Future Urbanities

Future Urbanities

More than half the world’s population lives in cities. Therefore, assessing what is Cool in the urban jungle that surrounds us is key. A leading mentality development within Future Urbanities is that citizens more than ever before want to make the city their own, and really long to Appropriate It to their needs and desires, as well as Appropriate It in order to defend the city against all-too-greedy corporate initiatives.Future Urbanities

Also Future Urbanities is the place par excellence where Smart Fresh Online Facilitated Versions of living together are coming to the forefront, with amazing innovative freshness. Last but not least, we cherish tender moments and authentic stories about our cities. This is what we call Tender in the City.

  • TOP 10 IN HOSPITALITY TRENDS

    February 29, 2016, No Comments

    We selected the ten most exciting Cool Seeds of the New of the Hospitality Coolhunt Maastricht. Have a look and enjoy the exciting trends, coolhunted by these talented students.…

  • LOSING FACE IN CHINA - HOW IT WORKS

    February 29, 2016, No Comments

    Nothing more horrible in China than: losing face. Europeans often think they can handle the issue with their common sense. That is not always fully successful. The first year…

  • China Columns: THE PEOPLE AND ITS LEADERS

    December 2, 2015, No Comments

    It is hard for Western citizens to imagine, but the average Chinese does believe what leaders are telling and proposing. Haven’t they managed to uplift half a billion Chinese…

  • Generation H(ybrid)

    May 27, 2015, No Comments

    During our ongoing trend research we came across various names for a new type of traveller. We place these traveller under the broader definition of Generation H(ybrid). We have…

  • Five examples of Ultimate Luxury

    April 13, 2015, No Comments

    The perception of what ultimate luxury entails changes all the time. The Hospitality Industry faces the challenging task of constantly offering new unique experiences. Guests keen on luxury have…

  • #5 Leigh Gallagher - The End of the Suburbs

    January 24, 2014, No Comments

    Part of the Best Books for 2014 Top 11 Leigh Gallagher’s The End of the Suburbs (Where the American Dream is Moving) is a great book about the rise and…

  • #6 Bradley L. Garrett - Explore Everything

    January 22, 2014, No Comments

    Part of the Best Books for 2014 Top 11 Bradley Garret’s Explore Everything is an eloquent celebration of the lifestyle of Urban Explorers. These place hackers trespass into derelict…

  • Signals W3 - 7 Articles You Should Read

    January 17, 2014, No Comments

    Hereby we present you this week’s Signals, a selection out of our daily desk research. We’ve selected 7 articles you should have a look at this afternoon. Or save…

  • New Urban Project - Streetwear Meets Design

    December 20, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: New Urban Project is a clothes shop located in the historic Ribeira Market area in Lisbon that has been turning the streetwear conventions around. The most emblematic…

  • Signals W47: Online Art, Chinese Singles, Glovelove and 24 Hours of Happy

    November 24, 2013, No Comments

    What do Swooshart, Art x Smart, Emojinalart, 24 Hours of Happy, Glovelove, Chinese Singles and A Statue in Glasgow have in common? They all brought a smile to our faces and tickled our mind. And well enough…

  • The Clean Air Story

    November 17, 2013, No Comments

    What it is:  Air pollution is rising worldwide and in developing countries like China, the problem is particularly pending. Henceforth this toxifying discomfort causes more and more people to…

  • Coca Cola Rolls Out Park

    October 30, 2013, 2 Comments

    What it Is: “Open happiness’’ is Coca Cola’s world famous marketing slogan. In development of their latest campaign, the soda company must have thought “let’s instill some happiness in the…

  • Biodesign Rotterdam: Between People and Nature

    October 23, 2013, No Comments

    Biodesign: On the Cross Pollination of Nature, Science and Creativity Biodesign is a currently held exhibition about the ancient old interaction between people and nature. The exposition reveals how…

  • Detroit: From Ruins to Art

    October 16, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: Over the past decades, the city of Detroit has been in serious economic decline, especially after the immense unemployment caused by the automotive industry crisis. Once…

  • Signals W41 - Tikker, People Analytics & a Girl With Telekinetic Powers

    October 13, 2013, No Comments

    What is a Tikker? Who is behind the idea of the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4Ai)? How can you use data to build a better worker? And what does the…

  • The Wearable Gym

    October 7, 2013, 1 Comment

    What is it? The O2 Magnetic Dumbbell, an exercise tool designed by Suhyun Yoo, Hongseok Kim and Juhyeon Lee is a sports device in the form of bracelets that…

  • 3D Graffiti Artwork

    September 5, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: Jimmy Cochran, a renowned Australian graffiti artist whose artwork has been “exhibited” on walls in many major capitals in the world, has taken his craft one step…

  • Traditional Mexican Brew Turns into Hip Drink

    September 4, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: Mexico´s Mezcal, a close cousin of the infamous Tequila drink, has been the traditional pre-hispanic poor man´s preferred drink for centuries. In today’s times however, it…

  • Wwoof Your Way Around the World

    August 21, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: WWOOF, an abbreviation of World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, offers people the chance to volunteer on organic farms virtually anywhere in the world. It is as such…

  • Cutting Wastage with Foodsharing Networks

    August 13, 2013, 2 Comments

    What it Is: Foodsharing.de is an eco friendly platform dedicated to reducing today’s immense wastage of food. Its core activity is to gives individuals, traders and manufacturers the opportunity to…

  • Turning a 'Bridge of Despair' into a 'Bridge for Life'

    August 10, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates in its region, and the Mapo Bridge, in Seoul, became infamous for registering 108 deaths by suicide…

  • A Pet Robot and Vacuum Cleaner in One

    August 1, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: Sharp has developed Cocorobo, a household vacuum cleaner with artificial intelligence that can recognize speech commands in English, Chinese and Japanese. Equipped with a 1.3-megapixel camera…

  • #1: Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler - Abundance

    July 30, 2013, No Comments

    Best Summer Reads 2013 Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler – Abundance This is a ravishingly optimistic, even happy book. Times might be dark and filled with understandable anger, distrust…

  • Fiat Bravo Wolverine

    July 25, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: Would you buy a car with deep gash-marks over it – let alone a brand new one? Normally, no-one would or, at least, would ask for…

  • #7: David Harvey - Rebel Cities

    July 24, 2013, No Comments

    Best Summer Reads 2013  David Harvey – Rebel Cities – From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution In David Harvey’s Rebel Cities, Harvey pleads to strive for better cities.…

  • An air quality Sensing System

    July 23, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: Named “Best of Kickstarter 2012″, the Air Quality Egg is a sensor system designed to allow individuals to collect very high resolution readings of NO2 and…

  • MO:BEN's self-heating food container

    July 22, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: MO:BEN is a handy food container that includes a built-in film heater component that can heat up foods to a pre-heated temperature. MO:BEN’s main mechanism of maintaining the…

  • Street Code São Paulo

    July 22, 2013, No Comments

    Street Code is a project conceived by Marcos Rodrigues and Danilo Dualiby, 2 young Advertising practitioners from São Paulo, which aims at unveiling the stories that lie “buried” underneath…

  • Pop Up Cinema

    July 18, 2013, 2 Comments

    What it Is: Nomad Cinema is a cinema that pops up, exhibits the movie and then vanishes like nothing ever happened. According to the Evening Standard, the Nomad Cinema has…

  • Urban Mobility with Smart's E-bike

    July 17, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: The hybrid e-bike by Smart -a company that ordinarily produces automotives- uses an electric motor in conjunction with muscle strength, which generates power in cycling. With…

  • Transitional Housing in the Urban Jungle

    July 16, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: Brooklyn based artist and architectural designer, Chat Travieso has built a series of one person tents constructed of steel, wood, aluminum, masonite, plastic, foam and canvas. These…

  • Trading Trash For Produce

    July 3, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: Continuing with the increasingly popular efforts to become a more sustainable metropolis, Mexico City has initiated a new barter-style market in which residents can trade recyclable…

  • Old Mexico meets modern amenity

    July 2, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: Located in the historical centre of Mexico City, a new luxurious hotel has been built into a restored 17th century palace. Blending this old grandeur with…

  • Science Signals - Week 26

    June 30, 2013, No Comments

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection, containing some of the insights found during our desk research. They’re signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network, as…

  • Pocket Parks in Mexico City

    June 28, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: In response to a request from the Cologne Decisions Program to improve the city and give it a more humane face and increase its livability, the…

  • HUSH by Freyja Sewell: Retreat in Style

    June 25, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: HUSH by Freyja Sewell is a felt pod constructed entirely from biodegradable materials, in which users can crawl into to work or rest in private. ” Or…

  • The Ultimate Urban Nomad Desk

    June 24, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: The Urban Nomad, created by Netherlands based designer Isabel Quiroga, is a super flexible workplace made out of solid oak wood and blue frame steel. As…

  • The Pebble Watch

    June 20, 2013, 1 Comment

    When it comes to recent hypes, the Pebble Watch definitely stirred a buzz. This gadget, a smart-watch developed by Pebble Technology, was released recently by virtue of money that…

  • Science's Signals - Week 24

    June 16, 2013, No Comments

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection, containing some of the insights found during our desk research. They’re signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network, as…

  • The Magnum Ice Cream Concept Store

    June 14, 2013, 2 Comments

    For all chocolate lovers out there: the Magnum Pleasure Store, a decadent Magnum bar where you can design your own personal Magnum ice cream, is one to keep in…

  • H&M's Green Ambitions

    June 13, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: H&M, one of the world’s leading fast fashion brands, is purporting to go green in a variety of ways: In March 2013, a H&M store in…

  • Starbucks Secret Menu

    June 5, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: Coffee company Starbucks has come up wit a new way to tie consumers in. By introducing the Starbucks Secret Menu, drinks -developed by barista’s and connoisseurs…

  • Pushing 3D printer technology to the limits

    May 28, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: Just recently, Dutch studio DUS Architects announced their plans to build an entire house using 3D printing. In so doing, they have joined the race along…

  • Free Air Travel

    May 21, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: A current innovation in the aviation market has led to the budding development of the Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC). Although it is still in the examination phase,…

  • App for Laptop Friendly Cafes

    May 20, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: The Laptop Friendly Cafes application let’s you find nearby hotspots that have free wifi and power-outlets. Indeed, there are already ample ways to find free wifi. Yet this…

  • DriveNow: Flexible Car Sharing

    May 19, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: DriveNow is a car sharing venture by BMW, Mini and Sixt AG (a German car rental company) that put over 1,000 BMW and MiniCars in the…

  • Science's Signals - Week 18

    May 2, 2013, 1 Comment

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection, containing some of the insights found during our desk research. Signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network and the results…

  • Bee Buzz in the City

    May 2, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: Increasingly, city dwellers are turning into city farmers by keeping beehives in their backyards. Although some -yet relatively few- cities have banned this practice, some bees…

  • Science's Signals - Week 17

    April 27, 2013, 1 Comment

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection, containing some of the insights found during our desk research. Signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network and the results…

  • Re-root with Living Furniture

    April 25, 2013, No Comments

    What it Is: In the world of green furniture there are always a few literalists out there looking to push the envelope to design something truly “green”. As a…

  • Levi’s Commuter Line: Catering to the Urban Cyclist

    April 24, 2013, 2 Comments

    What it Is: Denim brand Levi’s drops off the Spring Summer line of their street wear collection, giving a variety of casual looks. Part of the collection is their…

  • Science's Signals - Week 16

    April 19, 2013, 3 Comments

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection, containing some of the insights found during our desk research. Signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network and the results…

  • Horizon MiniPak Portable Fuel Cell Charger

    April 16, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: As humanity goes wireless, the last annoying tether we and our gadgets have to escape is the power cable. Generally, portable, battery powered chargers tend to…

  • A New Pre-fab Hotel Chain Targeted at Millennials

    April 5, 2013, 1 Comment

    What it Is: Hotel giant Marriott International has announced it is going to open MOXY HOTELS, a new three-star-tier segment for Marriot that is focussed on “millennial global nomads”,…

  • Turning Waste into Hope Through Beauty

    March 19, 2013, 2 Comments

    What it Is: These three brands from Portugal are showing the way as regards recycling waste into beautiful objects, pieces of furniture, articles of clothing and accessories that sell…

  • Science's Signals - Week 11

    March 15, 2013, No Comments

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection. It contains some of the insights found during our desk research. Signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network and the…

  • Future Workspaces & Coffeelabs

    March 13, 2013, 1 Comment

    While we are writing our new chapter for Urban Nomads the trend keeps developing in many forms. There are some changes though, not every company embraces or keeps embracing…

  • Pop-Up Hawse

    February 23, 2013, No Comments

    These Pop-Up Hawses (Homes through Apprenticeships With Skills for Employment) are designed by Levit Bernstein associates Georgie Revell and Sarah Jenkinson in collaboration with a homeless charity and training academy, in the London…

  • Science's Signals - Week 7

    February 15, 2013, 3 Comments

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection. It contains some of the insights found during our desk research. Signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network and the…

  • The Future of the Food Chain

    February 4, 2013, 2 Comments

    The price of crude oil, fertilizers and quality soil slowly becomes more expensive. This process will continue to happen in the next twenty years. One of the consequences is…

  • Science's Signals - Week 5

    February 1, 2013, 1 Comment

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection. It contains some of the insights found during our desk research. Signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network and the…

  • Science's Signals - Week 4

    January 25, 2013, 4 Comments

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection. It contains some of the insights found during our desk research. Signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network and the…

  • Science's Signals - Week 2

    January 11, 2013, 2 Comments

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection. It contains some of the insights found during our desk research. Signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network and the…

  • Science's Signals - Week 1

    January 4, 2013, 2 Comments

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection. It contains some of the insights found during our desk research. Signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network and the…

  • The Rise of the Sharing Economy: 10 Examples

    December 15, 2012, 6 Comments

    People have been sharing a lot of things for ages now, but online peer-to-peer marketplaces are making it very simple for use. The rise of sharing economy is taking…

  • Inhotim Institute

    December 12, 2012, No Comments

    What it Is: The Inhotim Institute is an important cultural center in the city of Brumadinho, located in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. Created by entrepreneur Bernardo Paz…

  • 2. The Velopresso

    December 9, 2012, 2 Comments

    Part of the Institut Paul Bocuse & Emlyon Business School Top 10 What it is: Velopresso is the mobile espresso bar that exclusively runs on Pedal Power. No electricity is used. Also the…

  • 10. Lyon’s Most Valuable Event

    December 1, 2012, 3 Comments

      Part of the Institut Paul Bocuse & Emlyon Business School Top 10 What it is: Welcome to the Magic of Technology as displayed and projected in the heart…

  • Science's Signals - Week 48

    November 30, 2012, 1 Comment

    Hereby we present you this week’s Signals with stories about modern warfare, privacy, consumerism and masculinity. With input from amongst others the NY Times, Financial Times, The Economist, The Guardian,…

  • Green Rooftop Electricity

    November 28, 2012, 2 Comments

      Urban farming gets extra dimensions. Besides the fun of growing lettuce on your own rooftop, it is possible to harvest electricity from your urban garden as well. What…

  • Float Base Station

    November 11, 2012, No Comments

    What it Is: Float Base Station is a temporary emergency communication station. It is often difficult for vehicles to reach areas in which natural disasters have occurred. Communication infrastructure is…

  • Science's Signals - Week 39

    September 28, 2012, 1 Comment

    This weeks covered topics: (Fresh) Startups, Online vs. Offline, Growing Leather, Zap-Tap-Go and Flintwave. From amongst others the Financial Times, Forbes India, TheNextWeb, Daily Mail and The Atlantic. Subscribe to…

  • Inside Design Amsterdam 2012

    September 26, 2012, No Comments

    Inside Design Amsterdam is being held for the tenth time this year. It is a design invasion in IJburg, Amsterdam, a relatively quiet place full of modern architecture, surrounded…

  • Science's Signals - Week 37

    September 14, 2012, 2 Comments

    Science’s Signals is a weekly selection. It offers our readers some of the insights found during our desk research. Signals we use in our trend research, combined with the…

  • Science's Signals - Week 36

    September 7, 2012, No Comments

    Like we let our network do their research, we at Science of the Time HQ also keep a close eye on our surroundings. Hereby we present you this weeks picks…

  • Slow Storytelling 2.0

    August 29, 2012, 4 Comments

    What it is: Not even closely involved in covering “breaking news” stories, the new digital multimedia project Narratively aims to offer solely in-depth, unseen stories on a local level,…

  • Hövding: The Invisible Bicycle Helmet

    August 16, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it Is: The Invisible Bicycle Helmet – or in its original name, Hövding – was born in 2005 on a joint master thesis in industrial design at the…

  • Eating Stone Age Style

    August 15, 2012, No Comments

    What It Is: It is said to be the first Palaeolithic restaurant on the Eurasian continent, if not the entire world: Berlin based restaurant Sauvage. This former brothel in…

  • Berlin’s Urban Garden of Eden

    August 9, 2012, No Comments

    What it is: As a quintessential utopian oasis, the Prinzessinnengärten was in 2009 one of the first urban garden projects to be initiated in Germany’s capital city. Since then…

  • Legal Graffiti

    July 28, 2012, No Comments

    Part of the Milan Top 2012 What it Is: This example is about an interactive E-cast Billboard, developed by the well known manufacturer of markers, Sharpie. The E-cast Billboards were…

  • The Tanning of America

    July 20, 2012, 1 Comment

    Part of the Solid Summer Reads Top 10 Steve Stoute - The Tanning of America How Hip-Hop Created a Culture that Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy What it…

  • The Art of Sleeping

    July 4, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it Is: For almost the entire month (of June ’12) exhibition space Tête, situated in the heart of Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg, was habituated as a so-called ‘art project…

  • Parasite Cinema

    July 3, 2012, No Comments

    What it Is: The trend of guerrilla cinema continues, inspiring street art and expression around the world. A newest form of the guerrilla movement is the “Parasite Cinema”. The…

  • Film on the Rocks Yao Noi

    July 2, 2012, No Comments

    What it Is: Film on the Rocks is a film festival on the island of Yao Noi, Thailand. Its unique location makes it a one of a kind experience, but…

  • Smart And Cool Energy Saving

    June 23, 2012, 4 Comments

        What it Is: This blogpost is about two great examples that showcase how entrenched patterns can be changed quite easily. Fun and experience is one approach (piano)…

  • Money Makes the Hood Go Round

    June 19, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is This is localization going micro. And Brooklyn leads the way. Being a great borough full of both industry and creatives and at the same time a…

  • BOXPARK - The World's First Pop-up Mall

    June 15, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it is It’s hard to find unique property in central London that suits independent brands, creative minds or new retail concepts.  Born out of a partnership between Roger…

  • «Art on shoes»

    June 10, 2012, 4 Comments

    What it is «Cinderella is the proof that a pair of shoes can change a woman’s life» and Alexandra Prieto, graphic designer and painter took this declaration of female…

  • The Carefully Crafted Clothing of Merz b. Schwanen

    June 7, 2012, 5 Comments

    What it is Inspired by vintage workmen’s undergarments from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, Berlin based fashion label Merz b. Schwanen takes a slightly different approach in manufacturing than…

  • Le Blobterre de Matali

    June 5, 2012, 1 Comment

      What it is Le Blobterre de Matali is an installation created by designer Matali Crasset. The Gesamtkunstwerk was exposed in the children’s gallery of Centre Pompidou, Paris. The…

  • PEEL P50

    May 29, 2012, 6 Comments

    What it is PEEL started the P50’s production back in 1962, claiming the title of world’s smallest car, which it still holds. Out of the market since 1965, the…

  • Hey You, Listen Here!

    May 27, 2012, 4 Comments

    What it is Listen Here allows locals to introduce their favourite places to tourists by sharing live sounds from around the city. With the aim of preserving cultural diversity,…

  • The Rise of Vegan Fast Food

    May 26, 2012, 5 Comments

    What it is Even though consuming (industrialised) meat has become less self-evident in contemporary time, in many countries Döner kebab still remains one of the most popular forms of…

  • Nissan Gas Stations

    May 23, 2012, 5 Comments

    What it is Nissan has launched a new campaign to promote its new 100% electric car Nissan Leaf. The campaign aimed to the question: “What would happen to gas…

  • T-shirt + Flashmob = ShirtMob

    May 17, 2012, 3 Comments

    What it is Public plaza Alexanderplatz is commonly Berlin’s epicentre of consumerism and fast fashion retail giants. Just recently however, the famous square became the stage of an assembled…

  • Eco Noise

    May 14, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is The Eco Noise is a project all about giving relief from the constant construction noise as well as create a presentable picture of the site. The idea…

  • Towers of Trees

    May 11, 2012, 2 Comments

    Selected from the Vietnam Coolhunt 2012 What it is Towering over the city skyline, Bosco Verticale will be the world’s first forest in the sky, complete with a living space…

  • Skeppshults City Bike

    May 8, 2012, No Comments

    Selected from the Milan Fashion Institute Coolhunt 2012 What it is Small balloon tires, a low-rider frame and lots of hauling attachments are the features Swedish cycling company Skeppshult…

  • The Sound Shower

    May 8, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it is At Oslo’s airport Gardermoen there exist several “sound showers” or “Interactive Sound Refreshment Stations” and these showers are meant to make travelers’ visits to the airport…

  • Kidzania

    May 3, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is Kidzania is an indoor theme park that offers a complete city where kids can mimick adult activities. Kids pick an occupation, learn about their job, get…

  • Banksy at Bonham's

    May 2, 2012, 4 Comments

    What it is Bonham’s is one of the top modern auction houses in Europe, with a reputation for exhibiting and auctioning only the best, and also of imperviousness to…

  • FreeVision Raincoat

    April 23, 2012, 5 Comments

    “The problem that block the eye-sight by the cap of raincoat when turning the head has been solved” – say Cai Zezhou, Zhou Yimin & Chen Yuliang, the creators of…

  • My City, My Playground!

    April 19, 2012, 8 Comments

    What it is Within this article you will be able to find 3 different examples that share the same concept: Make any city a better place to be in!…

  • Pimp my Carroca

    April 6, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is This is an art initiative created by Mundano with a street art company called Parede Viva. Their aim is to transform the maximum number of scavengers…

  • Littering The Streets With Art

    March 23, 2012, 5 Comments

    What it is Ben Wilson is an artist that creates miniature paintings made on discarded chewing gumstuck to pavements. He has been doing it, for the past 7 years…

  • Boa Mistura - Brazil Graffiti

    March 20, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it is The Hispanic collective Boa Mistura organized an artistic project in one of Sao Paulo’s slums (favelas), where the aim was to communicate specific values throughout their…

  • Fontys IEMES Top Coolhunters: The Shit Box

    March 13, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is The Shit Box is the solution for long waiting times and smelly Dixies on festivals or camps. With this toilet made from recycled pasteboard, you can…

  • Bike Bus

    March 13, 2012, No Comments

    This is a bike-bus created by the Dutch company Tolkamp Metaalspecials. This bike-bus has been designed to be used by children until 12 years old on their daily path…

  • Filling the Gaps

    March 12, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is Just a few weeks ago Christchurch commemorated the big earthquake that struck their city and led to the loss of 181 of its…

  • Tribute: The renewed Mouraria

    March 10, 2012, 3 Comments

    What it is Camilla Watson is a British photographer who has been living in Mouraria, Lisbon, for the last four years. She makes the streets a stage, turning her…

  • Fontys IEMES Top Coolhunters: Green Street Art

    March 6, 2012, 4 Comments

    What it is A new trend in the land of street art is moss. It’s very easy to use, just blend a little moss with some water and put…

  • Creative Real-Time QR

    February 28, 2012, 8 Comments

    What it is ‘The Big Melt’ sees QR codes transferred onto ice in worldwide first Creative agency iris launched an innovative guerrilla campaign for leading independent conservation body the…

  • The Fabergé Bigg Egg Hunt

    February 28, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it Is “The Big Egg Hunt was a plan hatched by Elephant Family and Action for Children for a record-breaking egg hunt across Central London to raise money…

  • Wearable Art

    February 21, 2012, 1 Comment

    Example spotted by International Lifestyle Student Robbin de Bont What it is This is an art project by Nicholas Ruiz, founder of made in forest hills. ‘Made in forest hills’ is…

  • FiftyOne Hotel Davos

    February 15, 2012, 5 Comments

    What it is Fiftyone Hotel Davos is an innovative mix of luxurious industrial designer-chic and RyanAir-ish down-to-earth-ness when it comes to service. Actually, there is no human service. Fiftyone Hotel is…

  • Underground Interactive Advertising in Berlin

    February 10, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is This is an Mercedes interactive outdoor event on Wall AG’s digital advertising displays in Berlin underground station Friedrichstrasse, which blurred the line between classical outdoor advertising…

  • Artificial Sunrise

    January 30, 2012, 6 Comments

    What it is Tropicana UK’s new TV commercial, “Awake to Alive,” shows how the world wakes up to a brighter morning with Tropicana. The PepsiCo-owned brand, the top-selling juice…

  • MoreLess Documentary

    January 25, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it is This is a Portuguese documentary about Miguel Januário, a street artist, also known by the name moreless (+-). Unfortunately this documentary is only in Portuguese, which…

  • Supermarkets in 2025

    January 22, 2012, 5 Comments

    What it is Supermarkets have gained power and almost destroyed the small “shop around the corner”. In the current capitalistic competition this process continues until the system goes into…

  • Democratic Front Row

    January 17, 2012, 10 Comments

    What it is: Once again the Dutch architecture firm OMA collaborated with the fashion house Prada to create a ground-breaking fashion environment for the 2012 SS Menswear Collection show. This time the…

  • Virtual Breath Test

    January 17, 2012, 7 Comments

    What it is: This is a Do Not Drink And Drive campaign (Ambev: Antarctica Breathalyzer). Of course we have seen such warnings before but the reason to mention it…

  • Rio Etc.

    January 16, 2012, 4 Comments

    Book Rio Etc: A Alma Encantadora das Ruas What it is: The blog Rio etc, lead by the fashion consultant Renata Abranchs, is one of the most recognized in terms of…

  • Fancy a Snog?

    January 15, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is: Snog is a “truly healthy treat. Yes, that’s right, a sweet treat that’s healthy” – as we read on their website. Snog is a young London-based food…

  • Recycling Your Vision - Creative People in Lisbon Streets

    January 10, 2012, 12 Comments

    What it is: Lisbon city hall invited the residents to paint one of the 415 containers dispersed around the streets for recycling glass. For that purpose was launched a…

  • Top 11: #2 J. Pine & K. Korn - Infinite Possibility

    January 5, 2012, 2 Comments

    Part of the Best Books of 2011 Top 11 Joe Pine & Kim Korn - Infinite Possibility. Creating Customer Value on the Digital Frontier What it is: Joe Pine became…

  • Top 11: #3 Edward Glaeser - Triumph of the City

    January 4, 2012, No Comments

    Part of the Best Books of 2011 Top 11 Edward Glaeser - Triumph of the City. How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier. What it…

  • Modern Retail: MINI Experience Brand Store

    December 30, 2011, 9 Comments

    What it is: The first MINI brand store in The Netherlands. If you like brand marketing you should for sure visit this store located at the Leidsesquare (entertainment) area…

  • Flashmob? Freeze mob it is!

    December 24, 2011, 1 Comment

    What it is: Star Wars is probably one of the most successful movies ever. No wonder there are lots of related virals, videos, spoofs and photos. In NY City’s…

  • Fontys ILS Top, 06: Hopes and Dreams

    December 18, 2011, 3 Comments

    What it is: We’re entering the last days of the year. Time to evaluate this year and set goals for the next. “Hopes and Dreams” is the New Year’s…

  • Transportable Living

    December 13, 2011, 2 Comments

    What it is: The far-reaching ICT developments and the relatively low transport costs make it increasingly easy to come and go as we please. We can move from New…

  • Fontys ILS Top, 10: Urban Hanging Gardens

    December 8, 2011, 1 Comment

    What it is: First found by Kimberly Schouten: ‘Who says apartment owners can’t enjoy the fun and good mood that comes with growing various decorative plants or vegetables? Home…

  • Wondrous water ways

    December 6, 2011, 2 Comments

    What it is: The Moses bridge, as designed by RO&AD Architects, seems to be playing hide and seek with it’s potential trespassers. This bridge stands out but does not…

  • Fontys ILS Top, 12: L’Éclaireur

    December 4, 2011, 1 Comment

    What it is: Within the Coolhunt Rinke Altema did for Experience Economy other examples stood out, just like #13 (D’espresso) did. Like L’Éclaireur, a shop in Paris, what’s not…

  • Delivering Models

    December 3, 2011, 2 Comments

    What it is: Being a model is a dream of almost every girl in the world. Also for girls in Taiwan. Lucky for them there are a lot of…

  • Crowd-funding for a better city

    December 1, 2011, No Comments

    What it is: I make Rotterdam is an initiative from the 5th IABR: Making City and architecture office ZUS. The main idea is to give more space to pedestrians around Hofplein, an area…

  • eBay Give-A-Toy Store

    November 29, 2011, No Comments

    What it is: A really cool and innovative way to evoke our sensitive, giving side this Christmas, with eBay’s amazing Give-A-Toy Store window installation in New York and San…

  • The Automatic Banner-making Machine

    November 29, 2011, No Comments

    What it is: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has rolled out a Cool new amenity: an automatic banner-making machine called the BannerXpress. Now there’s no need to fuss and muss with…

  • 3D World Record Experience

    November 24, 2011, 5 Comments

    What it is: Reebok CrossFit, a revolutionary strength and conditioning programme, teamed up with artists 3D Joe and Max to break the Guinness World Record for the largest ever…

  • Shanghai's Underground Messengers

    November 22, 2011, 3 Comments

    What it is: The Shanghai underground is a very convenient way to travel downtown, just as it is in every modern city. When you take the metro in Shanghai…

  • Windows Phone City Campaign

    November 21, 2011, 2 Comments

    Last week Microsoft launched their Windows Phone Ecosystem campaign at Herald Square, New York City by constructing a huge building size Windows Phone. On a similar note we are expecting…

  • Interactive kick: tweep powered race

    November 18, 2011, 1 Comment

    What it is: By making use of Twitter people interested in the brand new Citroën DS5 model had the very first opportunity to drive it. It is a creative…

  • Wincity

    November 18, 2011, 3 Comments

    THE FIRST GAMBLING CONCEPT STORE IN EUROPE What it is: Cheerful and informal atmosphere in a lively and colorful space. Welcome to WinCity, the first gambling concept store in…

  • FARM:shop - Radical Decentralization at Its Best

    November 9, 2011, 2 Comments

    FARM:shop is an intriguing role model at a time of growing interest in environmental and social design. It aims to discover how many different types of food can be…

  • L.O.V.E. by Maurizio Cattelan

    November 2, 2011, No Comments

    Example submitted by Marco Pedroni L.O.V.E. Continue reading

  • Fontys ILS Top, 19: Biker's Lifestyle

    November 1, 2011, No Comments

    Rosanne Steensma chose in stead of going on a limitless search for ‘Cool’ to Coolhunt with a theme, a focus, because of an interesting sparkle within lifestyle: bicycling. The search…

  • Drown The Noise In Music

    October 18, 2011, No Comments

    Delivery bikers in Brazil (or “Motoboys”, as they are generally called by the population) are seen as a mixed blessing. On the one hand, they provide a service…

  • Between the Lines

    October 6, 2011, No Comments

    Example submitted by Miguel de Sousa This piece of art is called “between lines” and it was made by Costah & Moreira in a serie of street art,…

  • The Building That Lands Anywhere

    September 22, 2011, No Comments

    Example submitted by Orlando Freitas Until now, you had to live in a caravan if one wanted to have different vistas from one’s home. Continue reading…

  • Urban Oases

    September 19, 2011, No Comments

    Above picture shows the installation “Textile Field” created by the designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec at the occasion of the London Design Festival. It is installed at the…

  • Organiibar: Skin Care Cocktails

    September 13, 2011, No Comments

    Example submitted by Miguel de Sousa . Created by the cosmetics brand Organii to celebrate Vogue’s Fashion Night Out in Lisbon, it is a pop-up bar dispensing cocktails…

  • Add Fuel To The Fire

    August 15, 2011, No Comments

    Submitted by Salomé Areias In the words of Diogo Machado ( www.addfueltothefire.com ), “In Portugal, the Azulejo mosaic tile is more than a mere decorative element of little…

  • London Riots: The Power of the Web

    August 12, 2011, No Comments

    This week Great Britain has been transformed into a terrible violence arena by groups of looters. ‘Social media’ was accused to help spread the riots Continue reading…

  • Love thy City…By all means

    August 10, 2011, No Comments

    1. On the left, we can see Arturas Zuokas, Mayor of Vilnius, using a former Soviet tank to crush a luxury car illegally parked in a cycle lane…

  • Artis Zoo Baby Boom Goes Viral

    June 25, 2011, No Comments

    . Artis babyboom from Dawn Amsterdam on Vimeo . Continue reading

  • Nike 6.0

    May 31, 2011, No Comments

    . The Pool - The Full Story from Nike 6.0 on Vimeo . The Nike 6.0 brand defines innovation and embodies the creativity of youth, united by action. …

  • The Other Power Station

    May 6, 2011, No Comments

    Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has announced that it’s been selected to design a new waste-to-power station on the outskirts of Copenhagen. In an attempt to unify an industrial…

  • Automatic Hotel

    May 4, 2011, No Comments

    HI MATIC is the first automatic hotel located in Paris, in the Bastille area. The peculiarity of this hotel is the total absence of personnel, because it has…

  • Golf Punk

    April 22, 2011, No Comments

    The skull above two crossed golf clubs is the global trademark of Natural Born Golfers and a symbol of the authentic Natural Born Golfers lifestyle . When establishing…

  • Coolware

    April 18, 2011, No Comments

    The summer is arriving and every year starts the struggle to survive to the extreme hot. How you cope with your colleagues at office this season?

  • Get your own 4x4 animal right away

    April 14, 2011, No Comments

    You are looking at a Mitsubishi ASX ad. Continue reading

  • Outside the box, inside a container

    March 19, 2011, No Comments

    By Zepha de Roo , Wellington (NZ). Continue reading

  • Cool Eco Graffiti = paint + moss

    March 13, 2011, No Comments

    Lipton has launched its first ‘green positive projects’ in the streets of Sydney. At first sight it simply looks like another promotion executed in graffiti style. According to…

  • Coke to Open Your Mind

    March 3, 2011, No Comments

    Coca Cola in Israel is running “Train”, a television and outdoor advertising campaign combining street art and flip book animation. A group of graffiti artists spray paint a…

  • The new Foodery Service

    February 23, 2011, No Comments

    Shefu is a new born FOODERY (food delivery) online service in Milan, Italy. It is dedicated to all the metropolitan business citizens to deliver the meal at home…

  • Exit Through the Pet Shop

    February 10, 2011, No Comments

    Take a look at this. Keyboard cat did a ‘remake’ of Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop. Is…

  • City Engagement

    February 4, 2011, No Comments

    Part of the 10 2011/2012 Insights What it Is: ‘Love thy City’ is a mentality trend that triggers warm feelings by nearly everyone we talk with about it. “I…

  • Green-a-porter

    January 28, 2011, No Comments

    BACSAC was born with the encounter between designer Godefroy de Virieu and landscapers Virgile Desurmont and Louis de Fleurieu. Together, they looked for an alternative solution to get…

  • The Skip Garden

    January 24, 2011, No Comments

    Welcome to the Skip Garden, a self-sustaining vegetable garden with a twist – it’s moveable. As different areas in King’s Cross Central are developed, the skips will be…

  • Squeeze and enjoy

    January 22, 2011, No Comments

    We’ve seen all kinds of ways to take your drink and go. However many of those take away packages had a few minors to solve: frozen hands, spilling…

  • ‘Il Portello’ Guerilla Social Responsibility Campaign

    January 19, 2011, No Comments

    A creative Guerrilla Social Responsibility Campaign. The mall “Il Portello” in Milan developed this interesting campaign in order to rise customers sensitivity on the environment preservation and the…

  • Undercity

    January 16, 2011, No Comments

    Andrew Wonder was taken down into the underbelly and bowels of the New York city. We’ve all seen Miru Kim’s TED presentation , Joseph Brennan’s work on abandoned…

  • White Future

    December 31, 2010, No Comments

    Designers, artists and now even scientists have discovered the colour white as symbol and as a solution for our future. Professor Steven Chu, the Nobel prize-winning physicist appointed…

  • Hyperlocal

    December 28, 2010, No Comments

    AirBnB makes it possible to live everywhere like a local including local information before it’s even published in the Lonelyplanet.

  • 2010: Chopin Year

    December 27, 2010, No Comments

    The Year 2010 is dedicated to celebrate the anniversary of birth of the famous polish composer Fryderyk Chopin. What is great is that his music and image is…

  • Sweet treasure hunt at Sketch

    December 21, 2010, No Comments

    “Buy a cake, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck … Find a gold sticker underneath … tell sketch and we’ll give you a piece…

  • Homeless Street Art by Michael Aaron Williams

    December 18, 2010, No Comments

    Street artist Michael Aaron Williams purposely puts up his homeless street people in places where others will find them. He doesn’t glue them up, rather, he simply tapes…

  • Amnesty: Making the Invisible Visible

    December 8, 2010, No Comments

    . With this guerrilla campaign in the streets of London Amnesty International asks attention for the hidden suffering behind bars anywhere in the world Continue reading

  • Live Crabs from Vending Machines

    December 7, 2010, No Comments

    I guess that all of us have used vending machines. Yes, drinks and snacks; no talking, no hassle, so convenient. But what else can we buy from vending…

  • Mobile Living

    December 6, 2010, No Comments

    Smart Box Industries LLC (Smart Box) is specialised in design, manufacturing, transportation and installation of modular construction. Their projects range from accommodation units, site offices, kitchen units, medical…

  • 3939 Shop

    December 6, 2010, No Comments

    Check out this brand new store in London. 3939 (pronounce: Thank You Thank You) Shop is a co-operative lifestyle and retail conceptstore, which includes an online and offline…

  • Tryvertising

    November 30, 2010, No Comments

    Sample Lab is a new concept that opened several stores in Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku area where Japan’s youth come to play and to see the latest trends on…

  • Get your Piece of Polar

    November 26, 2010, No Comments

    From the 27th of November till the 5th of December, the Museum Square in Amsterdam is a little bit colder. Continue reading

  • First Edition of Buma Rotterdam Beats

    November 26, 2010, No Comments

    Buma Rotterdam Beats is a brand new event whose aim is to be a central meeting point for the whole range of urban genres. The event takes place…

  • Mapping to the Max

    November 25, 2010, No Comments

    We have posted before on building mapping , and it seems that it has found its way to the big crowd. Two weeks ago Glow Eindhoven rocked the…

  • From Philippines with Love

    July 22, 2010, No Comments

    Spotted by Ruby Gan We do not only love our city, we love our country.  It was ODM+Tim Yap & designer Rhett Eala who started the trend of…

  • Internet Umbrella

    June 22, 2010, No Comments

    Spotted by Ariadna Rodriguez Tesouro This object is an umbrella designed in Japan. The umbrella is used to check the internet on the street, on a rainy day.…

  • Your Personal Flying Machine

    June 17, 2010, No Comments

    Part of May Top 2010 What it Is: Martin Aircraft Company, in Christchurch, New Zealand, is to begin production of a personal commercial jet pack and aims to make…

  • Wireless Electricity

    June 15, 2010, No Comments

    Part of May Top 2010 What it Is: Power that you don’t have to plug-in to. Companies like WiTricity are providing technology that will allow us to power our devices over…

  • Walk About NYC

    June 11, 2010, No Comments

    If you’ve ever wanted to know what the offices (if you can even still call them that) of Harvest , Meetup , Etsy , Livestream , Gawker ,…

  • Phoneballs

    June 9, 2010, No Comments

    Go ‘head and whup em out! Phoneballs , the iPhone case with a nut sack. It’s not just testicular fun, it has meaning attached to it: 10% of…

  • Christopher Zedano’s Lush Visuals

    June 3, 2010, No Comments

    Peruvian photographer Christopher Zedano has been sharing his particular vision with New York City since 2002. Continue reading

  • Rolling Graffiti

    June 2, 2010, No Comments

    By Betty Borghi and Marco Pedroni, from Milan: ‘ Dipingimi le balle ’, that is ‘paint my balls’. Continue reading

  • Staple City

    April 30, 2010, No Comments

    Something beautiful to end the week with. Continue reading

  • Interactive Billboard is Creating Awareness

    April 26, 2010, No Comments

    . The Dutch governmental organisation Postbus 51 focused it’s last years campaigns mainly against aggression and violence, in particular against public service employees. Their new campaign is an absolute…

  • Design By/For City

    April 19, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the Design Top 2010 What it Is: Helsinki will be the World Design Capital of the year 2012. The designation was announced by the International Council of…

  • Trajectum Lumen

    April 8, 2010, No Comments

    Combine a nice bit of citymarketing with a bunch of light-artists and you’ll end up with something beautiful like the Trajectum Lumen project, that was officially launched last…

  • Dyson's Air Multiplier

    January 27, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the January top 15 ’10 What it Is: It is arguably the most creative, futuristic-looking and safest electric “fan” on the planet at the moment. This highly…

  • The City Is Ours - Artist Interpretation

    January 25, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the January top 15 ’10 What it Is: On a regular Sunday morning in São Paulo, one of the most aggressive concrete expressways in the city, commonly…

  • The New York High Line

    January 15, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the January top 15 ’10 The 30 feet high and 1,5 mile long High Line was build in 1930 for transport by freight trains between warehouses and…

  • Niche Sportswear

    November 7, 2009, No Comments

    Part of the fashion top 15 ’09 What it Is: Sportswear is clearly back in fashion. However: think niche sports. Niche sports are more cool because they haven’t been…

  • 02. Energy Bike Meets Electric Scooter

    October 12, 2009, No Comments

    Part of the top 15 Coolest Worldwide, September 2009 What it Is: It is bike concept for 2030, winning London’s Future City Mobility Contest this year. It is a bike…

  • 7. Shopping Cart Circle

    June 19, 2009, No Comments

    Part of the Top 15 Coolest Worldwide, June 2009  What it Is: So it’s Sunday and shops are closed. You’re out to have some fun but you only have…

  • 15. Street Art by C215

    March 18, 2009, No Comments

    Part of the top 15 coolest worldwide. March 2009 What it Is: C215 is a French stencil artist whose fluid style and authentic approach mark him out as one of…

  • 8. Pharsh: The Official Militia of the Silly Revolution

    January 21, 2009, No Comments

    Part of the Top 15 Coolest Worldwide, January 2009  What it Is: This unofficial Israeli group specializes in not taking anything too serious. Ever thriving on creativity, the group was formed…

  • 05. MUTANT MOBILES

    November 23, 2008, No Comments

    Part of the top 15 coolest worldwide, november 2008 What it Is: From bicycle racks for motorcycles to intermodal transportation, Americans are discovering how different forms of mobility can…

  • 08. SOLAR POWER BAGS

    November 20, 2008, No Comments

    Part of the Top 15 Coolest Worldwide november 2008 What it Is: Solar powered handbags, purses, briefcases with a thin solar panel incorporated into the outer design so that…

  • 15. GARMENT GRAFFITI

    November 13, 2008, No Comments

    Part of the Top 15 Coolest Worldwide, november 2008 What it Is: Thomas Voorn, a Dutch Renaissance man/artist/designer makes Garment Graffiti. He leaves (his) clothes in public spaces transforming…

  • 8. High Rise Urban Escapes

    June 29, 2008, No Comments

    Part of the top 15 Coolest Worldwide, june 2008 What it Is: As Melbourne groans under the influx of over 1,000 new residents each week, the city residents are…

  • The Pond Pop-Up Bar

    April 3, 2008, No Comments

    What it Is: The Pond is a short-term pop-up bar that has been purpose-built to burn bright & die young in Melbourne – it has a lifespan of only…

  • Graffiti Research Lab

    December 3, 2007, No Comments

    What it Is: What happens when Graffiti meets technology? That is the main question of the website Graffiti research lab. They have been around for several years and copied…

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