electric toroidion MW1 concept supercar unveiled at top marques monaco

revealed at the 2015 top marques monaco show, the toroidion 'MW1' concept supercar is powered by an all-new, high-performance, electric powertrain that makes it ideal for road and track use.

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dietmar feichtinger spans copenhagen canals with butterfly bridge

the lightweight foot and cycle bridge comprises three linear spans that meet above the water’s surface, two of which can be opened independently.

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BEL Architecten leaves rough surfaces on show in warehouse converted into a cultural centre

Peeling plaster and exposed brickwork reveal the interventions made by BEL Architecten to convert this former Antwerp warehouse into a cultural centre (+ slideshow). (more…)


A Letter From Next City’s New Executive Director

Love Park in Philadelphia (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

I am incredibly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to advance Next City’s mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities through media and events. As a licensed professional planner, policy expert, experienced nonprofit manager, teacher, and most importantly, one who thrives on information and experiences, I am delighting in the potential of Next City, and welcome you along for what will be a very engaging and fulfilling ride.

Next City Executive Director Tom Dallesio. (Photo by Paul Gargagliano)

What appealed most to me about the opportunity to lead Next City as executive director was how, for the first time in a half-century, all U.S. trends — social, economic and environmental — are moving in the direction of supporting cities. Demographically, aging boomers, maturing millennials and enthusiastic immigrants are all finding cities the place to live, work, shop, play and grow. Corporations and smaller businesses are following these trends and relocating to “hot” and “cold” cities, trying to stake a claim on the next big thing. And, given the effects of a changing climate and a desire for cleaner natural surroundings, people are finding new ways to protect the urban environment and advance healthier living.

As many of you know, it’s not only the U.S. that is experiencing an urban renaissance. Since 2009, a majority of the world’s population has been living in cities. By 2050, 70 percent of the word’s population will be urban, bringing new opportunities and critical challenges.

Next City’s role is to spotlight the people, practices, innovations and ideas seizing this moment to make change in cities around the world.

I have a unique perspective on this. My new office at Next City overlooks Love Park in Philadelphia. What a wonderful exuberance of urban life! On any given day, I see the tableau of vibrancy, the messiness of maintaining infrastructure, the benefits of economic growth and natural resources, and the effects of inequality. Resiliency is in our DNA, but there have been times over the last few decades when it appeared this city was knocked down for the count. Spring, however, brings eternal optimism, and I begin my efforts here fueled by that energy. {popular_stories}

My commute to Philadelphia from my home in Hopewell, New Jersey, provides further inspiration for dialogue and application around the world. I live with my wife and 16-year-old son in a small town of 2,000 people in less than a square mile, surrounded by open space and farmland. A short distance away is the SEPTA West Trenton line, which takes me directly to the city’s Suburban Station. Having the ability to live in a metropolitan area that affords people the choice of urban, suburban and rural lifestyles is key to a successful 21st century.

I bring more than 30 years of experience in planning for the next generation. For a decade, I helped draft New Jersey’s first State Development and Redevelopment Plan, and worked with cities and towns to implement the goals and objectives of a plan rooted in infrastructure investments. For four years, I served as a policy adviser to two governors, and co-drafted a bill to preserve a million acres of open space and farmland in the Garden State. While managing the Million Acre program, I sought to change local and state thinking about infrastructure investments, promoting open space as another tool for urban growth management and city revitalization.

My nonprofit career took off at Regional Plan Association, the nation’s oldest regional planning organization, where I led the New Jersey office to advance environmental conservation, affordable housing, economic development, transportation finance and community design. A stint as executive director of Leadership New Jersey reminded me of the power of experiential learning, and how important it is for leaders to understand daily policy implications to advance common goals. I eagerly anticipate Next City’s Vanguard program and the promise of a future generation of urban leaders.

After Hurricane Sandy, I founded the Center for Resilient Design at New Jersey Institute of Technology to help communities recover and rebuild in a more resilient manner. Through applied research, field testing and community outreach, our students and faculty expanded the knowledge and challenged thinking regarding natural and man-made disasters. I continue to teach land use planning and infrastructure planning policy at NJIT, and encourage students to think more broadly about urban challenges and solutions.

I anticipate a lot of running with this job, and sometimes I might even be dressed for it. My great frustration with commuting, after all, is the lack of time to run. See, after I turned 50, I thought I’d try the sport. Sort of like Forrest Gump, once I started, I didn’t think about when to stop. On a good day, I can go over 10 miles and not break a sweat. Well, OK, I break a sweat, but it gives me time to think about the great challenges of cities, and how we can work together to make life better for all.

From here on out, I won’t be thinking alone. I am lucky to be joining a fantastic team and an inspiring community. Together, we will get to know places, meet people and explore challenges that can make a difference. We invite you to be an active member of Next City — be our eyes, ears and heart in your city, and help us share that with others around the world. Be my inspiration, so that Next City can be your city’s inspiration for change.


Nationally Recognized Urban Planner and Nonprofit Leader Tom Dallessio to Join Next City

The Philadelphia skyline. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Next City announced today that Tom Dallessio, a nationally recognized urban planner, nonprofit leader and educator with more than three decades of experience in city and regional planning, public policy, and nonprofit management, has been named its new executive director. He will join Next City’s staff in Philadelphia on May 1, 2015.

Tom Dallessio (Photo by Paul Gargagliano)

Tom brings to Next City a rich perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing cities around the globe as they move into an era of unprecedented growth. He will strengthen the organization’s commitment to informing, connecting and nurturing the next generation of urban leaders.

“I am very excited to lead Next City in its next phase of growth,” says Dallessio. “For the first time in a half-century, all forces are moving in the direction of cities, and I look forward to working with the board and staff to ride this incredible wave.”

Tom comes to Next City from the Center for Resilient Design at New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he was the Center’s founder and director; he’ll continue to be an adjunct professor at NJIT, teaching land use and infrastructure planning. Established in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Center has engaged thousands of people affected by the storm, providing residents, business owners, design professionals and government officials with technical and design assistance as they recovered from the storm and rebuilt for a more resilient future.

Prior to establishing the Center for Resilient Design, Tom served as the executive director of Leadership New Jersey, a statewide program strengthening civic leadership through experiential learning. The experience is one that will help Next City further develop its successful Vanguard program.

Tom got his start in nonprofit management at Regional Plan Association, where he directed RPA’s New Jersey office and managed six New Jersey Mayors’ Institutes on Community Design, and promoted affordable housing and transportation finance and property tax reforms.


Tom also brings to Next City key experiences in local, state and regional government. He served as a senior policy adviser to New Jersey governors Christine Todd Whitman and Donald T. DiFrancesco, drafting environmental preservation law and serving as the governor’s representative to the state’s planning commission. For more than a decade, Tom held a number of positions at the N.J. Office of State Planning, working to develop and implement New Jersey’s first statewide plan. These experiences will help guide Tom as he continues the work of building Next City into the most trusted resource for urban advocates and planners and city-dwellers.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tom to Next City,” says Jess Zimbabwe, Next City board president. “His experience in urban planning, government, academia and the nonprofit sector will be a boon for the organization as it continues into a groundbreaking second decade.”

Learn more about Tom and read his letter to Next City members and readers here.


ANA’s star wars themed R2-D2 aircraft to take passengers far, far away

beginning this fall, passengers flying the japanese ANA airways can jet to their destination star wars-style, aboard the new R2-D2 dreamliner aircraft.

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adidas primeknit 2.0 football boots offer new comfort & support levels

following the launch of the original boots in 2014, the adidas 'primeknit 2.0' football cleats lead the way in terms of comfort and support, by enhancing advanced compression fit technology.

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Casa 367 sits above the treetops of a hillside in Argentina

The top floor of this hillside house in Argentina extends out over the treetops to offer residents a vantage point over the surrounding town (+ slideshow). (more…)


reuben wu’s photographs of uncommon places look like alien landscapes

wu chooses a color palette of pastel greens, pinks, yellows and blues that draw the viewer into a surreal place, one that reminds of an otherworldly, alien landscape.

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toth project architecture office builds a larch holiday cottage

a cottage home made entirely of larch contains both indoor and outdoor covered spaces on the lake's shore, with operable blinds that transform the interior.

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