We’re still waiting on our flying cars. But back in 1923, the magazine Science and Invention assured readers they were just around the corner. And to top it off, the buildings of tomorrow would be built to “solve” the traffic problem.
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It's a common argument when a city wants to take away space for cars: "This isn't Amsterdam." But guess what, Amsterdam -- where half the traffic movement in the city center is by bike -- wasn't always Amsterdam, either. The image above serves as proof proof that better street design can improve daily life, not just for people on bikes but for all residents.
Parks aren't always built just so we can enjoy the trees. On Governor's Island in New York City, a truly unique public space will bring nature back to a former military base -- and it's engineered to withstand the catastrophic storms that climate change will bring. It's called The Hills, and in this documentary, we talk to one of its principle designers.
Riding through a city on a bike lane that's separated from cars feels great. But when you roll up to a light, the infrastructure often vanishes, leaving you feeling vulnerable as you cross busy lanes of traffic. Now a new type of intersection might keep cyclists safer and more visible. And it was created by a designer who used to make video games.
Converting a busy street in Times Square into vibrant pedestrian plazas has been one of the most celebrated ideas in New York City's history -- a bold urban move which has been mimicked around the world. Now New York's mayor and police commissioner want to remove the plazas and restore Times Square back to its original car-congested glory.
Two years ago in the Netherlands, artist Paul de Kort designed an 81-acre park near Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. His assignment? To use nothing but landscaping to dampen the noise of aeroplanes. Such a project had never been attempted -- and a crucial element of the design was discovered almost by accident.
Stephen DeSimone, president of DeSimone Consulting Engineering in New York, is engineering a new kind of skyscraper. He's working on structures unlike anything else in the world: supertall buildings with unusually small footprints.
If the 350 thousand-odd Maldivians want to stay put, they may have to rebuild everything, starting with the ground they walk on. Located roughly 600km off the southwest tip of India, the island nation of Maldives sounds like paradise -- over a thousand tiny oases of white sand beach, lush tropical vegetation, and warm, aquamarine water. But as the lowest country in the world, the Republic of Maldives is also being swallowed by the ocean.
It's hard to find a more polarising architecture -- even among scholars it's most likely to be described as "ugly", "unloved", or even "hated". I'm talking about Brutalism, the blocky unfinished concrete style which used to be very common in cities around the world, but is now being demolished at an astounding rate.
Inflatable helmets, glow-in-the-dark spray paint, a laser that makes a temporary bike lane -- a heck of a lot of products have hit the market recently pledging to keep cyclists safer. But is it the responsibility of people on bikes to use any gadget necessary to stay safe? Or is this distracting from the bigger argument that we should be designing safer cities for bikers?
In the quest to make parking suck less, there are apps that help you find a space, and meters where you can pay with a swipe of your credit card. But Los Angeles has launched a simple, low-tech solution to make parking better: well-designed signage that offers no ambiguity whatsoever when it comes to where you can park, when you can park there, and how much it will cost.
It was 1973 the last time a new bridge opened over Portland's Willamette River: a double-decker span with eight lanes of freeway. Times have changed. When the Tilikum Crossing Bridge opens later this year, it will be one of the few in the US that's purpose-built for transit, bikes and pedestrians -- no cars allowed.
You peer warily out of the single window in your zombie-proof steel box. The street seems deserted -- except for a lone figure who is staring at you from a distance. Is it 2079, in the years after the Great Drought Plague!? No, it's 2015 in Royal Oaks, Michigan, and that zombie is a curious FoxNews reporter.