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7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free

By Adele Peters5 minute Read<p>After over a hundred years of living with cars, some cities are slowly starting to realize that the automobile doesn’t …

BUGA 05 Playground by Rainer Schmidt Landschaftsarchitekten « Landscape Architecture Works

CIR536/MG086: Basic Principles of Landscape Design

Basic Principles of Landscape Design1<p>Landscape designers work on a canvas that is distinctly different from other art forms. The "art" is always …

PHOTOS: Europe's Grass-Lined Green Railways = Good Urban Design

Although it's certainly not a new idea to combine landscaping with public transportation, we love the sight of these European trams gliding along on …

Smart urban design could save lives in future heatwaves

Heatwaves — Australia’s biggest natural killers — are getting more frequent and hotter thanks to climate change. One day cities such as Melbourne may …

Emergency Medicine

Lost Castle: The Crumbling Ruins of the Castle of Mesen | Colossal

<p>Located in a park near the center of Lede, Belgium, the Castle of Mesen dates back to the 17th century where it served as a home for various lords …

Wait, So Certain Foods Can Make You Smarter?

Hold off on cramming fish down your high-school junior's throat every night till the SATs. Everyone's claiming they've got brain foods for you these days, but what does science have to say about what'll actually feed your noggin, and what's just bunk?<p>Remember when a “complete breakfast” consisted …

The Anonymous Gods Of Google Street View

Does a statue deserve the same privacy as a human? Google’s algorithms seem to think so.<p>When one of Google’s ladybug-like Street View cars goes a-roaming, it inevitably passes all sorts of people walking down the streets. What keeps these bystanders anonymous is one of the search giant’s trademark …

Why You’re Losing Design Proposals

All that hard work for nothing! Here, 11 tips for winning proposals and securing lucrative contracts.<p>Losing proposals, and the potentially lucrative contracts that come with winning them, just plain sucks. You know you can do that job–knock it out of the park, even. But for some reason, the …

Eco-Friendly Refold’s Portable Cardboard Standing Desk for Mobile Office

Refold’s Portable Cardboard Standing Desk aims to change the way you work. It’s a green flexible, foldable, and affordable desk which is 100% …

These Tolkien-Esque Maps Turn American Cities Into Fantasy Realms

Many a fantasy nerd has been enchanted by J.R.R. Tolkien’s elaborate, calligraphed maps of Middle Earth, illustrating the treacherous Misty Mountains and dragons flying over the Iron Hills. Though Tolkien fans may long to live in a hobbit hole in the Shire, most remain stuck in humdrum places like …

Erwin Olaf: Volume II

Netherlands-born photographer Erwin Olaf is internationally famed for his mysterious and moody imagery—from hyper-posed, traditionally inspired portraits and still lifes to the seemingly creepy and voyeuristic. His photos create a strong sense of atmosphere and, while never fully telling a story, …

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Andy J. Miller - The Fox Is Black

It’s always fun visiting with old friends. That’s today’s vibe as we feature a new wallpaper from Andy J. Miller, who back in 2008 was one of our …

Epic Video of a Professional Biker on a Breathtaking, Death-Defying Ridge

Get ready to be blown away! In this new film called <i>The Ridge</i>, professional biker Danny MacAskill shows us what it's like to mountain bike on a death-defying ridge. Located in his native home of Scotland, the ridge is a bumpy terrain in the Cuillin mountains of the Isle of Skye that's one part …

An Interactive Map Of Manhattan’s Mega Urban Expansion

It’s hard to believe that, just 200 years ago, Manhattan was largely farmland. Today, it’s one of the densest areas in the world.<p>Urbanlayers puts this rapid expansion into perspective. It’s a sharply rendered, interactive map by Morphocode that can squeeze hundreds of years of rapid urban …

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Building Concept Imagines Trees on Roofs to Replenish Green Space in Cities

In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the amount of available greenery has diminished. While the landscape was originally lush with tropical forests, it's currently experiencing rapid urbanization, as are other cities in the country. There's an overabundance of motorbikes that cause traffic congestion and …

How to Hack Your Urban Waterfront

Many of the world’s greatest cities can trace their historical growths back to one simple and often overlooked geographical aspect: proximity to water. Whether it is the open ocean or a wide meandering river, countless early cities came to be due to accessibility by ship and the subsequent economic …

Interactive Dancing Traffic Light Makes Waiting to Cross the Street More Fun

It's easy to become impatient while waiting to cross a busy intersection. Recently, the original smart car company, Smart, designed this clever and interactive sign to entertain pedestrians while waiting to safely cross the street.<p>Installed in Lisbon, Portugal, <i>The Dancing Traffic Light</i> actually …

An Interactive Dancing Pedestrian Signal by Smart | Colossal

<p>This fun urban intervention from small car manufacturer Smart attempts to redesign the humble traffic light by making it a bit more interactive. The …

Unusual Picnic Table Designs, From Transformable to Transportable

Summer's over, so now we all have to switch from living it to reading about it. When it comes to the picnic tables we won't get to enjoy again until …