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The Art of Shinkansen

Who doesn’t love an anime inspired gif ? The Central Japan Railway (JR Central) has commissioned a series of fifteen fun gifs by Japanese and international artists and animators to celebrate the world famous bullet train. The Art of Shinkansen project illustrates … Continue reading

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San Francisco Stories

I recently shared a post about Short Edition free story vending machines coming to Philadelphia. Now, it seems the concept has already reached San Francisco and the Café Zoetrope, which is owned by the director Francis Ford Coppola. Take a … Continue reading

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Automat Art

Instead of cigarettes, these old mechanical vending machines in the Netherlands now dispense one of a kind, handmade artworks. Each Pakje Kunst. or pack of art, costs just €4 and supports local artists and art programs. The two year old project, which was … Continue reading

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Bookstore Tourism: Dubai

In what seems to be a disturbing trend around the world, yet another staff-less bookstore has opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Book Hero, which is open 24 hours a day, has off-site management, but has zero booksellers on the … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Stories

About three years ago I did a post on the introduction of Short Édition short story dispensing machines in France. These brilliant kiosks provide users with one, three, or five minute reads on slim receipt-like paper strips for free. Last week, the Free … Continue reading

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Copenhagen Now Has A Parkipelago

CPH-Ø1 is a 215 square-foot handmade floating platform with a tree planted in the center. The min-island represents the first piece in a new project from local design studio Fokstrot. The “Parkipelago” is an innovative concept in public spaces coming to Copenhagen’s inner … Continue reading

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Drunks in doorways, Moons on trees

This  Monday, Bill Murray popped-up at SXSW in Austin, Texas for an impromptu street poetry reading of the great Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s short work “Dog”. The reading was not spontaneous, but part of a national promotional campaign for director … Continue reading

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Bookstore Tourism Beijing

Chinese bookstore chain Xinhua has opened the nation’s first employee-less, 24-hour bookstore, in Tongzhou, a district in southeast Beijing, and plans to open another 19 similar stores in the city before the end of the year. The bookshops, which are … Continue reading

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How far is it ?

I’m a big fan of Helsinki-based geographer Topi Tjukanov’s always innovative presentations of data from new perspectives/ This clever graphic examines just how far you can drive in one hour from twenty different European capitals.

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Underground Books Go Digital

For more than 20 years, public transit riders in Santiago, Chile have been able to borrow books from a network of mini-library vending machines in Metro stations. Now the service, which is provided by the municipal government and the Directorate … Continue reading

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