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Empty spaces: Cracking open our campuses for innovation

In 1804, the world’s population stood at one billion. Just over 200 years later, that number had multiplied sevenfold. One billion: a number that, at the turn of the 19th century, had taken all of human history to accrue, is now tipping over in a matter of 12 years. From six billion in 1999, we have quickly reached the seven billion mark in 2011. Humans, we have a problem.

Are we coming to the end of the road for roads as we know them?

Sprawled across a bike path in Nuenen, Netherlands, 50 000 solar-powered stones are embedded on the pavement to glow in the dark and resemble Vincent van Gogh’s famous “The Starry Night”. It was a commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the painter’s death: a techno-poetry that Dutch artist and urban architect Daan Roosegaarde describes as “technical combined with experience”, a fusion of art and purpose.

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