Beijing’s futuristic new subway stations are straight out of Blade Runner

June 19, 2017 by  
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Beijing-based Qing-X Architectural Studio has completed construction on a series of futuristic subway stations that look like they came straight out of a science fiction movie. Spiraling metal metal tunnels wrap the elevated platforms while providing plenty of daylight and natural ventilation. Architect Qi Ji Jun was inspired by the simple, yet functional form of a traditional scroll form: “The curved paper jerked at the two ends, seemed to be towed by the pen.” This concept is reflected in the tubular rail cladding of the platforms, which creates a sense of unity and movement throughout the multiple subway stations . The streamlined design is not only aesthetically pleasing, but functional; the two triangular corners that spiral out of the tunnel help augment the drivers’ field of vision. Related: China unveils train that travels on ‘virtual tracks’ Currently, the Fangshan line has 11 stations, with 9 aboveground tracks and 2 underground tracks. The stations consist of three stories, with the metal and glass-clad platforms located on the top open-air level. The overlapped roofs over the platforms contain a rain-screen ventilation gap, which pushes hot air up and outwards during the hot summer months. The area around the stations is surrounded by a verdant green belt with plenty of green space.

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These stunning photos of empty subways are colorful works of art

July 27, 2016 by  
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Influenced by architecture photographer Julius Shulman , Forsyth’s first metro series, “Montreal Metro”, started out as a school project and ended up earning him a 2015 International Photographer of the Year award. Today, the young artist’s attraction to subway architecture only grows as he travels the world capturing gorgeous shots of empty platforms, colorful halls, and various ubiquitous underground areas. Related: Klaus Leidorf’s Breathtaking Aerial Photography Transforms Landscapes into Abstract Art Although most would struggle to add life to empty areas, Forsyth’s work, which can be seen on his Instagram page, is full of symmetry and vibrancy. The photographer does some post-editing on his photos, such as editing out security cameras or graffiti, but tries to capture the normally-crowded areas in their natural empty state when possible. + Chris M Forsyth Images via Chris M Forsyth

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Terrifying video shows Chinese escalator reversing direction and chucking passengers

February 26, 2016 by  
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If you’ve ever felt uneasy riding an escalator, there may be a very good reason. Recently leaked CCTV footage from a Chinese subway station shows a fully packed escalator suddenly switching into reverse and throwing dozens of commuters to the floor. The incident apparently took place on February 19 at a subway station in Ningbo, a city in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. Read the rest of Terrifying video shows Chinese escalator reversing direction and chucking passengers

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Moss Voltaics is a clean, green, energy-producing machine that mounts to the wall

February 26, 2016 by  
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Thomas Heatherwick Tapped to Design as Many as 20 Beijing Subway Stations

October 16, 2013 by  
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Beijing Subway photo from Shutterstock Beijing is planning to add 125 miles to its underground rail network – and the city just appointed Thomas Heatherwick  to design at least two brand new stations. If all goes well, the British designer could go on to design up to 20 stations, which is the equivalent of an entire metro line. Heatherwick is currently traveling with London Mayor Boris Johnson on a trade mission to China, and has still managed to find the time to bid for the development of two new stations on the London Underground. Read the rest of Thomas Heatherwick Tapped to Design as Many as 20 Beijing Subway Stations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beijing , Beijing Metro , Beijing Subway , Beijing Underground , Boris Johnson , Design , London Underground , Subway station , tfl , thomas heatherwick , Trade Mission        

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Hamburg’s New HafenCity Subway Station is Lit with Shipping Container-Size LED Light Boxes

December 17, 2012 by  
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Patents A Crash-Proof Airbag For Your Smartphone

December 17, 2012 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock In an effort to forever vanquish the cracked, scratched smartphone screen, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has filed for—and received—what may be the world’s first patent for a smartphone airbag system. As mobile phones  morphed from glorified walkie-talkies to pocket-sized super computers, they became more delicate—and expensive. The need to keep our smartphones protected has inspired an entire industry of covers and cases designed to protect their electronics guts from untimely meetings with the ground. If Bezos and Amazon VP Greg Heart (also named on the patent) bring this product to market, future smartphone owners may never know the pain of watching their devices shatter into pieces. Read the rest of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Patents A Crash-Proof Airbag For Your Smartphone Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airbag , Amazon , Jeff Bezos , patent , phone accessories , smartphone

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Taste Tree is Made Up of 5,000 Spare Porcelain Plates & Cups in Belgium

December 17, 2012 by  
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Manhattan’s Oculus-Topped Fulton Street Transit Center to be Completed in 2014

January 6, 2012 by  
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Grimshaw Architects recently announced that construction is set to resume on Manhattan’s dazzling daylit Fulton Street Transit Center after a lengthy delay due to budget cuts. The shining four-story structure is topped with a gigantic oculus that floods the interior with daylight, reducing the amount of energy consumed by artificial lighting. The center, which is set to be completed in 2014 , will host a retail center and will provide access to 12 subway lines and the World Trade Center PATH station. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Corbin Building , eco design , Financial DIstrict , Fulton Street Transit Center , green design , lower Manhattan , MTA , oculus , PATH Train , Subway station , sustainable design

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Lexus Unveils LF-LC Luxury Hybrid Sports Coupe Concept Car Before Detroit Auto Show

January 6, 2012 by  
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Lexus just released the first photos of its hot new LF-LC Hybrid sports coupe a week before its official unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show . While details of what exactly is under the hood have not yet been released, Lexus has announced that the vehicle is a concept exercise in the future of the brand’s luxury hybrid design. Part stylish sports car and part streamlined sedan, the four-seater definitely takes Lexus a step beyond standard hybrid aesthetics. Read the rest of Lexus Unveils LF-LC Luxury Hybrid Sports Coupe Concept Car Before Detroit Auto Show Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: auto shows , autos , cars , detroit auto show , green auto show , green cars , green lexus , green transportation , hybrid cars , hybrid lexus , lexus concept cars , lexus conept hybrid , lexus lf-lc , lexus lf-lc hybrid , luxury autos , luxury hybrids

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