This slime mold conquered (a miniature map of) America

A yellow goo has invaded the world's motorways, spreading from capital cities to the furthest reaches of the transport network and devouring everything in its path. The infestation was unleashed by Andrew Adamatzky, a researcher of unconventional computing at the University of the West of England in Bristol, along with … » 3/16/12 7:20am 3/16/12 7:20am

New York City's new subway line looks like the set of Alien

New York City's Second Avenue Subway isn't scheduled to open until 2016, but the Metropolitan Transit Authority has just released photos of the construction in progress. That's a picture of a massive hole — inside which you could host an entire demolition derby — somewhere under 72nd Street. Mind-blowing. Hat tip to… » 2/27/12 4:10pm 2/27/12 4:10pm

Too bad this one-million-person city from New York to San Francisco…

Otherwise, we could pretend we were living in a Judge Dredd storyline. This 1969 design by Alan Boutwell and Mike Mitchell — the aptly titled Continuous city for 1.000.000 human beings — never took off, but this design and other fanciful megastructures offer a glimpse into an arcology-filled future the past never… » 12/13/11 2:05pm 12/13/11 2:05pm

New map imposes New York City grid system on the world

If the Manhattan grid system was extended beyond the island, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom would live at the intersection of 63,709th Street and East 10,894th Avenue. A wild interactive map by Harold Cooper, called ExtendNY, imagines an entire globe laid out according to the New York City grid of the… » 12/03/11 9:15am 12/03/11 9:15am

The never-was 1000 MPH transcontinental railroad from New York to Los…

Here's another speculative transit project right up there with that underground bullet train between New York and Philly. In 1948, Modern Mechanics showcased this supersonic cross-continental rocket train. You could go from NYC to LA in three hours! » 3/19/11 9:30am 3/19/11 9:30am

Frustrated Berliners build oversized kaleidoscopes to block subway ads

Subway advertising is a risky proposition for the advertiser because you'll never know if someone will remix your ad into, say, Darth Vader chugging a beer. In Berlin's Friedrichstraße U-Bahn station, advertisers have eschewed print completely and have taken to projecting commercials on the subway's walls. The city's… » 3/08/11 7:40am 3/08/11 7:40am

Could self-aware cities be the first forms of artificial intelligence?

The cities of the future will be huge and super-dense — but will they also be alive? Could the increasingly complex systems needed to manage the next generation of megacities become our first true artificial intelligence? » 8/23/10 3:36pm 8/23/10 3:36pm