KP Cykler has created the ultimate bike for urban commuting

June 24, 2016 by  
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A human on a bicycle is still the most energy efficient way for a man to travel, even more efficient than a salmon in the sea or a condor in the sky. But this efficiency can be brought to a stop by as little as a piece of glass on the road. That’s why KP Cykler created the  Perfect Urban Bicycle on Kickstarter . Their bicycle battles punctures and maintenance while boasting vintage looks coupled with the top materials and an innovative gearing system. Based in Denmark, the cycling capital of the world, KP Cykler knows how frustrating it can be to get a puncture at a time when you cannot afford one. To avoid flat tires, they add a special layer of protection for the inner tubes in the form of puncture resistant tape as standard. Together with skinny racing tires, The Perfect Urban Bike is fast, and puncture free. To keep the bicycle looking clean, KP Cykler has used a Kick Shift hub on the bicycle. This technology was first used in 1960s and lets you shift between 2 gears by simply pedaling backwards or ‘kicking’ back on the pedals. Today the technology is making a comeback as advancements make the modern version durable and a delight to use. Not only does it look good, but because there are no shifters, nor cables, so is there no maintenance – no cables to rust inside the housing, no derailleurs to adjust. The bicycle also has a lugged steel frame, looking like something the famous Eddy Merckx would have ridden. Steel is arguably the longest lasting from the 3 modern frame materials (steel, aluminum, carbon fiber), and more flexible, absorbing bumps in the road and giving it a nice overall feel on the urban roads. Another well thought-of material in use is leather. Compared to synthetic materials, it progresses in time, fitting itself to the rider and only getting more comfortable with time. As KP Cykler uses the absolute cycling royalty – Brooks of England as their seat supplier, it might even rise in price after a few decades. If you are looking for the perfect urban bicycle for this summer then look no further. KP Cykler has really put together a beautiful Perfect Urban Bike – which will likely last you a lifetime. It is available on Kickstarter for a very reasonable $1045 , and they will even engrave your name on the bike. + + KP Cykler on Kickstarter

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A giant eye looks out from MVRDVs futuristic library in Tianjin

June 24, 2016 by  
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Created as part of the new Binhai Cultural Center, the 34,200-square-meter Tianjin Library was created in collaboration with Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI) to serve as an education center and connector from the park to the burgeoning cultural district. The building is glazed to promote transparency and is punctured by an oval opening that provides clear views both into the library atrium and of the surrounding park landscape. The mirrored and spherical auditorium set at the center of the oval gives the space an eye-like and surreal effect. Related: MVRDV’s massive staircase made of scaffolding opens in Rotterdam “The Eye is the centre of the library. It ‘hollows out’ the building and creates, out of bookshelves, an environment to sit, to read, to hang out, to climb and to access, to create an organic social space,” said MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas. “In its heart is the auditorium which mirrors the environment, giving a 360 degree panorama of the space inside; a truly reflective and pensive environment.” Curvaceous and terraced bookshelves located around the auditorium echo the spherical shape and lead up into an organic ceiling pattern. The contour-like lines are extended to the facade, where they’re used as sun-shading louvres . The Tianjin Binhai library is estimated to open to the public by mid 2017. + MVRDV Images via MVRDV

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UK’s Brexit vote could reverse environmental protections and contribute to climate change

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By the slimmest of margins, the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. The controversial move—widely called ‘Brexit,’ short for British exit—kicked off a series of troubling events. Stock markets crashed and Prime Minister David Cameron announced he will resign before October. The ramifications of the UK’s departure from the EU will be widespread , including potentially devastating setbacks for environmental initiatives. Embed from Getty Images Leading up to the in-out referendum, the UK’s efforts to advance environmental protections had slowed. Now, concerns are increasing over the country’s future commitments to cutting pollution and combatting climate change . Also unknown is the future leadership’s stance on protective measures for wildlife, support for agriculture, and investments in renewable energy . Recently, the UK has been making significant progress in green energy, particularly in the solar power industry which produced 50 percent more energy last month than the country’s coal power plants. Related: UK solar power outshined coal power plants for the entire month of May For months, Cameron had urged against leaving the EU, and predictions had called Brexit an unlikely outcome. Yet, supporters of the political breakup won 52 percent to 48 percent, despite London, Scotland and Northern Ireland voting to ‘Remain’ in the EU. In the early stages of the financial fallout after the votes were tallied, analysts warn that investments in green energy will decline, slowing what was previously a fast-growing sector of the UK economy. Additionally, Ukip leader Nigel Farage—perhaps the most vocal politician forcing the referendum—is an unapologetic climate denier and has said on numerous occasions that his agenda includes “scrapping” limitations on pollution from power stations. Conservative measures in that vein would only work to undo the hard work Britain has done in recent years to clean up the environment, limit carbon emissions, and reduce its contribution to climate change. Via The Guardian Lead image via Shutterstock

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