Japanese Commuters Grow Veggies On Train Station Rooftops


Rooftop farms have been established all over the world to enable growing food in dense urban areas. In Japan, a whole new kind of an urban rooftop farm was opened recently. Soradofarm is an urban agriculture project that uses the rooftops of train stations to accommodate urban gardens for waiting train passengers that want to use their transfer time to relax and train their gardening skills.

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Lots of people wish their city to be better maintained, friendlier to bikes or prettier in general. However, cities do not always have the money to turn things around and invest in the best quality. The solution may be in your own wallet. Crowd-funding platform focuses on the financing issues of urban projects and services. On this newly launched platform everyone, including local authorities, companies and non-profit-organizations, can start a campaign to get money together for specific urban projects. Does this development pave the way for on-demand urbanism?

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  • The End Of The Line

    The End of the Line, Part 2

    End stops of public transport lines are strange places. Every urbanite knows their names, but scarcely anyone has ever been there. Fascinated by this phenomenon, German film maker and video journalist Janosch Delcker makes short documentaries in which he explores the end stations of subway lines in big cities.

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    Obscure Cities On The Other Side Of The Sun

    Les Cités Obscures

    As the authors behind the graphic novel series Les Cités Obscures published by Casterman the two Belgian comics artists François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters have been sketching, drawing and writing since the early 1980s – and are going strong ever since. Schuiten, as the designer behind this bande dessinée, is busy with the artwork while Peeters, the novelist, provides the text. Both were born in the year 1956 and have known each other since they were classmates in the 1960s where they had already collaborated on the school newspaper.

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  • Abandoned Ministry Building Turns Into A Digital Media Playground


    This weekend, Netherlands’s hottest new generation in e-culture, the HOT100, are coming to The Hague. They will be buzzing around at TodaysArt, a festival about new media and urban regeneration. Boasting already with an overwhelmingly rich program the HOT100, which were selected by The New Institute last month, will find themselves in aww once they see their venue. The outer shell of the events will be no less but the giant empty building of the former Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations.

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