This “boat” on wheels turns city dwellers into urban adventurers

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This temporary installation in Utrecht, the Netherlands, transforms its site into an unknown land full of discoveries. City dwellers become “urbanauts”– contemporary adventurers that sail in the large public space. Rome-based design collective, orizzontale, conceived the project as a LED-lit modular wooden structure that reimagines the concept of a boat as a flexible urban space that merges art, design and technology.

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Bro Ole Scheeren completes art museum near Beijings Forbidden City

Büro Ole Scheeren recently completed Guardian Art Center, a contemporary art museum heralded as the “world’s first ever custom-built auction house.” Located close to Beijing’s historic Forbidden City, this hybrid cultural institution offers mixed-use programming from galleries and conservation facilities to a hotel, restaurants, events spaces, and even integrated public transport infrastructure.

Designed to respect Beijing’s traditional urban fabric, Guardian Art Center… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

San Jose city council approves tiny home village for homeless

San Jose has been struggling with homelessness, and now think they have an answer: tiny homes. The City Council recently voted nine to two approving a pilot program to construct a 40-unit tiny house village. Architecture firm Gensler unveiled two conceptual designs created pro-bono for the city earlier this month, with houses designed to be both aesthetically attractive and efficient. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Uniti officially unveils its electric city car – and it will sell for under $18K

A new startup in Sweden, named Uniti has unveiled its first electric car, the Uniti One. Uniti unveiled its new electric city car, at an event in Sweden, where it also announced that the Uniti One will be priced as low as €14,900 ($17,532 US) when it goes on sale in 2019.

Even with its low price tag, the Uniti One can drive up to 186 miles with a small 22 kWh battery. Uniti also plans to offer a line of two, four and five-seat vehicle models, with the most expensive versions listing for €19,900… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Microsoft is razing its Redmond campus to build a sustainable mini city

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The Monade Capsule is a private hideaway that hangs from city rooftops

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Meteorologist warns collapse of two Antarctic glaciers could flood every coastal city on Earth

Two of Antarctica’s glaciers are both among the continent’s biggest and fastest-melting, and both are holding our civilization hostage, according to meteorologist Eric Holthaus. He wrote a piece on Pine Island and Thwaites, that together hold back ice that could result in 11 feet of sea level rise. If these two glaciers collapse, every coastal city on our planet could flood.

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company asks LA to start digging a tunnel within city limits

Will The Boring Company get the green light from Los Angeles to start dig traffic-killing tunnels? Elon Musk’s venture recently filed an application with officials for approval to commence digging within city limits. A Boring Company spokesperson said the tunnel could stretch from Hawthorne – where Musk’s other company SpaceX is located – “along the 405 to Westwood, with a number of stops along the way.”

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Stefano Boeri Architects envisions a Vertical Forest City on Mars

What will Shanghai look like 100 years from now? Some with grim outlooks say the Chinese metropolis will be submerged under water and engulfed by rising sea levels. In response, Stefano Boeri Architects—the designers behind the vertical forests and China’s planned forest cities—teamed up with the Chinese Space Agency and Tongji University’s Future City Lab to conceptualize a Shanghai colony on the planet Mars. Envisioned as a Vertical Forest City, this “New Shanghai” would use “eco-systemic… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

UAE unveils plans for massive city simulating human settlement on Mars

Before humans move to Mars, there’s much research to be done, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is getting in on the effort on a large scale with a 1.9 million square foot city. The Mars Scientific City will simulate conditions for life on Mars. The research city could be a step on the path towards the UAE’s goal of a city on the red planet itself in 2117.

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