Taking Care To Incorporate Trees Into Modern Urban Design

Paris is the latest major city to make a pledge to plant more trees, and the local council would like to see 50% of the French capital covered by planted areas by 2030. In the same time frame, Sydney and Milan hope to plant at least 3 million trees each. Nature is already being brought into the urban...

China seeks to regulate “weird” architecture

White Houses. Arcs de Triomphe. Eiffel Tower. Pantslike structures. Phallic structures. Structures such as these litter the Chinese landscape. But 2016 might be the year China’s strange architecture comes to an end. As cities grow uncontrollably, China struggles to regulate the growth of urbanization. A directive issued on Sunday by the State Council, China’s cabinet, and the Communist Party’s Central Committee...

Enter The Mall of America

Enter the city within a city. The Mall of America is a symbol the vitality of business. Hosting over 4 miles of total store front footage, the MOA is a testament to revolutionizing the shopping experience.  Since the doors opened on August 11, 1992, the MOA has become one of the most sought tourist destinations in the nation. But it did...

Constructing Carmel Place

  Micro Apartments finally go on sale in New York City in Carmel Place on Monday, November 23, 2015 after a zoning law was waived for this project. Apartments in New York City cannot be smaller than 400 square feet, which is about half the size of an average studio apartment in Manhattan. The building has 55 studios that range from...

Guest Author Josh Traynere on Solar Roadways

The beginning of the future is here. In the Netherlands, the world’s first solar bike path is being built. Although the path itself is only 230 feet long, it can power 3 Dutch homes. Because the solar roads cannot tilt to effectively maximize their output, they receive their benefits of practicality from being able to not require large plots of...

Ferguson in Flames as Michael Brown Protesters Protest

Michael Brown's killer officer Wilson was not indited on charges in Ferguson, Missouri today. Protests have broken out in Ferguson and have led to looting and arson around the city. You can see pictures of the protests below. What do you think of theses aftermath protests? Should officer Wilson been indited on charges of manslaughter?

Protected Intersections for Bicycles May Change Cities

Urban Planners have found that the benefits of bicycle traffic throughout the city are much greater than previous thoughts. Bicycle traffic lightens up a city and makes urban living more suitable, as urban living is more efficient than suburban living. The only issue that urban planners face is that most cities in America are not well equipped with efficient...

This Urban Algae Farm Eats Up Highway Air Pollution

Implementing Environmentally Friendly Algae Farms on Highways A French firm has completed a design for an algae farm suspended over a small stretch of highway in Geneva, Switzerland. This algae farm has the ability to obtain nature's energy in a clean way. Algae can generate energy from photosynthesis using sunlight and carbon dioxide, churning out oxygen along the way. Since CO2...

Top 10 Fastest Growing Cities in America (Architecture and Population)

The architecture profession is more promising in cities that are experiencing an increase of population, whereas in cities that are decreasing in population (Detroit) the architecture profession is bare and not promising. There are exceptions as some cities are stable population wise but increasing in economic opportunities. Therefore the following list is based on the opportunity growth rather than...

How Architecture Will Change in 50 Years

The World of Architecture in 50 Years Architecture is a constantly changing art form, yet any era of architecture can be admired and some prefer historical architecture for many different reasons. The construction materials have stayed fairly constant over the years with slight modifications along the way. Some of these modifications include fire resistant materials, double pained windows, and double-pane...

What Eminent Domain is and Why Its Important to Know About it

What is Eminent Domain? Eminent domain is the power for the government to take private property for public use. Over the past few years eminent domain has been used by plenty of municipalities around the United States. It has been used in the past to build government buildings like schools and court houses. Recently eminent domain has been used for...

Masdar City near Abu Dhabi, Dubai: A Zero Carbon City

Masdar City is a project that is being built in Abu Dubai. The city is planned to be zero-carbon emitting, this means no cars. Electricity is provided by the photo-voltaic towers located throughout the city. The city is "walled" meaning that no cars are able to come in, yet there is local public transportation available in any area of...

The Architecture and History of Moscow

The New York City of Russia: Moscow Moscow, Russia is not a simple city by all means. It is not only the most populated city in Russia, but it is also the capital city. According to Forbes Magazine, Moscow has the most billionaires in the world. The city has an enormous transit system that includes four international airports, nine railway terminals,...

Portland’s Urban Growth Boundary

A Different Type of Urban Planning Portland, Oregon deals with urban growth management, political issues concerning citizens, and environmental issues. The most interesting of all three of these concepts is definitely urban growth management. Portland not only is using some form of this, but it is revolutionizing the idea. Portland planners are part of a planning commission called Metro, a Metropolitan...

How Urban Design Influences People

Urban Design Is A Key Factor In Deciding On A City To Reside Urban design is a concept that influences more people than you would think. There are various reasons the design of a city could attract or repel citizens. Aesthetics, open spaces, and the way streets are laid out are just a few aspects of design on large scale. What...

Architecture and History of Shanghai

A City With So Much History and Architecture Shanghai, China is one of the most influential commercial and financial centers in the world. It ranks fifth in the 2011 edition of the Global Financial Centres Index . There are many flourishing industries in the metropolitan area. Architecture in Shanghai varies from historic to modern. The skyline shows that the city has...

What You Did Not Know About the St. Louis Gateway Arch

An American Monument The St. Louis Gateway Arch is a modern marvel of American architecture. It is currently the tallest man-made monument in the United States. The 630 feet structure was capped off in 1967 and opened to the public. The interesting part about the building is that it has an observation deck at the top. Finnish architect, Eero Saarinen, designed...

Amazing Minneapolis Skyline and History

The Second City of the Midwest Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota and has many industries that lure people in to live in the metro area. Minneapolis is the 48th largest city in the United States, with a population of nearly 400,000. The city is known for its timber industry specifically and is a major trade city between Chicago...

AT&T Stadium (Home of the NFL Cowboys) Architecture, Texas

The AT&T Stadium is the most expensive sports complex in the world. Originally estimated to cost $650 million, the stadium's current construction cost was $1.15 billion. It is located in Arlington Texas. It is the official home of the Cowboys of the NFL. The original stadium was completed in 1971 and completely renovated in 2005-2009. The stadium was designed by the...

History and Pictures of Paris, France

History Of Paris, France Paris is the capital and largest city of France. It is located on the Seine River in the north end of the country. The city has 2.2 million people in it as of 2009. Its whole metropolitan area consists of over 12 million people. By the late 12th century, Paris had become a walled cathedral city that...

Photos and More of Houston’s Pretty Skyline

The Best City in Texas Has An Impressive Skyline Yes, Houston may not have a skyline as amazing as Chicago or New York, but it does deserve an honorable mention. The skyline is definitely one of the best west of the Mississippi. The way the buildings are in place and light up at night make it very appealing. Houston is not...

Emperor Justinian 1 (Justinian the Great) Architectural Influence

Intro My intent for writing this post is to enlighten you on what I found thought provoking about the history of Justinian the Great, specifically a look into his architectural influence during his Byzantine Empire. Before we get into the in-depth historical lens, lets first put ourselves into perspective. Think about the greatest contemporary architecture today, probably a skyscraper of some sort....

Breathtaking Images of Tokyo and Its Skyline

The World's Largest City Will Impress You Tokyo is not only the largest city in Japan, its the largest in the world. The density in Japan is astronomically high compared to any city in the United States. This is because there is such little land for how many people there are in Japan. Tokyo, Japan is a global city for business,...