Twisting tree-like sculptures redefine a public space in Montreal

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Giant twisting tree-like sculptures have sprouted in downtown Montreal—and passersby are welcome to climb to the top of its gnarled canopy. The striking art installation is the latest work of local artist Michel de Broin, who was invited by the City of Montreal to help activate the recently developed International Civil Aviation Organization Plaza (ICAO). Dubbed Dendrites after the branched projections of a neuron, the large-scale artworks are clad in weathering steel and are equipped with metal… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



This beautiful planted bridge doubles as a public gathering place in China

When Beijing-based practice DnA Design and Architecture was tapped to renovate an old stone masonry bridge in Zhejiang, China, founding architect Xu Tiantian saw it as an opportunity to create a transformative and culturally significant gathering space for the public. Spanning the Songyin River, the updated Shimen Bridge now features a beautiful timber addition with built-in seating, planters, and even a centrally located square with trees. Here, villagers are encouraged to come and enjoy their surroundings… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Estonia will soon offer free public transportation

Estonia started providing free public transportation for local residents in 2013 in the capital city, Tallinn. CityLab reported they’re getting ready now to offer free state-run bus travel around the country. HuffPost described the move as the world’s biggest national free public transportation plan. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Unique Fuzzy House offers locals a public shortcut through the building

When architecture studio Situation-based Operation (SO) was asked to create a home in Chiang Mai, the brief came with an unusual request: preserve the existing desire path. Since the plot had been left empty for many years, locals had created a desire path, or shortcut, through the land between two roads—and the owner wanted to keep that path functional for the community. As a result, the architects designed the Fuzzy House, a concrete home that blurs the line between public and private use.

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First public ultra-fast EV charging station in Europe is now operational

An utra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging station that just opened in Germany can offer EVs a range of 100 kilometers, or around 62 miles, in a snappy five minutes. It’s the first public station with the super fast chargers in Europe. Four cars can be charged at the same time at the station at 175 kilowatts.

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BIGs LEGO House officially opens to the public in Denmark

It’s finally here—Bjarke Ingels Group’s much-anticipated LEGO House in Denmark officially opens to the public today. Built in the small town of Billund where the iconic LEGO brick was invented, the “House of the Brick” is a unique space that promises visitors the ultimate LEGO experience with its exhibitions, experience zones, and LEGO-themed architecture, restaurants, and public spaces. The LEGO House, which celebrated its grand opening yesterday, is filled with 25 million LEGO bricks… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

BIGs looping station design in Paris turns bridge into public space

Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group and French studio Silvio D’ascia Architecture unveiled new renderings of their competition-winning designs for a loop-shaped metro station in Paris. Created as part of Société du Grand París’ Grand Paris Express project, the Pont de Bondy station is one of 68 new stations planned for the redevelopment that will expand the existing metro system by 200 kilometers. The sculptural station will include a bridge and tunnel wrapped around a giant atrium next to the riverbank…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Gorgeous Bostanl Bridge doubles as public park, designed for sunset watching

This beautiful footbridge in Izmir, Turkey, offers much more than a passage from one side of Bostanlı Creek to the other. The timber-clad bridge doubles as a cascading seating structure that complements the adjacent Bostanlı Sunset Lounge. Studio Evren Başbuğ: steb designed both the bridge and lounge area as vibrant urban spaces that offer stunning views of the bay.

Both interventions are part of the ‘İzmirSea’ coastal regeneration project and turn the site into a public attraction point… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Public rejects bill that would have sold 3 million acres of public land

If you’ve ever worried calls to your representatives don’t make a difference, here’s a story to persuade you otherwise. After Congress paved the way to toss out 640 million acres of American land, one Utah representative put forth a bill that would have disposed of three million acres of public land from 10 different states. After Americans resoundingly said they were against the bill, the representative, Republican Jason Chaffetz of Utah, announced on social media he will withdraw the bill. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Beautiful public gathering space grants second life to a former fish processing plant

The project. located in a village in the Magdalen Islands, Canada, is part of a larger initiative to build a series of public spaces on 12 panoramic sites. It pays tribute to the workers at sea and reinvigorates an otherwise inaccessible area. An openwork wooden stockade surrounds the site to guide passersby and provide privacy.

Related: Canada’s Gorgeous Green-Roofed VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre Now Open to the Public

The entire project comprises a service wing, a belvedere,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building