Paris goes green

The city of Paris has decided to make an urban forest around the city, alongside four of its historic sites. They will plant trees and gardens to improve the air quality and adress climate change. Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, has reported that the urban forest will be by Place de l’Hotel de Ville, Gare…

The Ocean Cleanup is back and ready to clean up the sea!

After breaking down in January, the Ocean Cleanup has been fixed and is now ready to go back in to the water and help clean up the plastic in the Pacific Ocean. The Ocean Cleanup is an initiative that wants to clean up the waters in the Pacific Ocean. They use a giant C-shaped tube…

Inspired by space, for a micro-living

IKEA is working on a collection that is inspired by space, to save space for people living in micro-homes. The collection is called ‘Rumtid’ and consist of four different product ranges to lift up four different areas: time, space, water and air. IKEA has made research on these four elements at the NASA Mars Desert…

Shelters for homeless cats

Architects and designers around Los Angeles have created shelters for homeless cats in the city. It is part of the annual Giving Shelter fundraiser for FixNation – for the Architects for Animals charity based in the city. There are 13 outdoor shelters that will be auctioned online to raise money for the organisation, which offers…

Stool designed for quick escapes

Designer Yi-Fei Chen has designed a chair that will explode if you sit on it for too long. This way she can easily get away from an awkward, social situation. The project is intended to symbolise her struggle with social anxiety. The stool is made out of wood topped by a cushion stuffed with foam…

Dine under water with a view

Snøhetta, an architecture firm in Norway, has revealed plans to build a restaurant in the south part of the country that will be partly below sea level so that the guests can have their meal with a different kind of view. The building will compromise a rugged concrete box with half of its body on…

Recycled materials for new pieces of furniture

Benjamin Hubert from Layer and the British furniture brand Allermuir has gotten together to create a new series of furniture. The collection, called the Axyl, comprises furniture pieces each made of reclaimed materials. The frames of the chair, stool and table is made out of recycled aluminium while the shells, seats and tabletops are available…

Micro-homes for young professionals

Management company Lowe Guardians has started an initiative called The SHED Project that installs micro-homes inside vacant buildings across London. It started as the company saw a need for housing for young professionals. By adding these micro-homes into empty properties like warehouses and office blocks they offer a creative solution for both vacant space and…

Recycled brick house on top of a garage

Austin Maynard Architects has replaced a garage in the Melbourne suburb to a house. The house, called Brickface, was built for the client’s daughter on the site of their old garage and studio space. It’s located on a corner plot with a laneway on two sides. The architects have explained: “Melbourne’s property market is so…

Pop-up train carriages to bring life into a city

In Aarhus, Denmark, the Danish studio AART have designed a one bedroom hotel, a public greenhouse and a set of pulling booths from a set of train carriages. The idea behind this project was to bring life back into an area of disused railway tracks at the edge of the city centre. This area will…