Tag: Suburban Utopia

Suburban Utopia

From Shopping Center to Urban Farm

In a corner of the Dizengoff shopping center in Tel Aviv there is a wooden kiosk selling fresh greens and herbs. It’s called Honesty Stand and it’s an unexpected oasis in the multitude of chain stores and food courts that you can find in every mall. This modest vegetable stand depends on the honor system: no staff or cashier, customers take what they need and leave the money in a box. Does it work? Yes, 80% of people do pay. Thanks to the high quality and affordable prices, the produce sells out easily and the stand has to be replenished four times a day, but that’s not difficult as the vegetables are grown on the roof of the shopping center.

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Manufactured Landscapes

The World’s First Floating City

What does a citizen have to do when the sea rises to alarming levels? Shall we all lift up our houses and start to live up in the air? Or maybe put our cities onto floating islands so they cannot be flooded? While both scenarios sounds like science fiction, the second one had persuaded the government of French Polynesia: in an effort to protect and enhance the country, the government has signed an agreement with non-profit Seasteading Institute in California to build the world’s first floating city.

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Intimate Technology

Facial Recognition Replaces Passports

Australian airports start moving towards a “contactless” system for arrivals. The goal is to have 90% of the travelers handled automatically by 2020, with no human involvement at all. Instead of showing their passports to a security officer, incoming passengers will be processed by biometrical technology.

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Suburban Utopia

Architects, You Better Design Cars!

Throughout the history of transports there have been moments that redefined the paradigm of the car. It can be the way of going from point A to point B, a machine to break velocity records and impress the audience, or your own business. The automobile has also shaped our cities and our culture, it made our streets wider, turned fields and forests into parking lots and made the air unbreathable. A new vision by Hyundai is set to redefine the paradigm of what a car is, and with it the shape of our houses and furniture may change radically. The funny thing is that it seems quite obvious, why didn’t we think of this sooner?

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Pandas Crossing the Sky

If Japan has cat-buses, why China can’t have panda-trains? A new network of skytrains is set to debut this year in the Chinese city of Chengdu. But, why pandas? Well, the city is famous for its Panda bear reserves and breeding centers, so riding one the work just seems the most natural thing to do.

Peculiar image of the week via Next Shark.

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