These Adidas sneakers double as subway passes in Berlin

January 17, 2018 by  
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No ticket? No problem. If you’re wearing Adidas’s limited-edition EQT Support 93 sneaker , you’ll be able to hitch a free ride on Berlin’s metro through most of 2018. To satisfy the conductor, simply kick up your heels. An unlikely partnership between the footwear giant and Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe —a.k.a. BVG, the German capital’s main public transport operator—each shoe incorporates an annual pass that’s been rendered in fabric and stitched into the tongue. Such passes typically go for €730 ($895), which means that the shoe itself, at €180 ($220), is a comparative steal. Unsurprisingly, some newspapers noted that hundreds of people camped outside shoe stores in the snow (a few of them over the weekend) for a chance to snap up one of just 500 pairs. As far as train-hopping is concerned, the shoe is certainly dressed for the occasion. It features camouflage-like squiggles that recall the design of the subway system’s upholstered seats, plus black-and-yellow sneakers that echo the colors of the trains’ facades. Related: San Francisco’s rapid transit to run on 100% renewable energy And BVG, which is ringing in its 90th year, demonstrates that you’re never to old to be a fashion icon. “How cool is that? Now we have an exclusive sneaker with our popular BVG seat pattern. We are sure that this shoe is a very special highlight for Berlin,” Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta, CEO of BVG, said in a statement. “It’s great that the BVG, which is celebrating its 90th birthday this year, is now becoming a cult object itself.” + Adidas Photos by Overkill

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Taipeis gorgeous Daan Park MRT raises the bar for metro stations everywhere

May 20, 2016 by  
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Located in the verdant and sprawling Daan Forest Park, the Daan Park MRT Station was completed in November 2013 as part of the Red Line extension. Rather than install another boring and common “matchbox”-like subway entrance, the government commissioned Che Fu Chang Architects to design a station that blends the built environment into nature and serves as a transitional space between the underground subway and the aboveground park. Wrapped in full-height glazing and punctuated by greenery both inside and out, the light-filled station has turned into a vibrant civic hub with a sunken garden that’s also helped to increase foot traffic to Daan Forest Park. Related: Beautiful Mashrabiya-Like Metal Facade Transforms Metro Station into a Glowing Lantern in Amsterdam Curved forms dominate the design, from the tall, arched ceilings and curved glass curtain walls to the sunken semi-circular courtyard and garden that extends the footprint of the underground platform to the outdoors. A raised plaza and beautiful water features, including a pool, fountain, and waterfall that dampen traffic noise, ring the courtyard. “While travelers alight at the station, they will be driven by their biological instinct, seeking sunlight and breeze to lead their way to the park,” write the architects. “The transition between inside and outside brings the joy of nature and ultimately, turning the daily commute into a wonderful journey.” + Che Fu Chang Architects Via ArchDaily Images via Che Fu Chang Architects

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Solar-powered KontererART city in Poland is made of reused shipping containers

May 20, 2016 by  
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Instead of designing several freestanding pavilions , the architects created a single big building with interconnected containers housing different activities and spaces. The Bar and Carbo Gallery, which was left over from last year’s event, was converted into a base. The surrounding containers house the music workshop, Aktywator office, scene, food, toilets and warehouses . These were attached to the bar and gallery at a 90-degree angle, creating a U-shaped composition. The exterior of the north and south facades was painted orange to mark the entrances and the make the structure stand out. Related: Cargotecture transforms a San Francisco parking lot into a lively village The complex shelters a sandy beach with deck chairs and a big island made of pallets . Located near the river, the project includes a terrace and a rooftop bar that provides views of the surroundings. In order to provide clean energy for the project, the architects placed solar collectors on the rooftops and designed a green wall that supplies the bar and catering with fresh herbs. + Adam Wiercinski + Borys Wrzeszcz + Agnieszka Owsiany + KontenerART Photos by Przemys?aw Turlej , Skyphoto.pro

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Beautiful Mashrabiya-Like Metal Facade Transforms Metro Station into a Glowing Lantern in Amsterdam

April 11, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Beautiful Mashrabiya-Like Metal Facade Transforms Metro Station into a Glowing Lantern in Amsterdam Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amsterdam , Bijlmermeer , filigree facade , Kraaiennest , laser cut , light box , Maccreanor Lavington , mashrabiya , Metro station , metro station upgrade , natural light , Netherlands , public transportation , stainless steel , subway , Subway station , urban renewal

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BMW Designs Ritzy Subway Trains for Kuala Lumpur’s New Transit System

April 3, 2014 by  
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BMW subsidiary Designworks USA is helping the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur move into the 21st century with 58 ritzy trains for the city’s new subway system. The new three-line metro system is expected to be up and running by 2017 and looks like it could take top honors for most stylish and energy-efficient subway ride. From LED lighting to recyclable stainless steel cars, Malaysia’s new transportation system is expected to comprise an aesthetically-pleasing mix of futuristic and energy efficient design. Read the rest of BMW Designs Ritzy Subway Trains for Kuala Lumpur’s New Transit System Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BMW , Designworks USA , energy efficient transport , Kuala Lumpur Subway Trains , LED lighting , Malaysia , public transportation , subway design , subway train design , transit design , transportation design , Urban design        

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New Report Reveals Rubberizing “Yoga Mat” Chemical Present in 500 Everyday Foods

March 3, 2014 by  
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 Photo ©  Shutterstock Until Subway announced it was pulling azodicarbonamide (ADA) out of its bread last week, few people had ever heard of this food additive found in many baked goods. As it turns out, it’s more than just a way to make bread softer and more elastic — it’s also an industrial chemical used in plastic and rubber products like yoga mats and flip flops. And while you’ll no longer be eating a heaping dose of ADA with your Subway sandwich, if you buy bread, bagels, tortillas, or hamburger buns at your local grocery store, chances are you’re still being exposed. In fact, a recent report by the Environmental Working Group reveals that ADA is present in about 500 common supermarket products made by 130 different companies, even brands that pride themselves on being “natural” and “healthy.” Read the rest of New Report Reveals Rubberizing “Yoga Mat” Chemical Present in 500 Everyday Foods Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ADA , allergies , asthma , azodicarbonamide , bread conditioner , dough conditioner , fast food , fast food bread , fda , food additives , Food and Drug Administration , industrial additive , industrial chemical , packaged foods , plastic chemical , subway , supermarket bread , yoga mat chemical        

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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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Pirate Ninja Full-Size Bike Is Fast, Light and Folds to Half its Size In Just 10 Seconds

February 18, 2013 by  
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Pirates are known as the booty-seeking swashbucklers of the high seas. Ninjas are the stealthy warriors, lurking in the shadows until the time is right. Traits of both these larger-than-life characters become part of reality in the Tern Eclipse X20 , also known as the Pirate Ninja folding bike . Designed as a full-size bicycle, the Eclipse X20 sheds the awkward configuration of most folding bikes for a sleek, nimble frame that will turn heads when cruising, and blow minds when folded. Read the rest of Pirate Ninja Full-Size Bike Is Fast, Light and Folds to Half its Size In Just 10 Seconds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycles , bikes , Design , eclipse X20 , folding bikes , green transportation , Ninja , Pirate , subway , Tern , urban living

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How Hurricane Sandy Could Impact the 2012 Election

October 31, 2012 by  
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The mass destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy will almost certainly have an impact on the presidential election — the question is, how? And to what extent? First, there’s the logistical challenge of getting people out to the polls in the midst of disaster cleanup efforts. Millions of people on the East Coast are still without power , and the New York subway system is nowhere near being ready to reopen . With election day less than one week away, Sandy could severely affect voter turnout in the Mid-Atlantic region. Read the rest of How Hurricane Sandy Could Impact the 2012 Election Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2012 Election , barack obama , Governor Romney , Hurricane Sandy , Mitt Romney , Nate Silver , NYC , politics , president obama , Sandy , subway , voter turnout

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Boulevard Brewery Expands With a Light- and Hop-Filled Addition in Kansas City

October 31, 2012 by  
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