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Nine Transportation-Related Jobs That Only Exist In Certain Cultures

Would you get paid to act as a third passenger in a vehicle so the car could drive into a congestion-restricted area? How about signing up to pack people into crowded train cars? Dress up as a zebra and walk the streets, preventing cars from running red lights?


Vanity Fair Says Architecture, Like Women, Can Never Be Too Thin

New Yorkers have said plenty of negative things about the super-expensive supertalls going up in Manhattan. They tower over their neighbours. They cast shadows over Central Park. But no one has yet equated them with anorexic women — until the May 2014 issue of Vanity Fair.


Qatar Cancels Four Of Its 12 Planned World Cup Stadiums

After a year of ballooning costs, delays and controversy over its labour practices, Qatar is cutting back. According to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek, organisers have decided to drastically scale back plans to construct a dozen new stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.


Turkey's New Eco City Could Be Heated With Leftover Pistachio Shells

As one of the world’s largest producer of pistachios, Turkey has plenty of pistachio shells to go around. So, in the tradition of turning food waste into energy, officials are proposing to burn pistachio shells for heat in Turkey’s first ever eco city — and it’s not a totally nutty idea.


New Video Goes Inside The Painstaking Design Of Apple's HQ

New details about architect Norman Foster’s design for Apple’s Cupertino HQ have been slow to leak, but a new video from Unofficially Apple gives us the most detailed look so far. This building is going to have everything: Native trees! Solar panels! Crazy circular desk spaces!


Celebration, Florida: The Utopian Town That America Just Couldn't Trust

It’s been exactly two decades since Celebration, Florida, broke ground in 1994, a major anniversary for a community that enjoyed a massive amount of media attention when it emerged. Yet we don’t hear much about Disney’s foray into real estate lately, apart from the odd fire.


Three Of The World's Prettiest Parking Garages Are In One Small City

Carparks are ugly by their very nature: they’re metal cages that take up valuable space in our cities to house our automobiles for a few high-priced hours. But not all carparks have to be ugly. In fact, three of the most beautiful are located within a few blocks of each other, in the city of Santa Monica, California.


Lost In A Maze Of Abandoned Stations Beneath The Streets Of Barcelona

The always interesting urban exploration crew at Trackrunners have assembled all of their various trips down beneath the streets of Barcelona into one long super-post, an epic catalogue of all things lost and subterranean in that Spanish coastal city.


Is This Ride-Sharing Smart Minivan The Future Of Self-Driving Cars?

Autonomous vehicles are likely going to have to do more than just drive themselves: They’re also going to have to organise carpools. GM’s EN-V was cute and all , but this Akka Link & Go 2.0 is more like a tiny bus — which is a much more reasonable proposition for a self-driving, car-sharing fleet.


Sunshades Bloom To Protect These Towers From The Brutal Desert Sun

When the sun comes up, the flowers come out. Inspired by the design of Arabic windows known as mashrabiya, these 14m wide, flower-shaped sunshades “blossom” in minutes to cover the facades of these twin towers designed for two (anonymous!) Middle Eastern media companies.