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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.

Hobart Rivulet: Doll Heads Adorn Pillars in Tasmanian Tunnels

[ By WebUrbanist in Travel & Urban Exploration. ] Below the streets of Hobart, Tasmania’s capital and most populated city, lie a network of centuries-old runoff tunnels that are slowly being turned into the backdrop for a growing body of collaborative (and sometimes creepy) art.

Robotic Delivery: 6-Wheeled Drones Set to Roll Out in London

[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] With all the focus on flying drones, grounded versions can fly under the radar, like the bot driving this latest business from the co-founders of Skype.

Arc Kit: Design and Build Your Own Miniature Architecture

[ By Steph in Design & Products & Packaging. ] A kit that combines the precision and detail of computer modeling with the physicality of Legos makes it possible to design and build any architectural structures you can dream up.

Unknown NYC: 12 Hidden Sights in America’s Cultural Hub

[ By Steph in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] The hordes of tourists glomming onto New York City’s most famous sights likely won’t notice the wild acid-green parakeets of Brooklyn, the strange bricked-up prison window on the side of the NYPD headquarters, the jarringly angled townhouse facade on Greenwich Village or the world’s largest chess board mounted to the side of an apartment building.