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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Are the days of the classic rectangular skyscraper numbered? New thinking based on new technologies is providing new ways for architects to explore the geometry of vertical space. URBAN HUB looks into a hot new trend in urban building: the growing popularity of “twisted” high-rises.

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How do you take a major city’s dangerous floodplain, which blocks citizens’ access to their river, and convert it into a park that connects two disparate parts of the city and provides a beautiful green refuge for all? Take a look at Dallas, Texas, as they build the USA’s biggest urban park.

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Bridges play a vital role in improving urban infrastructure and growing economies. URBAN HUB looks at the why and how of bridges and takes a look at some fascinating bridges in cities around the world.

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The construction of One World Trade Center was an emotional and technically demanding undertaking with constant public scrutiny. Now, 15 years since the events of 9/11, URBAN HUB looks at the building in light of a new book by author Judith Dupré: One World Trade Center: Biography of the Building.

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