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Night House: Artist Cloaks Suburban Home Facade in Starry Skies

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] House painting is such time-consuming and meticulous work just to get a single color on a facade; perhaps next time you could clad your home in printed image of the night sky instead.

Cities of Tomorrow: Refugee Camps Require Longer-Term Thinking

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Former mayor of the world’s second-largest refugee camp, humanitarian Kilian Kleinschmidt notes that the average life of a refugee camp is 17 years, “a generation,” and these places need to be recognized as what they are: “cities of tomorrow,” not the temporary spaces we like to imagine. “In the Middle East, we were building camps: storage facilities for people.

Magic Circle: Laser-Cut Paper Sculptures Inspired by Nature

[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] An artist known for spending untold hours painstakingly hand-cutting tiny paper sculptures inspired by diatoms, bacteria, viruses, coral and other natural structures has augmented his process with the precision of lasers.

Work Perks: These 13 Offices Are Way More Fun Than Yours

[ By Steph in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Maybe you wouldn’t grumble about going back to work on Mondays if your office had putting greens and slides, meetings were held in tree houses, and you could work from ski lift pods or ball pits.

Bio-Wearables: Tech Tattoos Put Working Circuits on Your Skin

[ By WebUrbanist in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Tech Tats use conductive inks to create a circuit board right on your skin, providing a passive and unobtrusive alternative to standard wearables.

Blue Lights Out: 10 Closed & Abandoned Kmart Stores

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Attention Kmart shoppers… would the last one out the door please turn off the blue lights?

Lookout Below: 1-Mile Toronto Park to Run Under Elevated Highway

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] A new urban park in Ontario will take sheltered but unused space below a raised roadway and turn it into a place for walking, cycling and outdoor performances.

Impossible Landscapes: Distorted Scenes Disrupt Reality

[ By Steph in Art & Photography & Video. ] The laws of physics no longer apply as landscapes bend and flip, air and water blend together so that porpoises swim through the sky, surfers catch waves of clouds and the moon grows to many times its normal size.

Water Bed: Tow an Amphibious Mobile Shelter Behind Your Bike

[ By WebUrbanist in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ] Combining the cheap convenience of a hostel with the outdoor access of a tent, this wheeled micro-dwelling can be carted behind a bicycle then lowered into the water for a night of floating fun.

Building Up Iraq: World’s Tallest Skyscraper Planned for Basra

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] An ambitious proposal for a country in turmoil, this 3,780-foot building would be not only the tallest in the world but also taller than all structures currently in planning or under construction.

Star Wars x Starchitects: Lightsabers Meet Modern Design

[ By Steph in Design & Products & Packaging. ] How would Zaha Hadid’s signature brand of futuristic bio-inspired architecture translate to the design of a lightsaber if she were a Jedi?

Luminous Illusions: 14 Interactive Spaces Made of Light

[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Step into three-dimensional blueprints made of light, gaze at flickering ghost ships and walk beneath artificial aurora borealis with this stunning set of interactive illuminated installations.

Hypercolor Architecture: Paints React to Light, Heat & Touch

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] The 90s are back and better than ever, with Hypercolor-style material science now making its way onto exterior surfaces, robust enough to withstand external weather but with the same color-changing properties you know and love from those once-cool t-shirts.

Dubai Commissions Fleet of Jetpacks to Fight Skyscraper Fires

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Well known for its high-tech aspirations as well as architectural exuberance, the city of Dubai has begun ordering jetpacks for use by emergency services personnel in combating elevated blazes in its tall mixed-use towers.

Eff You: Sleek & Superior Bicycle Defies Global Racing Rules

[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] This stunning concept bike breaks from conventions set by international racing authorities to bring riders a vastly improved cycling experience, from enhanced aerodynamics and speed assists to smartphone functionality and storage space.

Gadget Gifts: 15 Slick Smartphone Add-Ons & Accessories

[ By Steph in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] We may as well admit that our smartphones have become permanent extensions of our hands, and accessorize them as such.

Power Plants: Scientists Grow Conductive Wires in Living Roses

[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Drawing & Digital & Technology. ] A group of Swedish scientists has developed a successful method for integrating conductive wire systems into plants, naturally soaked up from a gel into leaves and stems to create complete circuits in bionic hybrids.

Suckers! Japan’s Ubiquitous Octopus Playground Slides

[ By Steve in Culture & History & Travel. ] Weird anthropomorphic, gaudily painted concrete octopus slides lurk within hundreds of Japanese playgrounds, silently traumatizing generations of kids.

Meal of Worms: Kitchen Farm for Growing Edible Insects at Home

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Helping you grow and harvest edible mealworms right on your kitchen counter, the world’s first desktop-sized insect hive aims to aid a rebranding of an unpopular but nutrient-rich source of protein.

Sea Organ: Concrete Jetty Makes Music with Crashing Waves

[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] The ocean already makes music of its own, but in one Croatian town, its natural sounds are enhanced with the help of an interactive jetty-turned-instrument called ‘Sea Organ.’ Created by architect Nikola Basic in collaboration with engineers, craftspeople and a musical professor who tuned all of the pipes, the 230-foot installation on the coast of Zadar emits a constantly-changing concert of harmonic sounds with the flow of wind and water.