China plans its first "Forest City" to fight air pollution

February 22, 2017 by  
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Just weeks after Stefano Boeri announced plans for China’s first vertical forest, the Italian architect unveiled an even more ambitious vision: Forest Cities. Scaling up from his tree-clad Bosco Verticale skyscraper, Boeri created a blueprint for new cities in China that will be blanketed in greenery to fight air pollution. The first implementation of the nature-filled city will start in the city of Liuzhou, with construction expected to begin later this year. Stefano Boeri’s Forest City masterplans are envisioned as models of sustainable growth in China , a country choked with smog and undergoing rapid urbanization as millions of farmers migrate to cities every year. “We have been asked to design an entire city where you don’t only have one tall building but you have 100 or 200 buildings of different sizes, all with trees and plants on the facades,” Boeri told the Guardian . “We are working very seriously on designing all the different buildings. I think they will start to build at the end of this year. By 2020 we could imagine having the first forest city in China.” The Forest City was created as a scalable development following a petal formation. Each petal, which caters to a population of 20,000, can be scaled to include five petals in a single region, forming a flower-like formation centered on communal green space . All buildings would be covered in trees and greenery to help suck tons of carbon out of the atmosphere, pump oxygen into the air, and provide soothing habitat to both humans and native fauna. Related: China’s first vertical forest is rising in Nanjing The first Forest City settlement is planned for Liuzhou, home to around 1.5 million residents in the southern province of Guangxi. Boeri has high hopes to build the second Forest City in Shijiazhuang, a northern city in Hebei province that ranks among China’s worst for air quality . + Stefano Boeri Via The Guardian Images via Stefano Boeri

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Desert Cities: a sustainable way to live in the Middle East

December 4, 2014 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: Spruce up your home with these upcycled DIY urban gardening ideas

December 4, 2014 by  
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If you live in a tiny apartment where owning even a few potted plants make your place feel cluttered, you’ll love these DIY plant organizers that let you save green while growing green. Purely Shutters created the handy DIY Urban Gardening infographic to show off a few ways you can upcycle old objects into space-saving organizers for your plants. From repurposed window shutters to repainted birdcages, these easy and eye-catching solutions can make indoor gardening work in any home. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Spruce up your home with these upcycled DIY urban gardening ideas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY , Gardening , infographic , Purely Shutters , reader submitted content , recycled , upcycled , upcycled materials , urban gardening

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Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

October 30, 2014 by  
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Mangrove forests are some of the most carbon-rich habitats on earth, but unintentional urban shifts continue to threaten these sensitive and essential environments . Policies to conserve and restore these ecosystems can provide high carbon benefits, especially in areas where mangrove loss has been most dramatic. Urban designers have noticed the threats to mangrove populations and are developing solutions that not only restore lost mangrove cover, but honor and create amenities around them. Cities like Hong Kong and Shenzhen are making dramatic improvements in their mangrove forest health. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: china , city health , ecosystem health , green city , Hong Kong , Hong Kong development , Hong Kong waterfront park , Landlink , landlink design prototype , mangrove , mangrove forest , mangrove swamp , mangrove trees , mangroves , monsoon protection , Mumbai , neville mars , palm , palm trees , river , riverbanks , Sean O’Malley , shenzhen , shrubs , slum , slums , soil erosion , sustainable cities , SWA , SWA group , swamps , Trees , urban sustainability , water garden , water issues , waterfront , waterfront development , wetland , wetlands

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Zappos Billionaire is Transforming Downtown Las Vegas into a Sustainable Urban Center

July 31, 2014 by  
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Back in the 1940s, an entrepreneur named Bugsy Siegel had big dreams for a shimmering oasis in the heart of the Mojave desert, and from his vision, the Las Vegas as we know it today was born. 70 years later the heart of the city is crumbling, but another visionary has appeared with an entirely new dream for the struggling downtown area. Today, Zappos billionaire Tony Hsieh is working hard along with the Downtown Partnership to change Sin City into a flourishing, sustainable urban center. Read the rest of Zappos Billionaire is Transforming Downtown Las Vegas into a Sustainable Urban Center Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Downtown Las Vegas , Downtown Las Vegas revitalization , downtown Las Vegas sustainability , Downtown Partnership Las Vegas , Las Vegas downtown , Las Vegas shipping container mall , Las Vegas Tony Hsieh , sustainable cities , sustainable downtown , sustainable urban core , Tony Hsieh , Zappos Tony Hsieh

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Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

April 24, 2014 by  
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On Monday, 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban sat down with New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman at the NYT Cities for Tomorrow conference to discuss Ban’s pro bono work in disaster areas , use of recycled materials and the true meaning of permanence in architecture. We also had a chance to speak to the Japanese architect about his thoughts on sustainability , and were a bit surprised at his answer. Read on to see what he had to say. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bill de blasio , cities for tomorrow , eco design , eco friendly cities , green design , Michael Kimmelman , new york times , nyc resiliency , NYT Cities for Tomorrow Conference , nyt conference , resilient architecture , resilient design , shigeru ban , sustainable cities , sustainable design , Urban design , urban planning

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World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

November 22, 2013 by  
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Some of the world’s most sustainable cities have been given special recognition at the UN climate talks underway in Warsaw . Vancouver, Cape Town, and Abu Dhabi are the winners of the World Green Building Council’s Government Leadership Awards (a competition held in partnership with ICLEI and UN-HABITAT ) which this year focused on Global Excellence in Local Green Building Policy. Each winning city has been noted for policies and practices that maximize opportunities for builders and developers to mitigate their environmental impact. Take a look after the jump at what makes these three cities so special. Read the rest of World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , abu dhabi , Cape Town , COP-19 , energy reduction , Green Cities , green cities around the world , green design , ICLEI , sustainable cities , un habitat , vancouver , Warsaw climate talks , World Green Building Council's Government Leadership Awards , world’s greenest cities        

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Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism iPad App

December 12, 2012 by  
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A new free iPad app is taking an iconic vision of sustainable cities and making it accessible to millions of tablet users in an interactive format. The Harvard Graduate School of Design has released an Ecological Urbanism app that provides access to the content of its 2010 book Ecological Urbanism , edited by Mohsen Mostafavi and Gareth Doherty. The new app provides a way into not only the original content of Ecological Urbanism but also into the increasing volume of research and discourse that the book has stimulated since its publication. Read the rest of Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism iPad App Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , app , application , Architecture , Design school , eco design , ecological urbanism , green architecture , Green Building , green design , harvard , iPad , second story , Sustainable Building , sustainable cities , sustainable design , Urban design

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COLAB Offers Up Sustainable Design Solutions for Car-centric Markham, Canada

June 28, 2012 by  
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City Systems is a multi-year project conducted by the Institute without Boundaries (IwB) at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. The project helps students studying ‘Interdisciplinary Design Strategy’ understand and design more resilient cities during an intensive, hands-on project year. The class of 2011-12 focused on resolving the challenges facing the edge city of Markham , a car-centric suburban community at the edge of Toronto , as it continues to experience rapid population growth. The resulting project, called COLAB , includes a proposal for a new kind of neighborhood: a model sustainable community supported by a 3-way partnership between municipality, local businesses and residents. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of COLAB Offers Up Sustainable Design Solutions for Car-centric Markham, Canada Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: COLAB , COLAB design plan , green urban planning , improving public infrastructure , improving urban transportation , public transportation plans , smarty urban planning , sustainable cities

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10 Design Unveils Air-Cleaning Galaxy Yabao Park for Shenzhen, China

May 8, 2012 by  
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10 Design recently unveiled renders of its futuristic Galaxy Yabao Hi-Tech Enterprises Headquarter Park , which is designed to integrate into the natural landscape of its site in Shenzhen, China. The design is also an examination of the concept of moving “beyond neutrality” on a large-scale, and it incorporates a series of sustainable building strategies. The buildings are designed with facades that neutralize air pollution 24 hours a day, an algae system that produces oxygen, organic fertilizer, and cleans grey water, and a series of subterranean chambers that naturally cool outside air and push it into a series of outdoor courtyards. The buildings take full advantage of technologies that help shape the temperature and air quality of their micro-climate. + 10 Design The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 10 design , air cleaning building , air pollution , china , Galaxy Yabao Hi-Tech Enterprises Headquarter Park , green design , grey water recycling , shenzen , sustainable cities , sustainable design , Urban design

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