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NORWAY INVESTS

norway look out

Many countries have tourism departments. A lot of them are progressive and have brilliant ideas to lure visitors. But how many of them can say their country is willing to invest $400 million in their programs. Norway is the beautiful exception. In 2002 the country laid out an 18 year plan to generate more tourism. They rallied architects and designers to reface 18 National Tourist Routes. And as Fast Company reports, “All told, the federal government is expected to sink an estimated $377 million into the program, with an additional $63 million from private and public partners. It’s a mammoth investment and a testament to one country’s faith in the power of design to add equity to an already flourishing tourism industry.” From the looks of things it’s money well spent. We’ve posted a few photos of their progress below.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: architecture, landmarks, places

MARCUS WERNER

MARCUS WERNER BRAZIL LEICA

Photography fans will enjoy the latest project by Leica. They’re sponsoring 10 creative ambassadors to travel the world and keep a journal about their adventures. One of their ambassadors, Marcus Werner is a fantastic photographer and contributor to one of our favorite sites Freunde von Freunden. We were delighted to discover his latest post about Rio de Janeiro. View a sample of his photos below, but visit the site for the full impact of his work.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: photography, places

IMAGES OF PARIS

le flaneur paris

Paris begs to be photographed. Every street corner, museum and café compels you to pull out your camera and snap a shot. The only problem is that every other tourist feels the same urge. That’s what makes Luke Shepard’s short video so compelling. Composed with 2,000 photos and a killer soundtrack by the XX, he shows an enchanting side of Paris that is nearly impossible to see at any other time. Click Read More to view the video.

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QUEEN MARY TWO

queen mary

Recently we came across this beautiful time-lapse video by Adonis Pulatus. Shot with a Lumix GH1 on the upper deck of the Queen Mary 2 he captures the ocean’s quiet beauty as they sail from New York toward the Caribbean. We posted a few photos and the video below. Click Read More to view.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: transport, innovations

WORLD OF MOTION

world of motion

Animation and transportation team up for a charming video about the evolution of travel. Colin Hesterly’s World of Motion is an entertaining exploration in nostalgia. It effortlessly pays tribute to the various achievements made in transportation and technology. With all our modern-day conveniences it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come in such a short period of time. Click Read More to view this excellent short video.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: art & design, transport

FINLAND'S VALKKY

crossing innovations

The smallest details go a long way. Especially when we’re talking about safety. Finnish company, Havainne Oy, recently created the Valkky – a light device that recognizes cross walk movement and automatically sets off flashing blue & white LED lights to inform oncoming traffic that people are entering the cross walk. It’s a simple solutions that easily attaches to pre-existing street signs. Designed for use in highly populated urban centers this tiny city innovation yields great results for keeping pedestrians safe – especially at night. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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LONDON'S LIGHTS

w hotel london showtime

London’s W Hotel makes a bold statement with their innovative facade. Teaming up with Jason Bruges Studio, they created a permanent art installation on the building’s face that captures the city’s skyline via cameras and reinterprets these views using 600 plus lights diffused through fritted glass. Wallpaper* Magazine shot a excellent video of the installation. You can view it here. As they describe it, “Titled Showtime, the installation observes and participates in the life of Leicester Square and fronts a 192-guest room hotel, designed by Jestico + Whiles.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: architecture, hotels, innovations

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