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Photographic Memory: Artist Covers Family Home in Pics Prior to Demolition

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] To celebrate 70 years of family memories, artist Gary Sweeney plastered his family home in Manhattan Beach with old photographs, an installation that lasted until the building was demolished.

Take it From a Tiny House: 12 Smart Small Space Tricks That Really Work

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] You don’t have to drastically shrink your whole life to fit into a 200-square-foot space in order to learn a space-saving trick or two from the tiny house movement.

Dramatas Urbanae: Photographer’s 10-Year Study of a Single Public Bench

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Photography & Video. ] A lone Ukrainian park bench has become the unlikely star of a decade-long drama, much more by chance than by design, thanks to a photographer’s unplanned project to document the lives of those who use it.

Temporary Street Art: Mobile Projector Paints Hong Kong with Modern Chinese Zodiac

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Three years after decorating Paris with smartly-dressed animals, street artist Julien Nonnon is back with a project that temporarily adorns the streets of Hong Kong with his own modern version of the Chinese Zodiac.

Whole Lotta Lush: 10 Verdant Offices That Feel Like They’re Outdoors

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Not every office environment can be a multi-billion-dollar geodesic conservatory filled with tens of thousands of tropical plants, but there are lots of different ways to make boring workspaces more livable with the power of vegetation.

Meta-Footwear: Sneaker Protectors, So You Can Have Shoes for Your Shoes

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] These new Shoes for Shoes combine sandals, galoshes, and, well, shoes, to create a hybrid fashion phenomenon making its way from the runways of Men’s Fashion Week in Paris to a store near you.

Toy Boxed: 10 Closed & Abandoned Toys R Us Stores

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] It took 60 years for Toys ‘R’ Us to rise to a Category Killer corporation… and fall victim to bankruptcy when economics told it to put the toys away.

Algorithmic Art: Dynamic Display ‘Paints’ Surreal Scenes & Melting Cityscapes

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Abstracting views of the city, this huge installation uses computer algorithms to deform local everyday footage on a massive 14-by-23-foot display canvas.

The Empire Has Collapsed: Miniature Scenes Illustrate the Post-Apocalypse

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Nature begins to take back New York City after all the humans are gone in this series of artfully photographed post-apocalypse miniatures.

Architecture with a Twist: Installation Artist Knots Columns & Flips Facades

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] In his latest work dubbed Birth, Death and Midlife Crisis, artist Alex Chinneck is back at it again, exploring the limits of seemingly solid structures (and observer imaginations).

Graffiti Artists Awarded $6.7 Million from Landlord Who Destroyed Their Work

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Prior to 2013, a warehouse in Queens known as 5Pointz was a graffiti mecca packed with murals and other work by hundreds of artists, many of whom rented space inside the building.

It’s in the Bag: 13 Ultra-Functional Backpacks for Busy Urban Lifestyles

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Products & Packaging. ] A bag is definitely not just a bag when you’re commuting in all weather conditions, biking to work, carrying a lot of expensive gear and trying to look professional and stay organized all the while.

From Chaos to Creative Compositions: The Anamorphic Art of Bernard Pras

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] It takes a special kind of creative brain to sort a pile of random junk into an anamorphic arrangement that looks like complete chaos from most angles, but comes together into a work of art from the right perspective.

Raised in a Barn & Proud: 15 Farm Buildings Converted to Modern Homes

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] They could be so dilapidated they’re practically ruins, but old barns have both historical value and rural charm, and when architects dramatically rescue them, they become incredible modern homes, offices, galleries and artist studios.

Deserted Dollhouse: Street Artist Crafts Eerie Miniature Abandoned Home

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Created over the course of six months, this 1:10 scale model of a rundown home may be the most creepy and depressing dollhouse ever created, softened somewhat with miniaturized graffiti murals by its maker.

Creature Comforts: 12 More Animal-Shaped Buildings

[ By Steve in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] See the creature, be the creature… live in the creature?

Link Rot: ‘Social Decay’ Renders Tech Media Giants as Urban Abandonments

[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Physical businesses that fall on hard times often leave signs in the built environment, like the distinctive facades of deserted or adapted Pizza Huts, but what might social media sites look like in a post-apocalyptic, non-digital world?

Tired of Looking At Your Coworkers? Try the FocusCap, a Horse Blinder for People

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Products & Packaging. ] At the outset, the idea of wearing what equates to a pair of horse blinders so you can focus feels a little ridiculous.

Egalitarian Gallery: New York Curators Combat Elitism, Exhibit Everything

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] The art world tends to be exclusive by design, but a gallery founder and a curator in NYC decided to team up and do the most inclusive thing they could think of by offering to display any work sent their way in the ultimate “open call” for artists.

Could the Useless Gas Stations of the Future be Used as Gyms Instead?

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] The electric vehicle revolution is accelerating faster than anyone expected, with many experts predicting at least 100 million electric cars hitting the roads by 2035 – making up 85% of new car sales.