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.

IKEA 2025: Futuristic Modular Kitchen Caters to Food Drones

Reflecting a world of increasing everyday automation but decreasing natural resources, these kitchen concepts include flexible storage for on-demand food and ...

3D Farming: Trees Grown into Fully Shaped & Formed Furniture

Taking arborsculpture to new levels of efficiency and functionality, this furniture designer creates plastic molds in which his designs are grown without ...

Landskating: Giant Chinese Landscapes Drawn with Roller Blades

Modified inline skates holding pots of black pigment allow this artist to create her huge works (up to 40 feet or more) while rolling around the room, with ...

Adult Erector Sets: Toymaker Now Sells DIY Furniture Part Kits

Combining elements of IKEA ingenuity and their own classic line of modular toys, Meccano (makers of Erector Sets) is now offering a new type of do-it-yourself ...

Griddy Cities: Aerial Cyberpunk Cityscapes Shot from 7,500 Feet

Flying over New York City, San Francisco and Las Vegas, this photographer has managed to both capture the essence of each city he shoots from the night sky ...

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3D NYC Timelapse: 500 Years of History in 1 WTC Elevator Ride

Riding to the top observation deck of 1 World Trade Center opening next month, visitors will be treated to a dizzying view of the city below, but not the one ...

Old New Jersey Factory to House Earth’s Largest Vertical Farm

Opening this year in Newark, this 69,000-square-foot space will grow 2 million pounds of pesticide-free produce each year, turning an old steel factory into ...

Touching Art: Raised Prints of Famous Paintings for the Blind

Enabling the visually impaired to quite literally put their hands on priceless artworks, this unique exhibition allows blind people to experience works like ...

Fantastic Cities: 48-Page Urban Coloring Book Made for Adults

Coloring books are no longer just for kids, as this one designed for adult colorists illustrates in beautiful black and white. Showing urban scenes both real ...

Luxury Retrofit: New 440-Square-Foot Condo Hidden in Old Garage

Boxed in on both sides, this once-homely little garage space is now a cozy high-end condo, its rusted white corrugated metal front replaced with a ...

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