How to Grow an Energy-Saving Living Curtain

January 24, 2013

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Green curtains outside the Arakawa City Hall in Tokyo, Japan.Photo, Bloomberg.

Anticipating rising energy costs after Japan’s nuclear disaster, and inspired by the green curtains on the facades of many municipal and commercial buildings, many Tokyo residents have created DIY Read More...

Modular Compact Green Roof System

January 22, 2013

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Conventional ‘roll out’ green roof systems are not feasible for certain roof conditions. Some systems are bulky, built like mattresses, require specialized teams to measure and survey the site, can be difficult to retrofit, and require at least two experienced Read More...

Growing Free Food and Community in Front Yard Farms

January 15, 2013

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What began as a single Austin, Texas front yard garden, in less than three months became a whole block, then within a year spread to over 40 cities around the world.

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The Food is Free Project, as the name implies, … Read More...

Honeycomb Gardening System

January 11, 2013

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I love this modular and stacking HoneyComb Gardening System designed by Audrey Lea Lucardi of Brooklyn-based StudioTJOA.

Perfect for small urban spaces, the entire honeycomb structure collapses flat for shipping or storing. When assembled, it can be connected to an … Read More...

The Year’s 20 Best: Urban Gardens 2012 Roundup!

December 31, 2012

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As we round the corner from 2012 to 2013, I want to stop and thank all my readers, subscribers, and social media followers for visiting Urban Gardens since it’s launch in 2009, and for supporting my vision for blending together Read More...

Vertical Gardens With Supernatural Healing Powers

December 11, 2012

We’ve discussed before the benefits of plants and vertical gardens–how they can not only beautify indoor and outdoor spaces, but can help decrease energy usage by providing insulation, improve indoor air quality, even provide a place to grow Read More...

“Fogponic” Vertical Garden System

November 20, 2012

The Fogger is Hamburg-based studio, Vakant Design’s concept for a highly efficient, indoor-outdoor vertical garden “fogponic” planting system. A nearly self-sustainable alternative to the traditional edible garden and great for those with small urban spaces, the design compliments almost any … Read More...

Post-Hurricane New York City Park and Garden Update

November 14, 2012


Prospect Park volunteers cleaning up after the storm. Photo via Prospect Conservancy.

Since Hurricane Sandy blew in and out, many people have asked about the city’s green areas–the parks and gardens. Many of the city’s parks and public gardens suffered … Read More...

500 Person Pop-Up Picnic Garden in London

July 13, 2012

Around 500 visitors braved London rain showers over the weekend for The King’s Cross Picnic, a pop-up picnic garden installed in a neglected cut-through in King’s Cross for the London Festival of Architecture.

Local architects Squire and Partners in … Read More...

Oil Drum Upcycled Into Outdoor Public Bench

June 21, 2012

For Perches and Pews, a student competition to design public benches for the London Architecture Festival 2012, designer Robert Johnson recycled an old oil drum into a rotating outdoor bench. To keep the seat steady when not in

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