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Kurt Kohlstedt is the founder and executive editor of WebUrbanist. His graduate education in architecture and urban design intersected his interest in writing and publishing in the creation of this online magazine in 2007. A nomadic urbanist, Kurt regularly writes for the site and travels to speak on topics ranging from media and entrepreneurship to built environments and visual culture.

Branch Up: Modular Spiral Staircase Wraps Trees for Climbing

Providing an elegant, robust, accessible and tree-friendly alternative to ladders or branches for climbing trunks, this spiral step solution lets you scale ...

Mole Delivery: Automated Pipelines to Ship Goods Underground

In a world obsessed with aerial drones, this new system could fly in under the radar and revolutionize shipping, delivering goods automatically via unmanned ...

Instant Cities: 3D-Print Your Favorite NYC Blocks on Demand

We are accustomed to being able to click a few buttons and get 2D prints of cities, blocks or buildings, and now a new web app allows you to create your own 3D ...

Room in a Box: Portable Tool-Free Bedroom Set in 30 Minutes

Containing a room’s worth of essential furniture you can take on the bus or train, this all-in-one-box solution costs just $150, is easier to assemble ...

Subterranean Solar: $100K Raised for Daylit Underground Park

With two weeks left to go in its crowdfunding campaign, the Lowline has already raised over $100,000 from over 1,000 backers, promising to turn an old trolley ...

Grimm Abandonment: Derelict Australian Fairy Tale Park for Sale

Inspired by classical fairy tales, this deserted theme park recently opened its doors to an urban explorer and photographer, giving outsiders a glimpse into ...

Two World Trade Center: BIG Redesign Deconstructs Skyscraper

A long-standing design proposal from Foster + Partners has been scrapped by developers in favor of a new scheme from BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) that presents a ...

Climactic Table: Zero-Energy Furniture Regulates Temperature

Able to reduce cooling costs by up to 30% and heating expenses by as much as 60%, this series of temperature-regulating furnishings stores thermal energy ...

Gone Green: Vacant 50 Years, Chinese Village Conquered by Ivy

Nestled in the hills on a remote island at the mouth of the Yangtze River in China and full of rich foliage, one could imagine this small fishing hamlet to ...

Retired Buses to Become Mobile Homeless Shelters & Showers

A fleet of still-functional city buses in Hawaii sits idle simply because the vehicles have too many miles for continued use in their current capacity, ...

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