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.

Snoozeboxes: Mobile Container Hotels Travel by Truck or Rail

Modular, stackable and robust, these cargo containers may not look like much on the outside but provide surprisingly refined accommodations inside and can be ...

Iceberg Homes: London Boroughs Curb Luxury ‘Super-Basements’

It is increasingly common to find London properties that have more subterranean interior space than above-ground square footage, a byproduct of the wealthy ...

Illegal Skyway: Chinese Homeowner Bridges 2 Highrise Condos

Sky bridges are a common sight in many cities, but are generally used to create a semi-public pathway from one building to the next, not to illicitly join two ...

Hand-Grown Murals: Watch as Plant Paintings Take Over Walls

Some say art is as much about process as product – these time-lapse animations show just how true that can be, illustrating the evolution of green-themed ...

Radiocative Chernobyl: New Aerial Drone Footage of ‘The Zone’

Satellite images and pictures from the ground tell a limited story of one of the world’s most dangerous abandoned places – this flyover footage ...

Photoluminescent Furniture: Filled Wooden Voids Glow in Dark

A pair of crafty carpenters have separately arrived at the same conclusion: glow-in-the-dark resin is a really neat way to fill cracks, gaps, splits and other ...

Fungi Farm Prototype Turns Waste Plastic into Edible Treats

Breaking down one of the most difficult types of trash, this incredible working incubator turns sterilized plastic remnants into nutritional biomass humans ...

Blacking Out BLU: World-Famous Berlin Mural Erased in Protest

A huge multi-building work of art has been painted over in the Kreuzberg neighborhood of Berlin, reportedly at the behest of the artist BLU himself as a ...

Last Stop: Photo Book Documents 150 Vanishing US Rest Stops

For the last five years, this photographer has been traveling around the United States and capturing an eclectic but dying breed of roadside architecture: the ...

Vertical City Farming: Undulating Mixed-Use Urban Community

Designed to provide a spaces for public gardening as well as senior living, this hybrid complex has a rich array of green roofs, terraces and facades allowing ...

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