Concrete hills conceal bicycle racks in Copenhagen public plaza

Karen Blixens Plads in Copenhagen is an undulating plaza with sheltered parking for over 2,000 bicycles designed by Danish architecture firm COBE. The 20,000-square-metre public park is situated between the University of Copenhagen and Amager Common, an area of wetlands, fields and lakes just outside of the city. Named for noted 19th-century Danish author Karen Blixen, […]

Muf works with primary school pupils to build Golden Lane Estate playground

Architecture studio Muf has built an open-air playground, featuring a geometrical climbing structure and a stage for performances. Muf designed the area for residents and children to gather, play and perform on the Golden Lane Estate – a 1950s council housing complex in the City of London – to compensate for the space constraints that come with […]

Sidewalk Labs advances plans for Toronto smart city

Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs is moving forward with its ambition to create a smart neighbourhood in Toronto, after addressing a number of “critical issues” in its initial scheme. Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto, which enlisted the Alphabet subsidiary to oversee the development, released new details of the conditions for the scheme yesterday. The update follows […]

Greenery is often “sole legitimisation” for unsustainable buildings says Céline Baumann

Plants will be used to greenwash developments until landscape architecture is given a bigger role in urban planning says French landscape architect Céline Baumann. Baumann, whose work is one of 40 visions for the future of architecture currently on display at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, warned that plants on buildings are often […]

Junya Ishigami’s Japanese water garden wins €100,000 Obel Award

Art Biotop Water Garden, an artificial landscape by Junya Ishigami near the Nasu Mountains in Japan, has won the inaugural Obel Award. The new international prize of €100,000 (£86,000) – making it one of the world’s richest architecture prizes – is given by the Henrik Frode Obel Foundation to a project completed in the last […]

Stefano Boeri unveils Smart Forest City covered in 7.5 million plants for Mexico

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has unveiled plans to create a forested smart city in Cancun, Mexico, that is designed to be a “pioneer” of more eco-efficient developments. Smart Forest City Cancun is intended to be built on a 557 hectare site near the Mexican city. According to the architect it will contain 7.5 million plants, […]

Stefano Boeri designs elevated walkway to be built under Renzo Piano Genoa bridge

Stefano Boeri has unveiled the design of a circular elevated walkway that will be built below Renzo Piano’s replacement for the collapsed Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy. Developed by his eponymous studio Stefano Boeri Architetti, working with Metrogramma and Inside Outside, the walkway forms part of the Polcevera Park and The Red Circle masterplan, which has been designed to […]

Think tank to research terraforming earth founded by Moscow’s Strelka Institute

The Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow has launched a postgraduate course to research how the earth could be terraformed to reverse the impacts of climate change. Called The Terraforming, the interdisciplinary think tank will research ways in which the earth could be dramatically transformed in the future to return it to a […]

Indonesia’s new capital will be located on Borneo

As congested and low-lying Jakarta sinks rapidly, Indonesia‘s government has revealed that the new capital city will be built on the island of Borneo. President Joko Widodo announced that the administrative functions of Jakarta would move to the area of East Kalimantan, reported Bloomberg. The new capital will be located between North Penajam Paser and Kutai […]

Heatherwick Studio reveals designs for “gigantic planted pergola” in Tokyo

Construction has begun on the Toranomon-Azabudai district in central Tokyo, where Japan’s tallest skyscraper will sit alongside buildings and a landscaped pergola designed by Heatherwick Studio. Heatherwick Studio designed the public realm and numerous low-rise blocks for the development within the Minato ward of Tokyo based on the idea of creating a giant plant-filled pergola. “As […]

Zaha Hadid Architects carves out sculptural flood protection barrier in Hamburg

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed the sculptural Niederhafen River Promenade in Hamburg, Germany, as part of the city’s upgrade of its flood prevention system. Positioned along the 625-metre-long stretch between St Pauli Landungsbrücken and Baumwall, the Niederhafen River Promenade replaces one of the city’s existing, but dilapidating, flood barriers built in 1964. While providing vital […]

SKNYPL designs inflatable rooftop garden for busy Seoul street

New Korean Garden is an “Instagrammable” meeting and events space proposed for a rooftop in Seoul, South Korea, which is made from turquoise, pebble-like inflatables. Designed by Moscow studio SKNYPL, it is envisaged as a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Korean garden, within which simplicity and nature are typically key, and rock arrangements are considered […]

LAVA and Aspect Studios to add Central Park to Ho Chi Minh City

Elevated walkways and sunken gardens with sculptural energy-harvesting “trees” will define LAVA and Aspect Studios’ Central Park masterplan in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Due to begin construction in 2020, the scheme by LAVA and Aspect Studios is the winning design of an international competition that invited architects to transform the existing September 23 Park […]

Steve Nygren integrates European housing typologies in new Atlanta neighbourhood

Residences that take cues from the canal houses in Belgium and the Netherlands, and minimal wood-clad homes in Scandinavia feature in this new development on the outskirts of Atlanta. The new community called Serenbe was founded by Steve Nygren, who describes himself as a “developer by default”. He purchased 60 acres (24 hectares) of the […]

Vilius Vizgaudis reimagines Texan city as “capital of sustainable living”

Bartlett graduate Vilius Vizgaudis has reimagined Paris, Texas, as a sustainable city in a bid to entice president Donald Trump to rejoin the Paris Agreement. Named The Gift, the conceptual masterplan proposes transforming the city of Paris in Texas into an eco-friendly metropolis based on the “symbolic value of Paris as a world capital in climate […]

NOMA sculpture garden extension features outdoor theatre and submerged walkway

Landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand has cut a pathway through water as part of its extension to the sculpture garden at the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art. Measuring six acres (2.4 hectares), Reed Hilderbrand’s addition doubles the size of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art […]

SHoP and Ken Smith convert Manhattan’s Pier 35 into an eco park

US firms SHoP Architects and Ken Smith Workshop have turned a sliver of land along the East River into an ecological park featuring gardens, a faceted metal screen and a rocky beach that serves as habitat for mussels. Just south of the Lower East Side neighbourhood in Manhattan, Pier 35 sits along the East River and […]

Sidewalk Labs reveals masterplan for Sidewalk Toronto neighbourhood

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs has outlined its Toronto Tomorrow masterplan to turn a parcel of the city’s waterfront into the “neighbourhood of the future”. Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, unveiled the updated proposal for Sidewalk Toronto in its Master Innovation & Development Plan (MIDP). Released 18 months after the team first announced plans to develop a […]

Waugh Thistleton designs eco-village in a lake to reinvigorate central Bergen

Over a thousand houses built on the Store Lungegårdsvann lake will form the heart of Trenezia, a sustainable village masterplanned by Waugh Thistleton for Bergen, Norway. London architecture studio Waugh Thistleton designed Trenezia in a bid to create a carbon neutral residential and cultural hub for the city that would attract locals to remain within central Bergen. “Given […]

Fatkin, Patrick McEvoy and PATRI create city parklets in central London

A decommissioned black cab and curb-side art gallery are among the mini parks designed by the London-based architects and designers as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture. The three miniature landscaped spaces, designed by architecture studios Fatkin and PATRI and artist Patrick McEvoy, are dotted across the capital’s historic financial district. The city parklets […]

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