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Flood Balloon Could Plug Subway Tunnels

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Scientists are developing a "subway tampon" to halt underground flooding

For coastal communities, the new reality of a changing climate means dealing with the effects of rising seas and massive storms. Just ask New Yorkers. Fortunately, there are smart people around the world dreaming up ways to defend against storm surges and flooding. At West Virginia University, researchers are at work on a seemingly simple engineering concept aimed at halting floodwaters in......read more

"Eat Fresh" Indeed

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A Japanese Subway location experiments with growing its own lettuce.

It is a rare occasion that you'll find a post on SHFT commending the fast food industry, which gets a general fail for its heavy footprint and for pushing products of dubious nutritional value. In Japan, a busy Subway location in Tokyo is making a move in the right direction, with a new, enclosed hydroponic garden for growing lettuce. Adding truth to the Subway tagline "Eat Fresh,"......read more

The End of the Line

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Stephen Mallon chronicles the repurposing of NYC subway cars.

Since 2000, the NYC Transit Authority has been dumping decommissioned subway cars into the Atlantic Ocean, where they assume new lives as artificial reefs. In Next Stop Atlantic, photographer Stephen Mallon documents the process, uncovering the melancholy of the experience. As he says in his artist statement: “Seeing these massive mechanisms being tossed into the......read more

Nick Frank: Munich Subway

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Behold the eerie, modernist beauty of these photos of deserted German subway stations

Urban design fanatics can rejoice in these pictures from German photographer Nick Frank, who stalked Munich's subway stations after hours to capture the eerie, modernist beauty of underground architecture in his hometown. Frank, who works as a creative director at an ad agency by day, has an eye for bold, basic shapes and bright colors. "I really have a graphical and minimalistic eye......read more

Stockholm's Splendid Subway Art

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Swedish capital's subway system gets an artistic makeover

We tend to think of subway stations as drab, functional spaces that exist to serve one purpose: moving humans from A to B. But as we recently saw with Nick Frank's beautiful, eerie photos of the Munich subway system, that's not necessarily the case. But the subway station beautification game belongs to Sweden's largest city. Over the last 55 years, Stockholm has commissioned 150 artists to fill......read more

Bike Paths Proposed for Abandoned London Tube Tunnels

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Genius or ridiculous? Gensler proposal receives mixed response

In London, a proposal to transform disused Underground tunnels into a network of bike paths is being met with mixed reviews. The "London Underline," dreamed up by Gensler, won Best Conceptual Project at the London Planning Awards, where it was lauded for making good use of "an untapped surplus of disused space." The Underline is being promoted as a means of addressing the problems of congested......read more

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