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Image: Google Google has recently announced that its Google Maps service will provide real-time transit updates, a great way to make public transportation more convenient and efficient for millions of commuters. This service has now been launched for London, UK. "One of Europe's largest metropolitan areas, London is a major destination for both business travelers and tourists. More than 1 billion passen...Read the full story on TreeHugger
Images credit BoxPark BoxPark is "the world's first pop-up shopping mall", being built at the Shoreditch High Street station in London. It's designed by Waugh Thistleton, known to TreeHuggers for their Nine Storey Apartment Built Of Wood in Nine Weeks By Four Workers. I am beginning to understand why I like Andrew Waugh so much; he is an architect in a hurry. He loves the idea of BoxPark because it will take three months to outfit a store off...Read the full story on TreeHugger
Image credit Brompton Dock TreeHuggers will be familiar with bikeshare programs like the Vélib or the Bixi, where durable city bikes are borrowed from and returned to docking stations. These systems are not without their problems, including often not finding a convenient place to return the bike. The Brompton Dock is an interesting experiment in a different kind of bikeshare. ...Read the full story on TreeHugger
Michele Bachman's attack on the EPA is not just an isolated example of environmentalism-as-the-enemy rhetoric from the right. In England too, where the Conservative-Liberal coalition government pledged to be the "greenest government ever", is showing cracks of discontentment as Chris Huhne, the Liberal environment minister, lashes out at Conservative efforts to attack "environmental red tape". Springing to Huhne's defense,T...Read the full story on TreeHugger
I was shocked and appalled at Bonnie's post on the London Olympic basketball stadium; it gives flatpack a bad name. It looks the the shrink-wrapped boats you see at marinas in winter. It looks like a giant bunion pad. Now I know this is not a money-no-object extravaganza like Beijing was, but British architects have done great temporary designs, from Archigram in the sixties to Mark Fisher and Jonathan Park with their rock sets for...Read the full story on TreeHugger
Image credit: reyburner, used under Creative Commons license. When I wrote about how young Greeks are abandoning Athens in favor of a life in the country, I suggested that cities would do well to think about resilience, not just efficiency. How do cities continue to thrive when the economy gets tough or oil starts getting too expensive? It's obviously a big and complex question. But part of the solution might lie in programs like Transition ...Read the full story on TreeHugger
Photo: challiyan under a Creative Commons license. In April, Brian lamented new population maps that show Americans are still moving to the suburbs. But the study was restricted to the United States, and only looked at human population shifts. Which means that it offers no help in solving a mystery that's troubling British scientists: why have tens of thousands of rose-ringed parakeets, native to India and Africa...Read the full story on TreeHugger