The Revival of Backyards

Cities have recently become so clogged up with people, buildings or cars that they hardly leave any room for the good old fashioned backyard. However, taking a look at these New York brownstone backyards will remind you of the necessity of having a green relaxing place around your home. Green spaces should prevail in urban …

The architecture of the SMART future

Remment Koolhaas is undoubtedly one of the most famous and respected architects in the world. His creativity is fascinating and his buildings tell a story, a story of how architecture should develop in the future. You might see chaos, challenge and controversial designs, but the well-known Dutch personality argues that his buildings inspire quiet contemplation. …

Supertrees: Paragon of sustainable technology and architecture

Utterly astounding…insanely beautiful…undeniably stunning… You would certainly miss half of the beauty that is Singapore if you’ve been to it but failed to drop by at the “Gardens by the Bay” and without getting the chance to take a glimpse of the supertrees. The “Gardens” as they call it is undeniably one of the best …

Will future cities be built using 3D printed construction tech?

We live in an incredibly and progressively changing world. The built environment is certainly not an exception. With the rapid progress in technology, it is no longer a surprise that homes can just come out of a computer, printed and downloaded. And presto! The house you have been dreaming for all your life is just …

World’s tallest wooden skyscraper to rise in Tokyo

An ambitious plan to build the world’s tallest timber skyscraper was unveiled by Japanese builder and developer Sumitomo Forestry Co, one of Japan’s biggest construction conglomerates. Projected to position itself in Central Tokyo at approximately 1,148 feet (around 350 meters), with 70-stories above ground, W350 Project (named after its height) will be Japan’s tallest building …

10 spectacular murals that transformed streets into a mosaic of beauty

A Facebook page known as George Takei Presents recently became viral online for its video that compiled ten stunning art pieces that transformed streets into “things of beauty.” Here are some of these lovely collections: 3D mural (Poznan, Poland). This gigantic mural is a commemoration of the incorporation to Poznan of the historical market town …

Why do walkable cities matter?

New York, Paris, Melbourne and Vancouver—what do they have in common? These cities are widely regarded as among the most pedestrian-friendly and most walkable cities in the world. What is a walkable city? Emily Talen and Julia Koschinsky of Arizona State University have this to say: “…a neighborhood type defined by services within walking distance of …

Challenging the banality of the bus stop

Public transportation is an important issue for commuters all over the world – every day millions of passengers use it to go to work, school or run errands. At the moment, one of the most stringent problems of urban public transportation is represented by bus/tram stops. This is brought about by several reasons, among which …