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These Artists Staged a “Wheelchair Invasion” of Cairo’s Streets

The site-specific performance was intended to promote conversation about urban accessibility

If you were around downtown Cairo recently, you might have caught sight of a wheelchair caravan rolling through the city. The spectacle, called Mission Roosevelt, was part of a performance for the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival staged by the artists who founded and make up the Tony Clifton Circus. Twenty volunteers strapped themselves into wheelchairs and rode through town in an attempt to conquer urban space on two arm-powered wheels.

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Traffic Robocops are Making Streets Safer in Congo

A group of engineers called Women’s Technology are fighting traffic deaths and crooked cops with automatons.

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The DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) has become almost a byword for poverty and violence. Decades of endless warfare and generations of blatant corruption have left the nation torn, with no end to the country’s major problems in sight. At the center of all of this chaos is the capital of Kinshasa, Africa’s third largest metropolis, with almost nine million people living amidst decaying infrastructure. Although thankfully free of the most egregious brutality seen in the nation’s east, the city is still notorious for dirty cops, gridlock, and traffic deaths, among other perils. Yet although some equate the DRC with intractable dysfunction, there are many within the country fighting against the flow of conflict and corruption to repair their nation. In Kinshasa, a group of local engineers has come up with a particularly fantastical and unexpectedly practical solution to the city’s dangerous roads and unreliable traffic police: RoboTrafficCops.

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In San Francisco, three pedestrians are hit by vehicles every day. Our streets should be designed to be safer than this, and we think in the process they can also become viable public spaces that enrich our urban experience. In this project for Walk San Francisco, inspired by a GOOD Design challenge from Center for Architecture and Design, we wanted to transform everyday infrastructure to achieve both of these goals.

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How to Create a Network of Green Bikeways in Your City

With a little green paint, streets can be redesigned for the growing number of people choosing two wheels over four.

With a little green paint, streets can be redesigned for the growing number of people choosing two wheels over four.

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Swapping Hot Cheetos for Whole Wheat Bread: A Corner Store Redesign

In Philadelphia, the poorest and most obese big city in the nation, nearly half the kids in low-income neighborhoods shop at corner stores twice...

In Philadelphia, the poorest and most obese big city in the nation, nearly half the kids in low-income neighborhoods shop at corner stores twice a day. Researchers found that kids spent about a dollar and consumed roughly 340 calories at each visit, typically in the form of soda, chips, and candy. That’s 700 calories worth of junk, every day, five days a week.

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