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World’s Longest Tunnel Slide Opening at Sculptural London Monument

[ By Steph in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Experience monumental sculpture like you never have before with a new 15-story tunnel slide that spirals around London’s ArcelorMittal Orbit monument, set to be the world’s longest.

Germany Puts Stoplights in Sidewalks for Distracted Pedestrians

[ By WebUrbanist in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Walkers preoccupied with their mobile devices as they traverse Augsburg, Germany, are starting to notice something new in their peripheral vision: sidewalk-embedded traffic lights designed to let them know when to stop and when to go.

Paper Westeros: Game of Thrones Intro Recreated in Moleskine Notebooks

[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] A snippet of the imaginative and ever-changing opening sequence of HBO’s Game of Thrones series is recreated in stop-motion using over 7,600 paper cutouts made with Moleskine notebooks in this 40-second video.

Walk on the Wild Side: 13 Crosswalk Illusions & Interventions

[ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Optical illusions that seem to produce real 3D speed bumps on a flat street may enhance safety by encouraging drivers to slow down, but such colorful crosswalk paintings could soon become extinct in the United States.

Shazam for Art: Phone App Identifies, Prices & Compares Artwork

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Whether at a gallery without wall plaques, visiting a business establishment or hanging out at a friend’s home, having Magnus on your smartphone will let you see what the wall art around you is all about.

Depth-Defying Art: 3D Chalk Characters Blend into City Streets

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Bringing a certain subtly and sense of humor back to three-dimensional chalk art, David Zenn creates highly-contextual scenes using an array of animal characters, all interacting with urban environments.

Wood Could: 12 Unlikely Timber-Based Transportation Designs

[ By Steph in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Why stop at slapping a couple of ‘70s-style faux wood panels on the sides of your ride when you could be driving a car or motorcycle that’s made entirely from wood?

Shunned Shine State: 10 More Abandoned Wonders Of Florida

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Florida may be America’s Sunshine State but these odd abandoned wonders reveal a darker side to the land of oranges, alligators and retirement communities.

Sladda: IKEA to Sell New Flat-Pack Bicycle for Urban Cyclists

[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] IKEA has announced a new lightweight bicycle with a rust-resistant chain, aluminum frame and low-maintenance construction all aimed to make it easier for more casual bicyclists to hop on and enjoy the ride.

Horror at the Met: Psycho House Replica on Museum Rooftop

[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Set against the New York City skyline, the house from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho has never looked more out of place, elevated high above the treetops on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stronger than Concrete: New Glass Bricks Support Dutch Facade

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] A new type of see-through glass brick used in this Dutch building facade aims to bridge traditional brick with transparency; the assembled bricks have been tested and shown to be as strong as concrete, able to support heavy loads in compression like its opaque competitor.

Behind the Scenes: Hidden Collections Storage at the Smithsonian

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Photography & Video. ] It is hard to imagine just how extensive, colorful and generally amazing the plant, animal, fossil and rock archives at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C.

When Art Attacks! Giant Spherical Sculpture Escapes Museum

[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] How do you stop a 15-foot-tall, 250-pound ball when it’s rolling down the street, running over cars and treating the city like a giant pinball machine?

No Place (to Work) Like Home: 15 Extraordinary Office Designs

[ By Steph in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Warning – your cramped, cluttered cubicle might seem even more soulless than usual compared to the magnificence of these beautifully appointed home offices, some with all glass walls overlooking the ocean, others set into the backyard for privacy and connection to nature.

Blue Light Special: Colored Streetlamps Precede Decline in Crime

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] In the early 2000s, the city of Glasgow, Scotland, changed over to blue street lighting in an effort to improve the appearance of the city, but areas with the newly blue lights saw an unexpected and disproportionate decrease in crime.

House of Eternal Return: Trippy Exhibit Owned by George RR Martin

[ By Steph in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin purchased a sprawling abandoned bowling alley in Santa Fe, New Mexico so an art collective called Meow Wolf could transform it into a bizarre and colorful immersive environment called The House of Eternal Return.

Buildings in Motion: 15 Most Mesmerizing Architecture Gifs

[ By Steph in Art & Drawing & Digital & Photography & Video. ] Architecture spins, zooms, slides, grows, shrinks and blooms like oversized artificial flowers in animated GIF form, with the effects originating from both fantasy motions that the real-life buildings don’t actually perform and functional movable parts.

Scaffolding Staircase: Huge Steps to Rise from Rotterdam Plaza

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] A temporary installation to commemorate the rebuilding of the city after the second world war, this massive staircase made from scaffolding will lead visitors up onto a postwar structure in the heart of Rotterdam.

Fruitless: 10 Abandoned Roadside Fruit & Produce Stands

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Once vital threads in the fabric of Americana, these abandoned fruit & produce stands no longer entice hungry travelers into making roadside pit stops.

Secret Rooms Installed in Deserted Sewers & Maintenance Shafts

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] A series of abandoned subterranean spaces in Milan have been transformed into tiny living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and kitchens, complete with furniture and fixtures.