Landmarks

Beacons of urban sustainability

Why are landmarks so important to cities? They create a sense of identity and symbolize to citizens and visitors a city’s history and values. Skyscrapers frequently celebrate a city’s successful times or new advances in technology. Today’s urban city planning creates future beacons for cities which convey the new messages of sustainability, green choices and living responsibly. From aerodynamically designed glass towers to updating old landmarks with green solutions to designing state-of-the-art transportation halls and tunnels, city development can display all the advances in technology and thinking in landmarks.

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Ice is everywhere—on the roads, in our drinks, but what about in your bed? Inuit people have been building their houses with blocks of ice and snow for centuries, but what about modern builders’ coolest creations? Check out the hottest trends in icy architecture from around the world!

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Whether high up on a mountain, at the top of a tourist landmark, or way up in a record-breaking skyscraper like the Burj Khalifa, observation decks beckon us to see the world from a different perspective. URBAN HUB scales some of the most exciting and notable observation points in the world.

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The urban development mega project takes many forms, but lately “the bigger the better” has become modus operandi. This third in a series of articles on mega projects takes a closer look at big-sized urban construction and the inspiring ideas and solutions that arise from them as well as one or two pitfalls.

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Corporate headquarters are not just monuments to a company’s own success. They are a statement of style, vision, and even ethics. They also give architects an outlet to merge their creativity with functionality. URBAN HUB looks at the trend of Instagram-worthy office buildings.

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