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London Olympics Won't Meet Green Targets

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Environmental watchdogs point to mismanagement of issues like energy and waste

The "greenest Olympics ever" could have been a great deal greener than they will be, according to a critical new report that finds fault with the handling of the Games' environmental impact. On key issues such as energy, waste and the use of resources, as well as the effects on public health, the management of London 2012 has fallen short, according to WWF and BioRegional, two green campaigning......read more

London Takes Bike Sharing for a Ride

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First UK cycle share scheme to launch next week.

Six thousand matching bikes are about to become a part of the London streetscape, and the designers and operators hope that they're there for good. The bikes will be located at 400 docking stations around the city, and will be free for the first 30 minutes, or one pound a day and 45 pounds a year. The Mayor of London is hoping the bike sharing program in addition to two new cycle......read more

Jo Peel: Things Change

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Optimistic stop-motion street art in London

For "Things Change," UK artist and Scrawl Collective member Jo Peel spent three weeks filming herself while painting an outdoor mural at Village Underground in London. Using stop-motion animation, she then condensed the footage into a pleasing three-minute clip with a pointed eco message. "[It's] an optimistic look at the idea of human impermanence," she writes. "The buildings and debris created......read more

Yuken Teruya's Magical Paper Bag Trees

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Japanese artist transforms fast food bags into miniature forests

How many people has McDonald's served at this point? A trillion? The thought of all those fast food bags getting tossed into the garbage makes us shudder. Japanese artist Yuken Teruya spins that thought on its head with this delicate paper bag wor titled Notice-Forest: What Victory Tastes Like. The discarded bag piece builds on his growing repertoire of work made from mundane......read more

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, a man perhaps best known for a zip wire gaffe during the Olympics, may soon take to the skies again. This time, though, he'll be on bike. Johnson is reported to be considering an architect's proposal for a network of elevated bike lanes between London's mainline stations. Designed by Sam Martin of Exterior Architecture, the "SkyCycle" network would truly separate......read more

King Krule "Easy Easy"

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18-year-old London phenom returns with a new video directed by Focus Creeps

"Easy Easy," the lead single from the upcoming King Krule LP, offers more proof that teenage ginger Archy Marshall is a one of the most promising talents in pop music today. The understated track, dominated by Marshall's heavy baritone and unique guitar stylings, now has an equally direct and compelling video courtesy of Focus Creeps. The clip finds Marshall and a mate doing the things......read more

Spontaneous City by London Fieldworks

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Bespoke bird boxes carry message about dwindling biodiversity

The keen eyes at Ignant have hipped us to this interesting project from artist duo Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson, together known as London Fieldworks. The project, called Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven, is a series of interventions in London’s green spaces, involving the mounting of bespoke bird boxes on trees of heaven (Ailanthus altissima). The artworks, which act as homes for......read more

London's Garden Bridge

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Designer Thomas Heatherwick plans a lush parkland over the River Thames

British designer Thomas Heatherwick has imagined a 1,200-foot long "Garden Bridge" to span the Thames in London. The bridge was designed in response to a call for submissions by Transport for London, which is looking for ways to improve pedestrian links across the capital's river. It will connect Covent Garden on the north side to the South Bank. The Garden Bridge is inspired by actor and green......read more

Andy Sewell: The Heath

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Evocative photographs of London's ancient urban park

With a history dating back over 1000 years, Hampstead Heath is an ancient urban park that has evolved into one of London's most beloved green spaces. At 790 acres, the heath is a sizable piece of (managed) nature in the heart of the city. Local photographer Andy Sewell brilliantly captures the serenity of the space in The Heath, an atmospheric series of images collected in a book of the same......read more

Old Paintings of London Remixed with Google Street View

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Deft juxtapositions of 18th and 19th century paintings with photos of the same places in London today

Depending how you look at them, these fascinating images will surprise you for how much -- or little -- London has changed over the past few centuries. Created by Reddit user Shystone, the images combine paintings of London from the 18th and 19th centuries with the same modern-day settings depicted by Google Street View. With a deep knowledge of historical art of London, Shystone deftly......read more

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