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Now a cheeky trio of artists have turned fruit trees into cultural symbols as well. The group, known as Fallen Fruit , recently planted what is being billed as the state’s first public fruit park in an unincorporated community with neatly clipped lawns outside Los Angeles. The park is part of a growing “fruit activist” movement, a variation on a theme of urban agriculture.
The idea of living life on the road in an RV can be appealing.
Georges Fessy Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light Domes hover atop a forest of thin iron columns in the reading room at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, a central focus of an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. More Photos »
Many critics pin the failure of contemporary architecture on the overuse of hyper-real renderings (or extremely controlled photography) to make a project pop on paper.
MITroit’s volunteer firefighters were bravely extinguishing the string of household fires that had broken out in neighboring Champignon. Champignon, a blue-collar enclave whose economy was built upon the oil and ore beneath its citizens’ feet, was rife with jobs and industry, but lagged in city services. The selflessness of MITroit’s volunteer firefighters was even more pronounced considering Champignon had recently built a sewage runoff directed at MITroit.
Have you ever actually been to Shenzhen?
17 February 2013 Last updated at 18:24 ET
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Graham Hill’s 420-square-foot transforming SoHo apartment manages to be a dining room, living room, bedroom, and guest bedroom , and it will make you hate yourself and the place where you live. Before you throw your futon and toaster out the window of your crap studio in disgust, though, consider that Hill is the editor of a website called Treehugger that’s all about doing cool less-is-more stuff like making flashy rich-people dwellings out of tiny little spaces. [Ed. note: To be fair, this is NOT what my apartment looks like.]
Listening to a couple of coders gush over the virtues of gamification, location-based mobile services and open data standards, I might have mistaken the techies for sneaker-wearing pitchmen at a Silicon Valley hackathon. But this was midtown Manhattan. Instead of B-school dropouts, the geeks in question were actually silver-haired civil servants in charge of the IT operations for Boston and Edmonton.
Countries around the world are becoming increasingly conscious of environmental issues, and major metropolitan centers are the new front line in the struggle to go green. But how are big cities taking on the challenge?
In our last post in this series , we covered the three steps of placemaking.
I have always been fascinated by futuristic architecture and seeing as it’s the weekend I was browsing around checking out some amazing designs today. I have picked out my favorite ten for your perusal – as a bit of a respite from text-heavy lists.
Picture yourself on a walk through Rock Creek Park. Whitetailed deer pick their way through the trees, eyeing you warily. Perhaps you hear the yip of a distant coyote .