Henning Larsen unveils green, mountain-inspired buildings for Shanghai

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Henning Larsen Architects has unveiled designs for the first phase of the “The Springs,” a mixed-use development currently underway in Shanghai that aims to embrace a “green living” lifestyle. Inspired by a style of traditional Chinese landscape painting called ‘shan shui,’ the Danish architecture firm crafted the buildings in the image of the dramatic mountain landscapes found throughout rural China. Trees and gardens will grow on top and around the stepped towers to create an immersive… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Cleverly rotated volumes make the most of a tiny Shanghai apartment

With a population of over 24 million, it’s no wonder than apartments are small in the Chinese megacity of Shanghai. Thanks to clever space-saving techniques and design, however, making life pleasant in small spaces is more than possible, as seen in this recent apartment renovation on Kangping Road. Local architecture practice TOWOdesign transformed a 430-square-foot dwelling into the 10 Degrees House, a multifunctional abode that uses enclosed volumes to cleverly delineate its various programs… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Architects squeeze an ethereal art gallery into a narrow Shanghai alleyway

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Shanghai flying car tower to clean the air with a 50,000-plant vertical forest

Flying cars are moving from the realm of science fiction to reality – and Richard’s Architecture + Design (RA+D) helmed by architect Richard Moreta Castillo has already designed a tower pioneering drone car infrastructure. The Smart Power Long tower, a condominium building planned for Shanghai, features landing pads for flying cars. The futuristic concept is super green, according to RA+D, and will feature a vertical forest in which 50,000 trees and shrubs can scrub the skies. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elon Musk wants to build a rocket that can fly you from New York to Shanghai in 30 minutes

Imagine being able to travel from New York to Shanghai in just 30 minutes. If Elon Musk — the visionary behind PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla — succeeds with his newest vision, a trip of this kind will soon be possible. During Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the entrepreneur shared his goal to build the code-named “BFR,” which could transport anyone anywhere on the planet in just 60 minutes. Musk, who has long-dreamed-of founding a human colony on Mars, is willing to use his own… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building