Simple but smart design transforms a concrete plaza into a lively urban park

July 11, 2016 by  
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“The project springs from the need to create a welcoming place for the citizens of Favara while simultaneously donating to the city an innovative public space shaped from the perfect combination of wood and vegetation,” write the architects. In contrast to the site’s original and muted concrete setting, Zighizaghi is filled with greenery and playful elements from its honeycomb shape to the red light fixtures that double as loudspeakers. “Thanks to its interactive character, Zighizaghi transforms its external space into a dynamic environment where music acts as a vehicle between nature and visitors,” continue the architects. Related: Wunderbugs Pavilion Creates Music From the Movement of Insects and Humans The genius of Zighizaghi lies in the use of modular timber hexagons, made from Okoumè, which offer flexibility in design, both in the way they are configured and used. While most hexagonal elements were used as pavers, others double as seating or planters for Mediterranean plants with automatic irrigation systems. Six fourteen-sided red prisms, called the Super Pods, which stand on eight skinny black legs and are used for lighting and music, punctuate the space. + OFL Architecture Images by Guarneri and Riccio Blu

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Mini Gabion Parklet pops up in a Brazilian neighborhood

March 2, 2016 by  
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Parklets are hands down one of our most favorite types of urban interventions, and they’ve started to catch on down south in Brazil as well. Brazilian architecture studio Quadra Estúdio recently installed the Gabion Parklet, a new mini-park in the Belo Horizonte neighborhood of Pampulha. Likened to an “urban balcony,” this mini meeting area is inexpensively constructed from sturdy gabion walls and recycled timber from OSB boxes. The design was originally developed for Casa Cor , the country’s largest architecture exhibition. + Quadra Estúdio 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!

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Pyramid-shaped superyacht rises above the waves for a smooth high-speed ride

March 2, 2016 by  
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Guerrilla art in Jerusalem breathes new and colorful life into street benches

February 10, 2016 by  
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Portable ParkedBench parklet injects a breath of fresh air in London

November 30, 2015 by  
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Temporary Urban Farm pops up at Oslo’s Øya music festival

September 10, 2015 by  
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Multidisciplinary design studio Growlab Oslo created a four-day urban farm for Oslo’s Øya music festival , an event that’s famous for both its musical lineup and excellent organic festival food. The urban farm pop-up featured a series of themed structures, from the Fertility Tower that highlighted seaweed as an untapped resource for urban farmers to the Plant Quarter, which consisted of raised plant beds that festivalgoers can pick from. “We wanted to invite people in to experience an ecological cycle, and our small farm is an illustration of what that could mean in the city,” says Mads Pålsrud, founder of Growlab Oslo. “Using animals and soil as mediums for recycling our food waste [shows what] is possible in the city. We should compost more, or get chickens or pigs in our backyards!” + Growlab Oslo 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!

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Pop-up art gallery brings beauty back to a public square in Oslo

August 6, 2015 by  
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ON/OFF’s BOULEvard tensegrity ball is a mobile playground in Brussels

May 11, 2015 by  
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Apple partnering with World Wildlife Fund in China to create sustainable forests

May 11, 2015 by  
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Apple has announced the next phase of their plans to protect the world’s environment. The iPhone maker is partnering with the World Wildlife Fund in China to create sustainable forests from which the company will source wood to become product packaging. This is similar to the efforts Apple has begun in the United States, with the recent purchase of 36,000 acres of forest land in Maine and North Carolina. By taking control of the source of raw materials, Apple hopes to keep a handle on carbon emissions throughout the manufacturing process. Read the rest of Apple partnering with World Wildlife Fund in China to create sustainable forests Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “World Wildlife Fund” , apple , apple environmental protection , apple in china , china , green manufacturing , sustainable forests , sustainable paper , tim cook

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Cargotecture transforms a San Francisco parking lot into a lively village

April 6, 2015 by  
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