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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 11:10
Google Maps Street View can already make you feel like you're in two places at once—the desk where you're physically sitting and the street that you're digitally exploring. A new app and website, Historypin, translocates you one step further, enabling you to experience places around the world at distinct moments in the past. Use the free website to mash-up the street view of today's Times Square... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 10:19
The downtown renaissance of New Jersey’s Sea Isle City is due in no small part to their adoption of a smart growth approach. Beginning in 2005, the city threw out old zoning laws that allowed for more suburban-type development and instead adopted codes that preserved the interesting older architecture while making the city more pedestrian- and bike-friendly. The city has seen 12 new restaurants... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 10:09
To get citizens out of their cars and onto a newly-opened public trolley system, the city of Murcia, Spain recently embarked on a rather radical campaign: it offered people lifetime trolley passes in exchange for permanently reliquishing their cars. Despite the growing popularity of hybrid and electric vehicles, giving up your car is still the single best way to reduce your carbon footprint. Car... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 10:00
New playground designs are shaking up public parks around the world. So long, slides, hello interpretive playscapes. This slideshow from Dwell highlights some of the newest and most innovative playground designs today, presented by Paige Johnson of the blog Playscapes. "From playgrounds that derive inspiration from nature to pop-up urban installations, spaces for play are transitioning away from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 09:42
It’s no secret that people who live in the city – particularly those raised in one – have higher risk for anxiety and mood disorders than country folk. Studies upon studies have found this, and any city dweller could probably attest to this reality. But a new study in the journal Nature by author Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg finds that these behavioral differences can actually be seen in MRI scans of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 16:08
The Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) government has drawn up a plan to build 30,000 apartments in the next five years to meet the great housing demand of low-income people in the city. The HCMC Department of Construction said city authorities had set a target of carrying out seven projects with 10,000 units, and joining hands with private sector property developers to build another 20,000 units. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 15:49
Following the success of the Info-Point at the Athens International Airport, two new Info-Points at the center of Athens, on Amalias Ave and Dionisiou Areopagitou conjunction, and the port of Piraeus are now open to the public. The Info-Points, part of Athens's Mayor Yorgos Kaminis's strategy for the promotion and projection of Athens and ATEDCo's Action Plan for 2011-2012, aim to provide Greek... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 12:06
BEIRUT: This year’s political instability, both at home (Lebanon) and in the region, has put a damper on the summer diaspora camp experience in Lebanon, although initiatives aren’t completely lacking. In association with the World Lebanese Cultural Union, RJ Liban, an organization that aims to unite Lebanese communities across the world, has organized a summer camp specifically for members of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 11:51
The Iceland Ring Road was reopened to traffic again over the weekend, following the completion of a new bridge over Mulakvisl river. The road across Myrdalssandur in South Iceland was closed after a glacial flood from Myrdalsjokull glacier swept the bridge away. The reconstruction of the 156 metre long bridge was expected to take up to two weeks; however, authories worked hard in order to reopen... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 09:40
The design of the Museum of Troy at Çanakkale has been carried out by the atelier RTA-Office, led by Santiago Parramón with offices in Barcelona and Shanghai, in collaboration with the Turkish atelier DOME Partners (Istanbul). The aim is that the building rises in the Turkish area of Çanakkale but aspires to be a global focus through its expression and display of the culture of a civilization. A... Read more