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These LEGO-like recycled plastic bricks create sturdy homes for just $5,200

Colombian company Conceptos Plásticos saw two pressing issues in the world and decided to tackle both with recycled building materials. One issue is …

Design

An Incredibly Detailed Map of How Londoners Commute

A street-by-street breakdown of where city residents ride, drive, bike, or walk to work.<p>Londoners as a whole take the train to work. East Londoners love their bikes more than anyone else in the capital. And a large share of the city’s walking commuters seem to come from a religious minority.<p>These …

The Law of Traffic Congestion, according to "The Flash!"

Across the world, city-builders who understand the complex relationship between land-use, car infrastructure and road congestion, struggle to …

Urban Design

World's first Passive House Premium building generates five times more energy than it uses

The new Passive House Premium building class was launched earlier this year, along with the Passive House Plus class. They have been developed to …

Green Living

Watch How Designers Re-engineered an Island to Make a Park in New York City

Parks aren’t always built just so we can enjoy the trees. On Governor’s Island in New York City, a truly unique public space will bring nature back …

The Champs Elysées of the Future Will Have a Lot Fewer Cars

Paris is planning a pretty major overhaul of its main avenue by 2025.<p>Does the most beautiful avenue in the world really need a makeover? The Champs Elysées in Paris may be cited to the point of cliché as the world’s grandest, most alluring urban street, but according to the city the famous …

I never realized how dumb our cities are until I saw what a smart one looks like.

With the population growing and most of it happening in cities, these Canadian journalists wanted to take a closer look at whether our sprawling …

Medellín

How to Make One of Hong Kong's Busiest Streets Car-Free

A coalition is bringing back a 15-year-old proposal to make part of downtown green, with plans to turn it into a playground or urban forest.<p>It didn’t surprise Simon Ng that Hong Kong’s Town Planning Board overwhelmingly rejected a proposal last week to scrap part of Hong Kong’s historic tramway as …

How the Tories' 'planning shakeup' will suffocate London

Even the most staunch Conservatives are against it. So why is a disastrous new part of the housing and planning bill being made permanent?<p>The phrases “warehouse living” and “home office” might take on a whole new meaning if the UK government gets its way. Offices, launderettes and industrial units …

Housing

How Manhattan Narrowly Avoided Being Sliced In Half

Robert Moses changed New York forever, razing neighborhoods to build the gargantuan Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. But did you know he dreamt of doing …

11 Ways You're Inadvertently Causing Inflammation

We’ve all experienced inflammation. Think of that sprained, swollen ankle, that cut finger, or that miserable head cold. Inflammation makes its …

A Dutch City Makes Room for Its River and a New Identity

Nijmegen is turning a flood-control project on the River Waal into an opportunity to redevelop its inner core.<p>NIJMEGEN, The Netherlands — In this city along the River Waal, this year marks the 20th anniversary of a scary event that quite nearly turned into a catastrophe.<p>Heavy rains upstream in …

What You Can Learn Watching the Movements of an Entire Public Transportation System

An open-source, animated map features 249 global mass transit networks.<p>A German university student has developed a fun new tool for visualizing public transit in a more system-oriented way.<p>Transit Visualization Client, or TRAVIC, takes public data from 249 transportation networks, across five …

World's First 'Solar Road' Is Generating Even More Power Than Expected

An experimental bike path that also functions as a giant solar cell has far exceeded expectations in the six months it's been in use -- and that has scientists eyeing roadways as possible sources of solar energy to power street lights, traffic systems, and electric cars.<p>SolaRoad, as the …

Roads

Seoul’s Turning an Old Highway Into a Flowery High Line

Make way for the High Line effect. Ever since the elevated park turned New York's far West Side into a playground for the moneyed class, other cities …

Shape vs colour: Istanbul's vibrant contemporary architecture - Telegraph

The Best Multi-Tasking Products on the Market

There’s a special place in our heart for anything that serves a dual purpose (or more, for that matter). When you find a product that brightens and …

26 Books From Around The World You Need To Read Before You Die

Next stop: your local bookstore.

Books

Wall-Mounted Kraft Paper Roll Dispenser

Despite all the advances in technology, there’s nothing better than good ol’ paper and pen. Whether to make lists, sketch, or to leave a message, …

Crafting

A Fine Time for Simplicity: 12 Minimalist Watches

Fashion designer Jil Sander once argued, “I am convinced that there can be luxury in simplicity.” And in a world of information overload, non-stop …

Apple Watch Edition buyers get double the hands-on time in stores

Starting April 10th you’ll finally be able to go into an Apple Store and try on Jony Ive’s first wearable, as long as you have an appointment. Those shopping for the regular Apple Watch and Sport models will get up-to 15 minutes of hands-on time at the Apple Store, but if you’re looking at the …

Swirl Is the Most Beautiful Sink Faucet

Categorize this design concept in the realm of “unnecessary, but we want it”. Royal College of Art student Simin Qiu’s Swirl concept was awarded a …

Industrial Design

6 Places Where Cars, Bikes, and Pedestrians All Share the Road As Equals

The <i>woonerf</i>, or "shared street," has made its way into U.S. cities.<p>If you aren't a traffic engineer or an urban planner, the word <i>woonerf</i> probably looks like a typo, or maybe the Twitter handle of whoever runs marketing for Nerf (woo!). But you might want to get familiar with the term—Dutch for …

Unkind Architecture: Designing Against the Homeless

A subset of architecture is actively antagonist to the comfort of the homeless.<p>0<p>SHARES<p>I encourage everyone to go read this very smart and very sad …

Rem Koolhaas: “There’s Been Very Little Rethinking Of What Cities Can Be”

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect dishes on cities, what architecture and film have in common, and the idiocy of design competitions.<p><b>Gary Hustwit: Why is the design of so many cities so bad?</b> <b><br>Rem Koolhaas:</b> Very few cities these days are really designed, and that may be partly the problem, the …

Wind Power

The Complete Guide to Productivity

<i>This post originally appeared on The Growth List</i><p>Let’s face it.<p>We all want more time in our lives.<p>It could be an evening to spend more time with our family and friends, a 30-hour day to grow our business, or simply time to close our eyes and relax.<p>If you would like to make more effective use of your …

17 Super Simple Tips to Lose Weight for LIFE

<b>1. Make friends with your scale.</b> 
If you want to lose weight, think of your scale as a friend, not a foe. Weigh yourself once a day, first thing in the morning after going to the bathroom and getting undressed (water weight and clothing can throw off the number). Track your results, and stay …

Too much human faeces on Mount Everest, says Nepal

Waste from the 700 climbers and guides a year who attempt to scale the mountain is becoming a health hazard<p>Human waste left by climbers on Mount Everest has become a problem that is causing pollution and threatening to spread disease on the world’s highest peak, the chief of Nepal’s mountaineering …

Mountaineering