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Bike Cities of the Future

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How cycling will inspire the urban forms of tomorrow

If the 20th century belonged to the car, the 21st century belongs to the bicycle. More and more people are choosing bikes as their primary mode of transport, and bike share programs have spread across 535 cities in 49 countries (and counting). But will urban forms follow suit? Will cycling change the city? Dr. Steven Fleming, author of "Cycle Space: Architecture and Urban Design in the Age of......read more

Tierney Gearon: Shapes

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Colored Plexiglas forms used to explore themes of captivity

In Tierney Gearon's Shapes series, the model-turned-photographer captures figures enclosed in transluscent boxes in different settings around the world. For the multiyear project, which originally appeared in NYT Magazine (h/t Faith is Torment), she shipped sheets of colored Plexiglas to picturesque places like St. Barts and Telluride, where she assembled the structures before placing her kids,......read more

Hurricanes and Climate Change

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Storms likely to get stronger and more frequent, study shows

From Climate Central's Andrew Freedman: Hurricanes are Mother Nature’s largest and most destructive storms. Fed by warm ocean waters and moist atmospheric conditions, about 90 such storms — also known as tropical cyclones — form worldwide each year. With the population of coastal areas growing daily and sea level on the rise, how these monster storms may change as the climate......read more

Design in Williamsburg

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Four square blocks of flourishing Brooklyn style

Brooklyn's steady, inexorable gentrification is a divisive topic. On the one hand, the glass condominiums (and the yuppies they contain) are blamed for diminishing the character of neighborhoods in the borough. On the other hand, the influx of dollars and young, creative inhabitants is helping revitalize run-down BK communities. The latter position is the stance taken by The New York Times in an......read more

Obama Lays Out Climate Action Plan

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NRDC President Francis Beinecke on how the White House climate strategy will curb emissions and protect ecosystems

NRDC President Francis Beinecke for the Huffington Post: President Obama has announced a robust plan for tackling climate change and reducing dangerous carbon pollution. This marks an historic turning point. No longer will power plants be allowed to dump unlimited amounts of carbon into our atmosphere, threatening our health and environment. Instead, we can clean up our skies and leave future......read more

A Year on the Road: Singh Farms

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Hidden in an Arizona mesquite grove lies a fertile forest

If you thought no food ever grows in the desert, then allow me to share with you a place that will change your mind. You wouldn't know if from the freeway, but just off the 101 in Phoenix, Arizona there lies one of the most extraordinary farms the desert has ever seen. After I heard someone say it was the farm of their dreams, I knew I had to see it for myself.  A bustling farmer's market......read more

How Tech Helps and Harms the Environment

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Larry Magid gives the true picture of technology's ecological effects

Larry Magid for Huffington Post: As we celebrate "Earth Week" (its too important for just one day), I can't help but think about how technology both helps and harms our environment. On the positive side, tech is helping cut down on the use of some resources. Reading newspapers and documents on screens means chopping down fewer trees for paper. Using email cuts down on the environmental cost not......read more

Astonishing Photos of Iceland by Jenny Harmsen

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Take a visual journey to the most photogenic place on earth

Judging by these photos from Jenny Harmsen, I guess we can add "Crazy Treeless Alien Landscapes" to our ever-growing list of reasons to visit Iceland. The otherworldly images were shot in 2011 along the Laugavegur, a famed, 34-mile trekking route in southwestern Iceland. "The structure of Iceland’s landscape isn’t something you come across very often," Jenny says. "It’s......read more

China's Amazing Polychromatic Landforms

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Brilliant colors streak across the Danxia rock formations in Gansu province

Most of us are probably familiar with China's karst region, the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring limestone topography replete with sinkholes, vertical shafts, streams, springs, and underground caves. But as we learned from My Modern Met, the karst region isn't the only stunning natural wonder in southern China. The Danxia landform, pictured here in China's Gansu province, is a......read more

SportPlaza Mercator by VenhoevenCS

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With its exterior facade completely covered in plants, an Amsterdam leisure center takes green roofs to the next level

De Baarsjes in Amsterdam is a multicultural neighbourhood that is home to people from 129 different countries. The city district wanted to boost community life in the neighbourhood, so they hired local firm VenhoevenCS to dream up a building that combines swimming pools, a therapy pool, fitness, aerobics, a sauna and steam bath, a party centre, café and childcare alongside a restaurant.......read more

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