• How about a little culture with your commute? Copenhagen subway riders were treated to a flash-mob-style performance by the city’s philharmonic in collaboration with Radio Klassisk. Watch as passengers’ reactions change from confusion to delight as more musicians join in on the fun:
• On Tuesday, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that Citibank is pouring $41 million into the city’s first-ever bike-share program. Dubbed “Citi Bike,” the self-service system will provide 10,000 bikes on a staggered pricing system. The first bikes are set to arrive in Manhattan and Brooklyn this July.
• While there are a few gripes about the Citi Bike program, Project for Public Spaces takes a more optimistic view, arguing that the 600 bike-share stations will create new spaces for New Yorkers to connect with their fellow urban dwellers.
• Are green roofs fundamentally changing the way architects think? A new design for a Hong Kong train terminal transforms the building into a massive, walkable hill. But it’s not just another pretty public space; the architects specifically designed the roof to “link to retail and nearby subway and public transit points.”
• New Yorkers can see a green roof in action when the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s brand-new visitor center opens to the public next week. Grasses on the 10,000-square-foot living roof will change with the seasons, “giving a new dimension to the building depending on when people see it.”
• Fun fact: The Netherlands tosses less than 3 percent of its municipal waste into landfills. (Meanwhile, landfills in the United States take on 55 percent of the country’s trash.) Still, a group of Dutch citizens have made it their mission to make sure even less goes to waste. Take your broken toaster or ripped jeans to one of 30 “Repair Cafes” and a skilled volunteer will mend it. Yes, it’s that simple.
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