Third Nature’s Pop-Up Parking Garage and Storm Water Reservoir

With storms aplenty this year, Denmark-based design firm Third Nature has proposed a parking garage concept that manages excess water in cities, and more. Called Pop-Up, the parking garage resides underground—with public space on its top, outside section. With heavy rain, the structure collects water and rises up, while building a reservoir below. While still a concept, Pop-Up demonstrates an innovative new way to tackle …

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The New York firm transforms parking structures into solar power plants

Depending on where you live, parking lots can either feel like a terrific waste of space or woefully inadequate for city needs. Still, they are everywhere, not to mention a critical component of urban planning. Since 2008, Solaire Generation has been busy reimagining parking structures in an innovative, powerful way. The firm, founded by architect Laurence Mackler, has developed a series of renewable energy products …