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Friday Finds 08.23.13

A folding car inspired by an armadillo, typography flashcard game, and vintage snaps of San Francisco? All that and more in this installment of Friday Finds!
August 23, 2013
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Friday Finds 08.16.13

Art is where the heart is. This week: meditative ink line drawings, temporary tattoos for adults, a continuously reconfigured staircase installation, and so much more. Click through to see the Dwell staff's top internet finds this week. Happy Friday!
August 16, 2013
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Visionary Architecture: Chris Bosse on Cloud City

When German architect and LAVA co-founder Chris Bosse was asked to conceive The City of the Future for the CUSP: Designing Into the Next Decade exhibition at the Australian Design Center, it was like letting a racehorse out of the gates. Even before his visionary work on the unforgettable Watercube of Beijing Olympics fame, Bosse had been applying his Frei Otto sensibilities to lightweight, revolutionary, futurist architecture with signature glam and vigor. The City of the Future brings the thinking of several individual projects into a galloping whole: we see in this exhibition the culmination of years of innovative philosophical and developmental research aimed at giving birth to buildings that look pretty and really perform. We caught Bosse on Skype while he was en route from Honk Kong to Sydney, to get his thoughts on the future urban jungle, a place he calls Cloud City.
July 20, 2013
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A Five-Act History of Urbanism in Barcelona

Labyrinthine alleys, majestic avenues, meandering parks, and pristine beaches—this is the urban fabric of modern Barcelona, a city 2,500 years in the making. We've traipsed the Catalonian capital's streets this past week and to provide orientation and context to the photos shared via our Instagram feed, here's a brief history of the city divided into five acts.
June 9, 2013
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Innovation Hub: ULI Spring Meeting in San Diego

'Innovate' was the buzzword at the Urban Land Institute’s spring conference in San Diego, May 15-17, where some 3,500 planners, developers, and real estate and land use professionals gathered to look at new models for growth, share best practices, and learn how to proceed in an uncertain economy.
May 20, 2013
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Never Built: Los Angeles at A+D Architecture & Design Museum

Never Built: Los Angeles, an upcoming exhibition at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles (on view from July 28 through September 29) will highlight radical projects that would have deeply changed Los Angeles—but for one reason or another never got off the ground.
May 17, 2013
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Chicago's Green Mile

Chicago bills a one-and-a-half-mile-long stretch of Cermak Road as "the greenest street in America," a surprising characterization considering it was once one of the grittiest industrial thoroughfares in the city. Now, it acts as a valuable learning and teaching tool about how streetscapes can play a role in advancing citywide sustainability.
April 24, 2013
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Alex Steffen on Cities

Writer, speaker, and planetary futurist, Alex Steffen is one of the most vital voices in sustainability today. He founded and edited the website Worldchanging for seven years, and now writes and lectures on how cities can help shape a green new world. He'll be giving the talk Cities Will Save the Planet on Wednesday, February 6th at Spur in San Francisco and we got a chance to ask him a few questions about what cities can do to reduce carbon emission, why not to go back to the land, and about his new book Carbon Zero.
February 6, 2013
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10 Diagrams that Changed City Planning

From now until February 15, SPUR in San Francisco is holding a rather interesting exhibition on the charts, diagrams, and visualizations that have changed the face of urban planning. From Ebenezer Howard's drawings of a garden city to an alarming graph showing our planet's rising temperature, Grand Reductions: Ten Diagrams That Changed City Planning takes a look at the images that have shaped our urban landscape. Equal parts art, design, and inspiring calls to action, the diagrams on view each offer a vision not just of where our thinking about cities has been, but how we might continue to mold them in the future. To read more, check out Benjamin Grant's fascinating essay on the subject in SPUR's publication the Urbanist.
November 16, 2012