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Shrinking cities: the rise and fall of global urban populations – mapped

The world is experiencing rapid urbanisation, but not every city is growing. Population is likely to decline in 17% of large cities in developed regions and 8% of cities across the world from 2015 to 2025, according to a McKinsey report

Geography

Oslo is being rebuilt around something city-dwellers don’t know they’ve lost: “slow space”

oslo<p>Fine rain is needling between the young pines, planted here two years ago as part of a project that’s remaking huge swathes of Oslo. The city is going through a vast redevelopment of its harbor and, as part of that, a deep rethink of public space. Residents can get to this forest in 30 minutes …

Luxury Lifestyle

World's first zero-emission hydrogen train to begin operations in Germany

<b>(CNN) —</b> The world's first hydrogen powered, emission-free train is set to go into service in Germany in 2017 -- a ground-breaking innovation that could signal the phasing out of heavily polluting, diesel-powered trains.<p>The first "hydrail", or hydrogen-powered train, will begin transporting …

Alternative Fuel

The Year's Best Nature Photos Send a Striking Environmental Message

Time's almost up for sending your photos to the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest. Here's the competition.<p>The Olympics of nature photography is nearly here, as National Geographic gears up to name the winner of the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year …

Nature

This Eye-Catching Carport Is A Hybrid Wind + Solar EV Charger & Power Station

<b>Published on</b> November 1st, 2016 | <i>by Derek Markham</i><p>0<p>November 1st, 2016 by <b>Derek Markham</b><p>Combining clean energy, covered parking, and an eye-catching …

Clean Energy

A new solar and battery-powered catamaran with a virtually unlimited range: Solarwave

At its core, the most basic essential feature of any vehicle is that it enables freedom. Freedom to travel further than your own two legs allow. And it’s difficult to imagine something that could potentially enable more freedom than a boat with a virtually unlimited range and that doesn’t require …

A renegade photographer got inside this lawless Hong Kong community that was 119 times denser than New York City

It was called the Kowloon Walled City.<p>With a population of 33,000 squeezed into a tiny lot, at its peak the city was 119 times as dense as present-day New York City. Although it faced rampant crime and poor sanitation, the city was impressively self-sustainable until its demolition in 1993.<p>In the …

Hong Kong

Tesla’s solar roof rollout was ... meh. These other new solar power gadgets are cooler.

Last Friday evening, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk unveiled three new products. The rollout — scheduled, oddly, for 8:30 pm Eastern — had been hyped for weeks, but the actual event turned out to be a bit [sad trombone]. It was a fairly transparent bid to justify the proposed merger of Tesla and …

Affordable prefab cabin Dubldom now accepting U.S. pre-orders

Keeping it simple<p>One of the coolest, most affordable prefab homes we know is the DublDom series from Moscow-based firm Bio Architects, headed up by architect Ivan Ovchinnikov. The simple modern cabins range from a 280-square-foot studio (bathroom and kitchen, included) to a 1,400-square-foot …

Prefab Homes

It's Time to Think About Living in Parking Garages

The tower at 4th and Columbia will be the tallest in Seattle, a 1,029-foot, $290 million monument to the city's recent, tech-flavored success. …

Prefab home in Japan makes surprising use of windows

A lot of geometries here<p>This cool, minimalist prefab home in Kyoto, Japan makes surprising use of windows. Designed by EXH and Anoffice, it features an exterior made from same materials as the other houses in the neighborhood, but to stand out from the crowd, it is finished in a darker hue and …

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This Is Exactly Why Cities Need To Cover All Of Their Buildings In Plants

Measuring how building greenery dissipates all that is terrible about city life, including noise, pollution, and sweltering heat.<p>When architects release yet another rendering of a building plastered in plants or trees, critics are quick to ask if it’s greenwashing: Do plant-covering skyscrapers …

Skyscrapers

The World's First Hydrogen-Powered Passenger Train Is Coming to Germany

The future is here.<p>The world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train has been unveiled this week by French transport company Alstom, which will be …

HugeDomains.com - Feedblix.com is for sale (Feedblix)

Hurry - once it's sold this opportunity will be gone!<p>Besides being memorable, .com domains are unique: This is the one and only .com name of it's …

Uber makes itself part of the public transport route in Australia

In its quest to make itself indispensable, Uber is keen to slide itself into your daily commute.<p>On Monday, the company announced a partnership in …

Could Math Hold The Key To More Energy-Efficient Cities?

As much as I’d wish it were otherwise, few cities were founded and designed around optimizing their energy efficiency. Rather, most are a hodge-podge of buildings of all shapes and sizes, constructed during different eras, and with varying levels of adherence to the building standards of the day. …

Urban Planning

Beachside Hewlett House

advertisment<p>The Hewlett House by MPR Design Group was designed to provide a sense of sanctuary as well as views of the nearby Bronte Beach:<p>“The long …

Swimming Pools

A world without cars: cities go car-free for the day - in pictures

From Bogota to Paris, Detroit to Istanbul, cities around the world have been imposing traffic restrictions to mark World Car-Free Day. Is this a vision of our urban future?<p>Can driverless cars reshape our suburbs?

Cycling

Zaha Hadid Architects' Antwerp Port House Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

Zaha Hadid Architects' new Port House in the Belgian city of Antwerp, which has been almost a decade in planning and construction, officially opens …

Architecture

How driverless cars could change our whole future

I’m looking at two photographs of the main street of the small town in which I was born. Both are taken from the same vantage point – looking up the hill to the T-junction at the top. The two photographs are separated by nearly a century: the first was taken in the 1930s, the second sometime in the …

Autonomous Cars

Floating Shipping Containers May be Copenhagen’s Answer to Affordable Housing

The design startup Urban Rigger has just launched the first iteration of a novel solution for the housing crunch facing many of the world’s cities. …

One Surprising Secret Weapon Against Natural Disasters? Landscape Architecture

As extreme weather events become commonplace, landscape designers are helping cities lessen the impact.<p>In an era when cities are ravaged by drought, flooding, wildfires, and more, infrastructure projects tend to get most of the attention when it comes to resiliency. But good landscape design can be …

Bluff Mountain - Hiking in Portland, Oregon and Washington

Bluff Mountain and Little Baldy along the Chinook Tail <i>(Don Nelsen)</i><p>Bluff Mountain <i>(David Koskamp)</i><p>Bluff Mountain bluffs - St. Helens in the distance</i> …

Prefabricated green residential building is slated for Berlin's new 'live-work city'

On a site in Berlin currently home to old, ugly oilfield tanks, a revitalized district called WerkBundStadt is in the works. ingenhoven architects, …

Skyscrapers

5 Off-the-Grid Destinations with Zero Cell Service

Unplug from the grid here<p>Ready to unplug? We mean no Snapchatting, no Instagramming, no text messages, and especially no work emails. Tell your boss that in these five out-of-service locales, you couldn’t make a call even if you wanted to.<p>Big Sur, California<p>Take the meandering drive down …

Hiking

England's answer to Tuscany (but you've probably never heard of it)

I’d had a bacon sandwich at a café called Puddleducks. Then I’d driven on. Now I stood above the village of Slaidburn, looking over moorland and fells undulating away indefinitely. Drystone walls imposed order, but not much.<p>Clouds swept across the sky, anxious to be elsewhere. I climbed on to a …

What if the aliens we are looking for are AI?

The search for extraterrestrial life has so far assumed our cosmic neighbours are organic. What if we’re dealing with artificial intelligence?<p>For more than a century we have been broadcasting our presence to the cosmos. This year, the faintest signals from the world’s first major televised event – …

Artificial Intelligence

Tesla cars have a new feature that could save your dog's life

According to PETA, leaving a dog in a vehicle on a sultry day can be death sentence for the beast.<p>"Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes," the organization says.<p>"Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and …

Tesla