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Multi-use city square built to collect floodwater

Not interested? You can still browse articles published in the last 30 days from our homepage and receive your daily and weekly fix of entrepreneurial ideas through our free newsletters. Melkwegbridge by NEXT Architects. This bridge in Purmerend, the Netherlands, has a steeply arching upper level for pedestrians and a zig-zagging lower level for cyclists and wheelchairs.

Melkwegbridge by NEXT Architects

Designed by Dutch studios NEXT Architects and Rietveld Landscape, the Melkwegbridge crosses the Noordhollandsch Kanaal to connect the historic city centre with the growing Weidevenne district in the south-west and is the first stage in a masterplan for the canal and its periphery. In Japan, Cute Construction Barriers To Make You Smile. Road construction isn’t exactly the most adorable thing on earth, but it happens everywhere around the world.

In Japan, Cute Construction Barriers To Make You Smile

In a post by Kotaku, Japan has once again proven that everyday things need not be boring—with its cute construction barriers. These adorable barricades include animals of deers, dolphins, monkeys, frogs and more—to make these odious, noise-polluting situations more pleasant and pleasing to the eye; and attentions-grabbing, so that drivers and pedestrians look out for and avoid these sites. Check some of them out below: [via Kotaku] Receive interesting stories like this one in your inbox. Hier regent het paraplu’s. Nadat de plaats Agueda in Portugal dit vorig jaar al een keer gedaan heeft, doen ze het dit jaar gewoon weer.

Hier regent het paraplu’s

Umbrellas above portugal - A Colorful Canopy of Umbrellas Is Back to the Streets in Portugal. EmailEmail You probably remember the beautiful roof of Floating Umbrellas that covered the streets in Agueda, Portugal last year - seeing how much everybody loved the idea, Sextafeira Produções set up this installation this year again!

Umbrellas above portugal - A Colorful Canopy of Umbrellas Is Back to the Streets in Portugal

And just like last year, photographer Patricia Almeida was one of the first ones to capture and share this beauty with the rest of the world together on flickr. IBM urban heist ads Innovative and Interactive Advertisement Billboards by IBM. Life is tough and rough in the city; take, for example, the image in Fitzgerald’s Gatsby, of the billboard eyes of T.J.

IBM urban heist ads Innovative and Interactive Advertisement Billboards by IBM

Eckleburg that burn with judgment at the dirt and grime of city offals. In contrast, IBM teams up with the creative consultants at Ogilvy Paris to deliver innovative and interactive advertisements that support and embrace. The fun ads leave the world of 2D and the colorful graphics jump off the metaphorical page. An awning extends from one billboard to provide shelter from the rain, while another unfolds a green ramp across a series of steps. Laser beam soccer field nike's FC247 lets you play at night. Jun 26, 2013 NIKE'S FC247 laser beam soccer field lets you play at night NIKE’S laser beam soccer field lets you play at nightimage courtesy nikefootballspain the days are numbered for improvised line markers such as shoes, jackets and cones, because NIKE has installed a laser system – complete with a van, team of specialists and crane – to project bright lines onto the street, creating an augmented soccer pitch. the #mipista campaign brings a field to the concrete jungle at night, where users can play in a 5 vs. 5 sized arena. for now, the initiative is only hosted in madrid, where players can request a field via smartphone in six different neighborhoods from around the city. nike FC247 #MiPistavideo courtesy nikefootballspain.

laser beam soccer field nike's FC247 lets you play at night

Bike ramps whoopdeedoo by greg papove. Jun 11, 2013.

bike ramps whoopdeedoo by greg papove

Underground Bicycle Parking Systems. VIDEO: Japan's Underground Bicycle Garages Are Amazing. Ontstopper bus hack Low-tech public transit hack from Japan! Never fall again, as long as you don't mind looking ridiculous Now something on the lighter side, here's a photo taken on a train in Japan.

ontstopper bus hack Low-tech public transit hack from Japan!

This clever woman seems to have figured out how to always have something to grab onto to hold her balance, even in a packed train. And as a bonus, her handle is always clean too! 電車にとんでもなくレベルの高く素晴らしい人がいた pic.twitter.com/ee9nP0Zvhj— ♨なはと♨ (@__NachT__) June 19, 2013 Google translates this Japanese text to: "There was a wonderful person of high level ridiculously on the train. " Wonderful person indeed! Street furniture by LOL bike. Bicycle Fence parking - Bicycle Racks by Hyupsung University Students. Fence Parking Now here is a pretty clever idea that can actually be utilized. Chesterfield park bench by joost goudriaan. May 06, 2013 chesterfield park bench by joost goudriaan the dutch designer furnished a sidewalk with an leather upholstered bench originally conceived for the ‘foolproof & public space’ event in rotterdam, the ‘chesterfield park bench’ reconsiders the traditional conventions of street infrastructure–offering something a bit more comfortable and cozy–by eliminating the ‘fool proofing’ aspect generally applied to structures installed in outdoor public areas as a means of preventing vandalism. joost goudriaan has taken the stereotypical concrete and wood park bench and has transformed it into something that is a bit more ‘upscale’, complete with a leather upholstered tufted seat and back, along with walnut wood and gold stud details, finished using traditional crafting techniques.

chesterfield park bench by joost goudriaan