urban funscape

Making a Decision with the Loomio prototype

British crime-fighting organization Crimefighters launched an ingenious campaign using ‘putpocketing’ — discreetly placing leaflets in people’s pockets and personal belongings — to inform the public about the dangers of pickpockets.

ladytij:

enochliew:

Photographs by Thom Sheridan

In 1986, the United Way attempted to break the world record for balloon launches, by releasing 1.5 million balloons, which resulted in two deaths, millions in lawsuits, and a devastating environmental impact.

this got not-cute very quickly

thisbigcity:

Blaze: a proper headlight for your bike. 

According to the company, “Besides being a kickass front light, the Laserlight has a unique safety feature. Its green laser projects the image of a bike 5-6 metres onto the road ahead. This alerts vehicles of the unseen cyclists and prevents drivers from turning across their path.”

publicdesignfestival:

Contemporary Prophecies is a street food stand, offering handmade fortune cookies that contain scientific statistical statements inside. Some of the cookies and the messages are produced on site, having as well a performative aspect. By replacing the classical “fortunes” messages with statistical facts, the project explores the thin line between predictions and prophecies and to which extent it is possible to separate both.
More info: here

publicdesignfestival:

Contemporary Prophecies is a street food stand, offering handmade fortune cookies that contain scientific statistical statements inside. Some of the cookies and the messages are produced on site, having as well a performative aspect. By replacing the classical “fortunes” messages with statistical facts, the project explores the thin line between predictions and prophecies and to which extent it is possible to separate both.

More info: here

junkculture:

A Trilogy of Short Films Humorously Imagines What Might Happen to the Litter on London’s Streets

organicandurban:

Mobile garden in the edible gardens feature in Brussels, Begium [August 2013]

organicandurban:

Mobile garden in the edible gardens feature in Brussels, Begium [August 2013]

urbanplannerholic:

Seven Apps to Improve Quality of Life in Cities

It’s no secret that more and more people are using smart phones to get the most out of their urban experiences—at home or while traveling. Guardian Cities lists some of the best urban apps and launches a contest to find the best apps worldwide.

Alex Hern provides a list of apps that “the Guardian Tech Desk can’t do without, in our own cities and others.”

A few examples:

  • CityMapper “puts the combined efforts of four transit agencies to shame…” (i.e. New York, Berlin, London, and Paris). The app “uses public data to provide a best-in-class mapping app for getting you from A to B as quickly and cheaply as possible.”
  • London’s Best Coffee: “Blue Crow Media makes a number of apps that help very specific connoisseurs find their way around a city. As well as coffee apps for London and New York, it makes Craft Beer apps for the same two cities, and Burgerapp, which guides you to the best hamburgers in London.”

In a separate article, Guardian Cities announces the AppMyCity! competition to discover and “embrace any new app that improves your urban experience, connects people and makes cities more fun, vibrant and sustainable places.”

fastcompany:

"Most people won’t even realize that this is all a website." - Google Suspends One Of The World’s Largest Textile Sculptures Above Vancouver For TED