Archived Articles: Cities & Urbanism

From classic ideas of city construction to suburban sprawl and urban renewal, these articles cover everything from landscape and new urbanism to forms not yet fully defined - click through to see the cities of our past, present and future.

Fresh Biocement: World’s First Self-Healing Concrete Building

One of the biggest challenges to building with concrete is the material’s propensity to crack both while it dries and in the years that follow, making ...

Flip for This: 12 Crazy and Creative Skate Ramps & Parks

Glide you way through a multi-story dedicated skate park, a glow-in-the-dark bowl, an old subway tunnel under London, a floating ramp on Lake Tahoe or even a ...

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Seoul Sky Garden: Elevated Urban Park on an Abandoned Highway

Deemed unsafe and left to rot, a stretch of highway in a prime location beside a train station in Seoul, South Korea will soon get a new life as an elevated ...

Urban Algae Canopy Produces a Forest’s Worth of Oxygen Daily

Generating as much oxygen per day as 400,000 square feet of natural woodland, the Urban Algae Canopy combines architecture, biology and digital technology to ...

Retrofuturistic Urbanism: 6 Cities as they Could Have Become

To people of 100 or even 50 years ago, the metropolises of today would look utterly foreign. Our elevated highways, massive airports, high population density ...

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Look Out! 12 Outstanding Observation Towers Worth Climbing

From Canal Street in New Orleans to a nature preserve in Latvia, these diverse observation towers look out over everything from bird sanctuaries to Formula One ...

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Wrap It Up! 10 Creative Building Scrims & Scaffolds

These artistic wraps, scrims and scaffolds creatively conceal the ugly truth of building construction, remediation and restoration.

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Jungle in the City: Wild Urban Biome Skyscraper Design

Suspended aquariums, snowy landscapes, jungles and caves can all be found in the heart of the city, steps away from dense urban housing, in the middle of this ...

PlantLab: Urban Farms 40 Times More Productive than Open Fields

A Dutch firm on the cutting edge of indoor agriculture estimates that producing food for the entire world could take place in a space far smaller than the ...

Oil Rigs Reclaimed: 7 Ways to Reuse Obsolete Platforms

Thousands of decommissioned oil rigs rotting in waters all over the globe could get a new sense of purpose as diving resorts, cruise ship port-of-calls, ...

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