While biking is an increasingly popular way to get around cities, some still find it an intimidating transport option for the daily commute. Grist offers an honest look at bike commuting for beginners, complete with three tips to help put you at ease on the road.
Just when you thought tiny houses couldn’t get any, well, tinier, from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company comes a $49,000 home that adds up to just 140 square feet. Its sole inhabitant, Janice Kenney, forgoes a shower and bedroom to cut down on monetary and environment costs.
At the MIT Senseable City Lab, Berlin Lab Team member Carlo Ratti uses GPS devices to track where your trash goes. New app TrashOut takes this concept one step further: when you see trash that’s been dumped illegally, just snap a photo and the app will map it and let you know when it’s been cleaned up.
Instead of tossing old and unused CDs, artist Elise Morin joined forces with architect Clémence Eliard to create “Wastelandscape,” a gorgeous large-scale installation in Paris’s public space Centquatre. After being installed in multiple locations, it will be recycled into polycarbonate.
Did you know that 1.3 million people are moving into cities each week? And that Tokyo, the world’s largest city, is now home to a mind-boggling 36 million people? These and more stunning statistics about cities can be found in this infographic from Sustainable Cities Collective.
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