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Shoppers in London can turn footsteps into electricity

The hustle and bustle of Oxford Street can be a bit overwhelming. London's premium outdoor shopping zone is noisy, very busy and often cramped. By …

Let’s Hide Wind Turbines Under Bridges

The spaces under our highway infrastructure are the perfect place to gather extra wind power.<p>As wind power quickly spreads–thanks to the fact that it’s now cheaper than coal in some places–it usually ends up in sprawling wind farms. But some designers are hoping that it will start to show up in a …

CHILDREN´S HOME OF THE FUTURE - HOUSING

• LOCATION: KERTEMINDE, DK<br>• CLIENT: KERTEMINDE MUNICIPALITY<br>• SIZE: 1.250 m² NEW BUILDING<br>• YEAR: 2012 – 2014<br>• STATUS: COMPLETED<br>• ARCHITECT: CEBRA<br>• LANDSCAPE …

Architecture

BIG plans to "breathe life" into Aarhus harbour with swimming baths and beach huts

<b>News:</b> Bjarke Ingels has unveiled a vision to transform the harbour of Denmark's second largest city into a public plaza featuring a waterside …

How Jeanne Gang's Firm Designed a Better Police Station

The eclectic body of work of Chicago architect Jeanne Gang draws inspiration from unlikely sources. The angled profile of the WMS Boathouse mimics the motion of rowers, and the unfolding roof of the open-air Bengt Sjostrom Theatre provides a star-shaped view of the night sky. Deep dives into nature …

Moving? You Can Take This Tiny, Cheap, Smart Apartment With You Wherever You Go

Want to move from San Francisco to Austin? Forget packing and Craigslist. Soon, you’ll open an app and ship your whole place.<p>If you need to move to a new city, this tiny apartment is designed to come with you. What’s even better, it would cost about half the rent of space at market rate, even if …

The Manhattan Subway Rent Map: Where You Can't Afford to Live, by Stop

Whether you want to be closer to work, or closer to awesome dim sum, finding a more convenient (but still affordable... please?) place to live is …

City Halls

Underline park by James Corner Field Operations would stretch below elevated rail tracks in Miami

James Corner Field Operations – one of the studios behind New York's popular High Line – has designed a new park for downtown Miami that would be …

Can You Run A City Based On Happiness?

In Santa Monica, California, the government wants to make its citizens feel better.<p>It’s hard to imagine anyone being unhappy living in Santa Monica, California. The affluent beachfront city, a suburb of Los Angeles, is home to surfers, students, and celebrities mixed with vacationers have a good …

These Beautiful, Translucent Barriers Quiet Traffic–And Generate Power At The Same Time

Where could this be? The Netherlands of course, where it seems like all such clever plans start (solar bike path, anyone?).<p>And this has to be one of the best Dutch ideas yet–roadside noise barriers that also generate solar power. Not only that, they work on cloudy days, and one kilometer (0.62 …

Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles

Slideshow<p>SlideshowDaido Moriyama, <i>Record #22</i>, 2012<p>SlideshowVeronika Kellndorfer, <i>Freeman House (Black and White)</i>, 2003.<p>SlideshowGeorge Porcari, <i>A Man</i> …

Los Angeles

Find Out How Loud Your Neighborhood Is With These Sound Maps

People choose where to live based on all sorts of data: Price, public transit, proximity to pizza chains. But noise is tougher to measure. And since …

Maps

Mapping How America’s Population Will Change By 2030

The coming demographic changes are enormous–as the population gets older and more diverse.<p>The U.S. is expected to become both older and more diverse in the coming decades, with the elderly and Hispanics in particular taking up a greater proportion of the population.<p>For a sense of how things will …

Demographics

This Architecture Movement Wants to Trick You Into Taking the Stairs

As we move through our cities each day, we make dozens of small decisions, based on dozens of small reasons. Take, for example, your decision to grab …

Cities

What If You Didn’t Need A Bike Lock, Because The Bike Rack Locked Your Bike For You?

Cyclists don’t want to lug around locks heavy enough to truly protect their bikes. That’s why this bike rack includes the lock, so all you need is a key.<p>After his bike was stolen, product design student Mason Holden started combing Amazon for a better lock. The problem: It didn’t exist. Even the …

The Most Diverse Cities Are Often The Most Segregated

When I was a freshman at the University of Chicago in 1996, I heard the same thing again and again: Do not leave the boundaries of Hyde Park. Do not …

Urban Design

These Pretty City Maps Were Drawn By Our Paths Through Them

The metadata in our pictures holds wisdom about our cities, as Mapbox’s Eric Fischer demonstrates with open data.<p>It’s no secret that tourists love to snap pictures on the Staten Island ferry. Or that photographers will wander the side streets of east London capturing the latest street art. Everyone …

Step Inside The 10 Best Green Buildings of 2015

A few solar panels don’t impress anyone anymore.<p>When the American Institute of Architects first started handing out annual awards for sustainable architecture 19 years ago, green buildings were still somewhat rare.<p>Now, the opposite is true: Most new architecture contains at least some sustainable …

The Best Active Designs That Help People Live Healthier Lives

Design influences our health and quality of life, for better or worse and in ways we might not even realize. These are six inspiring examples of the best.<p>Ever walk into the a building and the stairwell is so dark and dingy, that you decide to take the elevator, even if you’re only going up one …

Who Is To Blame For California’s Drought?

Not who you think.<p>With the worst drought in California history raging on, and Gov. Jerry Brown ordering the state to cut its water usage by 25%, the inevitable question arises: Who’s at fault? Who’s sucking the state’s severely limited water supply dry?<p><i>The New York Times</i> breaks down how much water …

6 Buildings That Are Redefining The Library

As the world becomes ever more digital, the role of libraries is changing. In an age when Google can replace much of the information-gathering duties librarians once shouldered, libraries need to rethink how they can best serve their users.<p>The winners of the 2015 American Institute of Architects …

Photographing the Beginning of the End of 'Old San Francisco'

Janet Delaney's "South of Market" series documents an early wave of the city's transformation—in the 1970s.<p>Janet Delaney was a 26-year-old photography student when she arrived in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood in 1978. Then, SoMa was still home to working-class immigrant families, …

New York City Photos by Franck Bohbot

Light On – expressive photos of New York City.<p>Franck Bohbot is a New York City based photographer and visual artist who was born in France in 1980. …

New York City

Street Artist Paints Three-Dimensional Portals on the Side of Buildings

In his characteristic style, artist 1010's new murals are brightening city streets with wavy bands of color and gradients that make viewers feel like they're seeing through walls. The anonymous, Germany-based graffiti artist has rolled out new masterpieces in the last year– including a gallery show …

An Abandoned Kentucky Tobacco Factory Is Transforming Into A Massive Local Food Hub

A food desert in Louisville will soon become one of the biggest havens for local food in the country.<p>A factory in Louisville, Kentucky, made chewing tobacco for over a century before folding in 2009. Now the abandoned site is a symbol of how the city is changing: The 24-acre brownfield will soon …

The Eiffel Tower Now Has Two Beautiful Wind Turbines

The historic tower is now outfitted with 17-foot turbines that blend with the building, showing that renewable energy is possible anywhere.<p>After 126 years as a staple of Parisian postcards and tourist snapshots, the Eiffel Tower now looks slightly different: High above the ground, two new wind …

New in the Shop: Beautifully Abstract City Maps by Jazzberry Blue

Using bold colors and geometric forms, artist Jazzberry Blue creates abstract maps of some of the world's most famous cities. He's made these modern maps, that have that mid-century modern look to them, for almost every city you can think of including Chicago, Milan, and Berlin. The self-taught …

This Is What Parks Could Look Like in 2034

City planners from Seattle to Seoul are dreaming up some remarkable designs for future parks. It seems after years of neglect, we are finally recognizing how critical green spaces are to the economic, environmental and social lifeblood of cities.<p>In New York City alone, the Bloomberg administration …