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Green Architecture’s Urgent Quest For Cheaper, More Sustainable Energy

Over the years, an increasing number of disciplines have become interested in the concept of creating a sustainable environment. Green Architecture is one of these disciplines and its goal is to create green buildings. These ...

Idea Lab in Ciudad de México / by ARCO Arquitectura

Innovating, discovering, experiencing and acting are the main activities which will be held at i.d.e.a. Lab a new space for culture and creation designed by ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea executed in Mexico City.

A'tolan House, Taiwan / by : Create+Think Design Studio

A’tolan is the word meaning, “a place with many rocks”, from the indigenous language of the natives on the east coast of Taiwan. It may also be interpreted as “piling of rocks”, “building wall with ...

BECYCLE Boutique Fitness Studio, Berlin / by Lien Tran

BECYCLE is the first Boutique Fitness Studio in Berlin, Europe’s clubbing capital, to offer “high energy” spinning classes with hi-tech bikes and a nightclub atmosphere featuring music from live DJs.

Izmir Transportation Hub / by Eray Carbajo

Eray Carbajo wins Honorable Mention award in National Competition for Izmir Transportation Integration Hub

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Category: Landscapes

The Redevelopment of The Historic Kimmel Quarter in Riga, Latvia / by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Riga, the Baltic states’ largest city, will see the mostly abandoned buildings of its historic Kimmel Quarter transformed into a thriving commercial development, and Danish architectural firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects is behind the winning design to revitalize the neighbourhood.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects won a competition to design Kimmel Quarter, an 11,500-square-metre area that assumes nearly an entire city block in Riga’s Central District. Kimmel Quarter is the former home of Brewery Kimmel, a 19th century beer brewery that in its wake left an industrial complex filled with buildings that, while now mostly abandoned, are rich with history. The project called for a design that realizes the vision of a vibrant new city block with deep historic roots. Schmidt Hammer Lassen was one of eleven participants, along with firms like Henning Larsen and Zaha Hadid, invited to the open competition.
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Skorba Village Center, Slovenia / by ENOTA

Skorba is a small village in the vicinity of Ptuj, Slovenia’s oldest town. Once a typical village with a clustered settlement pattern, the passage of years and the proximity of the city caused it to grow out of turn, transforming it into a commuter suburb without a clear structure. The organic growth resulted in a markedly heterogeneous development organised along the access roads, with no public surface layout and without a clearly legible village centre.
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Bubble Shade / Valerie Schweitzer Architects

Inspired by the playful soapy bubbles of a child’s toy wand, this architectural kit-of-parts creates domes of colorful fabric meant to uplift urban shade-seekers in overheated areas.

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6 Paving Tips to Keep Your Asphalt Driveway Looking Great

Many homeowners are choosing asphalt paving to finish their driveway because it provides a durable and clean surface for their vehicles. Asphalt also evokes a subtle kind of beauty that can easily blend well with different exterior finishes like siding, brick and stucco.

But what kind of maintenance is crucial to keep your asphalt driveway looking great every year? Experts share the following six tips.
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Top 4 Things that can Improve Your Outdoor Space

When it comes to outdoor space, the possibilities are endless. So, many of us take great pride in our homes and spend countless hours cleaning, improving, rearranging and remodeling the interior. However, very few people think about the outside of their home or realize that hardscape design is a great way to create truly gorgeous and functional outdoor space for your home. If you are a homeowner that is considering improving your outdoor space, read on below for a few of the top ideas for creating a gorgeous outdoor space of your very own.
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A Backyard Sensory Garden

Wherever you live, a well-designed, well-maintained garden can add value to your property. If you want to change the landscaping and design of your garden it can be difficult to know where to start. You could choose a theme, a cottage garden, or something bolder like a tropical garden. A garden can also be good for health and well-being. Recently, studies have shown the therapeutic benefits of gardening, particularly for older people, those suffering from dementia, and children.
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Revolution 4.0 / by Abdullah Ahmed N Al Dabbous

An Urban Empowerment of Cairo’s Street Children
The award-winning project is an extraction of Abdullah Al Dabbous’s Masters thesis at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

The project stresses the adaptability of Cairo’s unused urban spaces (e.g. spaces under motorway flyovers ) to meet the needs of street children and provide both learning and opportunities for advancement without uprooting them—in other words, by dealing with street children as positive economic assets rather than liabilities.
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How You can Turn Your Back Yard into a Tropical Paradise

At this time of year, you’d be forgiven for forgetting all about your backyard. The temperature is cooling down, the trees are changing color and the holidays will be upon us before we know it. But, it’s actually the perfect time to turn your outdoor space into somewhere you love spending time in – particularly if you’re open to the idea of giving it a tropical theme!
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