Koen Knitel

Softwalks Transforms Sidewalk Sheds Into Pop-Up Hangouts

Softwalks is an initiative dedicated to improving the pedestrian experience in New York City. According to its inventors, the sidewalks of New York are occupied by scaffolding, as over 6,000 sheds cover the city’s streets at any given point in time. Good for rainy days, but less in favor of walking on other days. Softwalks anticipates to this situation and makes the best of it.

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Giant Snow Ramp Pops Up In Antwerp

This weekend the highest snowboard ramp ever built will set the stage for an official freestyle ski and snowboard competition. The pop-up ramp arises in the city of Antwerp, Belgium — not the first place to think of when it comes to wintersport activities!

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  • Bike Design For The Urban Nomad

    A group a nine master students presented their City Bike concept at this year’s Design Academy graduation show, part of this year’s Dutch Design Week. The concept combines a mobile workspace with the Dutch cargo bike. This means that ‘urban nomads’ no longer have to use their bike to get to their favorite workplace, but their bike becomes a workplace in itself. The cargo part of the bicycle can be transformed into a desk to work on with your laptop. Not bothered with colleagues or loud speaking coffee drinkers, this could be the ultimate form of mobile workplaces…

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    Playful Drainpipes By Kasia Zareba

    Every building has its drainpipes. Completely unnoticed the water flows from roofs to the ground. With any luck the pipes are hidden by an anonymous urban knitting activist, but most of the times grey drainpipes are just there hiding the water. Design Academy Einhoven graduate Kasia Zareba created a new type of drainpipe to make this water flow…

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  • An Inflatable Bridge For Paris

    Paris-based architects of Atelier Zündel Cristea have launched an idea for an inflatable bridge in the French capital. The inflatable bridge idea was Zündel Cristea’s contribution to the international competition of Arch Triumph, which challenges participants to design a new contemporary bridge for the Seine river in Paris. According to the designers, “the proposed design concept should be bold and elegant and differentiate itself from the existing 37 bridges in Paris”.

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    SmartThings Kicks The Internet Of Things Into A New Direction

    SmartThings could be one of the first projects to bring the Internet of Things to the people. Although controlling your ‘things’ is still done online or by using an app, the tangible part of this product are the hub and its connected chips on your physical objects. No more hassle with micro-controllers, but a good-looking piece of electronics. That’s where stuff starts to become really interesting.

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