Tag: Suburban Utopia

A surveillance system that predicts and prevents crime
Suburban Utopia

A System that Predicts Crime

Clubs, bars, cafes and the streets that connect them are the hotspots for a night out. Occasionally, the combination of crowded spaces and alcohol usage can cause unpleasant situations, such as aggressions. To prevent acts of aggression, a new smart surveillance system is being tested in Stratumseind, a street of Eindhoven with the longest concatenation of nightlife venues in the Netherlands. This new system can identify a growing conflict and direct the police to it, before anyone could throw a punch.

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Plastic Bottle Village
Plastic Planet

A Village Made of Plastic

Probably the house in which you live was built using some kind of plastic. In fact, plastic of all types is all around us, from our computers to our water bottles. It’s one of the most flexible materials known to man. But, as you probably know, the amount of plastic waste humans produce is immense, and most of it ends up polluting the environment and endangering wildlife. Yet in this case, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. A canadian entrepreneur is trying to help reduce plastic pollution by building a village made out of plastic in Panama.

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repponen misplaced NYC
Manufactured Landscapes

Iconic Buildings in Untouched Lands

What would happen if we could isolate iconic buildings and place them in beautiful natural settings? This is photographer and designer Anton Repponen‘s latest project, Misplaced → New York. He was able to put these stunning architectural monuments in the spotlight by placing them in a natural landscape, where they can be observed without all the distracting elements that surrounds them in a town, like New York City in this case.

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cyclist path commuters
Suburban Utopia

Fitness Trackers Help Improve Cycle Paths

How safe is it to cycle in your town? In most cities daily cyclists are stunningly increasing, but they also face quite some risks and unexpected events on their way. More and more towns are investing on improving bicycle paths, also hoping to decrease the number of car-users. To do so, some cities are taking advantage of technology, a very handy tool when it comes to data and information collection.

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The most densely populated island on Earth.
Suburban Utopia

The Most Densely Populated Island on Earth

Our peculiar image of the week comes from Colombia. The island Santa Cruz del Islote is only 0.012 square kilometers in size, but is home to over 1.200 people. That’s four times as dense as Manhattan. Locals moved there when they noticed the island had no mosquitoes. In this small plot of land there are: 90 houses, two shops, one restaurant, one all-ages disco and a school. Residents say life on the island is calm and peaceful. Nobody locks the door and everyone they know is just a few hundred meters away. It may be crowded, but it’s still paradise!

Via: CNTraveler

Cloud control in Moscow
Hypernature

Moscow Spent $1.3M for a Day of Sunshine

On the first of May the sun will shine bright over Moscow. This year the International Worker’s Day coincides with the celebration of the Orthodox Easter. Since the weather is expected to be cloudy and rainy, Moscow authorities decided to pay for a clear blue sky.

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king's day celebration
Suburban Utopia

Making King’s Day More Sustainable

On the 27th of April, The Netherlands celebrates the birthday of the king Willem-Alexander. This holiday is called King’s Day, or Koningsdag in Dutch. Everyone wears orange clothing, tourists invade Amsterdam, people set up stalls to sell second-hand goods, boats parade in the canals, but beer-drinking remains the main activity of the day – with everything that entails. Between 600.000 and a million visitors are expected in the Dutch capital and local authorities developed a strategy to make this annual street-party more environmentally friendly.

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deer-in-urban-areas
Suburban Utopia

We Love Cities, so Do Wild Animals

Today 54% of the word’s population lives in cities, and this trend is expected to grow. By 2050 the number of people residing in urban areas will increase by 66%, but we won’t be the only inhabitants. Also wild animals have a liking for town life. 

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