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.

35 Years in 60 Seconds: Evolution of Modern Computer Desks

Almost everything we once kept at our desks is now packed into our personal computers, but rarely is this phenomena so brilliantly illustrated as in the ...

3D-Printed Columns Use Ancient Technique Against Earthquakes

Bringing together cutting-edge technologies and an ancient approach to resisting earthquake damage, the so-called Quake Column marries tradition and high-tech ...

Transformer Hotel: Tiny Room Showcases Convertible Furniture

Deploying three novel pieces of multipurpose furniture, this 240-square-foot space manages to pack in all kinds of secrets, surprises and amenities for guests ...

Refold Workstation: Mobile Flat-Pack Cardboard Standing Desk

Two student designers have seen the future and building toward it with a flexible, foldable, affordable and recyclable cardboard desk that support the weight ...

7,000 LEDs to Cast Sistine Chapel Ceiling in Bright New Light

For 500 years, visitors were able to see Michelangelo’s famous 6,000-square-foot painting bathed in natural light, but for the last 3 decades they have ...

Radiotopia Fundraiser: Support 7 Story-Centric PRX Podcasts

Last year, Roman Mars of 99% Invisible and PRX broke records, raising $375,000 with a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign – this year, ...

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Rounded Market Hall: Huge Digital Mural Wraps 118,000 Sq Ft

A massive mixed use project in Rotterdam by MVRDV, this newly-opened building wraps vertically around an open central space but also features one of the ...

View Forward: Driverless London Train Cars Arriving in 2020

Called the New Tube, the next phase in London’s Underground system will feature partially and entirely automated cars, including ones that let passengers ...

Schematic of Structures: 90 Buildings, Prehistory to Present

This stunning blueprint-inspired poster takes you on a visual tour of 90 celebrated structures around the world, highlighting architectural achievements ...

Shape-Shifting Architecture: Material Morphs with Heat & Air

This project asks a question that goes to the heart of how we think of buildings, asking: what if architectural shapes and structures could be more than just ...

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