City Spaces

Tower of Glass, Russia

This is another concept building, this time proposed to be built in the middle of the woods. Destined for Siberia, this building is designed to catapult the amount of solar electricity captured by solar panels from daytime reflections. Made largely of glass, the structure is truly impressive.

Singapore Pavilion, Singapore

The Singapore Pavilion is ingenious and inspiring. Shaped like a music box, this building is meant to represent citizens of Singapore from different cultures and backgrounds all living in harmony. This mind-blowing building has a unique design and also features a large rooftop garden.

COR, Miami

COR building is the first sustainable, mixed-use condominium complex in Miami, Florida which uses wind turbines and photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, and a solar-heated water system.

Perforated exoskeletal walls is innovative and futuristic and serve as windows for the occupants. The 480,000 square feet building includes 25,500 square feet of corporate and commercial space, plus 113 residential units. Everything is supported by cutting-edge sustainable technology like recycled tile floors, bamboo-lined halls, energy-efficient appliances and plumbing, and a grey-water processing system.

Indira Gandhi Planetarium, India

Foundation for Indira Gandhi Planetarium was laid on February 28, 1988. This beautiful building in the shape of planet Saturn with its five rings was inaugurated on May 8, 2003 and opened to public the next day on May 9. The main auditorium is situated on the first floor and has a 15m diameter. Built at a cost of Rs 23 crores, the planetarium has a capacity to seat 168. The spherical building gives an idea of crater formation on celestial bodies. It conjures images of Saturn, complete with a series of rings. A truly eye-opening building that’s both unique and inspiring.

AUDA SEES GREEN AHEAD

Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) had announced in February 2013 a revised City Draft Development Plan 2021 that proposed mandatory ‘green streets’ which would serve as green public spaces for a variety of recreational and leisurely activities.

AUDA was planning to connect parks, plazas, and open spaces in a “green network” that protected the health of its citizenry. It visualised green streets meant to boost tree cover. Planned green streets would strive for tree plantation and street landscaping while unplanned green streets would be left with extensive tree cover.

Planning and development often ignores the genuine need for creating open space for larger public good. In the past, open space could be seen at many towns and cities and the traditional square was where community gatherings and functions were held.

AUDA was infusing new ideas into the concept of how people looked at public spaces. With rapid urbanisation a massive number of trees were uprooted or chopped away dangerously affecting the green cover needed to sustain normal health.

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AUDA was planning to connect parks, plazas, and open spaces in a “green network” that protected the health of its citizenry. It visualised green streets meant to boost tree cover. Planned green streets would strive for tree plantation and street landscaping while unplanned green streets would be left with extensive tree cover.

Planning and development often ignores the genuine need for creating open space for larger public good. In the past, open space could be seen at many towns and cities and the traditional square was where community gatherings and functions were held.

AUDA was infusing new ideas into the concept of how people looked at public spaces. With rapid urbanisation a massive number of trees were uprooted or chopped away dangerously affecting the green cover needed to sustain normal health.

AUDA was planning to connect parks, plazas, and open spaces in a “green network” that protected the health of its citizenry. It visualised green streets meant to boost tree cover. Planned green streets would strive for tree plantation and street landscaping while unplanned green streets would be left with extensive tree cover.

Planning and development often ignores the genuine need for creating open space for larger public good. In the past, open space could be seen at many towns and cities and the traditional square was where community gatherings and functions were held.

AUDA was infusing new ideas into the concept of how people looked at public spaces. With rapid urbanisation a massive number of trees were uprooted or chopped away dangerously affecting the green cover needed to sustain normal health.

Deadvlei – Dreamlike Forest Landscape in Namibia

The trees are estimated to be approximately 900 years old. However, they have not decomposed due to the dry climate. Deadvlei is a heaven for photographers as the contrast between colours of the nature and the sky make incredible images. Deadvlei is far from the parking lot, so be sure to stay hydrated.