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.

Gritty Cities: Oil Painter Captures Cityscapes at Dusk & Dawn

Artist Jeremy Mann works in early in the day or evening, and it shows in the dark, smudged and ultimately riveting way in which he captures streetscapes of ...

VR Journalism: Experience a Solitary Cell in Prison with ‘6×9′

The Guardian has launched a virtual reality app for Android users, compatible with low-tech VR devices like Cardboard (which uses your mobile phone); its first ...

IKEA VR: Explore Interior Layouts in New Virtual Reality App

A new virtual reality application from IKEA lets users try out various kitchen configurations in three dimensions. Using an HTC Vive headset, the app lets ...

Germany Puts Stoplights in Sidewalks for Distracted Pedestrians

Walkers preoccupied with their mobile devices as they traverse Augsburg, Germany, are starting to notice something new in their peripheral vision: ...

Shazam for Art: Phone App Identifies, Prices & Compares Artwork

Whether at a gallery without wall plaques, visiting a business establishment or hanging out at a friend’s home, having Magnus on your smartphone will let ...

Depth-Defying Art: 3D Chalk Characters Blend into City Streets

Bringing a certain subtly and sense of humor back to three-dimensional chalk art, David Zenn creates highly-contextual scenes using an array of animal ...

Sladda: IKEA to Sell New Flat-Pack Bicycle for Urban Cyclists

IKEA has announced a new lightweight bicycle with a rust-resistant chain, aluminum frame and low-maintenance construction all aimed to make it easier for more ...

Stronger than Concrete: New Glass Bricks Support Dutch Facade

A new type of see-through glass brick used in this Dutch building facade aims to bridge traditional brick with transparency; the assembled bricks have been ...

Behind the Scenes: Hidden Collections Storage at the Smithsonian

It is hard to imagine just how extensive, colorful and generally amazing the plant, animal, fossil and rock archives at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural ...

Blue Light Special: Colored Streetlamps Precede Decline in Crime

In the early 2000s, the city of Glasgow, Scotland, changed over to blue street lighting in an effort to improve the appearance of the city, but areas with the ...

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