• This week the effort to bring streetcars to downtown Los Angeles is inches closer to reality: an environmental review is under way for two potential streetcar routes. If approved, the streetcars would service 500,000 workers and 50,000 residents, running 18 hours a day, seven days a week. The price tag? $110–$125 million.
LA’s current landscape is, of course, dominated by the car. This time-lapse video of the City of Angels is studded with the flickering of white headlights and red taillights.
• This Saturday and Sunday, artist and poet Jon Cotner leads interactive walks through New York’s Central Park, illuminating the architectural philosophy of park designer Frederick Law Olmsted. See photos from his Spontaneous Society and Poem Forest walks on Lab | Log.
• In Hamburg, Germany, four garbage dumpsters were converted into giant pinhole cameras. Check out these stunning black-and-white images of the city captured by the so-called Trashcams.
• Guard-rail chain as jump rope. Advertising carousel as urban merry-go-round. Bike rack as bench. We can’t get enough of Florian Rivière’s DIY urban hacks that reimagine the Berlin cityscape.
• Berlin is not alone in its small-scale urban interventions. The city of Paris is currently testing 40 novel projects by inventors and designers intended to improve daily life in the French capital. The project is being coordinated by the mayor’s office and Paris Region Lab, who invite the public to share their thoughts on the interventions online. (Submitted by Lauren S., Washington, D.C.)
• We love the time-suspending visual twists in Cornelia Konrads’ gravity-defying land art installations in public spaces, sculpture parks, and gardens worldwide.
• Good news for budding bicyclists! Coming this summer, with free classes for adults and camps for kids, Pier 54 on the Hudson River will be a new, safe area for New Yorkers to shed their training wheels.
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