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Iceland Creates Human Search Engine Guðmundur To Answer All Your Nordic Questions

“How cold is it in Iceland? Are there trees? Are elves real?” Guðmundur answers all.

Guðmundur is now taking calls.

Why ask Google, when you could ask Guðmundur? The newest social media campaign to come out of tech-savvy Iceland, Ask Guðmundur, features representatives from across the country offering their local nordic knowledge, and acting as the world’s first IRL “human search engine," or more accurately, your own, personal, internet-based Iceland guides. The platform, presented by Inspired by Iceland, is aimed at helping tourists discover Iceland’s less traveled paths, and features seven Icelanders, from different regions, named Guðmundur (male) or Guðmunda (female) who will proudly offer up their insider knowledge, tips, and mystical treasures.

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These Anti-Gentrification Postcards Show London in a Different Light

Gram Hilleard’s Developers Up Yours mourns the loss of historic London to overdevelopment.

The image a city projects through its promotional materials is one vastly different from the realities its citizens experience within its borders. You won’t find postcards of Detroit’s abandoned car factories at the airport gift shop, or travel brochures of Sao Pãulo’s favelas in the hotel lobby. So, when it comes to the ways in which places market themselves to lure in outsiders, what you don’t see—the objects not pictured or displayed—is as important as what you do see. This is partly what artist and photographer Gram Hilleard is attempting to relate in his project Developers Up Yours, a collection of postcards from London which protray the city as a place struggling against the forces of urban overdevelopment and gentrification.

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After Destroying the City Multiple Times, Godzilla Is Named Tokyo’s “Tourism Ambassador”

The “King Of All Monsters” is given honorary residency in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward in exchange for bringing in the tourists.

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There are certain things a city looks for when choosing a mascot. Things like:

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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Enticing Tourists into City Centers

A plan from Richmond, Virginia uses supergraphics and green space to encourage freeway travelers to make a stop in their city.

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Richmond, Virginia has a beautiful downtown and vibrant arts community, but its freeway exits are less than enticing. Unfortunately, these are all that many tourists see of Richmond as they travel to other locations. How can the city use these gateways to give travelers a taste of the city's history and culture? At GOOD Ideas for Cities RVA, the whyRVA team tackled the challenge of bringing these tourists into Richmond who might otherwise not make the stop.

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