‘Open House Madrid’ Is a Peek Into City’s Hidden Gems

October 22, 2016 by


While tourists may flock to famous landmarks all over the world, some of the great architectural wonders of major cities remain closed to general audiences. Like here in Madrid, Spain where I am living now.

The Open House Worldwide family …

Italian Architect Gae Aulenti’s Iconic Outdoor Furniture Collection

September 23, 2016 by


Over fifty years after the debut of Italian architect Gae Aulenti’s first outdoor furniture collection, Locus Solus for Poltronova, Exteta has re-released the series which they launched at Milan Design Week 2016. 


Exteta faithfully reproduces Aulenti’s colorful collection of …

Girona, Spain’s Temps de Flors Festival Blends Horticulture and Art

September 4, 2016 by


temps-de-flors-eiffel-bridge-side-hanging-plants-urbangardenswebGustav Eiffel’s Pont de le Peixateries Velles over Onyar river. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton.

The history of Girona, Spain is as colorful as are the ochre and coral-toned buildings lining the banks of the Onyar river that flows through it. 


An Eco-Friendly Solution For Small Space Gardening: The City Garden

August 17, 2016 by



Looking for an easy way to grow a garden on a balcony, deck or in any sunny spot you’ve got? Scroll down to enter our contest for a chance to win a The City Garden–an eco-friendly kit that has Read More...

Fiskars Grant Feeds Starvin’ Marvin in Alaska

August 13, 2016 by

Fiskars Grant

The Fiskars Project Orange Thumb 
community garden initiative provides groups across the U.S. and Canada with the tools, materials, and resources they need to bring their garden plans to life.

Fiskars Grant

One of this year’s recipients, The Takshanuk Watershed Council in Read More...

Functional and Fashionable Lamp Doubles as a Planter

August 12, 2016 by

lamp doubles as a planter

I love double duty and multi-functional designs, and a lamp doubling as planter is kind of a no-brainer since plants need light. Lighting and plants are a symbiotic pairing that can be both fashionable and functional, stylish and sustainable.

lamp doubles as a planter

Polish …

A Lego Up on 3D-Printed Bird House

August 11, 2016 by

3D-Printed Bird House

Is 3D-printed architecture for the birds? It is now. The organic branch-like façade of Bird House is based on Cairo pentagonal tiling, a pattern that appears in many Islamic decorative designs and on the streets of Cairo.

3D-Printed Bird House

Bird House combines …

Pavilion of Roses That Bloom With Light

August 10, 2016 by

Pavilion of RosesAnimated GIF by David Simon from architect’s images.

Monaco-based Russian designer, architect, futuristic designer, and writer, Vasily Klyukin dreams up some spectacular “out-there” concepts. It’s no wonder that he once wrote a sci-fi novel about a society ruled by artificial Read More...

Holy Cow! The World’s First Floating Urban Dairy Farm

August 9, 2016 by

Floating Urban Dairy Farm

The Netherlands is reinventing urban dairy farming. By January 2017, the port city Rotterdam will be home to the world’s first Floating Dairy Farm

Floating Urban Dairy Farm

With the rapidly rising world population and land scarcity in mind, the Dutch companies behind … Read More...

Grow For the Glow: Desktop Hydroponic Garden Doubles as Lamp

July 31, 2016 by

Desktop Hydroponic Garden

All you need to be an urban farmer is a countertop or desktop. Even those living in the smallest of living spaces, city apartments with no patios, terraces, or balconies, can grow fresh micro-greens while at the same time illuminating Read More...

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