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BMW’s i3 Prototype can park itself while its driver walks away

BMW’s i3 Prototype can park itself while its driver walks away

Several cars on the market already have technology that allows them to park themselves without total interaction from the driver, but none of them allow you to completely get out of the car while it parks

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10 Must-See Documentaries You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now

10 Must-See Documentaries You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now

Chasing Ice Nearly ten years ago, environmental photographer James Balog embarked on an arctic pilgrimage to gather real-time evidence of global warming in Iceland for National Geographic. His

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Audi Urban Future Initiative: How Will Cars and the City Become Connected in 2050?

Audi Urban Future Initiative: How Will Cars and the City Become Connected in 2050?

The Audi Urban Future Initiative, a global platform for dialog between the city and the automobile, is meant to discover innovative ideas for tomorrow's mobility. Today cities are plagued with traffic

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IDEO Envisions the Future of Self-Driving Cars

IDEO Envisions the Future of Self-Driving Cars

How will cars look in the future? No one is quite sure, but with the upcoming arrival of self-driving cars, the potential for wild new ideas is greater than ever before. Design firm IDEO has put together

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Officials Approve $13.5 Million Plan to “Re-wild” East London

Officials Approve $13.5 Million Plan to “Re-wild” East London

The banks of the Upper Lee Valley in East London are to be "re-wilded." By 2017, a vast stretch of riverbanks beginning just north of the Olympic Park will be restored to flood-mitigating marshland. The

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Oakland Appoints its First Chief Resilience Officer

Oakland Appoints its First Chief Resilience Officer

The City of Oakland just announced its first Chief Resilience Officer (CRO). "What's that?" I hear you ask. Well, the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities initiative (100RC) is "dedicated to

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Cameron Sinclair Launches the Dead Prize for Designs That Harm Humanity and the Planet

Cameron Sinclair Launches the Dead Prize for Designs That Harm Humanity and the Planet

Architects for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair has just launched the Dead Prize, an award "to celebrate engineering, architecture and designs that have had a negative impact on the planet." Sinclair

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Is Damien Hirst’s Plan for a Green UK Town Half Baked?

Is Damien Hirst’s Plan for a Green UK Town Half Baked?

Controversial artist Damien Hirst has turned his focus from diamond skulls to green building, announcing plans to design an eco-friendly town near Ilfracombe north of Devon, England. Hirst's Southern

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Atlanta’s ‘Emerald Necklace’ Beltline Was a Grad Student’s Dream in 1999 and is Now a Reality

Atlanta’s ‘Emerald Necklace’ Beltline Was a Grad Student’s Dream in 1999 and is Now a Reality

Gravel always wondered about the abandoned railroad tracks he’d seen in some of the city’s older neighborhoods. Further investigation during his thesis research revealed the gem that became the

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Helsinki Wants Residents Car Free Within Just 10 Years

Helsinki Wants Residents Car Free Within Just 10 Years

Finland's capital and largest city Helsinki has put forth a bold plan to integrate public and shared transportation so that in 10 years residents will not need to own a car. The "mobility on demand"

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São Paulo Replaces Parking Spots with Mini ‘Parklets’ for a More Pedestrian-Friendly Urban Environment

São Paulo Replaces Parking Spots with Mini ‘Parklets’ for a More Pedestrian-Friendly Urban Environment

Parklets are mini-parks that take up a few metered parking spaces. They are part of a growing movement to make streets more human-centered, green and accessible. The world's first formal public parklets

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White Arkitekter Unveils Plans to Move an Entire Swedish City

White Arkitekter Unveils Plans to Move an Entire Swedish City

Kiruna was founded by a state-run mining company in 1900, and many subsequent years of iron mining since have caused dangerous underground cracks to form beneath the city. This makes relocation an

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Which U.S. Cities Have the Best Quality of Life?

Which U.S. Cities Have the Best Quality of Life?

Nonprofit initiative Data Driven Detroit (D3) recently released its latest One D Scorecard. The addictively interactive online scorecard charts and compares various indicators of quality of life in 54

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How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

Have you ever thought about how the design of our cities, towns, and communities has wide ranging effects on both our own lives and on larger global issues? Yes, simply by changing the way we design our

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Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Instead of a true facade, full-height windows, curtains, benches, and planters separate rooms and amenities. A living room and kitchen occupy the ground floor. Ascending the painted steel staircase leads

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The World’s Most Beautiful Street is a Tree-Filled Oasis in the Heart of Porto Alegre, Brazil

The World’s Most Beautiful Street is a Tree-Filled Oasis in the Heart of Porto Alegre, Brazil

The Tipuana trees along Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho were planted in the 1930's and they have grown into a shady neighborhood canopy for the past 70 years. In 2005, construction of a mall in the area

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Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

On Monday, 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban sat down with New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman at the NYT Cities for Tomorrow conference to discuss Ban's pro bono work in disaster

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Stilted Solar-Powered Pakkred Office Protects Against Flooding in Thailand

Stilted Solar-Powered Pakkred Office Protects Against Flooding in Thailand

Having been in business for 20 years in the Bangkok area, Geodesic Design wanted to create an office with the smallest possible footprint. The home office was built on stilts, not only to lesson the

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Create Community Through Quality Public Spaces

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Create Community Through Quality Public Spaces

Here at Inhabitat we often focus on specific buildings - but the urban fabric that connects people and places is equally important. Well thought-out public spaces can create a sense of community, raise

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Amazing Interactive Map Shows Carbon Footprint of all 31,000 U.S. ZIP Codes

Amazing Interactive Map Shows Carbon Footprint of all 31,000 U.S. ZIP Codes

Amidst numerous discussions about reducing greenhouse gases stands a glaring question: what are the greatest sources of household emissions? To answer this, researchers at the University of California,

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Heart of the District is an Innovative Hotel Lobby that Hangs Like a Parasite Between Existing Buildings

Heart of the District is an Innovative Hotel Lobby that Hangs Like a Parasite Between Existing Buildings

The Heart of the District welcomes visitors with a new type of space that encourages curious tourists and locals to come in and explore. Rather than a private, guests-only model that most hotels are

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Sasaki’s Master Plan for Minsk, Belarus Turns an Airport Site Into a Vibrant Cultural Hub

Sasaki’s Master Plan for Minsk, Belarus Turns an Airport Site Into a Vibrant Cultural Hub

Founded on state-of-the-art ecological and urban strategies, Sasaki’s urban master plan celebrates the rare opportunity to transform an existing 320-hectare urban airport site into a dynamic,

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Hamburg Announces Plans to Become a Car-Free City Within 20 Years

Hamburg Announces Plans to Become a Car-Free City Within 20 Years

Hamburg photo via Shutterstock Hamburg is currently working on a plan that would eliminate the need for cars within the next 15-20 years, making the city a greener, healthier and more pleasant place to

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Stunning Film ‘The Human Scale’ Uses Architect Jan Gehl’s Voice to Inspire the World’s City Dwellers

Stunning Film ‘The Human Scale’ Uses Architect Jan Gehl’s Voice to Inspire the World’s City Dwellers

Life in today’s mega cities is both tantalizing and troublesome - and by the year 2050, the percentage of the world’s population living in cities will rise from 50 to 80%. Due this growth, the

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OMA’s New De Rotterdam ‘Vertical City’ Tower is the Largest Building in the Netherlands

OMA’s New De Rotterdam ‘Vertical City’ Tower is the Largest Building in the Netherlands

Reaching nearly 500 feet tall with a gross floor space area of over 1.7 million square feet, the giant glass towers consist of separate, shifted blocks that offer overlapping programmatic spaces. To avoid

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China Builds an Apartment Complex in the Middle of an Eight-Lane Superhighway

China Builds an Apartment Complex in the Middle of an Eight-Lane Superhighway

Urban planning seems to have taken a turn for the worse in the Chinese city of Xi'an after a brand new set of modern apartments was constructed right in the middle of an eight-lane superhighway.

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Barcelona Launches First Public Electric Scooter Sharing Scheme

Barcelona Launches First Public Electric Scooter Sharing Scheme

What’s the secret to making a cool and sustainable city? Bike sharing schemes have been the flavor of the decade, spreading far and wide from Copenhagen to Buenos Aires. But Barcelona is leading the

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Bike Share Revolution: U.S. Fleet More than Doubles in 2013

Bike Share Revolution: U.S. Fleet More than Doubles in 2013

San Francisco's launch of Bay Area Bike Share has pushed the United States bicycle sharing fleet above 18,000, more than double the number of bikes in service since the beginning of the year. Bay Area

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Projexity Helps Communities Crowdsource for Better Urban Development

Projexity Helps Communities Crowdsource for Better Urban Development

Want to turn that pesky vacant lot into a pocket park but don't know where to start? Projexity's got you covered. Started by a group of Canadian architects, landscape architects and urban designers,

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Former Director of NYC Dept. of City Planning Says Giant Rotterdam-Style Floodgates Could Protect NYC from the Next Superstorm

Former Director of NYC Dept. of City Planning Says Giant Rotterdam-Style Floodgates Could Protect NYC from the Next Superstorm

Before Hurricane Sandy, building giant sea walls to protect NYC from storm surges may have sounded extreme, but now respected urban planners are considering it as a viable solution. The New York Observer

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