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4 Ways Hurricane Sandy Is Still Transforming New York City's Infrastructure

Hurricane Sandy made landfall two years ago last night, sparking one of the largest natural disasters New York has ever seen. In the 24 months since, New York has changed in dozens of unexpected ways — and it’s just going to change more.


Dubai's Newest Twin Towers Will Look Like A Pair Of Blunts

Economic downturn be damned, this pair of spliff-shaped buildings are determined to rise high on the Dubai horizon. While they won’t give the Burj Khalifa a run for its money, these twin towers are already being touted as the world’s tallest duo. I hope they will be nicknamed the Dubai Brothers. Get it, because Dubai sounds like doobie? Sigh.


Citi Bike Is Finally Being Treated Like Public Transport

After months of troubles reported by New York City’s bikeshare, it seems that Citi Bike has finally charted a path towards success. It’s going to be more expensive, but will offer improved service and more bikes. But here’s the change that will make all the difference: Citi Bike will get a new leader — one who used to run the city’s transit authority.


Boston's Thinking Of Building Canals Like Venice, Because Climate Change

Imagine taking a scenic gondola tour through Boston’s historic Back Bay as Red Sox fans saunter towards Fenway over arched bridges. Not far away, the Charles River Basin is padded by wetlands that soak up the rising sea water. This surreal scene, a sort of Venice in New England, could be the reality in a few years.


This Street Has No Lanes, Signals Or Signs -- And It's Safer For It

Imagine a street where pedestrians, bikes and cars peacefully coexist without any posted regulations or official roadway technology. Is this some autonomous car utopia of the near-future? Nope. This is a globally proven design for safer streets, which is finally making its way to the US.


Good Night, Moscow

Video: This beautiful timelapse by Alexander Spirin shows the many contrasts of Moscow. A gorgeous city that mixes classicism and modernity taking it to the extreme. You can start the night at the Bolshoi ballet and finish it two days later stepping out the wildest club you’ve ever been into.


New NYC Tourism Ads Target Locals Too Lazy To Leave The Neighbourhood

New York sometimes feels like an archipelago of multiple cities — cities, which, unless you have a damn good reason like work or your friend’s band, you rarely visit. So for its latest ad campaign, NYC isn’t going after out-of-staters. It’s going after the lazy locals who never visit any neighborhoods but their own.


Vertical Tsunami Shelters Will Help People Get To Higher Ground, Fast

The threat of a tsunami is a very real thing for much of the Pacific coastline, yet many cities in the US haven’t taken specific infrastructural measures to ensure their residents are safe when they happen. A new building in Washington will have the first purpose-built tsunami shelter in the country, offering accessible safety in a second-story room.


Frank Gehry Says Architecture Today Is 'Pure Shit'

It can’t be easy being the world’s most famous living architect. Sometimes, you have to say what’s on your mind. Sometimes, words just won’t do. No, that’s not Frank Gehry demonstrating the spire of his newest skyscraper. That’s Frank Gehry giving you — and all his critics — the finger.


Good Night, Chicago

I like Chicago. The city is clean, the architecture is nice, Wrigley Field is fun, a river cuts through it and the lake is right there. I wanted to make fun of the Bean but it drew me in like a mosquito about to be zapped. And, hey, I realised that I don’t really like ketchup when I visited Chicago. It’s a nice place.


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