connected to the world. What is forest bathing? Since 1982, forest bathing — called shinrin-yoku — has been practiced in Japan as a means of reconnecting with nature. The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and ...
Tags: Health, Outdoors, Japan, Texas, Design, Environment, Features, Mental Health, University, Forests, Health And Fitness, Green space, Nature / Environment, Don, Community Health, The Lodge


This French art collective is building the world's largest hanging garden

French art collective Les Machines de L’ile is embarking on plans to build the world’s largest hanging garden – which will be on the scale of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The Nantes-based design team is currently working on what they are calling The Heron’s Tree – a massive interactive garden that will span more than 160 feet in diameter and 114 feet high. The “mechanical menagerie” will invite guests to climb the labyrinth-like branches and ride one of two mechanical herons on flights that...
Tags: Art, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Dubai, Green space, Vertical Garden, Gardening And Plants, Les Machines, François Delarozière, Pierre Orefice, Jules Verne, Leonardo da Vinci, Loire River, Heron, Loire Valley


Futuristic Taiwan skyscraper will be infused with an abundance of greenery

French architect Elizabeth de Portzamparc just unveiled competition-winning plans for the Intelligence Operation Center tower in Taichung, Taiwan. The futuristic tower – which will be over 800 feet tall – will have pockets of greenery infused throughout its many levels to provide a healthy interior environment and to help the modern tower blend into its surroundings. The TIOC Tower will feature a digital cultural center, retail, offices and various restaurants, and it was designed to blend int...
Tags: Design, Taiwan, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Green space, Taiwanese Architecture, Taichung Taiwan, Sustainable Urban Design, Skyscraper Designs, Futuristic Towers, Sustainable Skyscrapers, Taiwanese Design, Elizabeth de Portzamparc, Intelligence Operation Center tower, TIOC Tower


Artists transform gigantic Japanese park into a psychedelic forest of light

Japanese art collective teamLab has transformed a 5-million-square-foot park in Japan into a luminous “Forest Where Gods Live”. The massive art installation features 14 distinct artworks that use lights, projections, sensors, and sound to react as visitors stroll through the grounds. Mifuneyama Rakuen park is located in Japan’s Saga Prefecture in Kyushu. The exhibition spans the landscape of rocks, caves, and ample vegetation that leads to the towering Mount Mifune. The park is home to variou...
Tags: Art, Japan, Design, Gallery, Art Exhibition, Green space, Green Technology, Nature / Environment, Parks / Wildlife, Buddhist, Kyushu, Shiseido, Light Art, Teamlab, Mifuneyama Rakuen, Team Lab


Failed Palm Springs golf course is being repurposed into a sustainable community filled with olive groves

A failed Palm Springs golf course is being reborn as an “eco-modern agrihood” located on 300 beautiful acres of desert landscape. The Miralon residential community will include 1,150 solar-powered homes, along with almost 100 acres of open recreational space, including working olive groves, community gardens, and walking trails. The ambitious project is located on a former golf course, which was built, but never operational due to falling into foreclosure in 2008. Freehold Communities bought th...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Energy, Solar Panels, Green space, Palm Springs, Sustainable Design, Landscape Architecture, Coachella Valley, Sustainable Community, Sustainable Urban Design, Eco-friendly Housing, Miralon, Solar-powered Communities, Drip Irrigation


Sheep farm deep in Iceland's fjords transformed into luxury off-grid retreat

A sheep farm tucked into the mountainous landscape of Iceland’s Troll Peninsula has been transformed into the stunning Deplar Farm resort. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, the off-grid lodge really couldn’t be more remote – and it celebrates the true unspoiled beauty of the area. Best of all, Deplar Farm was renovated with locally-sourced materials and a lush green roof. Although it has been converted into luxury cottages, the farm still maintains much of his humble character. Locally-source...
Tags: Design, Hotels, Architecture, Gallery, Iceland, Green space, Carousel Showcase, Hotel Design, Green Roof, Northern Lights Iceland, Timber Buildings, Deplar Farm, Troll Peninsula, Iceland Hotels, Iceland Deplar Farm, Black Timber Cladding


Translucent Ho Chi Minh City office tower infused with greenery helps combat urban pollution

The nature-loving firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects just unveiled their design for a translucent office building in Ho Chi Minh City. The ten-story tower, which will be the headquarters of electric company Nanoco, will be infused with various tree-filled terraces in an attempt to combat the city’s notorious pollution – and provide a healthy workspace on the interior. The large tower is comprised of translucent glass blocks that are obliquely stacked, creating pockets of open terrace space through...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Vietnam, Green space, Ho Chi Minh City, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Chi Minh City, Vietnam Architecture, Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Nanoco, Ho Chi Minh City architecture, Bamboo Buildings, Vtn Architects


Schmidt Hammer Lassen adds modern Scandinavian design to Detroit

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s first project in the U.S. will dramatically modernize the look of downtown Detroit. Expected to break ground in early 2018, the Monroe Block project is a mixed-use development with shimmering glass towers. The cluster of five buildings will feature pedestrian friendly design with plenty of greenery inside and out. Located next to Detroit’s historic theater district, the Monroe Block will comprise 810,000 square feet of office space, 170,000 square feet of retail, 482 ap...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Shanghai, Detroit, Green space, Hudson, Carousel Showcase, Public Plaza, Shop Architects, Mixed-use, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Buro Happold, Bedrock Detroit, Hudson’s


Stunning home in India blends into the earth with segmented green roofs

Jodhpur-based firm Misa Architects has created a contemporary concrete home that – despite its brutalist structure – manages to blend in to its bucolic surroundings. Tucked into rural farmland, the concrete and glass house is sandwiched between the rolling green landscape and a series of verdant green roofs. The home is located on agricultural farmland just outside of Vansajada, India, and it was designed to create a harmonic balance with the natural horizon. Although the building is made from ...
Tags: Design, India, Architecture, Gallery, Green space, Interior Design, Home Design, Green Roof, Brutalist Architecture, Jodhpur, Outhouse, Green Rooftops, Green Home Design, Concrete Homes, Indian Architecture, MISA ARCHITECTS


BIG unveils plans for giant spiny Cactus Towers in Copenhagen

Enormous “Cacti” will soon pop up in the heart of Copenhagen. Architecture firm BIG has unveiled plans to build an eye-catching pair of buildings with a spiny appearance in the city’s Vesterbro district. Created in collaboration with Danish practice Dorte Mandrup Architects, the aptly named Cactus Towers are high-rise residential buildings that will be built next to a new sustainably minded IKEA store. Located next to the waterfront area of Kalvebod Brygge, the 74,000-square-meter site will co...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Ikea, Copenhagen, Big, Green space, Vesterbro, Carousel Showcase, Budget Hotel, Cacti, Overhangs, Cactus Towers, Dorte Mandrup Architects, Kalvebod Brygge, Rotated Floor Plates


BIG unveils Cactus Towers next to a car-free IKEA in Copenhagen

Enormous “Cacti” will soon pop up in the heart of Copenhagen. Architecture firm BIG has unveiled renderings for an eye-catching pair of buildings with a spiny appearance in the city’s Vesterbro district. Created in collaboration with Danish practice Dorte Mandrup Architects, the aptly named Cactus Towers are high-rise residential buildings that will be built next to a new sustainably minded IKEA store. Located next to the waterfront area of Kalvebod Brygge, the 74,000-square-meter site will co...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Ikea, Copenhagen, Big, Green space, Vesterbro, Carousel Showcase, Budget Hotel, Cacti, Overhangs, Cactus Towers, Dorte Mandrup Architects, Kalvebod Brygge, Rotated Floor Plates


'We hate the headscarf': can women find freedom in Tehran's female-only parks?

Parks exclusively for women are popping up in Iranian cities, but critics are divided over whether this is just another ploy to keep them hidden in public“I love to take off my headscarf,” says Laleh, 47, a hairdresser from Tehran. She’s sitting with a group of friends around one of the many picnic tables in the Mother’s Paradise, a park in the Iranian capital. She’s wearing a fringed mint-green T-shirt through which you can see her bare stomach. “We can wear airy clothes here, and that’s a free...
Tags: Gender, Women, Life and style, World news, Iran, Cities, Middle East and North Africa, Tehran, Green space, Parks, Laleh




Madrid's new 'Desert City' is a spectacular home for over 400 species of cacti

Madrid’s dry heat may not bode well for lush flower gardens, but the hundreds of cacti in the city’s new cactus park are sure to thrive. Designed by GarciaGerman Arquitectos, the massive 54,000-square-feet Desert City is an educational, sustainable, and ecological complex aimed at educating visitors about the vibrant world of the xerophytic plants. Located on a formerly vacant lot in the Madrid suburb of San Seastián de los Reyes, the expansive complex includes a large garden space as well a ma...
Tags: Garden, Europe, Design, Taiwan, Gallery, Madrid, Green space, Green Design, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Design, Parks / Wildlife, Botanical, Landscape Architecture, Park Design, Reyes, Sustainable Urban Design


This earth-sheltered Australian hobbit home stays cozy all year

Nigel Kirkwood worked in the mining industry for 25 years and it was his fascination with the natural sustainability of tunnels that led him to build his own underground, earth-sheltered home to live out his retirement years. Located in Quindalup, Western Australia, Kirkwood’s self-built hobbit house is buried under nearly 1,000 tons of soil and covered with greenery. Working in the mining industry taught Kirkwood a thing or two about the sustainable features of underground structures. Using th...
Tags: Design, Abc, Architecture, Gallery, Green Building, South West, Green space, Hobbit Home, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Landscape Architecture, Kirkwood, Underground Homes, Rammed Earth Homes, DIY homes, Earth Sheltered Homes


These squares are our squares: be angry about the privatisation of public space

Public space is a right not a privilege; yet Britain is in the midst of the biggest sell-off of common space since the enclosures of the 17th and 18th centuryThe public spaces of London, the collective assets of the city’s citizens, are being sold to corporations – privatised – without explanation or apology. The process has been strategically engineered to seem necessary, benign and even inconsequential, but behind the veil, the simple fact is this: the United Kingdom is in the midst of the lar...
Tags: London, Environment, UK News, World news, Cities, Britain, United Kingdom, Green space, Parks and Green Spaces, Privately owned public space (Pops


The end of parklife as we know it? The battle for Britain’s green spaces

Britain’s parks are in crisis. With councils such as Bristol cutting spending to zero, and land being lost to developers, what’s happening to our public gardens?We can expect, now that cracks are appearing in the government’s commitment to austerity, calls for many deserving causes to be released from their starvation diets. Of these, Britain’s parks and green spaces have been among the most viciously cut. They cost little in relation to their benefits. They are also assets for the long term, re...
Tags: Environment, David Cameron, UK News, Cities, Culture, Britain, Local Government, Urbanisation, Bristol, Green space, Henry James, Public Lands, Steen Eiler Rasmussen


C.F. Mller Architects designs Danish school that optimizes learning through design

The built environment has a huge impact on shaping on lives, especially when it comes to learning. With that principle in mind, C.F. Møller Architects designed and recently completed the Herningsholm Vocational School, a Danish school that focuses on the creation of optimal learning and study environments. Green space, designed by C.F. Møller Landscape, is woven throughout the school to provide opportunities for outdoor work and learning. Winner of a 2014 architectural competition, the design ...
Tags: School, Design, Sweden, Architecture, Gallery, Denmark, Green space, Carousel Showcase, Learning Environment, C.F. Møller Landscape, C.F. Møller Architects, Herningsholm Vocational School, Educational Building, Herningsholm, Alternative Learning Spaces, Mobile Furnishings


MVRDV to upgrade historic French city with modern, ecological design

France’s historic Bordeaux World Heritage Site is getting a modern ecological refresh thanks to prolific Rotterdam-based firm MVRDV. Working together with local architecture studio Flint, the architects unveiled Ilot Queyries, a pilot project for a new neighborhood that combines the European city’s historic qualities with eco-friendly and contemporary features. The dense and mixed-use masterplan not only calls for modern architecture and green space, but will also include solar panels, an integ...
Tags: Design, France, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Energy, Green space, Bordeaux, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Rotterdam, Masterplan, Natural Ventilation, Daylight, Mixed-use, Natural Daylighting, Flint


This tropical paradise home has an all-natural swimming lagoon filled with live fish

Brazilian architecture firm Studio MK-27 has turned a breathtaking Miami home into a tropical paradise complete with an all-natural swimming lagoon with real fish, a heated saltwater pool, and an abundance of lush vegetation. The 12,000 square-foot luxury home sits on the water front of the exclusive Indian Creek area, and it can be yours for a cool $29.75 million. The 12,000 square foot home, which was built with raw materials including exposed concrete, stone, and teak wood, boasts stunning...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Austria, Gallery, Miami, Green Building, Green space, Interior Design, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Materials, Natural Building Materials, Indian Creek, Natural Swimming Pool, Salt Water Pool, Natural Pools, Raw Building Materials


Luxurious solar home wraps around a sloped green roof

Architecture and landscape unite in the MeMo House, a solar-powered home in Buenos Aires built to maximize green space. Located between infill buildings, the MeMo House is the work of local studio Bam! Arquitectura, which based the design on sustainable design principles, such as low energy consumption and native plantings. The light-filled home embraces nature with its back garden and sloping green roof that connects all three floors. Located on a dense urban plot in San Isidro, the compact ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, House, Green Building, Solar Panels, Green space, Buenos Aires, Carousel Showcase, Natural Lighting, Green Roof, San Isidro, LEED, Full-height Glazing, Garden Terrace, Native Flora