Nuno Raphael Relvão

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Why High-Tech Urban Farms Won't Displace Community Gardens

To serve neighborhoods, they need to work together.<p>Urban farmers are increasingly leveraging technologies like machine learning and smartphone integration to build high-yield farms in small urban spaces. And while it may seem that those innovations upend the “slow food” idea of working together in …

Creative Ways to Rethink Your Living Room Layout

What does your living room look like right now? Many American living rooms are a bit like a miniature theater, with furniture arranged in an admiring …

8 cool ideas for U.S. cities, courtesy of the Dutch

Urban interventions galore<p>From Mondrian’s colorful, pared-down compositions to a bike- and weed-friendly culture, there’s a lot the Netherlands is known for. And recently, these cultural footings —as well as universal headaches like potholes and road safety—have inspired a number of innovative …

Urbanism

7 of the Most Ambitious Plans to Transform the World's Iconic Cities

Because sometimes even the greatest cities need a change.<p>Whether due to a sheer influx of people or the changing face of our environment, cities need to find ways to modernize and adapt to the growing world. In some cases, this change will occur slowly and organically. Other times, cities take a …

Superblocks: how Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars

Modern cities are ruled by cars. Streets are designed for them; bikers, pedestrians, vendors, hangers-out, and all other forms of human life are pushed to the perimeter in narrow lanes or sidewalks. Truly shared spaces are confined to parks and the occasional plaza. This is such a fundamental …

Two Words Would Make Our Cities More Livable: Pedestrians First

Any plan to make cities better start with the single step we all take when we leave home.<p>What’s the single most important factor in a livable city? Pedestrians. After all, even if we commute to work in a BMW, we start and finish our journey as pedestrians. “Every single trip begins with walking,” …

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Artist Uses Wood Scraps to Visualize a Dynamic Explosion of Color and Shapes

Breaking with purpose—this is how New Zealand artist Louise McRae describes her creative act. Selecting found wood, cutting it, and painting it before it's molded into dynamic assemblages, McRae's work demonstrates an explosive spirit. By fitting together the broken down wood into art that is …

Glorious green office in Tokyo a showpiece for urban agriculture

The Pasona Group’s blooming headquarters doubles as a promotional tool for farming<p>Tokyo’s streetscape typically leans towards the modern and mechanized, crowded with bright signs, busy neon lights, and new office towers. But a few blocks from the city’s main train station, the nine-story office of …

Urban Agriculture

Paris Passes Law That Allows Residents to Plant Urban Gardens All Over the City

With its beautiful gardens, plant-draped balconies, and florists in every quartier, Paris is an undeniably flower-friendly city—and it’s about to get even greener.<p>Thanks to a recent initiative, members of the Parisian public are now entitled—and even encouraged—to plant and maintain their own urban …

How Virtual Reality Is Revolutionising Town Planning

Virtual reality is being pioneered by the games industry. Thanks to the emergence of innovative VR platforms and devices and mobile solutions—from …

BIG + BARCODE to design terraced “Sluishuis” complex in Amsterdam

BIG has another terraced building in the works. This time around, the practice led a team with Rotterdam-based BARCODE Architects to design the …

Architecture

You Want A Basic Income? Here’s How We Might Actually Do It

Andy Stern, former head of the SEIU, makes the case for a universal payment to end poverty–and offers a strategy for how we get there.<p>The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) potentially solves a lot of problems at once. By sending a regular payment to all citizens, we could end abject poverty, …

Five Approaches to Reviving Aging Mall Sites

Aging shopping malls—many burdened with high vacancy rates or even abandoned—are being transformed into vibrant, mixed-use destinations that are …

Glass Geodesic Domes, Modern Sustainable Homes

Aside from their natural beauty, domes also have many structural advantages. Geodesic domes have been built around the world in varied climates and …

Behold the ‘Peanutabout’: A new bike-friendly intersection concept

A proposed design in Cambridge, Mass. Image: Kittelson and Associates via Boston Cyclists Union.Wickedly good biking ideas continue to pop up in …