Whether it's a post-industrial renewal project or a brand-new display of civic pride, cities across the world are erecting green projects to spruce up their metropolises. Here are some of our favorites:
Singapore's Super Trees. Singapore's master planners erected these eighteen "Supertrees," which integrate more than 226,000 plants. Right now, the country is in the middle of completing its project, reports Sarah Laskow at Grist. "They will stretch up to 164 feet tall, grow 200 species of flowers, ferns, and epiphytes, collect solar energy, harvest rainwater, and work as a natural cooling system," she writes. "The project’s been in the works for a while and scheduled to open up this summer."
Mexico's Vertical Gardens. No one thinks of Mexico City has a paragon of eco-friendliness but that's starting to change, according to The New York Times. Among other things, the city built these cool vertical gardons designed to eat up carbon dioxide.
Phoenix's Civic Space Park. This flashy green space was designed by the design firm AECOM and uses a splash pad and a field of LED-lit columns. The wormhole sculpture in the air was "was designed and built by Janet Echelman of painted, galvanized steel and cables, polyester twine netting, and changing, computer-controlled colored lights. It is meant to make the patterns of the desert winds visible to the human eye."