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Emil Kozak: Get Out of the City

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Photo collection reveals the connections between life in- and outside the city.

Emil Kozak's raw, black-and-white collection "Get out of the city" looks at the links -- and contradictions --- between urban and natural environments. Based in Barcelona, the Danish photographer says of his photography practice, "I hope that my work can remind us that imagination can defy gravity and bend time. It is our own responsibility to enjoy every second of the day.......read more

Ashok Sinha: Exacting Proportion

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Landscape series puts the scale of human settlements in perspective

Ashok Sinha, a first-gen Indian immigrant and an MBA grad from New York University MBA, spent several years as an entrepreneur and in corporate America before dropping everything to pursue photography full-time. Now a successful freelancer, Sinha has worked in more than thirty countries for the likes of National Geographic, LIFE, and the Financial Times. In Exacting Proportion, Sinha explores......read more

Adam Magyar: Squares

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Fictional aerial views of the urban environment

In in Squares project, Hungarian photographer Adam Magyar presents us with imaginary top-down views of people in the city. The images, created from hundreds of different pictures captured using custom-built photographic equipment, allow viewers to consider the pace and volume of modern urban living. "Squares is a series of non-existent urban places," he writes. "I created fake aerial photos and......read more

Denis Darzacq

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This French photographer is messing with us

The second annual Paris Photo LA took place two weekends ago. Our hats are off to the folks who take on this incredible production, with 80 galleries in almost all of the sound stages and buildings of Paramount Studios for a mere 3 days. The best part of the show are the galleries tucked into the brownstones and shops on the "New York" back lot.   The second 'brownstone'......read more

A Sustainable Oasis in the Arabian Desert

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Norman Foster's visionary city rises outside Abu Dhabi.

When esteemed architecture firm Foster + Partners first unveiled its plans for Masdar, “the world’s first zero-carbon city” on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, it was dismissed by many as gimmicky, a Disneyland-ish attempt at sustainable planning. Well, the first phase of the Masdar development is complete, and the design's technical brilliance is dispelling those early critiques. Blending......read more

Christoph Gielen

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Otherworldly aerial photos of our built environment.

Christoph Gielen's aerial studies of suburban land use patterns provide a revealing perspective on the sprawl that dominates America's built landscape. Shot from a helicopter, the abstract and geometric patterns look almost otherworldly, forcing the viewer to evaluate the artificiality and unsustainability of suburban 'hoods and highway infrastructure. “With these pictures, I am......read more

SHFT Sampler 9-9-10

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Weekly links: Design lessons from the slums, BP's blame game, and sustainable troglodytes.

What can the world's poorest 'hoods teach us about city planning? Lots, according to architects and urban designers Pavlina Ilieva and Kuo Pao Lian. Grist discusses sustainable urban design lessons from the slums. It's a Tree Life: The first offline project from The Cool Hunter will feature tree homes designed by top architects from around the globe. The exhibition is slated to......read more

SHFT Sampler 12-10-10

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Weekly links: James Bowthorpe rules, Barcelona looks nice from the air, Ford's electric van starts shipping, and more.

James Bowthorpe is bad ass. Last year, in a bid to raise awareness for Parkinson's, he rode his bike around the world in 174 days, setting a new world record. Earlier this fall, he built a boat from construction waste and rowed it down the Thames. Now he's doing the same thing on the Hudson River. Feel lazy now? Same. Read an interview with the man at Nowness. Everyone is going off......read more

Section 2 of NYC High Line Now Open

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New stretch of urban park opens just in time for summer

The second section of New York City's elevated urban park has officially opened to the public. Built on the disused elevated railroad running through Manhattan, the mile-long High Line is a marvelous example of reclaiming urban space for the greater (and greener) good of the city. The park and walkway, which was designed by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, runs from......read more

European Cities Curb Drivers

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Traffic planners restrain cars in favor of walking and public transit

While American cities tend to bend over backwards to accommodate vehicle traffic, cities in Europe are going the opposite direction, making planning changes that make it prohibitively annoying and expensive (if not downright illegal) to drive cars in the inner city. NYT environment reporter Elizabeth Rosenthal discusses the traffic-tormenting situation in Europe: Cities including......read more

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