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The delicate dance between cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians in NYC

Article: The delicate dance between cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians in NYC

3-Way Street from ronconcocacola on Vimeo.

Ron Gabriel shot and edited this neat overhead video depicting the delicate dance between between cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians at a NYC intersection. In a follow up post to the video, which went viral and elicited many opinions, Ron explains:

LEGO Victorian houses in decay

Article: LEGO Victorian houses in decay

Mike Doyle is constructing Victorian style houses in decay out of LEGO bricks. The result as seen above is pretty impressive. He also shares the behind the scenes work that goes into each house on his blog. [Via]

Sandrine Estrade Boulet's street art

Article: Sandrine Estrade Boulet's street art

Sandrine Estrade Boulet creates witty visual puns using the urban environment around her. They remind me of the quick and fun doodling exercises I used to do with friends when I was younger where someone would draw a shape or object and each of us would take turns adding onto it to transform it into…

Architect creates 24 rooms in a 344 square foot apartment

Article: Architect creates 24 rooms in a 344 square foot apartment

Hong Kong based architect Gary Chang designed a stunning and inspiring multi-purpose home that maximizes every inch of space available in his 344 square foot apartment. What he calls his “domestic transformer,” his apartment can be reconfigured into 24 different rooms and uses, including a screening room with a hammock. This is accomplished by creatively…

Eco-rap emerging as educational, empowerment tool for San Francisco youth

Article: Eco-rap emerging as educational, empowerment tool for San Francisco youth

Try explaining climate change to young people in terms of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere, or the dangers of toxic wastes by focusing on water sheds… chances are they’ll be checking their phones, if not dozing off, in a matter of minutes. Now imagine these same concepts being addressed by rappers from the neighborhoods these kids come from… you’ll likely see more enthusiasm for the topics.

Root for Trees

Article: Root for Trees

On a typical day in NYC you walk by as many as 45 different species of trees, but can you name more than one of them? Far from launching another demanding and guilt-ridden campaign for a charity, Jessica Schweifel, founder of Root for Trees, is asking very little of New Yorkers this year. All she wants…

Mayor Gavin Newsom announces sustainable, regional food policies

Article: Mayor Gavin Newsom announces sustainable, regional food policies

You likely associate food policy with the federal government, but on July 8th, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom demonstrated what local governments can do to promote local, sustainable, and healthy food initiatives. Speaking at the West Oakland Woods Urban Garden (one of several farms operated by City Slicker Farms), Newsom outlined new policies aimed at “…form[ing] a comprehensive and strategic approach to addressing pressing needs in all sectors of the food system.”

Growing tomatoes in your apartment

Article: Growing tomatoes in your apartment

Gardening’s all the rage now — even the Obamas have gotten in on the game. Growing your own food doesn’t just provide great-tasting produce and a sense of satisfaction, though: in a conversation in March, Ogden Publications publisher (and farmer) Bryan Welch noted that starting a garden may be the single best thing you can…

Wii graffiti

Article: Wii graffiti

A German guy named Martin Lihs turned a Wii controller into a can of virtual spray paint. Here’s video of a recent WiiSpray demo: WiiSpray Teaser from Martin Lihs on Vimeo. [via Daring Fireball.]

Tomorrow is World Pillow Fight Day

Article: Tomorrow is World Pillow Fight Day

Grab your heftiest stuffed pillow tomorrow because Saturday, April 4 is World Pillow Fight Day! As well as the usual suspects like New York City (Wall St. and Broad St. at 3:00 PM) and London, participating cities include Guayaquil, Kuala Lumpur, and Miyazaki City, among many others! Selfish (kidding!) San Francisco couldn’t wait and already…

Explosive skateboarding

Article: Explosive skateboarding

Against the background of UNKLE’s emotive song “Heaven,” directors Spike Jonze and Ty Evans film the Lakai skateboarding team navigating an explosive terrain. The video starts a little slow, but “explodes” around the 1:58 mark. If that didn’t sell you then, let me try this: three words, skateboarding, explosions, and slo-mo. ‘Nuff said. [Via]

Babel Tales

Article: Babel Tales

I like to think New York City’s unofficial slogan ought to be the capital of diversity. But then again, maybe it’s more homogeneous than we like to believe as artist Peter Funch suggests in the cleverly and subtly edited photos in his “Babel Tales” series. Many of the images implies a landscape of doppelgangers, and…

Transforming Building

Article: Transforming Building

In 2007 British artist Richard Wilson turned “a building in Liverpool’s city center literally inside out” as a portion of the building’s facade rotated around. Via: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/03/turning-the-pla.html