Slideshow: Elevated ‘floating’ garden structure proposed for German city

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Architecture and urban design firm MVRDV, based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, has won joint first place in the master plan design competition for Ettlinger Tor, an area in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany. The centerpiece of the firm’s design is an enormous elevated “floating” garden that would be located at rooftop height above an intersection.

The city is currently split between densely packed urban blocks that extend south from the city’s center to its Karlsruhe Palace, built in the early 18th

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