It's strange to realize you're provincial, even though your province is New York City. Last week I was giving directions to a British tourist on the street and said "…that's about ten blocks away" when she startled me by saying "We don't do 'blocks'—what's a 'block?'" Afterwards I recalled London's
Tokyo has a reputation for being an eye-wateringly expensive city. It's also known for being population-dense and having extremely limited land. So I was shocked to learn that your average middle-class family can buy their own detached house there for just $300,000, which won't even get you a studio in
Leggy concrete tetrapods are commonly used as a bulwark against coastal erosion and tidal violence, but they can leave a bit to be desired. In designer Sheng-Hung Lee's opinion, they're both ineffective and unattractive. Looking at Taiwan's bleak beaches he began to notice that the heavy concrete blocks aren't as
I figured that if Elon Musk's Hyperloop system ever became reality, it would essentially be a super-fast train system. Meaning we'd enter at a Hyperloop station in L.A. and exit at a Hyperloop station in San Francisco. But the forthcoming Hyperloop One system in Dubai, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group,
As we saw in 2001: A Space Odyssey, you never want to create an AI named HAL 9000 and embody it in an illuminated red circle. But if you give it additional circles of yellow and green and name it Surtrac, it turns out it can be quite helpful. Surtrac
Farming is Filled with Emotions For the over two million American families who farm professionally, their work is toil and struggle, risk and fear. It is also joy and love, commitment and loyalty. Farm stories are generational, passing down both knowledge and lore from one generation to the next—from tales
How do we deal with skyrocketing rent and housing shortages? Housing start-up Urban Rigger wants to build more low cost apartments on fancy boats. Their first freshly finished Copenhagen project was designed by Bjarke Ingels and it offers a few slick twists on the traditional dorm. The boat apartments are
"If you design a car," ID professor Bruce Hannah used to tell us at Pratt, "someone will use it to rob a bank." The context: A discussion of how we industrial designers should (or shouldn't) be concerned with how end users might misuse things that we designed.
In 2013, Hyperloop was just a conceptual design released by Elon Musk and his team at SpaceX for open source development. Musk's vision of high-speed pneumatic tube transportation system isn't a new one, but his original concept proposed a route to transport people and goods running alongside I-5, making the
Driving in Manhattan can be a nightmare, but there's one thing about it I always appreciated: Because most of the streets are one-way, there are few instances where you need to make a left turn against oncoming traffic. That type of left turn has traditionally been a pain point for
Thirty years ago everyone in China rode bicycles; today it's all cars. Thirty years ago Western cities were clogged with cars, but today city planners would prefer it if everyone were on bicycles. This dichotomy has led to two vastly different ways to solve a common urban problem. China is
According to UN Habitat, more than one third of the global urban population lives in informal or unauthorized settlements. The lack in documentation of informal communities leads to unprecedented political, social, and infrastructural challenges. Ahmedabad, the 7th most populated city in India, has the second largest informal population in the
I've seen this dude riding around several times, and here he starts off just a couple blocks from Core77 HQ in NYC. Every time I see him zip past I'm filled with questions: How does he get on and off? How does he get this thing up the stairs
It is interesting to see what billionaires spend their time and money on, particuarly when those things can directly affect humanity's future. Elon Musk's involvement in Tesla, SolarCity and SpaceX, with their terrestrial and spacebound ambitions, is renowned. Less well known is that his PayPal co-founder, Peter Thiel, is looking
Remember Germany's Radschnellweg? That's a 100-kilometer cycleway that, once completed, will link nearly a dozen cities. Well, we were very surprised to learn that America will be getting something similar. Similar and, in accordance with our increased landmass, a lot longer. The East Coast Greenway Alliance is currently masterminding a
For a so-called world capital, my hometown of NYC has a downright embarrassing subway system. We don't have the convenience of London's Oyster card, the beauty of Paris' stations, the tidiness of Tokyo's platforms. But now, finally, New York's Governor Cuomo has resolved to do something about it. This week
It was a matter of time before somebody did it, and no man better than Casey Neistat on the streets of New York. Here it is, Pokémon GO in real life: You might wonder why we're posting this here as opposed
Between checking emails, Snapchat, Facebook, Pokemon Go or reading the latest Core77 stories, the demands of our mobile apps has turned our leisurely commute into an extension of our social and work lives. It was this anti-social phone-zombie behavior that struck me as isolating when I first moved to New
Shockingly, the most efficient traffic flow I've ever been in was in 1998 Hanoi—in a region of the city with zero traffic lights or stop signs. The bulk of the traffic was on two and three wheels with the odd car thrown in, and while the streets were packed, pedestrians
Brooklyn Bridge Park is an oasis of calm in New York City, providing stunning waterside views and some much-needed greenery. To further isolate the park's Pier 3 Greenway Terrace, the developers constructed a 45-foot sound-attenuating hill behind it, blocking the noise of the city and traffic on the other side.
The Funicular of Fribourg may or may not be the most badass name for a public transit vehicle in the world. It's certainly up there with other greats such as The Tuscaloosa Trolly and The Crimson Ride. What the other most excellently named transports do not share with it, however,
In an era of rapidly densifying population centers, a disaster has the ability to impact more people at once than ever before. Large scale infrastructure and safety systems often take decades to implement, so how do we build community resilience in the meantime? The PREPhub project was recently submitted
At Gensler, we design for people. We leverage our global perspective and local presence to innovate at every scale. We’re not just designers. We’re tinkerers, craftspeople, visionaries, innovators and thought leaders. Fueled by passion and entrepreneurial spirit, our people bring new ideas to solve challenging problems. Whether you’re into
The remote Swedish city of Kiruna is endangered by sinkholes, but no one is leaving. Not exactly. The sinkholes are caused by iron ore extraction at a nearby mine. The mine is massive, publicly owned, and it has been the sole reason Kiruna exists for around a century. Despite the
The Ultra Electric Bus concept showcases TATA MOTORS' design vision of a fully electric bus that is the symbol of a modern, resurgent India. Tata sees the Ultra Electric as a fundamental part of India's future SMART city initiative. Below, we interview Tata's global Head of Design Pratap Bose to
For the past 13 years, artist and filmmaker Eames Demetrios (the grandson of Charles and Ray Eames) has been travelling around the world—but instead of documenting the physical sites he encounters, his work has focused on building a parallel universe and finding imaginative ways of embedding it into our "linear"
Here in star-studded New York we've got paparazzi going through certain people's garbage, hoping to catch a glimpse of Madonna's medication or Liev Schreiber's CVS receipts. But in the rest of North America, it's raccoons that are going through the trash. As you can see here, the crafty little creatures
When Walkmen became popular in the '80s, there were NYC news reports showing people wearing headphones and obliviously walking in front of moving vehicles. But you didn't hear about too many Walkmen-related deaths. Nowadays with smartphones, however, there are entire supercuts on YouTube—far too graphic for us to embed here—showing
Candidates will participate in concepting and developing new product designs by providing innovative and on brand design concepts for all aspects of product appearance and user interaction. Designs will meet cost constraints, manufacturability and durability criteria as well as deliver a sense of scale and realism. 1+ years experience required.
At school there was always one person in the studio who was faster than everyone else. They blazed through projects with a marker, a Dremel or a coping saw so quickly that it was fun to watch, and you were in awe of their muscle memory. And that's the key:
In an era where outsider art is both appreciated and bulldozed in the interest of land value, I implore you: please buy Hamtramck Disneyland. This sprawling complex of bizarre yard art was started by Dmytro Szylak in 1992 and added to for more than two decades. It is a one-man
While studying product design at the University of Brighton, Anna Bullus gave herself an interesting project: She'd pick up every single piece of litter she could find on the way home, then Google each one to see if it was recyclable and how. Inside an empty bag of potato chips
In a visionary field like architecture, some ideas develop before their time. That is true of Claude Parent, the French architect and utopian thinker who passed away over the weekend on February 27th, one day after his 93rd birthday. Over the course of his career he built up a
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