Archived Articles: Urbanist

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.

Book of Shadows: 2D Shape Cutouts Cast Silhouettes on Pages

A children’s book with an interactive twist, Motion Silhouette engages readers through pop-up pieces that require lighting to animate shadow pictures ...

Earin: World’s Smallest Wireless Earbuds Raise $1,500,000+

Stripping away all non-essential functionality, these sleek audio accessories are tiny enough to be effectively invisible and entirely wire-free. No need to ...

WTF Is Street Art? Poster Boy Edits NYC Sign by High Line

If you have spent any time along the High Line Park in Chelsea, you will recognize this extremely prominent billboard that one artist had the audacity to climb ...

All Terrains: 3 Futuristic Land, Sea & Air E-Vehicle Designs

This amazing all-terrain land variant is just the first of three compelling electric vehicles conceptualized with lightweight materials and green technologies ...

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Spinning Canvas: Color & Gravity Create Brush-Free Paintings

Calculation meets chaos in the work of Amy Shackleton, a painter who works without brushes to create masterful yet whimsical urban and natural landscapes. Her ...

Fossilized Retreat: Log Cabin Remnants Recast in Concrete

Using the existing logs from a previous cabin structure as formwork, this retreat manages to retain the scale and textures of its predecessor in a ...

Head Light: Popup Wall Lamp Has Horns that Glow in Shadows

A classy alternative to hanging animal parts, this deer head wall lamp started as a design concept, went viral as a prototype and has just been funded for full ...

Casa Futebol: Design to Deploy Housing in World Cup Stadiums

Imagine converting the circumferential spaces of sports stadiums into a plug-and-play system of modular residential units, leaving their open centers for use ...

Lightning Fixture: Domesticated Cloud to Hang in Your Home

A simple but provocative piece of dynamic home decor, this thundering cloud can be set to react to its environment, picking up cues from the weather or ...

Permanent Parklets: São Paulo Turns Street Parking to Parks

In a bold bid to change its urban landscape for good, Brazil’s biggest city has given a green light to citizen proposals to transform car parking spots ...

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