This fall, a city in the Netherlands will become the first to allow fully autonomous shuttles regularly on its public roads–in the form of a small bus carting people between two towns.
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.
Cyclists in the US are used to feeling envy at Dutch bike infrastructure. I mean, just look at this bridge. Sigh. Now, Delft is showing off its bike parking lot—and it’s as technologically advanced as you’d expect.
Ever wanted to go to Amsterdam? Maybe sit at a cafe or tour the Red Light District? You monster. It took two horrific floods, which re-sculpted the coast of Europe, to make Amsterdam into a city worth visiting.
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.
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.
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…
Wouldn't you rather be in this pool, right now, until your whole body transforms into a shriveled raisin? It's not your winter-weary eyes playing tricks on you, it's a succulent plant-covered leisure center in Amsterdam.
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…
The Netherlands have given the world so much: pizza, sex tourism, The Hague, Rembrandt, Vermeer—and let's not Aelbert Cuyp. In the tradition of the last three, the Dutch now serve up the most artistically bizarre Google blurring ever.
While waiting around in their pens, swine can get ornery and restless. To placate the porkers, a group of Dutch designers are devising a basic video game that allows humans to square off against pigs (and vice versa). It's an extremely cute idea until you realize your porcine opponents are bacon-bound.
For Utrecht's 48 Hour Film Project, filmmakers Jeroen Houben, Tim Arts, and Stefan van den Boogaard created Page 23, a bizarre little gem about the secret lives of those condemned to dwell in furniture catalogues. I don't want to over-explain this creepy four-minute short, so here's the synopsis:
Before you ask, yes this is a real car, and yes it is roadworthy. It should also come as no surprise that it's the work of a Dutch artist, Olaf Mooji, who must be smoking something reeeeaaal strong.
One of the James Dyson Award entrants, Stefan Zwegers, thinks it's the latter, which is why his Sensible Music invention turns bass into vibrations when listening to music through headphones.
Until very recently, man has viewed the skies only within the visible spectrum. When LOFAR, the world's largest telescope, looks to the heavens, it sees the depths of the universe in radio.
Surely the ultimate bachelor pad would use Sharp's multi-screen display system in every room of the house. Even the bathroom! You never know when you'll have the urge to watch Sharks Vs Crocodiles: 3D! on the loo.
I'm getting an extreme case of vertigo just by looking at this photo of the 37meter high climbing wall in The Netherlands, which is reported to be the world's tallest.
Don't get too sad over this 195-year-old bunker being sliced in half. There's 700 other bunkers nearby, which form the New Dutch Waterline that protected cities between 1815 - 1940. Now, it's an area for watery-playtime.
I'd like to know what's being stolen from this Dutch McDonald's. Coffee stirrers? Napkins? Toilet paper? This synthetic DNA spray intrigues me, though—not only does it "tag" crims, but when the button is pressed, it alerts police too.
You can already track heart rates with an iPhone, but what if your phone could alert you to liver failure as well? A Dutch research company has created a system which sends "status updates" from electrocardiogram sensors to Android phones.