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This Plan Would Fill Downtown Stockholm With Stunning Skywalks

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Anders Berensson Architects

As urban populations continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to find creative venues for green space. A team of Swedish architects may have found a solution for high rise-packed city blocks: clear skyways that weave in and around buildings. 

Anders Berensson Architects titled their new plan Klarastaden, or “clear city” in Swedish. The firm was contracted by Sweden’s Center Party to find a way to fully utilize the real estate above the train tracks beside Stockholm Central Station, without sacrificing the opportunity for urban greenery. Among the dozens of new buildings put forth in the proposal, the team has left room for rooftop gardens, terraces, and stunning pedestrian skywalks that would connect the structures above street level.

The plan includes residential areas as well as the central business district, and the architects have come up with an innovative way to literally bridge the two. Commuters living in one of the apartments would be able to follow a skyway to the nearby Stockholm Central Station, from which they could take the train to work without ever stepping foot onto the street.

The new urban area would include approximately 300 shops, 5800 apartments, and 8000 work places. According to the architects, 90 percent of the apartments would have access to a view of the adjacent lake, and the sun would be able to reach street level during the afternoon hours. This impressive feat of urban planning is made possible by the diversified heights and sizes of the proposed units. 

There’s no word on whether or not this plan will ever become a reality, but it could offer architects and urban planners elsewhere a possible solution to overcrowding. You can check out more concept art from the proposal below.

Images courtesy of Anders Berensson Architects.

[h/t: Gizmodo]

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One Photographer's Quest to Document Every Frank Lloyd Wright Structure in the World
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From California’s Marin County Civic Center to the Yokodo Guest House in Ashiya City, Japan, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence spans countries and continents. Today, 532 of the architect’s original designs remain worldwide—and one photographer is racking up the miles in an attempt to photograph each and every one of them, according to Architectural Digest.

Andrew Pielage is the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s unofficial photographer. The Phoenix-based shutterbug got his gig after friends introduced him to officials at Taliesin West, the late designer’s onetime winter home and studio that today houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Higher-ups at Taliesin West allowed Pielage to photograph the property in 2011, and they liked his work so much that they commissioned him for other projects. Since then, Pielage has shot around 50 Wright buildings, ranging from Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, to the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.

Pielage takes vertical panoramas to “get more of Wright in one image,” and he also prefers to work with natural light to emphasize the way the architect integrated his structures to correspond with nature’s rhythms. While Pielage still has over 400 more FLW projects to go until he's done capturing the icon’s breadth of work, you can check out some of his initial shots below.

[h/t Architectural Digest]

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Made.com.

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