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Grinding Light: First Glow-in-the-Dark Skateboard Park in UK

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]   A permanent installation opening as part of the Liverpool Biennial in England, this glowing skate park will be the first of its kind in the UK, enabling skaters of all skill levels to give it a shot by day or night.

Banksy’s Dismaland to be Reused as Refugee Housing in France

[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] The dystopian bemusement pop-up theme park known Dismaland, a project of UK artist Banksy, is now closed but its dismantled pieces and parts will find second lives as architecture and infrastructure for refugees across the English Channel in the French port city of Calais.

Fist-Bump This Crosswalk Signal to Get a Green Light

[ By Steph in Design & Guerilla Ads & Marketing. ] Pedestrians approaching a crosswalk button that has been modified with a silicone fist knew exactly what to do in order to get across the street.

NYC Secrets: 10 Hidden Sights in The City That Never Sleeps

[ By Steph in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Even if you’re sick of the surface-level, tourist-friendly version of New York City, there are still many sights to be seen, including fun little secret installations right under your nose in busy places like Grand Central Terminal and subway platforms.

Chinese Skywalk: World’s Longest Glass Bridge Spans Two Cliffs

[ By WebUrbanist in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] If you thought Twin Peaks was suspenseful, test your mettle on the new glass-bottomed Brave Man’s Bridge connecting two cliffs in the Hunan province of China and spanning nearly 1,000 feet.

Farm-to-Desk: Vertical Urban Farm Shares Tokyo Office Space

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] Two hundred species of edible greens occupy a quarter of this 215,000-square-foot in Tokyo, Japan, sharing space with thousands of workers who in turn consume harvested fruits, vegetables and rice right in the building’s cafeteria, a direct farm-to-table connection.

Fast-Flipping Flybike Folds for Easy Transport in Seconds

[ By Steph in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Pull up on the center of this electric bicycle’s frame and the whole thing instantly folds in half, making it easy to tote the smart-phone-connected bike virtually anywhere in the city.

Lounge in an Alcove: 14 Nooks for Napping & Relaxing

[ By Steph in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Who could be blamed for lounging around reading all day when you’ve got a cozy built-in nook surrounded by books or overlooking a scenic landscape?

Nameless Paints: Cleverly Coded Tubes Show Color Composition

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Instead of names or swatches, this series of minimalist paints comes in tubes that show off constituent colors that double as lessons about how complex hues and shades are created.

RV There Yet? Abandoned Trailers Of The Salton Sea Shore

[ By Steve in Culture & History & Travel. ] California’s Salton Sea was once a sparkling desert oasis, attracting vacationers in mobile homes and RVs.

Underwater Homes: Deserted Basements as Stormwater Cisterns

[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] In a dual effort to address urban blight and ailing infrastructure, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is piloting a new program to turn the basements of abandoned houses slated for demolition into rainwater basins.

Star Wars Speakers: May the Force (of Sound) Be With You

[ By Steph in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Blast your tunes out the eyes of either C-3PO or a Stormtrooper, the bass pounding from beneath their heads, with this set of Star Wars speakers painstakingly reproduced from George Lucas’ original designs.

Super Pier: Green-Roofed Modular Cargo Container Mall for NYC

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] A massive 14,000-square-foot green roof is the latest addition to a city-approved pier conversion plan, part of an overall scheme to convert Pier 57 in New York City into an extensive modular shipping container mall on the water.

Subterranean Secrets: The Mystery of Liverpool’s Tunnels

[ By Steph in Culture & History & Travel. ] Starting in the basement of a home owned by a wealthy philanthropist in the 1700s, a network of tunnels descends into the earth beneath the city of Liverpool, their full extent still undiscovered even after fifteen years of exploration.

Permanent Markings: 13 Tattoo Artists With Geometric Style

[ By Steph in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Working primarily in bold, black ink, these 13 top tattoo artists working in Kyoto, London, Berlin, Kiev and throughout the United States stand out for geometric and illustrative styles that put the emphasis on line work.

Wall on Wheels: Sliding Facade Swaps Indoor for Outdoor Space

[ By WebUrbanist in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ] Tucked into an historic winding Hutong of Beijing, this work of convertible architecture featuring a modular moving wall to make maximum use of flexible interior and exterior space on demand.

Drawn Up: Architecture Firm Uses Tape for Full-Scale Floor Plans

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] A clever team of architects in Oslo, Norway, mockups up full-size blueprints using a shared flat concrete courtyard behind their office, allowing colleagues and clients alike to test-drive designs in person during the schematic and design development process.

30 Frontier Finalists: NASA 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Shortlist

[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] A set of 30 candidates have been selected for final consideration by NASA in the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, including robot-constructed buildings, ice architecture and underground dwellings, all designed to turn challenges of building on Mars into opportunities.

Polyphonic Playground: Making Music with Fun Movement

[ By Steph in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Climb a ladder, swing on a hammock-like seat and run your hands along various wooden surfaces on this strange polyphonic playground, and your movements will create a unique song.

Strange Sights of France: 12 Offbeat Travel Destinations

[ By Steph in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] You haven’t really seen France if you’ve never toured a mansion made of pebbles, taken a ride on a gigantic animatronic elephant, checked out Nazi bunkers turned guerrilla art or gazed upon row after row of horrifying anatomical curiosities.