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25 Incredibly Colorized Historical Photographs

A brilliant artistic trend of photo-manipulation has broken to changes our perception of history dramatically. Colorizing historic photographs from the late 1800′s and early 1900′s changes their appearance from something historic and different, into a scene from today. The colorful image of Albert Einstein sitting beside the water gives us an entire new perspective on the genius. He goes from a brilliant historic relic, into a living brilliance of our era. The colorized photograph of Audrey Hepburn transforms our thoughts of beauty. Historic events move forward decades, or even a full century, by the addition of color carefully planned and… Read more »

The World’s 25 Most Colorful Cities

Who wouldn’t want to live in one of the world’s most colorful cities? The color of a city and the creativity of its people can easily turn a dull town into a place with vibrant beauty. If you ever wonder what makes a city beautiful, the answer can lie within its architecture, landscape, or people – But can also be something simpler, like color. A colorful city is a happy city. Just imagine your own city only more cheerful and colorful. Here are just a few you can put on your wish list: 1. Amorgos Island, Greece SEE ALSO: Mediterranean House in Tinos Island, Greece… Read more »

Top 10 Countries to Live Away from World Conflict

Our world is not all perfect, some places enjoy peaceful life and other suffer from on going conflicts, minority discrimination, or high rates of violence and crime. If you currently live in an area where conflicts or turmoil reflects on people’s lives and the index of nations happiness, you’ll probably understand what it means to live somewhere far away from any current or potential instabilities. Perhaps it’s too much to imagine and not the best subject to wish for, but safety and distance from world conflict can be a motivating factor in your choice to expatriate. At the very least, conflict… Read more »

Top 10 Cities With the World’s Worst Air

Some of the world’s largest and most densely populated cities have air that’s so polluted that people suffer from lung diseases at rates that are significantly above global averages. Birth defects in these cities are also at extraordinarily high levels, as are heart disease and cancer rates. Many of these cities are among the fastest-growing in the world. And in some, residents burn wood and coal for warmth, releasing additional deadly pollution into the atmosphere. But which cities have the world’s worst air? To compile such a list, 24/7 Wall St has reviewed several dozen studies on air quality conducted over the… Read more »

The Top 10 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012

After the tremendous success our “Picture of the Day” section received upon its introduction in 2012, we’ve decided to put together a short gallery of our most “liked” images posted throughout the year, in efforts to honor the gifted photographers that have managed to snap incredible imagery that inspires us all. Below are the top 10 Pictures of the day for 2012. I can’t thank you enough for taking the time out of your day to check out the site. May you continue to be inspired, educated and entertained by our beautiful planet and all that inhabit it. Enjoy the peek!… Read more »

The Year’s Recap: Top 20 Posts On UrbanPeek in 2012

2012 was a sensational year on UrbanPeek and it all comes down to some of the most extraordinary work of creative designers, photographers and artists as well as the tech innovations, concepts and analysts reports featured here weekly. To sum up an amazing 12 months, here are some of the most popular posts our readers showed great passion for sharing and spreading this year. Enjoy! 1. What Happens in Bookstores at Night [VIDEO] January 11, 2012 – Sean Ohlenkamp and wife Lisa, after organizing their own bookshelf at home, they re-gathered their efforts for Type Bookstore in Toronto, Canada. They spent… Read more »

7 Most Valuable Monuments in Europe

A new study was set to evaluate the value of the most popular monuments around Europe. Conducted by Italy’s Monza and Brianza Chamber of Commerce, it outlined the monetary value of monuments according to their image, branding and aesthetic qualities. Parameters included a “tourist index” which highlighted “the economic value of the location, the fame of the monument, the flux of visitors to the territory and monument.” Also included was an “economic attractiveness index,” which comprised factors like the number of jobs a monument creates and its export value. The material and property value of any structure was not included. Here’s… Read more »

10 Most Hated Cities in the World

To kick-off this post without any misunderstandings, the following cities within the countdown are not hated for being the worst cities in the world – as a mater of fact, a couple of them are ranked as the most livable – it’s because they’re the most bugging and annoying cities to visitors according to a survey underwent by CNNgo. These cities prompt plenty of critical conversation, meant in the most positive light. In other words, this post can be named “10 cities travelers most love to hate”, so here’s the countdown: 10. Belize City, Belize (Belize City, Belize –  image source) A diving and… Read more »

The World’s 10 Most Corrupt Countries

Corruption is the plague of living being, a disease that every society suffers from to a certain extent and may affect an individual directly or indirectly. It is defined as the impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle; in one way or another a person or a corporation either benefits through unfair means from a certain advantage or is hindered due rights, resulting in social and economical oppression, some leading to nations collapsing. Transparency international – a coalition against global corruption – has populated their annual list of corruption index for 182 countries world wide. The index draws on assessments and opinion… Read more »

Top 20 World’s Laziest Countries

In-time for the 2012 London Olympics, British medical magazine – The Lancet has conducted a series of studies for over 122 countries by medical journal to reveal the ones with the highest levels of inactivity in the world – in other words, which nation is the laziest in the world. The researchers concluded that a lack of exercise is now a leading cause of death, a third of people across the world do not meet the minimum activity recommendations (which is generally about 2.5 hours of moderate activity per week). The researchers point out that the publication of the studies at the time of… Read more »

Top 10 World’s Richest Countries in 2012

Forbes magazine published an article recently on the richest 15 countries in the world and the surprise was that on top of this list is the Arab state of Qatar. Qatar topped a list that classifies countries on the basis of per capita gross domestic product, where the annual per capita income in it exceeds 88 Thousand  Dollars, according to figures from the International Monetary Fund the world of 2010. Thanks to enormous economic revenues of oil and gas reserves, in comparison with the relatively low population (1.7 million inhabitants), as well as the diversity of investments carried out by the Qatari government from owning stakes in global… Read more »

AIA’s Top 10 Green Buildings in 2011

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) has announced the 2011 COTE Top Ten Green Projects, naming the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The COTE Top Ten Green Projects program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology. They make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants, and reduce environmental impact through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation,… Read more »

Top 10 Downtowns in USA

A compilation of the 10 best downtowns in the USA was recently released by Livability.com.  Based on certain criteria that analyzes entertainment, planning, architecture, and green spaces. They have come up with a list atypical of the cities typically found at the top of similar lists. These downtowns are well thought out, walkable and easy to navigate. There’s a range of flavors to be found in upscale eateries and casual cafés, while indie theaters, glossy off-Broadway productions, and family-friendly museums offer residents and visitors endless ways to spend their days. Buildings that have stood the test of time or showcase the… Read more »

Top 10 Posts in August

Here’s a list of the 10 most popular articles published on UrbanPeek this past month: First Images of the World’s NEW Tallest building -Jeddah Dancing Color Sculptures [VIDEO] Metropol Parasol – The Largest Wooden Structure in the World SLIDE-S – Egypt’s Solar Green House Guiding LEDoorHandle for Mood and Emergency The Bridge between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, A Dream Come True ? The New APPLE Campus by Foster + Partners 080-23MR Sensualscaping: The House of Curves Rainbow mille-feuille: Colorful Bank in Tokyo New York’s 9/11 Memorial to Open this Year on 10th Anniversary [PHOTOS] Please don’t forget to spread our Urban Wisdom, and stay connected… Read more »

World’s Highest Tennis Court at Burj Al Arab, Dubai

The world’s highest Tennis court stands atop the fourth highest and the only 7 stars hotel in the world, Burj Al Arab in Dubai. The tennis court is circular in shape ,and also doubles as a helipad, hovering 1000 feet above the Arabian gulf. In preparation for the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open, On February 22, 2005, the Burj al Arab hosted Andre Agassi and Roger Federer to play a match on their helipad tennis court before heading to the $1 million championship. The tennis legends couldn’t resist the temptation to have a friendly ‘hit’ on the world’s most unique tennis court. Burj Al Arab is the world’s most luxurious… Read more »

San Alfonso del Mar – the Largest Pool in the World

San Alfonso del Mar is a resort in Algarrobo, Chile, also known for its world’s largest swimming pool according to the Guinness World Records.   The resort is owned by a Chilean biochemist and businessman Fernando Fischmann, the head of Crystal Lagoon Corporation – the company that designed the gigantic pool. He used the patented technology to “harvest, filter and permanently recirculate ocean water”. “This advance provides something that until now was not technically possible – the generation of monumental masses of water in a crystalline state to provide a beach life environment and aquatic sports at the top level,” Fernando… Read more »

Nemo 33 – The Deepest Diving Pool in the World

In 1996 after learning to dive in blue lagoon John Beernaerts got a thought to recreate the conditions of Bora Bora islands in Brussels, Belgium. 7 years of construction and 3,2 million euros spent on Beernaerts’ design and on the 1st of May 2004 the efforts resulted into the opening of the first deepest diving pool in the world – Nemo 33. The name came from a combination of Jules Verne’s book – Captain Nemo and the pool’s maximum depth mark. Its maximum depth is 33 meters (108 ft) and it contains 2.5 million liters of non-chlorinated, highly filtered spring water maintained at 30 °C (86 °F). The… Read more »

Top 10 Most Visited Cities Worldwide

Where to go for vacation this year? Not only to release your mind from the daily routine but to see something really spectacular and breathtaking and at same time comfortable and tourist friendly. That’s the question you start to spine in your brain as soon as the horizon is lit by the upcoming break or sometimes even as soon as you are back from the last one. Here’s a fast peek at the 10 most visited cities in the world: 10. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 6,81 million tourists. 9. Istanbul, Turkey, 7.51 million tourists. 8.  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8.11 million tourists…. Read more »

Top 25 bizarre hotels (part 2)

13.  Das Park Hotel, Ottensheim, Austria Hotel rooms built from giant concrete sewage pipe segments This is a one-of-a-kind hotel, it has been designed from the outset to use worldwide standard concrete drainage or sewage pipe sections – so you could well see more of them in the future. The idea of Andreas Strauss in 2004, the first rooms were provided in Linz. Now in nearby Ottensheim, rooms are accessed by a digital keypad, whose code is provided by the self service website upon booking acceptance. The beauty of these pipes is that their concrete utilitarian look needs little alteration to make… Read more »

Top 10 Visited Countries in the World

Tourism has taken its present-day definition starting from the early 1800s as “someone traveling abroad for more than twenty-four hours and less that 6 months, for recreational, leisure, or business purposes”. It’s significant growth towards the mid 1900s gave it a different economy-impacting dimension. Nowadays for some countries as France, Egypt, Greece, United States, Spain, Italy, and Thailand, and many island nations, such as The Bahamas, Fiji, Maldives, Philippines and the Seychelles, Tourism is a vital source of income. International tourism arrivals grew nearly 7% in 2010 to 940 million travelers, generating a total of $991 billion (€693 billion) in exports earnings and is expected to grow between 4% and 5% in 2011…. Read more »

Top 25 bizarre hotels (part 1)

1. Palacio de Sal, Uyuni, Bolivia Palacio de Sal Hotel & Spa, newly remodeled and unique in the world, is completely built in salt. Walls, floors, ceilings, and most of the furniture too – chairs, tables and beds are all made of salt. There is also a 9-hole salt golf course designed by Christian Pensu. You’ll also see stunning sunsets (you’re 3650m above sea level), with an amazing backdrop of the mountain ranges in the distance. 2. Dockside Crane Hotel, Harlingen, Netherlands This is a genuine dockside crane which has been the recipient of intelligent engineering and dedicated devotion rarely… Read more »

The 10 most livable cities in the world

Everyday-growing world population of 6.7 billion people is living throughout earth under very contrasting circumstances, from needy and illiterate to extreme luxury and prosperity among different localities. Nowadays the number of cities around the planet overcame 2.5 millions including 101 metropolises. Neither size nor population can attach the good reputation and cozy surroundings to a city. There are much more important criteria to define the most livable city among many others as safety/crime, international connectivity, climate/sunshine, quality of architecture, public transportation, tolerance, environmental issues and access to nature, urban design, business conditions, pro active policy developments and medical care. The… Read more »

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