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.

Squeeze to Zoom: No Need to Fold this Egg-Shaped Analog Map

Tapping into the natural expansion of a squeezable ball under pressure, this urban micro-globe provides both big-picture views and detailed streetscapes on one ...

Hive Habitats: Modular Floating Survival Shelters Band Together

Providing secure enclosures and other critical safety features in the face of tsunamis, floods and accidents at sea, this system of survival pods adds another ...

Fragile Cloud: 100,000 Illuminated Balloons Fill Indoor Market

Pulsing with light and life, this incredible art installation provides Covent Garden, a glass-topped marketplace, with a kind of artificial interior skyscape. ...

Open Competition: Redesign the World’s Largest Temporary City

Creating a one-of-a-kind opportunity for urban designers and aspiring planners, Black Rock City is soliciting fresh layouts from anyone who wishes to ...

Car-Free Paris: French Capital Bans Motor Vehicles for 1 Day

For a single day next month, locals and visitors will be able to experience Paris without motorized traffic, giving the city over to pedestrians and bikers. ...

Lights Out: Hong Kong Bans Iconic Neon Signs from City Streets

In an effort criticized by local businesses as well as global visitors, Hong Kong has deemed neon signage illegal and is ramping up its systematic removal of ...

Future of Fenestration: Every Window Will Generate Solar Power

Better, cheaper and easier than solar windows, this newly-patented flexible coating can be applied to existing glass and plastic surfaces, turning any aperture ...

City Lab: World’s Largest Urban Simulator Spans 26 Square Miles

It will be a brand-new, from-scratch American city like any other, with urban, suburban, exurban and rural zones dotted with houses, malls, power plants, ...

Wave-Free Surfing: Electric Boards Power Through Calm Waters

Leaving those stand-up paddleboarders in the proverbial dust, these new battery-powered boards will let you cruise lakes, rivers, cannals and other bodies of ...

Sky Swimming: Transparent Pool Bridges Two 10-Story Buildings

Designed to span over 80 feet and connect a pair of apartment structures in London, this remarkable see-through glass pool will give swimmers the ultimate ...

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