Amazing Mural Artwork Created by Urban Artists in Lisbon


Famous urban artists and mural art painter Os Gêmeos, Blu and Sam3 recently painted the facade of two abandoned houses in Lisbon.

 It’s an amazing huge mural artwork, four urban artists recently created in Lisbon! Os Gêmeos, whose graffiti art exhibition is still running, Blu, who was lately in Wroclaw and Sam3, whose new book was published several month ago, came together to paint the facade of two abandoned old houses in Lisbon’s city.


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YikeBike – A Solution to Congested City Travel


YikeBike is a statement about using smart technology to solve the problems of our increasingly congested, polluted, stressful cities. It is the first commercial expression of the mini-farthing concept, created up by a bunch of successful entrepreneurs, engineers and dreamers. (Pics)


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China’s Rural Population Could Drop from 900M to 400M Within 30 Years

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An elderly man from the countryside walks in a street in the Sichuan province, with his granddaughter on his back

China’s rural population may drop to 400 million from the current 900 million in the next three decades because of rising urbanization, a senior official has forecast.  The rural population currently stands at 720 million, the latest population figures have shown. But the number does not include the 180 million rural residents who have left their hometowns to live in cities for more than half a year, Han Jun, a senior official at the State Council Development Research Center, was quoted as saying by Beijing News.


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40% of Americans Do Not Have High-Speed Internet Access


Broadband is not widely available in rural areas

Roughly 40% of Americans do not have high-speed Internet access at home, according to new Commerce Department figures that underscore the challenges facing policymakers who are trying to bring affordable broadband connections to everyone. The Obama administration and Congress have identified universal broadband as a key to driving economic development, producing jobs and bringing educational opportunities and cutting-edge medicine to all corners of the country.


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4 Key Demographic Trends with the Housing Demand


Towns move back to the concept of a walkable multiuse town center.

Demographic shifts and changing values will increase demand for pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use communities in both urban and suburban settings, according to John McIlwain of the Urban Land Institute. “The age of suburbanization and growing homeownership is over,” McIlwain said in a recent report, “Housing in America: The Next Decade.” “The coming decades will be the time of the great reurbanization as 24/7 central cities grow and suburbs around the country are redeveloped with new or revived walkable suburban town centers.” This transition will be fueled by the growth of two-person households, an end to baby boomers’ suburban infatuation, and public policies designed to stimulate compact development. In his report, McIlwain points to four key demographic trends to watch going forward:


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BrightFarm – First Rooftop Greenhouse On Affordable Housing Project


BrightFarm Rooftop Greenhouse

Solar is not the only green feature appearing on affordable housing projects these days. In fact, a project in the South Bronx is hoping to combat food miles and food deserts at the same time, growing fresh, nutritious vegetables in a 10,000 sq ft rooftop greenhouse on top of a six story affordable housing project. But does the project make sense?


Sleep Box – Let’s You Catch Up On Sleep While Traveling

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Sleep Box

Russian architects Arch Group have designed a booth for taking a quick nap in busy urban environments.  Called Sleepbox, the units could be rented for between fifteen minutes and several hours.  The architects envisage them installed at train stations, airports and shopping centres.  (Pics)


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Rotterdam’s Parks Will Recycle Rainwater While Serving As Urban Playgrounds



To launch its 14th anthology, Water, Alphabet City has organized a series of events this week in Toronto, two of which are the HYDROCity symposium and its accompanying exhibition at the University of Toronto. Another event is a lunchtime talk in which Jeroen Bodewits will discuss Waterpleinen, a project designed by Florian Boer and Marco Vermeulen to reconfigure the stormwater infrastructure of Rotterdam.


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