A generation of movies have made us think that the American city is an inherently dangerous place. But a new study shows that you’re more likely to die violently in the quiet countryside
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
"In 1901, there were 10,000 motor vehicles in the United States.
It took five years to multiply that number by 10. The next 10-fold increase took seven years, reaching one million vehicles by 1913. Just eight years later, it was 10 million.
From there, it took 47 years to get to the next milestone: America became a 100 million-car nation in 1968. Automobiles were everywhere…” READ MORE
Monday, June 17, 2013
As you can see above, Chicago was relatively spared with only 900 meters of ice (0.55 miles), but Montréal was deep under 3,300 meters (2.05 miles) of ice.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Welcome back to Architecture 101, a new Curbed column in which writer Henry Melcher shares architecture students’ coolest ideas for New York City. Have a project we should see? Drop…
i just got back from detroit, where i was playing at the movement festival (which was as festivals go, i say with some objectivity, amazing).
i’ve been going to detroit since the late 80’s (as it is the birthplace of modern electronic music), and i’ve always loved it.
culturally and musically and artistically it’s a fascinating place, but it’s also fascinating in that it has more remarkable abandoned buildings than any other city in the western world (this might sound like hyperbole, but i’m guessing it’s actually true).
it’s worth stating that there are big parts of detroit that are not filled with abandoned buildings. and those are nice, too… but the parts of downtown detroit that are filled with beautiful old abandoned buildings are aesthetically amazing (as evidenced by the fact that lots and lots of people have taken pictures of them).
on saturday i had the afternoon off, so my friend shannon (who lives in a former abandoned building) took me on a bike ride around detroit to look at her favorite abandoned buildings (what she refers to as ‘ruin porn’).
here are some of my favorites.
and i hope that these buildings at some point get the love and care that they deserve. but in the meantime: ruin porn.
Monday, May 27, 2013
The biggest public transit infrastructure effort in the US is almost completely invisible — unless you’re 160 feet underground.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Here is a very brilliant video depicting images of a Manhattan that never came to be. “Manhattan Memorious” features the Lower Manhattan Expressway (LoMax), Buckminster Fuller’s Dome over Midtown, and other vast unrealized projects.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
This is television’s most thorough and comprehensive history of New York City’s mass transit. I’m glad they avoided using personal histories and interviews and just kept it as a narrative to keep it chock full of facts. Love the narrator’s grandfatherly, yarn-spinning voice. This really does make all the other subway documentaries look slow & plodding or just immature. Way better than that Extreme Engineering episode.
[Modern Marvels S05E03 New York Subways (by nick rose)]