If you've visited Helsinki, you've probably spent time in its leafy Esplanade Park at the center of the city. Now Helsinki has turned the ground below the park into a subterranean lake which can keep buildings and other civic operations cool as part of a growing network that replaces traditional air conditioning…
Why a Raleigh neighborhood wants to tear down a modern house. How a suburb in Cleveland eradicated the school bus. Where Millennials are moving (hint: wherever the transit is). Plus Los Angeles's Instagramming mayor and Vegas's quest to legalize weed, all in this week's Urban Reads.
The shift in season reminded me of this cool old project in cold Helsinki, where a team of designers turned an abandoned oil tank into a lovely, year-round public art project.
Bound by buildings on one side and a harbor on the other, the Finnish capital of Helsinki is pursuing a unique direction for its urban expansion: straight down. Thanks to a cooperatively shallow bedrock, building underground is relatively painless and inexpensive, and already citizens enjoy access to a subterranean…
We saw some amazing examples of lightpainting in our Shooting Challenge back in July, but Flickr user Jannepaint has come along and eclipsed them all with his pro-shooting. It's all done in front of the camera, with no after-trickery involved.
Someone built the entire city of Helsinki, Finland, using motherboards. At first sight, I thought it was a realistic model, made to scale. I can't wait for someone to make Manhattan. And then Berlin.
Any company that's ever boasted of its green credentials can shove it in the coal burner, after hearing about Helsinki's Uspenski Cathedral's data center, which will use its overheating servers to warm 500 homes joined by a network of pipes.
They are here. With their lasers. And their clouds. And their secret tunnels that go 413 feet into the ground to extract energy. No, not the aliens. I mean the hippies with their art installations.