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Shipping Containers Add Hip Sustainability To New Marriott Brand [PHOTOS]

February 16, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Shipping Containers and Placemaking

If you’ve ever seen stacks and stacks of shipping containers sitting at a port, words like “hip,” “edgy,” and “stylish” probably didn’t come to mind. But designers around the world have seen all sorts of cool possibilities in these basic structures. One of the latest comes from hotel chain Marriott.[read more]

Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater Embraces Architecture as an Experiential Art Form

February 15, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Architecture and the Urban Experience

The Guthrie Theater, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, is more than just a theater, it is a center for art. The main spaces of the building are also open for the public to explore, with the exception of the theaters themselves.[read more]

Los Angeles' Metro Public Art Funding: The Benefits of Cultural Planning

February 14, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Public Art Funding in Los Angeles

Art in transit falls within cultural planning, a process which strengthens cultural resources in a community. Just 0.5% of Los Angeles' Metro Rail construction budget goes towards funding public art, while other cities allocate up to 5%.[read more]

Home Design: The Sliding House

February 14, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Sliding House Design

Built as a place to retire, the Sliding House consists of a building envelope with fairly typical punched windows that physically slides overtop of a minimal glass structure. This allows the building to adapt to the changing seasons (or to the moods of its occupants).[read more]

The Story Behind Vancouver's Oldest Music Club

February 13, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Vancouver Music Club History

Once upon a time, Vancouver was home to many live music clubs and ballrooms where celebrated musicians played and even launched their careers. All gone now, but one old girl still reigns supreme. Even though she is almost 85 years old, The Commodore Ballroom has been hosting musicians since 1929.[read more]

The DNA of Cities

February 12, 2015 by This Big City

Cities and Identity

The built environment is a product of socio-economic, cultural, and political forces. Every urban system has its own ‘genetic code’, expressed in architectural and spatial forms that reflect a community’s identity. Each community chooses certain physical characteristics, producing the unique character of its city.[read more]

Single-Family Can Be Urban, Too. But How Can It Be Sustainable?

February 12, 2015 by Canin Associates

Responsive Housing Design

American housing design is in need of a paradigm shift. Recognizing generational preferences, increasing affordability constraints, and sustainable solutions are needed to start a new chapter in the planning of our cities, especially when it comes to housing.[read more]

Are Eco-Towers Coming to Downtown Paris, France?

February 12, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Paris smart city 2050

How can we invent the city of the future while considering the constraints, necessities, and aspirations of its inhabitants? An engineering and architecture firm has been working on Paris’ Climate/Energy Plan, to be achieved by 2050. Their work led to plans for large, 'negawatt'-energy apartment buildings.[read more]

A Beautiful Motorway Intersection? Gardening the Metropolis' Overlooked Areas

February 10, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Making gardens out of those isolated land pockets.

Enric Batlle, founding principal of Batlle i Roig, believes landscape architects should not be afraid of to use the term “garden.” Early in his career Batlle never used the word to describe his projects. He called them parks because he felt it elevated their status. But Batlle has embraced the notion of the garden.[read more]

Five of the Fastest, Tallest, Largest and Newest African Icons for 2015

February 10, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Africa is modernising faster than you think.


The rapid growth of cities and urban areas across the vast continent of Africa – both in terms of population, and in terms of the built and physical environment – is provoking big new designs. While some of these may be questionable, here are some of the developments worth watching in 2015.[read more]

How China is Solving its Parking Crisis: From Congestion to Sustainable Transport

February 9, 2015 by Alexander Jung

Enforcing parking rules is done differently in China....

Car owners all over the world know the frustration that parking can cause, but in China where illegal parking is common this frustration extends to other transport users as cars take over sidewalks, pedestrian squares, bike lanes, and even bus stops. So what is being done about it?[read more]

Mirvish+Gehry Architectural Model

February 9, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto and New Buildings

The developers behind the controversial and much talked about Mirvish+Gehry project in Toronto (Projectcore) have recently released an interesting video showcasing the architectural model. It’s a great way to see the new project from every possible angle.[read more]