The petition comes to the front in a series of billboards that show the dangers that volunteers face while they’re at work in war zones. Urbanites could sign on the last billboard to fight for these unprotected volunteers. It’s remarkable that an organization’s choice is to organize a petition in a subway station rather than online with a much wider audience. However, the fact that plenty of blogs already covered it proves that it’s a smart idea.
Urban Shit reports about the next step in urban bicycle culture. The guys from WAV (We Are Visual) have come up with something new — the ‘Bahnradbahnrad’, or ‘Rail Bike’. The Bahnradbahnrad is a combination between a bicycle and a tram and allows bike enthusiast to cycle to predestined locations. You don’t want to slip into tram rails when you’re cycling. This cycling innovation changes the tram tracks of the city of Kassel into a new kind of bike lane. Great idea for cities without a proper network of cycling lanes.Read more →
New York’s Museum of Modern Art running art project Atlantic Pacific is a nice gift to the city’s subway travellers. For more than a month, MoMA takes over Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street subway station, filling it with replicas of over 50 artworks in the MoMA collection. A true pop-up gallery!Read more →
Even though public heathers have been installed at several train stations, there is a more revolutionary approach to avoid waiting at an utterly cold platform. Paul Priestman, director of the British design group Priestmangoode, argues that the concept of ‘moving platforms’ will take rail transport into the 21st century. This futuristic idea aims to connect train…Read more →
Metropolitan life can be close to a real survival. The daily struggle people in metropolitan areas around world have to undergo is one of the main themes in the work of photographer Michael Wolf. In February, we already paid attention to Wolf’s intriguing publications about housing circumstances in Hong Kong — ‘Hong Kong Inside’ and ‘Hong Kong Outside’, published by Berlin-based Peperoni Books). Now Urbanophil and Urbanshit report that Wolf has landed in Tokyo and made a great series of Tokyo’s subway photographs, fascinated by the underground sleepers. Yes, work life in Japan is exhausting. In a country where true labor ethic means ‘being at the office as early as possible in the morning’, it’s no wonder that commuters fall asleep in subways, squeezed against the train doors.Read more →