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Denmark’s New Eco-Friendly School is a Marvel of Solar Science

At 25,000-square-meters, the Copenhagen International School will draw huge amounts of solar power from 12,000 panels.

Is there anything Scandinavians can’t do? Whether it’s creating a waterfall in one of the world’s greatest cities, or producing practical everyday furniture, they seem to have this design thing down to a science. Now, in addition, they are also kicking the world’s butts at eco-friendly architecture. Recently Denmark-based C.F. Møller Architects unveiled ambitious plans for an epic, solar-powered building in Nordhavn, Copenhagen, to be completed in 2017. It will be called the Copenhagen International School (CIS) and at 25,000-square-meters it shall stand as the city’s largest school. CIS’s roof will be outfitted with 12,000 solar panels, intended to supply over half of the annual electricity needs for the school’s projected 1,200 students and 280 employees.

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Watch This Massive Mural Turn Into a Flip-Book Style Animation

When passed by fast enough, the 890 feet long illustrated mural appears as a flip-book style animation.

Public art is at its best when it interacts with the environment, contributes organically to its surroundings, and when, of course, it's visually interesting. A new commission in Copenhagen by Argentinian artist Hyuro with help from her friend Alejandro Valbuena Martinez, achieves all of the above. The massive, 890-foot long illustration engulfs a stretch of highway in the city and features an elegant reindeer entering a forest. When passed by fast enough, the images appear as a flip-book style animation, as shown in the video below.

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At This Bike Library, Check Out a Velomobile

Let’s say you’re a mom on your way to drop off your kids at daycare, or headed to buy lots of groceries, or to work at the other end of the...

Let’s say you’re a mom on your way to drop off your kids at daycare, or headed to buy lots of groceries, or to work at the other end of the city. You’d probably drive (or perhaps take public transportation, if you had to), but why not try a bike?

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Pedal Pushers: Chicago to Become Bike Commuters' Fantasy Land

Rahm Emanuel says by year's end, his town will have 33 miles of protected bike lanes, making it the bike friendliest city in the states.

Copenhagen leads the way internationally as a cyclists' wonderland with its growing network of dedicated paths and "bike super highway," but the Windy City just announced big plans to outdo the biking infrastructure of local competitors like Minneapolis or Portland.

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Pedal Pushers: Denmark Unveils a Bike Commuter's Dreamland

The Danish capitol will be served by 26 solar-lit commuter cycle superhighways, completely free of traffic.

Imagine a city fed by dozens of miles-long bike super highways, separate from roads, streetlights, and harried drivers. Imagine living 10 miles outside a metropolis and zipping home from work—faster than you would in a car—on a solar-lit, asphalt ribbon, eliminating one ton of your personal carbon load annually. Witness the latest reason that Copenhagen is officially a bike commuters' Shangri-La: a bike super highway connecting the city to the suburb of Albertslund.

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Intermission: A Beautiful Film About Copenhagen's Cycling Life

As if cyclists around the world needed even more reason to pine for the streets and bike paths of Copenhagen.

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That Copenhagen is a utopia for cyclists is news to exactly nobody, but this stunning film by Martin de Thurah really drives the point home.

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