How This Simple Landscaping Project Quiets an Airport's Roar

Two years ago in the Netherlands, artist Paul de Kort designed an 81-acre park near Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. His assignment? To use nothing but landscaping to dampen the noise of airplanes. Such a project had never been attempted—and a crucial element of the design was discovered almost by accident. » 6/17/15 10:07am 6/17/15 10:07am

Commuters Can Park and Climb at This Unlikely Parking Garage

The next time you find yourself in need of a parking spot in Utrecht (been there!), steer yourself towards this new garage. Not only will you be able to park your car, you'll also be able to get in a little belaying practice—thanks to its two climbing walls, which run along the edge of the building's slabs. » 12/12/13 7:00pm 12/12/13 7:00pm

Inside Rotterdam's Super-Efficient New Train Terminal

This fall, Rotterdam's new Centraal Station is open for business again, nearly ten years after the project got underway. Thanks to its massive solar roof and its super-compact layout, it's one of the more efficient train stations in Europe—a building designed for the next century of transit. » 11/11/13 5:40pm 11/11/13 5:40pm

5 Grisly Decades of Workplace Safety Posters

Worker compensation is a fairly new thing, dating only back to the Labor Movement in the early 1900s. Before that, injuries on the job were usually treated with either indifference or cheap payoff—after all, the average factory worker was making mere cents a day, so half a year's pay was chump change for large… » 5/22/13 2:00pm 5/22/13 2:00pm

Bloomberg: Yahoo, Dell, and Google Are Dodging Taxes In the Netherlands

You associate the Netherlands with Tulips and THC, not tax-evasion, but that's exactly what some tech companies are using the country for. According to Bloomberg, Yahoo, Dell, and Google have set up offices in Holland in order to take advantage of the country's lenient tax laws and funnel millions and millions of… » 1/23/13 9:43am 1/23/13 9:43am