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World’s First Floating Underwater Tunnels to Span Fjords in Norway

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Norway is working to create the world’s first “submerged floating bridges,” suspended from surface pontoons and engineered to span its vast network of wide and deep fjords.

Unfold Your Getaway: Canoe for City Dwellers Packs Down to a Suitcase

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Products & Packaging. ] You can’t exactly fit a canoe through a narrow staircase in an apartment building, let alone take it on the metro, so for many sporty city dwellers, owning one may seem out of reach.

Literal Streetwear: ‘Pirate Printer’ Lifts Patterns from Urban Objects

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] A Berlin art collective has taken to the streets, inking urban fixtures and laying down shirts and tote bags to create a line of one-off prints literally lifted from city streets.

Kaleidoscopic Carpet: Interactive Art Projection Unravels in Realtime

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] A truly magical carpet ride, this immersive project provides a shifting spectrum of colors and shapes that morph in response to user interactions, changing as visitors walk over the surface.

Straight Outta the Batcave: The BMW Titan Concept Motorcycle

[ By SA Rogers in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Batman’s motorcycle in The Dark Knight Rises was cool and all, but the BMW Titan concept actually looks like a better fit for the caped crusader (albeit lacking in weaponry.) Turkish designer Mehmet Erdem actually took inspiration for the Titan from the sleek profile of a shark, with fins along the sides, a front wheel hidden within the body, and an exposed back wheel echoing the shape of a tail.

Time for New Technology: 13 Modern Wristwatch Designs

[ By SA Rogers in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Apple Watch’s failure to catch on tells us most people probably don’t want to wear full-on smartphones on our wrists, but that doesn’t mean standard analog watches couldn’t use a bit of modernization.

Gold Infill: Japanese Pottery Repair Tradition Applied to Concrete

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Strands of gold fill the cracks of this apartment in Kyoto, replicating in architecture a longstanding tradition of repairing pottery in a way that tells a true history of its use and reconstruction.

Glittering Wave-Shaped Concert Hall Placed Atop Old Warehouse Building

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] German concertgoers are so excited about the stunning new Elbphilharmonie building in Hamburg by architecture firm Herzog & De Meuron, they’re already snapping up tickets for the first events scheduled after its inauguration on January 11th, 2017.

Beyond Chernobyl: 15 Design Concepts for a Post-Nuclear World

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] 30 years post-Chernobyl and 5 years after Fukushima, we still haven’t figured out how to deal with lingering radiation in the wake of a nuclear disaster or come up with a foolproof way to protect ourselves from similar incidents in the future.

Tunnel of Books: Curved Shelves Wrap Bookstore Walls & Ceiling

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Paired to fantastic effect, a series of arch-forming shelving units and a black-mirrored floor create a wraparound tunnel in a Chinese bookstore, punctuated by a fracture leading visitors through the resulting passageway.

Turn On: Backwards Glances From Famous Monuments

[ By Steve in Drawing & Digital. ] Photographer Oliver Curtis turns his back on some of the world’s most famous monuments, capturing a wholly unexpected side to these familiar cultural icons.

Artist Socks Series: Wear Pairs of Figures from Famous Paintings

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Simple stripes, colors and patterns are all that is visible when you are wearing shoes, but kick them off and you can show off famous figures from classic paintings.

Double-Helix Bridge Design for Beijing Based on Abstracted Olympic Symbol

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] The Olympic symbol consisting of five interlinked circles is stretched out and rotated until the links create a three-dimensional double helix formation in this bridge design, which is scheduled to become reality in Beijing in time for the Olympic Winter Games in 2022.

Deconstructed: 25 Famous Floor Plans as Architectural Labyrinths

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ]   The most fundamental blueprint of a building is its floor plan, which organizes the spaces to be occupied, creating a footprint to be extruded into three dimensions.

Tiny in Dubai: New Miniature Art Installations by Slinkachu

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Last time we caught up with miniaturist Slinkachu, the UK-based artist had placed his little people on the streets of Paris, and now he’s brought his signature blink-and-you’ll-miss-them scenes to the United Arab Emirates.

Tunnel Visions: 15 All-Encompassing Explorable Art Installations

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Few art experiences short of virtual reality are quite as immersive as entering a tunnel, literally surrounding yourself with an artist’s vision, blocking out nearly all sensory input not related to the installation.

Pokédrone Go: Micro-Drone Augments Reach for Pokémon Players

[ By WebUrbanist in Gaming & Computing & Technology. ] Pokémon Go has hit the ground running, breaking game release records and getting people out of the house and onto city streets.

The Brave New World of Robotic Pizza Delivery is Almost Here

[ By SA Rogers in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Thus far, the 21st century has been pretty disappointing for those of us who grew up expecting flying cars, teleportation devices and recreational trips to the moon by the time we were adults.

Abandoned Architecture as Art: 13 Radical Reclamations

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] When an abandoned structure can’t be rehabbed in the traditional sense, whether due to practical constraints or simply becoming obsolete, it can be transformed for another purpose with paint, tape, lights and sculptural installations.

Dystopian Textile: Beirut Architect Builds Bulletproof Headscarf

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Somewhere between disturbing practical and abysmally pessimistic, this gender-neutral, anti-ballistic headscarf draws on a long history of regional fashion traditions but with a depressingly contemporary twist: it is constructed from Kevlar.