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The Plot Against Trains

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

The New Yorker lays out a very compelling explanation as to how we got to this point. Fierce American independence to blame? Greedy corporations and their deep pocketed lobbyists? All of the above. Read more →

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Hoover Dam build photos reveal the wonder of human invention

Os0xgbxbzcahrdlucbno  Posted by  Jono Bentley Sturt

I'll be honest—I barely read the article, aside from captions. This is an incredible set of images which document an absolutely massive infrastructural undertaking. Hard to avoid sensing a bit of hubris in these, consideri... Read more →

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This Ringed Bridge in Uruguay Is Awesome for so Many Reasons

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

"According to Viñoly, the aim of the construction is threefold. First, the ring shape should reduce vehicle speeds. Second, the curved design encourages drivers to enjoy a panorama view. Finally, an inner circle walkway sh... Read more →

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Taxi Fabric: A creative firm in Mumbai kits out local cabs with fine art

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

"A far cry from the stale interior of the majority of British cabs, these works of fine art currently adorn vehicles on the roads of Mumbai. Originally dreamt up by Taxi Fabric, the work of local artists can now be applied... Read more →

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The Year in Pictures 2015

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Project Ukko Is a Clever Way to Visualize the Complexities of Wind

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

"The visualization handles the complexities of predictive modeling as well as it could. It’s not meant for people with no background in wind energy, nor is it fine-grained enough for most scientists. It exists somewhere in... Read more →

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The Pulling-Apart of America

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

"It’s tempting to just imagine that if this continues on for a while longer, eventually the poorest parts of America will all be empty ghost towns, and we can rope them off and forget about them. Except for the fact that f... Read more →

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Saving Water Is So Hot Right Now in Landscape Design

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

“Every part of the country is dealing with water issues whether it’s too much or too little,” she says. “It does reflect a much greater awareness from the population as a whole, about critical issues like water conservatio... Read more →

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The Top 10 U.S. Cities That People Bike And Walk To Work

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

The top 10 cities by percentage of active commuters who walk or bike: 1: Boston: 16.7% 2: Washington, D.C.: 16.7% 3: San Francisco: 13.9% 4: Seattle: 12.9% 5: Portland, Ore.: 12.1% 6: New York: 11.2% 7: Philadelphia: 10.... Read more →

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Putting a price on Nature?

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

Found by Lauren Shirley! "We are failing spectacularly to protect the natural world – and we are failing because people aren’t valuing it enough. Companies will create a road scheme or a supermarket – or a motorway servic... Read more →

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Sharing Amsterdam's story of transformation into a city for people

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

The experience of living and working in Amsterdam was transformational, shifting her focus from one of environmental sustainability to urban livability. Securing a job as a tour guide to supplement her income, she would sh... Read more →

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Magic Roundabout: Circumnavigating the World's Most Complex Intersection - 99...

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

"Popular in countries such as Great Britain, roundabouts are demonstrably more efficient at moving traffic than four-way stops and other types of intersections. Yet in many places, including the United States, they have fa... Read more →

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The Performative Ground: Rediscovering The Deep Section

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

Oldie (ish) but a goodie. "Deep Urbanism is a reading of the city that acknowledges the complex ecological and biogeochemical processes taking place above, below and within the urban ground. In the city, nothing can sim... Read more →

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Airports, Designed for Everyone but the Passenger

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

"Architects have to try to create art and, at the same time, make room for sightlines, security checkpoints and control rooms. It’s an almost impossible juggling act, I realize, and it’s a small wonder that any airport get... Read more →

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How A Geologist Designed The Perfect App For The Window Seat

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

Not everyone has a burning desire to know what they’re seeing 35,000 feet below. But for Flyover Country’s creator Shane Loeffler, who traveled the world for his field work at the University of Minnesota, flying is a chanc... Read more →

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Solar power is contagious.

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

Wowza! "Studies have found that if you install solar photovoltaic panels on your roof, that increases the odds that your neighbors will install their own panels. SolarCity, the largest solar installer in the United States... Read more →

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Velocipedia

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

via Gianluca Gimini *product design & visual communication* "You might have noticed there’s something wrong with this bike. Or you might have not. This bicycle is missing a very important part of its frame and it would im... Read more →

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The Multilevel Metropolis

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

"Since the 1960s, seventeen notable pedestrian systems have developed in the United States and Canada. 1 Whereas early experiments in multilevel urbanism belonged to social utopians and the architectural avant-garde, the s... Read more →

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Renderings of Detroit to debut at Venice Biennale

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

"In a small U.S. State Department building in Venice, Italy, crews are putting the final touches on 12 museum-caliber models of Detroit buildings and places. They are fantastical visions, resembling modern art or miniatur... Read more →

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The war over Chesapeake Bay

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

SC's very own Marilyn Moedinger and family have found themselves at the center of water restoration in the Chesapeake Bay basin project. A fascinating read about what is "perhaps the most ambitious—and, some would say, ov... Read more →

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What will our growing megacities really look like?

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

"Will we live in buildings made out of waste, heavily surveilled smart cities, or maybe floating communities designed to cope with rising sea levels?" Terreform, Blade Runner, and the City of Blubber. Read more →

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Eco-Friendly Air Conditioning Systems Are Coming Our Way

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

"Using their skills in space and thermal engineering, the team have designed a system that releases no greenhouse gas emissions and uses the power of the sun to heat water up to 200 degrees Celsius. The pressurized water ... Read more →

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FarmBot, a DIY agriculture robot.

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

"Precision farming has been hailed as the future of agriculture, sustainability, and the food industry. That’s why a company called FarmBot is working to bring precision agriculture technology to environmentally conscious ... Read more →

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HYPER-REALITY

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

Scary as all hell. "Hyper-Reality presents a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and the city is saturated in media." Read more →

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Regenerative Development and Design: A Framework for Evolving Sustainability

Zhek1hwxfwqfahjdsk0h  Posted by  Carlos Guzman

I recently participated in Regenesis' Regeneration Practitioner course and was blown away by how the regenerative approach to projects differs from conventional practices by focusing on potential of place instead of proble... Read more →

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Grid Corrections

N8xfepw8jkdjgge09lwn  Posted by  Kyle Sturgeon

"This film was made mining the Thomas Jefferson's Grid in Google Earth. By superimposing a rectangular grid on the earth surface, a grid built from exact square miles, the spherical deviations have to be fixed. After all... Read more →

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Did an American City Finally Build a Good Streetcar?

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

"And then there is the new streetcar route in Kansas City, which is getting 6,660 riders a day over three first three months of operation—and rising. Total ridership is 550,000 riders in just 84 days of operation. That’s a... Read more →

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The problem with believing half the world's population lives in cities

Hyra0rcuz1rxv3h5gs8w  Posted by  Dan Weissman

"When startup accelerator Y Combinator announced its New Cities project in June, it came with a couple of footnotes. Number one was, "Two out of three people will live in cities by 2050." In the center of the cover of the... Read more →