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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Garden for rent lets urbanites get away from the crowds
It’s hard to get a moment’s peace in the city. While the idea of sitting in a green space and reading a book is a pleasant one, not everyone can afford a home with a garden. In public parks, it’s also more likely to be interrupted by kids, dogs and footballs. While startups such as Breather have aimed to unlock cities’ more peaceful office environments, Plot now aims to rent out mini green spaces to enable anyone to enjoy private relaxation time outdoors. READ MORE…
Park benches charge phones and offer local area information
Park benches are typically pedestrian affairs, but they can be redesigned to offer greater practicality. We’ve already seen ideas such as the Water Bench, which enables outdoor seating to double as a water reservoir in drought-affected areas. Now Boston-based Soofa is turning urban furniture into solar-powered information centers and charge points for cities’ public spaces. READ MORE…
Pop-up cycle lanes add safer bike routes to any road
Although painted bicycle lanes are meant to be designated safe areas for cyclists, they can often be full of potholes and ignored by motorists. Hoping to change this, Copenhagenize Flow is a system of modular tiles that enables bike riders to establish a flat cycle lane surface anywhere, on the fly. READ MORE…
Crowdsourcing the sounds of cities’ quiet spots
Finding a place in the city to collect your thoughts and enjoy some quietude is a rare thing. While startups such as Breather are set to open up private spaces for work and relaxation in several US cities, a new project called Stereopublic is hoping to map the ones already there, recruiting citizens to collect the sounds of those spaces. READ MORE…
Bike-powered, modular parks bring spontaneous green spaces to cities
According to recent research, there are now more people in the world living in urban environments than in rural ones. However, it’s not always possible or convenient to enjoy green space in those built-up areas. In order to tackle this problem, Parkcycle is a scheme that enables parks to be spontaneously assembled in any public location. READ MORE…
Stylish urban spaces available to rent for work or relaxation
We’ve already seen Podtime provide workers in the UK with spaces to have a nap in the city. Now Breather wants to do something similar in the US, opening up quiet spaces in urban properties that customers can rent for work or relaxation. READ MORE…
In Ottawa, vinyl covers combat graffiti on traffic control boxes
Like countless big cities around the globe, Canada’s capital has been battling graffiti for years, including commissioning artists for a citywide mural program targeting large surfaces. Recently, however, a new program was introduced for Ottawa’s frequently vandalized traffic control boxes that uses brightly colored vinyl covers to both deter graffiti and make it easier to remove. READ MORE…
Urban farm and market encourages consumers to be involved in the growing process
Selling farm goods directly to the consumer means greater profits for the producer and brings consumers closer to the source of the food they eat. The FARM:shop in London already offers goods farmed on site, and now The Farmery aims to encourage consumers in the US to see how their food is grown as well as take part themselves. READ MORE…
Mobile app connects those who share journeys

We’re spotting more and more examples of online technologies — once  predicted to isolate users — doing just the opposite and enabling mass mingling instead. In much the same spirit as Bumped.in, French SubMate is a mobile app that helps city locals find and connect with others who spend time in the same vicinity. READ MORE…