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Excess Heat From the London Underground Used to Warm Nearby Homes

A red, metal-clad building—the Bunhill 2 Energy Centre—in London’s Islington marks the center of Europe’s newest type of energy network. The building itself (by Cullinan Studio) acts as the central provider for heat and hot water for hundreds of homes and public offices within its proximity. A fan situated below ground, but above the Underground redirects heat from the Northern Line tunnel (which would otherwise …
Tags: Europe, Design, London, Sustainability, Cities, Architecture, Urban Planning, Heat, Eco Friendly, Islington, Linkaboutit, Bunhill 2 Energy Centre, Cullinan Studio

Cars Banned From San Francisco’s Busiest Street

In an effort to ease congestion, improve conditions for cyclists, and make way for publicly funded restorations of sidewalks, transit lines and streets, San Francisco officially banned the presence of cars (except some official vehicles) on the city’s busiest thoroughfare: Market Street. Following similar legislation passed in cities including Paris, Madrid and NYC, San Francisco formulated a $600 million plan to revitalize its current systems …
Tags: Design, Safety, Cars, San Francisco, Traffic, Cities, Culture, Public Transit, Urban Planning, Public Safety, SF, Linkaboutit, NYC San Francisco, City Planning, Paris Madrid, Car Bans

Preserving the Scents of Everyday Life

Researchers at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage are working double-time to identify and catalog scents that exist all around us—from the smell of an old book, to a pub at a particular time of night, and worn-in leather. Many of these are disappearing right under our noses. For example, as we collectively move deeper into a digital age, books are being read on phones …
Tags: Design, History, Cities, Culture, Unesco, Linkaboutit, Fragrances, Scents, Smells, UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, Heritage Listings

Toyota’s City of the Future at the Base of Mount Fuji

Announced at CES 2020, Toyota has an ambitious plan for a newly redeveloped 175-acre site at the foot of Japan’s Mount Fuji. Ground will officially break next year on Woven City, a Bjarke Ingels Group-designed prototype town meant for piloting mobility services, in-home and public technologies, and connected innovations. Autonomous vehicles will be the only cars allowed in this pedestrian-centric city. Green space will takes …
Tags: Japan, Design, Tech, Ces, Cities, Architecture, Smart Technology, Bjarke Ingels, Toyota, Green Spaces, Linkaboutit, Bjarke Ingels Group, Autonomous Driving, Mount Fuji, City Planning, CES 2020

We need a "science of the night"

In the journal Nature, University of Melbourne researcher Michele Acuto argues that what happens in our cities after dark has a tremendous impact on energy, sustainability, waste, and inequality "yet scholarship and policy often neglect these dark hours." According to Acuto, we need a coordinated and cross-disciplinary "science of the night" to gather data and build understanding if we hope to tackle societal-scale issues and build truly smart cities. From Nature: For instance, few analyses...
Tags: Post, Science, Design, London, News, Cities, United Nations, Urban Planning, Ucl, Nightlife, Empire State Building, University College London UCL, Midtown Manhattan, Arup, Melbourne School of Design, Nature University of Melbourne

How do you stop a megacity grinding to a halt? A cartoon

Until four years ago Dar Es Salaam had no public transport. Artist Popa Matumula looks at the impact a new bus system is having on the city’s legendarily bad traffic Continue reading...
Tags: Design, Africa, Cities, Illustration, Art and design, City transport, Tanzania, Transport policy, Dar es Salaam, Megacities, Popa Matumula

Alexandria is an invisible city: we live in it, but cannot see it

The illustrated city: As rapid development sweeps through Alexandria, architect Mohamed Gohar is trying to document both the past and the present of this ancient Egyptian port cityFor a long time I have been attached to the past – or the past is attached to me. Either way, the past of my city, the ancient Egyptian port city of Alexandria, is something I feel incredibly strongly about.As an architect, I have been deeply impacted by the rapid loss of buildings along with their architectural and hi...
Tags: Design, Africa, World news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Egypt, Illustration, Art and design, Alexandria, Mohamed Gohar

The US city preparing itself for the collapse of capitalism

From a festival that helps artists trade work for healthcare to a regional micro-currency, Kingston is trying to build an inclusive and self-sufficient local ecosystemKingston, New York is a diverse city of 23,000, flanked to the east by Rondout Creek and the Hudson River and to the west by the Catskill mountains. It boasts a rustic industrial waterfront, a colorful historic district and Revolutionary War-era stone buildings. A stranger might call it bucolic. The streets of uptown are bustling w...
Tags: Health, Art, New York, New York City, US, Society, World news, US news, Cities, Currencies, Kingston, Hudson River, Catskill Mountains, Rondout Creek, Jessica DuPont

Nest LivingHome Toolkit Drastically Reduces Costs of Housing Construction

Starting at $57,900, Plant Prefab and architecture firm Brooks & Scarpa offer modular unit designs that can be assembled with prefabricated, customizable parts—from shelters that house hundreds of people to standalone units that run off the grid. These designs, named Nest LivingHome Toolkits, seek to combat the housing crisis in many US cities by employing innovative design in situations that usually require costly construction sites …
Tags: Amazon, Design, Housing, US, Cities, Architecture, Homes, Prefab, Linkaboutit, Affordable Housing, Brooks & Scarpa, Plant Prefab, Nest LivingHome Toolkit, Prefrabricated

Cape Town: Are You My Mother City? – a cartoon

From Table Mountain to District 6, cartoonist Brandan Reynolds explores the complicated past and present of the city often referred to as South Africa’s ‘Mother City’ Continue reading...
Tags: Design, Africa, Cities, Culture, South Africa, Illustration, Art and design, Cape Town, Table Mountain, Brandan Reynolds

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Emissions-free cement, a women-only spacewalk, Soviet-era train stations, a very rare diamond and more from around the web Google Maps Adds Vocal Guidance for Visually Impaired Users Now available on Google Maps iOS and Android apps (one day after World Sight Day), a more detailed voice feature will now update and guide visually impaired people more effectively. To turn on the feature, access the settings …
Tags: Travel, Apps, Space, Music, Science, Design, News, Internet, Trains, Russia, Environment, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Cities, Diamonds

Christopher Herwig’s Photographs of Soviet Train Stations

From Kyivska’s Kharkiv Metro to Moscow’s Tulskaya stop, Christopher Herwig photographs Soviet-era train stations all over Ukraine, Russia, Georgia and beyond. The project (and now book) follows his previous endeavor photographing bus stations, and the result is quite stunning. Whether featuring opulent chandeliers and luxurious marble or mosaics celebrating hard work, each subterranean scene is a peek behind what was the Iron Curtain. See more …
Tags: Photography, Design, Subways, Trains, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Communism, Moscow, Photographs, Photographer, Photo Series, Christopher Herwig

Google Maps Adds Vocal Guidance for Visually Impaired Users

Now available on Google Maps iOS and Android apps (one day after World Sight Day), a more detailed voice feature will now update and guide visually impaired people more effectively. To turn on the feature, access the settings page within the app and toggle through the navigation features and turn on detailed voice guidance under the walking options tab. A milestone in mobility tools for …
Tags: Transportation, Apps, Maps, Design, Technology, Tech, Cities, Mobility, Google Maps, Voice Assistants, Visually Impaired, Linkaboutit, Vocal Guidance

The London Underground’s African Diaspora Roundels

In conjunction with Art on the Underground, British-Ghanaian artist Larry Achiampong redesigns the London Underground roundels (the discs that mark each station) for the Westminster Underground stop. Achiampong’s iteration will represent the colors of the African diaspora—green, black, yellow and red—and depart from the traditional red, white and blue palette. It’s significant because it represents a sometimes overlooked community within London’s population and also because …
Tags: UK, Design, London, Immigration, Cities, Transport, London Underground, Ghana, Linkaboutit, City Planning, African Diaspora, Art on the Underground, Larry Achiampong, Achiampong

90,000 New Trees for LA

Los Angeles may be well-known for its long stretches of highway and traffic, but Mayor Eric Garcetti sees the benefits of investing in preserving and fostering the city’s natural environment. As part of the Green New Deal, Garcetti appointed Rachel Malarich as LA’s first Forest Officer. She’ll manage the growth of 90,000 new trees—some will replenish the nation’s largest urban forest and others will be …
Tags: Design, La, Environment, Trees, Los Angeles, Sustainability, Cities, Nature, Culture, Eric Garcetti, Public Parks, Public Spaces, Linkaboutit, Garcetti, City Planning, New Green Deal

'Future relics': the painter capturing the beauty of council houses

Frank Laws’s Hopperesque watercolours depict the individual character of east London’s most impressive – and everyday – buildings, as gentrification threatens their very existenceFrom Mike Leigh’s film Meantime to the TV show Top Boy, the social housing estates of east London have provided rich subject matter for writers and artists exploring the human stories intertwining in their communities. In the paintings of east Londoner Frank Laws, however, there isn’t a person in sight. The only signs o...
Tags: Art, London, Housing, Painting, Communities, Society, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Heritage, Social Housing, Exhibitions, Mike Leigh, Hackney, Norfolk

Manhole Covers Roundabout Saint John

~ Another installment of these cast iron circles, this time from Saint John, New Brunswick. Hard to say for certain, but I found this group a bit grittier than those in other places. ~   Similar Posts on O’Canada: > Halifax’s Manhole Covers > Creativity Afoot!: Toronto’s Varied Manhole Covers > Manhole Covers of Quebec […]
Tags: Art, Photography, Design, Religion, Inspiration, Toronto, Cities, Infrastructure, Canada, New Brunswick, John, Halifax, Saint John, Street, Saint John New Brunswick, Cityscapes

Alan Ruiz’s Multi-Faceted “Infrapolitics” Exhibition

We speak with the artist about how he uses physical and invisible power to highlight infrastructural prejudice, violence and more “The term ‘Infrapolitics’ seems an appropriate shorthand to convey the idea that we are dealing with an unobtrusive realm of political struggle,” James C Scott writes in his 1990 book Domination and the Arts of Resistance. This concept serves as primary inspiration for artist and …
Tags: Art, Politics, Design, Interviews, Virginia, Cities, Culture, Artists, Exhibitions, Richmond, Installations, Social Awareness, City Planning, Alan Ruiz

Photographer Radosław Kaźmierczak Captures The Urban Surrealism Of Poland In Great Details

Radosław Kaźmierczak was born in 1985, Tychy in Silesia, Poland. He learned photography at the turn of the analog and digital era. Works yet on analog equipment. Occupies a widely understood portrait and subjective photo coverage. Continuously cooperates with numerous publishing houses, press, and cultural institutions. His works were repeatedly awarded (BZWBK Press Photo... Source
Tags: Photography, Design, Urban, Cities, Poland, Night, Surreal, Radosław Kaźmierczak

Artist Duo Alfredo And Isabel Aquilizan Craft Dystopian Cities From Cardboard

The husband-and-wife team of Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, who emigrated from the Philippines to Australia in 2006, address themes of displacement, change, memory and community. Their large-scale installations often reflect their own migratory experiences, while conveying points of exchange and communication that extend beyond borders. The duo focuses on both individual narratives, as well as on... Source
Tags: Design, Cities, Craft, Cardboard, Dystopia, Alfredo Aquilizan, Isabel Aquilizan

Hip-hop schools and graffiti art saved Medellin. Can they do the same for Paris?

Urban planner Daniel Carvalho says embracing youth culture can transform France’s poorest suburbsIn the hilly streets of Medellín’s Comuna 13, once ranked the most dangerous district in one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Daniel Carvalho is a local hero.The urban planner is credited with helping to transform the poor neighbourhood on the western slopes of Colombia’s one-time drug and crime capital from no-go badlands into a tourist attraction. Continue reading...
Tags: France, Americas, Theatre, World news, Colombia, Cities, Culture, Paris, Young People, Daniel Carvalho

Nuclear wasteland: inside Chernobyl's exclusion zone – in pictures

The Chernobyl disaster in 1986 forced the evacuation of nearby Pripyat, home to 45,000 people. David McMillan has journeyed there 21 times since to record abandoned homes and buildings as they are reclaimed by nature Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Art, Europe, Books, Photography, Environment, World news, Ukraine, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Nuclear Power, Chernobyl, Urban Exploration, Pripyat, David McMillan

Horror on the Hudson: New York's $25bn architectural fiasco

It is a billionaires’ playground where haircuts cost $800 and high-rise duplexes go for $32m. So why do the angular towers of Hudson Yards look so cheap?‘One thing that’s always been true in New York,” says Dan Doctoroff, “is that if you build it, they will come.” He is referring to Hudson Yards, the $25bn, 28-acre, mega-project that he had a critical hand in originating while he was deputy mayor of the city under Michael Bloomberg in the early 2000s. He can now look down on his co-creation ever...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, New York, Design, World news, Retail industry, US news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Planning policy, Manhattan, US economy, Rich lists, Urbanisation

Atlantic City: 'Trump turned this place into a ghost town'

When Trump won the election, photographer Brian Rose made straight for the gambling town – to show the reality behind his billionaire boasts. The broken city he captured speaks volumes about today’s AmericaWhen Donald Trump opened the towering Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City in March 1990, he declared it “the eighth wonder of the world” and joined in the celebrations at a launch ceremony filled with portly actors dressed as genies brandishing tacky golden lamps. Even though it was purcha...
Tags: Art, Books, Business, Photography, Gambling, Economics, Communities, Society, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Social exclusion, New Jersey

The upside down: inside Manhattan’s Lowline subterranean park

In two years’ time, the Lower East Side will be home to the world’s first underground ‘green’ space – the LowlineTo get a glimpse of what will eventually become the Lowline, a subterranean Eden being billed as the world’s first underground park, you have to swipe your MetroCard at the Lower East Side’s Delancey Street station, go down one flight of stairs, go down another, slither through a few characteristically congested subway corridors, and then up another flight, to the J train platform.Her...
Tags: New York, Design, Life and style, US news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Manhattan, Lower East Side, Parks and Green Spaces, Williamsburg Bridge, Lower East Side 's Delancey Street

The $500m Shed: inside New York's quilted handbag on wheels

This puffed-up cultural citadel was meant to be an endlessly evolving, telescopic arts complex. But the glistening billionaires’ playground rising up beside it had other plansIt seems fitting that the cultural centre of New York’s latest luxury private development should look like a quilted Chanel handbag. Rearing up at the northern end of the High Line on Manhattan’s reborn West Side, the Shed presents a 10-storey wrapping of puffed-up diamond cushions to passersby, standing as the gaudy gatewa...
Tags: Music, New York, Design, US, Society, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Museums, Stage, Manhattan, Michelin, Regeneration

Row over use of unpaid interns by Serpentine pavilion architect

Junya Ishigami’s involvement in London gallery project attacked after email listing conditions for an intern is published The Serpentine Gallery in London has come under fire after it was claimed that its chosen architect for this year’s pavilion, Junya Ishigami + Associates, uses unpaid interns who are expected to work 12-hour shifts for months.The acclaimed 44-year-old Japanese architect was picked by the Serpentine to design its 19th annual pavilion project, which offers international archite...
Tags: Art, Japan, UK, London, UK News, World news, Work & careers, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Young People, Guardian Careers, Serpentine pavilion, Junya Ishigami Associates

Bird-friendly buildings on the rise

Nearly a billion birds are killed every year after flying into windows. The American Bird Conservancy published an extensive guide to incorporating bird-friendly design into buildings. Over twenty cities have programs to help reduce the number of avian deaths. None Last year, a minor ruckus broke out on social media about feral and indoor-outdoor cats decimating bird populations. According to research, cats do murder plenty of prey. As apex predators that is their biology, even at twelve pounds...
Tags: Design, Minnesota, Abc, New York City, San Francisco, Flight, Cities, Infrastructure, Innovation, General Services Administration, Urban Planning, North America, Illinois, Derek, Javits Center, Toronto Chicago

Designer Conceived A Bottle That Indicates For Each Town Where To Find A Drinking Water

Despite the historical presence of public water fountains in most of the large cities of the world, city inhabitants still hesitate to drink that “street water” and prefer to buy a plastic bottle, which is pollutive. However, these fountains are tested and their quality very high because of health norms. In Paris, Wallace fountains are icons of the urban landscape. Source
Tags: Travel, Design, World, Cities, Ecology, Bottle, Paris Wallace, Emanuele Pizzolorusso

Afrobeat and traffic-choked streets in indestructible Lagos – a cartoon

The city has has endured much through the years, but as cartoonist Tayo Fatunla grew up saying: ‘Eko oni baje’ or ‘Lagos cannot be destroyed’ Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Music, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Lagos, Femi Kuti, Fela Kuti, Tayo Fatunla

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