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Andrew Sullivan: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours

I was sitting in a large meditation hall in a converted novitiate in central Massachusetts when I reached into my pocket for my iPhone. A woman in …

Mind

Fietsstraten: Part 2 – Eindhoven

Help Us Give Away Free Bikes

This post was authored by Erika Rasmussen. The SF Bicycle Coalition runs our Community Bike Builds program to provide free bicycles to communities …

Why California Accidentally Encouraged Driving, and How That's About to Change

Like many California cities, San Jose plans to become a model of an environmentally sustainable and healthy city, with streets designed “for people, …

A look at Amsterdam’s electric startup scene

After my recent coverage of virtual reality startups in the Netherlands, a wave of curiosity splashed into my inbox with people asking for insights about the secret sauce the government and private sector have in their hands. What is the formula that has allowed the country to catapult onto the …

Startups

Santa Monica's Savvy Multimodalism Shows Moxie

Forum on the Road: Traffic Woes Rankle Marin County

Cars sit in miles-long traffic jam on southbound highway 101 on December 3, 2014 in Mill Valley, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty …

Even if Sanders loses the primary, his fracking policy won California

<i>This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>California’s Democratic …

Why I Quit My Job to Travel the World

On paper, my life seemed great. I had a dream job, a swanky apartment, and a loving girlfriend. But something was off. I couldn't bear being chained to my desk in a stuffy office any longer. So I decided to quit and travel the world, bringing only my passport, a small backpack, and my enormous …

Why Winning Park Design Is a Win for Los Angeles

Rarely does anything with a photovoltaic canopy, a “great lawn,” no fewer than 13 design collaborators, and an estimated $50 million budget qualify …

The Future of Street Design

The lifeblood of a place courses through its streets. Today, we demand more and more from these arteries — space for multiple modes of transport, a …

The Wood Wide Web

A new study shows that trees of different species can exchange large amounts of carbon via the fungal internet that connects their roots.<p>In 1999, a team of scientists led by Christian Körner did what thousands of people do every Christmas: they wrapped Norway spruce trees in tubes. Except this was …

Botany

How Franz Kafka’s Tormented Relationship With His Abusive Father Profoundly Affected His Writing

In the latest of their “Literature” series, the School of Life offers insight into writer Franz Kafka, connecting his tormented childhood with a …

First and Final Frames, The Opening and Closing Shots of 55 Different Films Played Out Side by Side

“First and Final Frames” is a supercut by Baltimore-based filmmaker Jacob T. Swinney that juxtaposes the opening and closing shots of 55 different …

Prince Performing With the Muppet Hoo-Haw Ha Ha Ha Hayseed Band on ‘Muppets Tonight’ in 1997

Prince appeared as the guest on the premiere episode of the second season of <i>Muppets Tonight</i> on September 13, 1997. During the episode the late …

Mission Street’s New “Red Carpet” Transit Only Lanes Are Under Threat

The paint has hardly dried. Yet the transit only lanes on Mission Street may go away soon. If prioritizing transit is not possible on Mission Street, …

You Asked, We Answered: 6 Examples of What Makes a Great Public Space

In Millennium Park, Chicago children play in the water feature to escape the summer heat | Image by PPSPeople often ask us, “What makes a public …

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Finding The Hidden Pockets Of Humanity In Urban “Under Spaces”

Photographer Gisela Erlacher goes between bridges and under expressways to document the leftover spaces in the world’s densest cities.<p>In her book, <i>Skies of Concrete</i>, Austrian photographer Gisela Erlacher documents the overlooked spaces that are wedged between concrete pillars and hidden beneath …

Why don’t women care about politics?

Compared to men, women are clueless about politics. Those are the depressing findings of a British study released last week. Even in advanced democracies like Norway and Canada, it found a massive gender gap in knowledge about politics. Men are news junkies, while women tune out.<p>According to the …

Old bridge renovation in the Netherlands to make even more room for cyclists and pedestrians

The old IJsselbrug bridge in the Netherlands will soon get a modern makeover, with more space for pedestrians and cyclists. Dutch firm Moederscheim …

Design

Streetfilms as Your Resource on Public Space

<i>Click here to view the embedded video.</i>As a livable streets filmmaker for the past twenty years, it’s been both my primary responsibility and passion …

Urban Design

The self-driving utopia we almost had

The system was designed to be everything that existing public transportation wasn’t<p>A "traveling living room" where passengers could watch TV or get news articles via fax machine<p>The decision was the start of a logistical and budgetary nightmare<p>"The name of PRT was just — it’s hard to imagine how …

Ride Disneyland's Jungle Cruise with a 1955 skipper

The First Trailer for ‘Loving Vincent,’ an Animated Film Featuring 12 Oil Paintings per Second by Over 100 Painters | Colossal

<p>The first trailer for Loving Vincent (previously) was just released and it promises stunning visuals in a novel format: the film was created from a …