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 […]

Paris plans to go green by planting “urban forest” around architectural landmarks

Paris has unveiled plans to plant trees and gardens alongside four of its historic sites to improve the air quality and address climate change. Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo has announced an “urban forest” planting scheme for the Place de l’Hotel de Ville, the Gare de Lyon, the Palais Garnier and a footpath along the […]

Henning Larsen unveils plans to revive Esbjerg Bypark

Henning Larsen has revealed plans to revive a neglected park in the city of Esbjerg, Denmark, by extending an existing amphitheatre to create a giant staircase between the city and its port. Spanning 30,000-square-metres, the Esbjerg Bypark project proposes restoring and enhancing the park’s existing features, including a grassy amphitheatre and concrete bunkers, to create event […]

Carlo Ratti imagines how Boulevard Périphérique in Paris will look in 2050

Paris’ famous Périphérique ring road could have its car lanes slashed by half and replaced by a playground in the switch to driverless cars, says Carlo Ratti. The Italian architect, who is one of the world’s leading voices on technology in urban environments, has explored how Paris could adapt its roads to an autonomous, electric […]

Mutuus Studio converts industrial artifact into Acid Ball installation in Washington park

A large, steel sphere sourced from a shuttered paper mill has been repurposed by Seattle firm Mutuus Studio as an installation in a waterfront park in the Pacific Northwest. The Waypoint installation, locally known as Acid Ball, is located in the new Wayfront Park, which stretches along a revitalised waterfront in Bellingham – a coastal city in […]

Madrid could scrap low-emissions zone despite air quality improvements

A major plan to reduce air pollution in Madrid may be repealed, because incoming politicians want to bring back traffic back into the city. Isabel Díaz Ayuso of Spain’s right-wing Partido Popular (PP), who is expected to become president of the Madrid region, said that traffic jams are part of what make the Spanish capital […]

Hungary plans €1 billion greenhouse city powered by renewable energy

Hungary has revealed plans to build a new carbon-neutral greenhouse-filled farming city that will be powered by renewable energy sources. The €1 billion (£877 million) agricultural centre is proposed for the border between Hungary, Austria and Slovakia. It will cover 330 hectares – equivalent to 500 football pitches. Hungary’s minister of agriculture István Nagy said […]

UNStudio masterplans smart city in Bangalore

Dutch practice UNStudio has unveiled a masterplan for Karle Town Centre, a garden-filled smart city in Bangalore where buildings will be covered in cooling white paint. Karle Town Centre (KTC), which will be built alongside the Manyata Tech Park, is designed to be an attractive place for workers and their families to live in Bangalore, dubbed […]

OMA and Laboratorio Permanente to transform two Milanese railway yards into “ecological filters”

OMA and Laboratorio Permanente’s Agenti Climatici masterplan will turn two abandoned goods yards in Milan into public parks to filter the city’s air and water pollution. The Agenti Climatic masterplan will see the transformation of the Scalo Farini and Scalo San Cristoforo railway yards on the outskirts of the Italian city. OMA and Laboratorio Permanente plan to turn the former […]

“China is one of the best places for experimenting” with urban technology says Carlo Ratti

All eyes should be on China in the race to develop smart cities, says architect Carlo Ratti, who is co-curating this year’s Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in Shenzhen. China offers unique perspectives on how technology can be used to improve public space, according to Ratti, and international architects and urban planners can learn a lot. “Probably […]

Student builds rammed-earth shelter at Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture school

Tapered, rammed-earth walls support the roof of this small shelter that architecture student Conor Denison has built on the desert campus of Frank Lloyd Wright‘s School of Architecture at Taliesin. Denison designed and built the shelter during his final year at the architecture school, founded by the late American architect in 1937, and previously named Frank […]

BIG unveils park-covered highway for Brooklyn’s waterfront

Architecture firm BIG has unveiled a proposal to overhaul a portion of New York City’s Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, known as the BQE, with a public park that covers a subterranean roadway. Revealed today, the BQP is a comprehensive roadway and park plan focused on the historic neighbourhood of Brooklyn Heights close to Downtown Brooklyn. BIG developed […]

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