Across North America, a sea of parking lots sit under-used, blighting the environment and with little productive value. But what if these parking lots could double as dwellings? Elevate, a Hawaiian company, aims to do just that, building elevated tree-like houses to improve sustainability and meet housing demand. Read more about their parking lot tree houses.
While a resurgence in mixed-use development has contributed to more human-scale districts, Färgfabriken‘s Jan Ryden argues in a recent article for Volume, that it often lacks the diversity Jane Jacobs championed, driving up costs and limiting fine grain development. He proposes the re-application of Christopher Alexander’s design language to urbanism. The article critiques large developers but, ironically, this strategy could create new business opportunities for these very companies.
Historically unprecedented urban growth has led to tremendous technological advancements, but has severely diminished cities’ long-term sustainability. Inspired by similarities between urban systems and the natural environment, architects, urban planners and designers are starting to apply biomimicry to create more ecologically balanced cities. How can a city function more like an ecosystem? Find out more here.