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​​​​​​​Why Some People Find Crowded Cities Relaxing—And Others Don't

Not everyone is invigorated by fleeing bustling sidewalks.<p>Nature is frequently prescribed as a way for anxious folks to soothe their elevated emotions. Over at <i>The Atlantic</i>, James Hamblin has written about the rise of eco-therapy: doctors endorsing the healing effects of spending time outdoors. But …

This Is What Homes Looked Like the Year You Were Born

Some ideas were surprisingly ahead of their time, while others haven't exactly aged well.<p>Interior tastes evolve a bit slower than hairstyles or fashion, but you'd be surprised at how much can change from year to year. The frills of the '40s, the eclectic '70s, the pastel explosion of the '80s — …

Why Bike-Share Is Really Very Safe

Safer than personal bikes, even, according to new research.<p>The history of bike-share in the U.S. is pretty short. One of the first American programs on record, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, isn’t quite a decade old, while larger programs in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Washington, D.C. have been running since …

An Exhaustive and Accessible Transit Database Has Finally Arrived

Using data from 800 agencies nationwide, AllTransit illuminates the economic and social benefits of transit.<p>As the social and economic benefits of transit become clearer and clearer, a parade of data-driven maps and websites have tried to evaluate transit access in major American cities: where …

The 24 Best Websites For Discount Furniture And Decor

When decorating a new space, it’s important to know which pieces are worth the investment, and which are worth finding for cheap. But let’s be honest ― we’ll take a good deal any day.<p>Thankfully, you don’t have to expend tons of time or energy searching for the best bang for your buck. Sure, few …

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The Lousy Urban Design Of America’s Most Innovative Companies

Why do tech companies keep building suburban corporate campuses that are isolated from the communities their products are meant to serve?<p>When Apple finishes its new $5 billion headquarters in Cupertino, California, the technorati will ooh and ahh over its otherworldly architecture, and Apple will …

Urban Design

Why did Montreal get those twisty deathtrap stairs?

A few years ago I wrote about how we should learn how to build dense walkable cities from Montreal, after walking through the Plateau district and …

The Growth of Concentrated Poverty Since the Recession, in 3 Infographics

A new analysis by the Brookings Institution shows increases in two-thirds of the largest U.S. metros.<p>Concentrated poverty is arguably the biggest problem U.S. cities face today—and it’s only getting bigger.<p>The number of American poor living in depressed neighborhoods—those with at least 40 percent …

Meet the Extraordinary Women Making Maps Today

The final part in a series exploring little-seen contributions to cartography.<p>With the rise of geographic information systems and an explosion in digital mapmaking tools, the pencil-to-paper cartographer is all but an extinct species. Similarly, the definition of “cartographer” is expanding to …

More Before-and-After Photos of the World's Best Street Designs

A newly updated archive lets you track images of urban makeovers across the world.<p>Across the world, street design that favors automobiles and ignores pedestrians and cyclists is being rethought—a newly updated resource created by the Brazilian urban design collective Urb-i allows you to chart just …

Greek buses sent to Idomeni camp to pick up refugees

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A fleet of buses has arrived in the sprawling refugee camp of Idomeni on Greece's northern border with Macedonia to take some of the estimated 12,000 people stranded there to nearby refugee camps.<p>Authorities sent 20 buses to transport 1,000 people to refugee camps set up …

North Africa

Surreal Photos of Japan and East Asia by Architect and Photographer Jan Vranovsky – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Architect, designer, and photographer Jan Vranovsky is one of my favourite people to follow on Tumblr. On his blog, Parallel World, he captures Japan …

Tatami mats create gridded layout for Kenrak Tokmoto's Inari House

Traditional Japanese floor mats define the proportions of this house in Niigata, designed by Tokmoto Architectures Room as a strict grid of squares …

Solving These Impossibly Complicated Mazes Sounds Like a Sadistic Punishment

Some of us prefer to relax with activities that turn our brains to goo, while others like to kick back with a real challenge. That’s why puzzles …

Introducing the Hikari Box Tiny House Plans

Introducing the Hikari Box Tiny House Plans from Shelter Wise: Bright, Spacious and UncomplicatedIf you’re looking for a tiny house design that’s …

Tiny House Movement

MIT’s Not-So-Crazy Plan To Get Rid Of Stoplights

The intersection of the future has no stoplight—just a very, very intelligent algorithm.<p>The first stoplight was a complete disaster.<p>Installed in London in 1868, the gas-powered traffic signal exploded, killing the policeman who was responsible for operating it. In the 150 years since, the stoplight …

Driverless Cars

A Mystery of Our Time: The People Who Enjoy Commuting

They’re out there.<p>Commuting is a drag. Every minute spent getting to and from work has been shown to take away from time spent working out, cooking, and sleeping. When two economists polled 900 Texans in 2006 about their favorite activities, the morning commute ranked last. Longer commutes make …

Get ready, Los Angeles. The U.S. Census is about to experiment on you

In coming weeks, the United States Census will launch a pilot program in Los Angeles, taking advantage of a large multi-ethnic population, varying levels of Internet access and a high number of vacant homes to test a new data-collection system in English, Spanish, Korean and Chinese.<p>The test — …

5 Things to Know…About China’s New Urbanization Guidelines

<i>By CC Huang, Energy Innovation LLC</i><p>On February 21, China’s State Council and the Communist Party’s Central Committee released a new set of guidelines …

Urbanism

Las Vegas Utilities Really Don't Want the Strip to Go Solar

<i>This story originally appeared on the Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>The glittering Las Vegas strip is not an obvious model …

3-D Printing Maps to Help the Blind

To create navigational tools for the visually impaired, a team of engineers is combining a new technology with a very old one.<p>The Joseph Kohn Training Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is a state-funded facility that teaches vocational skills to the blind and visually impaired. Old wooden maps …

3D Printing
Cape Town

Where America's Obese Live

When it comes to this condition, place matters.<p>One-third of adult Americans are obese. While it’s all too easy to dismiss obesity as a personal failure, doctors know it’s caused by a mix of biological andsocial factors. Poverty, race, access to healthy food, walkability, and access to public spaces …

Europe

At Tech Conference, Meet The Tesla Of Bikes And A Weaponized Phone

You might think of Barcelona as an enchanted, historic European city. This week, it's home to a massive tech gathering: the Mobile World Congress. Tens of thousands of people from every corner of the earth are there — many showcasing the novel ways they're connecting citizen-consumers to the …

Tech Industry

Working With Schools and Children With Learning Disabilities

<b>CCPR: How are children evaluated for learning disabilities?</b><p><b>Dr. von Hahn:</b> First, learning disabilities, as defined by the DsM, are slightly different …

German police defend their handling of migrant bus unrest

Accused of being heavy-handed, police in eastern Germany have defended their forced removal of asylum seekers from a bus which was surrounded by anti-migrant protesters.<p>Many inside the vehicle were afraid to get off to go to their shelter, in a village south of Dresden, because of the 100 or so …

Macedonia

Australia postpones mother and child deportation

<b>The Australian government has said a baby being treated for burns in a Brisbane hospital will not be sent back to an asylum seekers' detention camp on the Pacific island of Nauru for now.</b><p>Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the one-year-old girl known as Asha and her mother would be placed in …

Australia