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.

Rural Retrofuturism: Dystopian Visions of Swedish Countrysides

Set in an alternate-reality Sweden of the 1980s and 90s, these stunning paintings remix pastoral landscapes with futuristic robots, telling a story of a world ...

Fresh Biocement: World’s First Self-Healing Concrete Building

One of the biggest challenges to building with concrete is the material’s propensity to crack both while it dries and in the years that follow, making ...

Cargo Spotting: Field Guide to 20MM Global Shipping Containers

Shipping containers pass by us daily on trucks, trains and ships, carrying 90% of the world’s non-bulk cargo with them, but if you have ever wondered ...

VRchitecture: Interactive Virtual Reality House Feels 90% Real

No matter how many drawings and models a client is shown, there is still a leap of imagination needed for someone to understand how a building design will ...

Floating Island: Self-Sufficient Home Produces Food & Power

Powered by solar panels and sustained by a half-acre plot of farmland, these 12 connected buoyant platforms together form an autonomous off-the-grid dwelling ...

Space Hacking: Modular Joints Connect IKEA & Everything Else

This kit-of-parts solution draws on the do-it-yourself ethos as well as the modular furniture movement, allowing savvy homeowners to combine off-the-shelf ...

Mobile Village: Seattle Teens Build Micro-Homes for Homeless

Serving a nomadic homeless shanty town known as Nickelsville, the Impossible City project involves a group of a teenagers who are creating not just tiny houses ...

Urban Algae Canopy Produces a Forest’s Worth of Oxygen Daily

Generating as much oxygen per day as 400,000 square feet of natural woodland, the Urban Algae Canopy combines architecture, biology and digital technology to ...

Big Free Library: Public Pavilion Built of 50,000 Stacked Books

Stacked books form the structural columns of this remarkable structure while support beams in between serve as shelves for even more volumes that can be ...

Rise of Robotic Graffiti: Drone Vandal Sprays Paint in Midair

In what appears to be the first recorded work of public aerial drone vandalism, this off-the-shelf quadcopter was hacked to hold and use a can of spray paint, ...

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