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Gaza Strip Graffiti: Artist Banksy Tunnels Back Into Palestine


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Well known for polarizing political artwork, the infamous street artist Banksy recently returned to the Middle East and filmed a short video about his new work while also commenting on the culture and conditions in a famously contentious place.

Radically Surreal: A Strange World of Mind-Bending Illusions


[ By Steph in Drawing & Digital. ] Reality is malleable and nothing is quite as it seems in the surreal world of photographer Erik Johansson, who takes hundreds of photos of a single subject, merges them together and digitally manipulates them to produce optical illusions and the strangest of scenes.

10K Timelapse: 80-Megapixel Camera Captures Urban Rio in Motion


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Photography & Video. ] No monitor in the world can fully do justice to the amazing level of detail in this sequence, but be sure to go full screen when watching in this video, regardless, to get a taste of the possibilities.

Glacier City: Icelandic Ice Cap Carved Out for Year-Round Use


[ By WebUrbanist in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Burrowing hundreds of feet into the second-largest glacier in Europe, the world’s largest system of ice tunnels and spaces (including a chapel and cafe and exhibit spaces) are being excavated to connect visitors with a massive natural blue-ice cavern buried deep beneath the surface of Iceland.

Secret Lives of Superheroes: Realistically Posed Action Figures


[ By Steph in Art & Photography & Video. ] The secret lives of superheroes are far more mundane than you might imagine, with the Black Widow helping the Hulk trim his armpit hair, Spiderman scrubbing Captain America’s shield, Thor taking selfies and Wolverine getting fresh with the ladies.

The High Life: 12 Incredible Residential Tree House Designs


[ By Steph in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] We’ve seen tree houses that function as oversized sculptures, play structures for kids, sky-high tea houses and elevated retreats for work or meditation, but how many tree house designs actually fulfill dreams of living in the forest canopy full-time?

(Not) for Sale: Get Paid $5K to Haul Away ‘Skyway to Nowhere’


[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] 280,000 pounds of glass, steel and concrete spanning over 80 feet, this remarkable structure was built to span city streets and sidewalks in Minneapolis but has storied history that goes well beyond its original usage.

CastAR: See, Work, Play & Learn via Augmented Reality Glasses


[ By WebUrbanist in Gaming & Computing & Technology. ] In this new video, Technical Illusions, the company behind CastAR, a hybrid augmented and virtual reality headset, shows off a series of amazing everyday applications of their technology, dissolving the distinction between real and digital spaces.

Road A-Peel: Upside-Down Car Clings to Curling Street


[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] An upside-down, cherry-red car clings improbably to a slice of a concrete parking lot as it curls up over itself in this gravity-defying installation by British artist Alex Chinneck.

Rooftop Recreation: 12 Vertigo-Inducing Sky-High Hangouts


[ By Steph in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Test your tolerance for stomach-churning heights by dangling over the edge of the western hemisphere’s tallest freestanding tower, zip lining high above the Las Vegas strip, swimming up to the invisible edge of a skyscraper rooftop swimming pool or taking a tour of Stockholm from atop its architecture.

Inevitably Graffitied: White Canvas-Like SoHo Facade Defaced


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] While its creators anticipated this stretched plastic surface appealing to local graffiti artists, they were apparently hoping for a higher grade of street art to adorn the Storefront for Art and Architecture gallery facade in New York City.

Checked Out: Ten Permanently Vacant Abandoned Motels


[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Motels have been in decline for decades – even Norman Bates knew that – and these abandoned motels illustrate a fundamental shift in travel trends.

Dubai ‘Torch’ Tower Catches Fire, Extinguished with No Deaths


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] A multistory fire raged up the side of this 1,105-foot skyscraper last night, one of the tallest in Dubai, exacerbated by high winds and casting molten glass and charred masonry from the so-called Torch tower down to the ground below.

Playful in Paris: Life-Sized Interactive Street Art


[ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Everyday objects and imperfections in the urban surfaces of Paris become part of strange and unexpected scenes as French artist Levalet incorporates them into life-sized street art.

Sunken Sky: Courtyard Light Well Suspended in Warehouse Loft


[ By Steph in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] A formerly dark, poorly ventilated caviar warehouse is illuminated naturally thanks to a sunken courtyard with a retractible glass roof, connecting the interior spaces to an outdoor terrace, acting as both a space and a sort of floating lantern in the unit.

Converted Crane: 150-Foot-Tall Dutch Hotel Spins in the Wind


[ By WebUrbanist in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ] Featuring three suites toward its peak (and a spa pool to top it off), this boutique hotel is situated in one of the tallest and oldest maritime cranes in the world – and despite the steel frame weighing a whopping 250 tons, it still slowly rotates with the weather.

Banknote Bombing: Hacked Currency Spotlights Instability


[ By Steph in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] The grim reaper lurks, one man steps on another’s head, crowds cling precariously to window ledges and the people begin to revolt in a series of hacked Euro bank notes by artist Stefanos.

Compressed Motion: 14 Hypnotizing Time-Lapse Videos & Images


[ By Steph in Art & Photography & Video. ] Movements that may happen to quickly for us to perceive in real time, like the imperceptible swaying of a portrait subject trying to stay still or the multiplication of microscopic crystals as they turn into snowflakes, are stunningly captured in these 14 (more!

New Artificial Lighting Tricks Human Brain into Seeing Sunlight


[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Access to natural daylight has long been one of the biggest limiting factors in building design – some solutions involve reflecting real daylight from the outdoors, but until now no solution has been able to mimic natural refraction processes and fools our minds into thinking we are surrounded by actual sunlight.

Pop-Up Office: 14 Modern Mobile Studios for Creatives


[ By Steph in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] Whether you’re an artist looking to work in the most inspiring environment possible or just want to break beyond the cubicle, these mobile and pop-up offices offer adaptability, portability and access to optimal daylight levels.


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