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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.


A Whole Year Of Taxi Rides In New York City Mapped

New York’s fleet of iconic yellow taxis are still the city’s reliable, non-surge priced transportation backbone. Its 13,500 medallion taxis make 170 million trips a year, every single one of them mapped in this beautiful new visualisation from the folks at the MIT Senseable City Lab. The interactive map isn’t just here to be pretty — it’s also the data behind a strategy to make riding taxis way more efficient.


This Photosynthetic Algae Roof Filters The Neighbourhood Air

Let’s take rooftop farming to a whole new level — a microscopic level. Unveiled at Expo Milan this week, the Urban Algae Canopy is a living, breathing alternative to our inert roofs and facades. Could algae be the next hip trend in urban agriculture?


This Tiny House Can Fit In A Parking Space And Only Costs $40,000

The world is running out of space. Truth be told, the world is running out of a lot of things, but some very simple tweaks to our lifestyle could make the space issue less of an problem. That’s why students at the Savannah College of Art and Design built the SCADpad. It’s tiny. It’s cheap. And it’s actually kind of cool-looking.


US Police Testing 'Live Google Earth' To Watch Crime As It Happens

Last year, police in the US began quietly testing a system that allowed them to do something incredible: watch every car and person in real time as they ebbed and flowed around the city. Every assault, every purse snatched, every car speeding away was on record — all thanks to a company that monitors cities from the air.


Berlin Is Threatened From Below By Its Rising Water Table

While the American West stumbles forward into an already dangerous drought — and it’s barely even summer — Berliners are simply not using enough water. This means that the city’s water table is now on the rise, and it’s beginning to threaten the city’s buildings from below. Some basements have already been affected.


Spray-Painting Graffiti Drone Not Nearly As Effective As You'd Think

Robots may be taking our jobs throughout agriculture and industry, but the the duty of defacing architecture is likely to remain in the hands of humans for the immediate future if this semi-autonomous spray-paint drone is any evidence.


Can Lasers Protect Buildings From Lightning?

The standard advice authorities offer when lightning starts crackling across the sky is for people to take shelter inside buildings. Through lightning rods affixed to the roof, electrical wiring, and plumbing that can direct the electricity away from occupants and into the ground, substantial structures offer protection.