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Do Cities Need More Green Roofs?

Green roofs or living roofs are different types of gardens that are created on the tops of buildings to help manage stormwater, improve air quality, help cool city temperatures, insulate the building, create park spac...

Eighty Years of New York City, Then and Now

From The New Yorker, enjoy this split-screen juxtaposition of New York City in the 1930s and today. Cross the Brooklyn Bridge, tour Central Park, see huge differences in midtown and Times Square, get a glimpse at Harl...

1953: Preserving and operating a wimmenumermolen polder mill

In a 250 year old polder mill in Noord Holland, Eric Zwijnenberg pumps excess water out of the area to avoid flooding. The drainage mill was first rented by his parents as a summer vacation house in 1953... After ...

Measuring the Berlin TV Tower with a ruler

Can you calculate how tall a building or monument is by using a ruler and the scale on a map? Mathematician Matt Parker attempts this ambitious math feat during his trip to the German capital. The structure he's aimin...

A pop-up Himeji Castle made with LEGO

Building castle models out of LEGO can be impressive, but what if the LEGO castle model unfolds like a pop-up book? Behold this LEGO pop-up Himeji Castle, a wonder of Japanese architecture and history, created by YouT...

Stadsmuziek (City Music) – Akko Goldenbeld

A three dimensional wooden map of Eindhoven, The Netherlands wrapped around a turning cylinder -- an external player piano mechanism -- Stadsmuziek (City Music) was a 2011 design project by Akko Goldenbeld: The tal...

Think Like a Tree – Problem solving with nature’s best ideas

Biomimicry -- imitating nature's best ideas in our design of materials, structures, and systems -- can provide huge leaps in our understanding when it comes to solving challenges. Example: How do we keep our buildings...

An animated history of Housing Through the Centuries

Yurts are lightweight and easy to set up and take down, good for when you're moving hungry animal herds to more plentiful locations. Stilt homes are built to withstand flooding and to keep pests out. Skyscrapers, made...

Colossus – A time lapse ink drawing of New York City’s skyline

London-based illustrator Patrick Vale builds New York City's impressive skyline in less than three minutes -- line by line, window by window -- in this lovely time lapse video that captures four weeks of his work. The...

LEGO Adventure in the City: A brick-animated short story

Once upon a time, a snake went to the zoo and then returned to his home. Suddenly, there was an attack from The Grey and the zoo's dinosaur gets out! Can the snake help the city?! This stop motion animated short st...

NORWAY: A Time-Lapse Adventure

The mountains, the sunsets, the fjords, the auroras! NORWAY: a time lapse adventure in an extremely majestic country. From Rustad Media: This is a time-lapse video resulting from a 15,000 km (almost 10,000 miles) ...

Waltzing on the walls of Oakland’s City Hall

This incredible aerial performance by Bandaloop Founder and Artistic Director Amelia Rudolph and company dancer Roel Seeber showcases some perspective-shifting choreography on Oakland, California's 18-story City Hall....