Ideas
Explore the world's #1 largest database of ideas and innovations, with over 400,000 inspiring examples.
Insights
Uncover major shifts and emerging opportunities with our exclusive PRO research.
Trend Reports
Discover why 750 brands rely on our AI-powered Trend Reports to get better, faster insights.
Newsletter
Join over 200,000 subscribers who rely on our weekly newsletter to keep up with need-to-know trends and insights.
Books
Join 20,000,000+ people getting better and faster with our New York Times Bestselling methods, best innovation books & keynote videos.
Dashboard
Get special access to premium content, topic tracking and customizable tools through our AI-powered Dashboard.
AI
Learn how the Trend Hunter harnesses the power of artificial intelligence.
Assessment
Enhance your innovation potential with a deeper understanding of your unique innovation archetype and how your organization benchmarks.
Overview
Accelerate innovation and ignite disruptive thinking with our award-winning programs and research.
Keynotes & Workshops
Empower your team with the insights and frameworks they need to innovate better and faster.
Custom Research
Get fast, customized trend reports, presentations and deep dives 20x faster than traditional research.
Plans
Get started today with a free consultation, our self-serve tools, or a dedicated program.
Jeremy Gutsche
Ignite your event with our CEO, a NY Times Bestselling Author and one of the top innovation keynote speakers.
Our Team of Futurists
Inspire your group with our most popular speakers on innovation, trends, change and futurism.
Contact
Get in touch to learn more, ask a question or submit a tip.
About Us
Learn more about Trend Hunter and how we accelerate innovation.
FAQ
Get answers to common questions about Trend Hunter.
Community
Stay on the cutting-edge with the help of the Trend Hunter community.
Team
Meet the team trusted by hundreds of leading businesses worldwide.
Jobs
Find opportunities to accelerate your career with the #1 Trend Firm.
Internships
Grow your professional skillset in an award-winning workplace.
News
Catch up on noteworthy Trend Hunter news and media mentions.
Join
Build a portfolio and put your trend-spotting abilities to the test.
Advertising
Supercharge your marketing by partnering with Trend Hunter.
Portfolio
Visit your public portfolio and browse your past articles.
Add a Trend
Write up an article and showcase your trend-spotting skills.
My Trends
Edit your articles and see how they stack up on the leaderboards.
Settings
Edit your profile, connect your social media accounts, and more.
Add a trend, customize your dashboard, or track topics.
Future Festival
World Summit
Join the world's top innovators at our 3-Day Toronto event.
1-Day Innovation Events
Explore our 2019 tour dates and find the best city to inspire your team.
Custom Events
Host a custom innovation conference in your city that will inform and inspire.
Custom Training
Bring the Future Festival experience directly to your team with custom training packages.
Search our database of over 390,000 cutting edge ideas.

55 Green City Innovations

From Self-Sustaining Villages to Urban Forest Pavilions

— September 11, 2017 — Eco
These green city innovations range from self-sustaining villages to urban forest pavilions. Aiming to make urban spaces more communal and eco-friendly, architects are re-adapting public parks, skyscrapers, and offices to feature elements like indoor gardens and lush, growing facades.

As cities become more populated, an increase in construction means sparser green spaces, but products like indoor gardening kits, and hydroponic planters are ensuring consumers can create indoor gardens where outdoor growing space is limited.

While standouts like 'Motorleaf' -- an intelligent device that tracks indoor gardening growing conditions -- are ideal for city dwellers looking to cultivate their own food sources indoors, Amazon's new Seattle headquarters gives employees access to a communal greenhouse space, consisting of "more than 3000 species of plants."
7.3
Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
54
Rooftop Produce Brands
Rooftop Produce Brands
IGA's 'Frais Du Toit' Brand Sells Organic Greens from Its Rooftop Garden
<
53
Diverse Cactus Gardens
Diverse Cactus Gardens
The Desert City is Cactus-Filled Research Center Outside Madrid
<
52
Expansive Smart City Plans
Expansive Smart City Plans
Samsung Electronics and SK Telecom to Create a Nationwide Network
<
51
Massive Green-Roofed Bookstores
Massive Green-Roofed Bookstores
The 'Book Garden' is the Largest Bookstore in the World
<
50
Sustainable Silicon Valley Offices
Sustainable Silicon Valley Offices
The New Google HQ Design Aims for LEED Certification
<
49
Culturally Influenced Park Designs
Culturally Influenced Park Designs
Alex Hanazaki Created a Garden That Represents Brazil's Culture
<
48
Flowing Grassy Rooftops
Flowing Grassy Rooftops
The Tsing Tao Visitor Center Blends Into the Hilly Environment
<
47
Green Lifestyle Festivals
Green Lifestyle Festivals
The 'Green Festival Expo' Marked Earth Day in New York City
<
46
Greenery-Adorned City Buses
Greenery-Adorned City Buses
The 'Forest Bus' in Taipai Acts as a Mobile Greenhouse
<
45
Towering Timber Buildings
Towering Timber Buildings
The Canopia Timber Towers Are Proposed For Bordeaux
<
44
Earth Day Walking Tours
Earth Day Walking Tours
This Walking Tour Takes Participants to Green Sites Across New York City
<
43
Lawn-Topped Houses
Lawn-Topped Houses
'South Coast of Landes House' Makes Use of All Its Facets
<
42
Hybrid Concrete-Wood Towers
Hybrid Concrete-Wood Towers
C.F. Moller's Vasteras High-Rise Features Solid Wood and Concrete
<
41
Underground Visitor Centers
Underground Visitor Centers
The Skamlingsbanken Visitor Center Will Have a Grassy Roof
<
40
Smart Garden-Monitoring Gadgets
Smart Garden-Monitoring Gadgets
The 'Motorleaf' Indoor Growing System Tracks Conditions
<
39
Glowing Transparent Greenhouses
Glowing Transparent Greenhouses
'Less House' in Ho Chi Minh City is a Luminous Structure
<
38
Eco Urban Pathways
Eco Urban Pathways
'The Thailine' is a Park System That Stretches Beneath Bangkok's Highways
<
37
Urban Forest Pavilions
Urban Forest Pavilions
Asif Khan's 'Forests' are Spread Throughout East London
<
36
Weatherproof Garden Protectors
Weatherproof Garden Protectors
The Miniature Greenhouse Garden Row Tunnel Keeps Plants Secure
<
35
Public Medicinal Greenhouses
Public Medicinal Greenhouses
'Breathing Bubble' is a Transparent Greenhouse for Medicinal Plants
<
34
CO2-Capturing Plants
CO2-Capturing Plants
The Climeworks Direct Air Capture Technology Draws in CO2
<
33
Compact Herb Kits
Compact Herb Kits
Plant 'n' Grow's BBQ Backyard Herb Kit is Packaged for Convenient Delivery
<
32
Wood-Made Office Campuses
Wood-Made Office Campuses
The 'Nanterre Arboretum' Will Be the World's Largest Solid Wood Project
<
31
Furniture Brand Incubators
Furniture Brand Incubators
IKEA is Launching 'Bootcamp' as a Start-Up Incubator
<
30
Patio-Connected Kitchen Concepts
Patio-Connected Kitchen Concepts
Benn + Penna Architecture's Renovation Brings the Outdoors In
<
29
Honeycomb Staircase Structures
Honeycomb Staircase Structures
'Vessel' Will be a Towering Stairway in New York's Hudson Yards
<
28
Rejuvenated Urban Greenways
Rejuvenated Urban Greenways
Vancouver's Arbutus Greenway Project Will Feature Bike Lanes and Paths
<
27
Net-Zero Energy Schools
Net-Zero Energy Schools
This New York City School Produces as Much Electricity as It Uses
<
26
Hydroponic Superfood Planters
Hydroponic Superfood Planters
The Gakken LED Grow Box Utilizes Greenhouse Growing for Indoor Use
<
25
Multi-Sensory Garden Pop-Ups
Multi-Sensory Garden Pop-Ups
This Pop-Up Garden in London is a Sophisticated Play Structure
<
24
Greenhouse-Inspired Restaurants
Greenhouse-Inspired Restaurants
This Nordic Eatery Boasts an Open Concept Design Scheme
<
23
Twisted Urban Farms
Twisted Urban Farms
The 'Hybrid Farm Apartment Building' Concept Maximizes Sunlight Access in NYC
<
22
Hybrid Green Wall Architecture
Hybrid Green Wall Architecture
MF+ Arquitetos' 'Casa MCNY' Blurs Indoor and Outdoor Space Barriers
<
21
Recycled Garden Sheds
Recycled Garden Sheds
The West Wing Structure Won the Annual 'Shed Of the Year' Prize
<
20
Self-Sustaining Villages
Self-Sustaining Villages
The ReGen Community is Able to Create its Own Energy and Food
<
19
Eco-Friendly Floating Greenhouses
Eco-Friendly Floating Greenhouses
The Eco Barge Cruises the Danube in a Sustainable Fashion
<
18
Green Wall Retail Displays
Green Wall Retail Displays
The Saje at Home Concept Store Blends Organic Products with Greenery
<
17
Ramping Rooftop Gardens
Ramping Rooftop Gardens
Bam! Arquitectura Designed a Buenos Aires Home with a Multi-Level Garden
<
16
Indoor Restaurant Greenhouses
Indoor Restaurant Greenhouses
This Restaurant Has an Indoor Greenhouse and Uses Recycled Materials
<
15
Spherical Urban Greenhouses
Spherical Urban Greenhouses
Amazon is Building a Relaxing Green Community For Its Employees
<
14
Colorful Amorphous Playgrounds
Colorful Amorphous Playgrounds
The Mountain Lake Park Playground is a Joyous Playscape
<
13
Hexagonal Urban Gardens
Hexagonal Urban Gardens
This City Garden is Interactive and Incorporates Different Designs
<
12
Next-Gen Farming Houses
Next-Gen Farming Houses
Net Houses Offer Better Produce with Fewer Chemicals
<
11
Produce-Growing Preschools
Produce-Growing Preschools
This Eco-Friendly Preschool Doubles as an Urban Farm
<
10
Merged Greenhouse Cottages
Merged Greenhouse Cottages
Maas Architecten's 'Modern Countryside Villa' Features a Split Design
<
9
Garden-Topped Houses
Garden-Topped Houses
This Concept House Features a Rooftop Vegetable Garden and Solar Heating
<
8
Pop-Up Garden Oases
Pop-Up Garden Oases
This Empty Storefront Was Transformed into a Tranquil Temporary Venue
<
7
Curvaceous Wooden Domes
Curvaceous Wooden Domes
The 'Dome of Visions' Explores Wood as an Eco-Friendly Alternative
<
6
Restaurant Plant Walls
Restaurant Plant Walls
The Great Green Wall in a Beirut Eatery is Made from Six Types of Veggies
<
5
Self-Powered Trolleybus Gardens
Self-Powered Trolleybus Gardens
This Piezoelectric Architecture Merges Design & Sustainability
<
4
Outdoor Multi-Age Playgrounds
Outdoor Multi-Age Playgrounds
BAM's Indigo Playgrounds are Designed for Children of Varying Ages
<
3
Eco Urban Micro-Homes
Eco Urban Micro-Homes
This Small Urban Home is Made With Rigid Eco-Friendly Standards
<
2
Grocery Store Herb Gardens
Grocery Store Herb Gardens
The Albert Heijn Supermarket Features In-Store Farming
<
1
Eco Prefab Homes
Eco Prefab Homes
This Wood House by ArchiBlox Features a Green Roof and Sustainable Wood
<