The visionary crowdfunded projects and creators that are making great cities even greater.

THE POPUP FOREST PROJECT

The bustle of Times Square and the serenity of a forest don’t have to be mutually exclusive. A plant ecologist intends to prove that with this creative installation and, in doing so, inspire urban residents to reconnect with nature.

THE QUARTYARD PROJECT

As more residents move into previously commercial downtown areas, cities are suffering from a lack of community space. Three crafty San Diego friends built an urban oasis out of the grit and grime of downtown infrastructure, giving the surrounding neighborhood a place to come together.

THE WABASH LIGHTS PROJECT

Urban living can sometimes feel like an isolated, monotonous experience. With some nifty tech in hand, two makers in Chicago are hoping to connect citizens to the city through a public light installation under the elevated subway.

THE LOWLINE PROJECT

With a population and skyline that won’t stop growing, the bustling streets of Manhattan can be overwhelming. One group wants to bring in some relief, using innovative technology to create a lush public park underground.

THE PORTALS PROJECT

In our dense, diverse, modern cities, quiet and directionless interactions have become rare. Using basic technology (and a couple of gold shipping containers), two former journalists want to connect strangers thousands of miles apart.

THE + POOL PROJECT

“A giant strainer dropped into the river” seems like a crazy way to clean up the water around New York City. But when that strainer is also a public pool, this idea seems just crazy enough to work.

A SONIC GIFT

The man behind LCD Soundsytem wants to turn your commute into a musical journey.

A SONIC GIFT

The power of music to influence our emotions and to conjure up memories is undeniable. And with just a simple change, the man behind LCD Soundsystem wants to turn your commute into a musical journey.