Historypin, created by the social movement We Are What We Do, who are partners with Google, is a virtual time machine that allows users to take a peek at what the world looked like way back when. The website, which launched in London in June 2010 uses Google Maps and Street View tech and hopes to become the largest user-generated archive of historical images.
Google Maps v Trans-Siberian Railway
The joint project between Google and the Russian Railways guides virtual travelers on a detailed tour along the famous route where you can see Moscow, the Khekhtsirsky range, the Yenisei river, Vladivostok and many other views of Russia without leaving the comfort of your house. During the trip, experience classic Russian literature and stories that accompany sites along the route. Make sure to select audio and hear the rumble of the wheels to complete the trip.
Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway From Your Sofa, Using Google Russia’s YouTube and Maps Mash-up [Google] (gizmodo.com)
Trans-Siberian Railway Views, a Click Away (thelede.blogs.nytimes.com)
Take a Virtual Journey on the Trans-Siberian Railroad (centernetworks.com)
Google Sends You On The Trans-Siberian Railway (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
Google sends us to Siberia (timesonline.typepad.com)
Will virtual travel ever replace real travel? (guardian.co.uk)
Virtual Tour on the Trans Siberian Railway (downes.ca)
Google Russia creates virtual tour of Trans-Siberian railway journey (guardian.co.uk)
Element Lexington Tells Hybrid Drivers to Plug It In
Starwood has partnered with Carbon Day Automotive to install a ChargePoint™ Networked Charging Station at Element Lexington. Hybrid-driving guests and travelers alike can charge their vehicles via the unobtrusive station, equipped with a universal plug-in for all kinds of electric vehicles, including cars, buses, Segway scooters, and bikes. Drivers can use Google maps to locate the station and determine whether it’s unoccupied.
has stepped up its commitment to environmental issues by announcing plans to create allotments for recession-hit customers who want to grow their own vegetables. The supermarket giant has applied for planning permission for the 30 allotments on land next to its Southport store in Lancashire which, if granted, will see the sites rented out from next spring.
Calling all future-forward architects, urban designers, renegade planners and imaginative engineers:
Show us how you would re-invent the suburbs! What would a McMansion
become if it weren’t a single-family dwelling? How could a vacant big box store be retrofitted for agriculture? What sort of design solutions can you come up with to facilitate car-free mobility, ‘burb-grown food, and local, renewable energy generation? We want to see how you’d design future-proof spaces and systems using the suburban structures of the present, from small-scale retrofits to large-scale restoration—the wilder the better!