Tag: Suburban Utopia

Fake-nature

A Pop-Up Forest in Times Square

Times Square is characterized by a multitude of tourists staring at the bright lights, NYC locals annoyed by foreigners, cars honking and a variety of colors and cultures; in short: an urban chaos. No greenery is part of this composition; well, not yet. A new Kickstarter project aims to bring the forest into Times Square.

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Designed-by-Evolution

High-Speed Driverless Taxi for the Sky

How do you feel when you get stuck in the traffic jam? Have you ever fantasized about escaping to another space? An innovative solution to a better way for transportation has been proposed by NASA Space Act company skyTran: an autonomous, high-speed, elevated Personal Rapid Transportation system.

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Dynamic-architecture

The Emergence of 4D Printing

The way we build our structures has become more and more sophisticated over the last decades. But the materials used are always static, waiting for us to fit them to the required shape. What if structures could assemble themselves and change form autonomously?

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Intimate Technology

St. Pauli’s Walls Pee Back On You

Tired of drunk people emptying the bladder everywhere on the street, citizens of St. Pauli, Hamburg decided to take a smart step to prevent it. They coated the walls of the city with superhydrophobic coating; so that whenever someone pees on the wall, it will pee on them.

Story via Digg

Fake-for-Real

Geothermal Beach

A man made beach at the location of Nauthólsvík in Reykjavik, Iceland. The lagoon was build with seawalls combined with white sand. The sea water in the lagoon is artificially heated with hot water, merged with the cold water from the sea. In this way, it is possible to swim in the lagoon all year round, with an average water temperature of 15 – 19 degrees.

The Geothermal beach offers additional facilities, such as outdoor showers, hot tubs, steam bath, sailing school and a small restaurant. Nauthólsvík welcomes around half a million guests every year. A fake seaside, for a real vacation!

Source: Nauthólsvík

Anthropomorphobia

The Hotel Run by Robots

Check into a new hotel with the help of a keen robot receptionist. After welcoming you, another bot will carry your luggage to your room, earlier thoroughly cleaned by a non-human housekeeper. At the Henn-na Hotel in Japan, the so-called actroids will make sure you’ll have a nice and memorable stay.

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Hyperreality

The Most Romantic City? Not Paris!

Thinking about Valentine’s Day destinations, San Bruno in California is not the first city that comes to mind. But it’s the only place with a hearth-shaped neighborhood, called Cupid Row. The “Heart Area” was laid out 100 years ago and the reason seems to be that people used to go to San Bruno to get away from San Francisco and spend time in little vacation cottages in Cupid Row.

Peculiar image of the week and Valentine’s Day wish. Via Love These Pics

Food Technology

Soil-Free Farming in the Desert

Throughout the lands of the Persian Gulf, desertification is a fact of life. As a result, the countries of this region import 90 percent of their food supply. A new technology developed by visionary researchers at the Waseda University, in Japan, might have found the solution to this problem. A special absorbent film that require no soil may be able to grow plants more efficiently than soil farming.

The research team, lead by Professor Yuichi Mori, has developed a hydrogel film that can hold 1,000 times of its weight in water. The scientists are already testing these films in 180 film farms.

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