One of the tallest buildings in Tokyo is quietly shrinking: the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka is being demolished from the inside without the noise, mess or dust caused by conventional demolition. It’s a new and sustainable approach to demolition in densely built cities.
As the New York Times noted this week, Obama lauded the power of 3-D printers in his recent State of the Union address. To find out why the president and others think the 3-D printer may be the home appliance of the future, visit our 100 Urban Trends, a glossary of ideas from the BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin, and learn more about the history and uses of this ingenious device.
Since 1980, the U.S. prison population has increased dramatically; today, the building of new prison systems appears to be a growth industry. In a recent Creative Time Reports dispatch, photographer Christoph Gielen shares a rare glimpse of the design and architecture of supermax American prisons built to minimize prisoner movement and produce isolation. Through his photographs, Gielen raises questions about the culture of incarceration and illustrates how these constructed environments become statements about American society.
Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra and four other painters created a truly spectacular tribute to one of Brazil’s greatest architects. See the 52-meter-high mural that honors the life and work of Oscar Niemeyer.
Ever had to fight for a seat on the train? A new Dutch app tells you how many open seats are left on the next train so you can avoid a tussle and wait for a more comfortable ride.
What’s the happiest city on earth? Fast Company has shared a list of the world’s top ten happiest cities, based on a survey of people in twenty-nine countries. San Francisco came in at number seven—see who else came out on top!Have a suggestion for Friday links? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your link, first name, and where you’re from. We’re excited to hear from you!