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How Our Cities Are Getting in Touch with Nature.

The usual foliage is there in abundance, but the trunks of the emerging urban forests are made from bricks and mortar. The online magazine Luxury Defined from Christie’s International Real Estate meets the architects bringing the jungle to our urban centers. You will understand how architects and designers are increasingly shrouding and softening the hard-edged stone and concrete planes of urban buildings with lush vegetation.

Rendering: © Pictown, ZNera
Architects launch proposal for a gigantic ring around Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

Time and again, architectural gigaprojects, especially from the Arab world, surprise us with new ideas. Recently Saudi Arabia shocked the architectural community with its futuristic or even surreal plan for a 500-meter-tall and 170 kilometers long linear city named The Line and the architecture firm ZNera Space has recently proposed a giant ring-like structure to encircle Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

The House of Big Arch, South Africa. Courtesy: Frankie Pappas
luxurydefined shows how to Live Off The Grid.

«An off-the-grid home can be as slick as any city dwelling, with the added bonuses of sustainability and nature on your doorstep», writes Sophie Davies in her article in the online magazine luxurydefined by Christie’s International Real Estate. Find plenty of material for reflection on how to become more independent from global energy production, from rising energy prices and at the same time contribute to a more ecological development in the many examples described in the article.