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The 6th Borough: 9 River-Based Proposals for New York City

[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] While the waterways connecting the five boroughs of New York City are already home to everything from food-producing barges to boats reclaimed as hotels, they could become an even more productive part of the urban landscape, harnessing clean energy from the tides or hosting floating, human-powered gyms.

Ghost Creeks: Resurfacing Vanished Waterways on City Streets

[ By WebUrbanist in Culture & History & Travel. ] Half-forgotten historical urban rivers are set to resurface in San Francisco as part of a civic installation project designed to fill in their historical footprints with a bright blue work of temporary art.

Modular Micro-Pad: 85 Sq Ft Loft Full of Slide-Out Surprises

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Using a system of large sliding doors and functional-filled drawers to transform a maid’s quarters into a whole home, this small-footprint apartment in Paris gives a (much more positive) new meaning to the phrase ‘hole in the wall’.

Tape Tunnels: Crawl Inside a Human-Sized Spiderweb in Paris

[ By Steph in Drawing & Digital. ] Stretching from one end of the Palais de Tokyo gallery in Paris to the other, these strange translucent tunnels look like human-sized versions of the funnel-shaped webs of grass spiders.

Forbidden Islands, Part I: 7 Isolated and Abandoned Wonders

[ By Steph in 7 Wonders Series & Travel. ] From a mile-long strip of land packed with over one million corpses just off the shores of New York City to a floating fortress in England used by a developer to escape his creditors, these 7 islands are among the world’s strangest.

Vehicular Hives: Envisioning Urban Commutes in Compound Cars

[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] Imagine a future where driverless vehicles transcend their expected role in transit, becoming modular hubs that can link up for meetings or socializing beyond just getting you from Point A to Point B.

Print Charming: Safe, Simple 3D-Printing Comes Home To Play

[ By Steve in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Following in the footsteps of the microwave oven, at-home 3D printing in the form of the Poieo3D Printer is ready for prime time, play time and study time!

Architectural Magic: Big Stone Building Breaks Free & Floats

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] A work of art, genius and incredible effort, half of this replica structure appears to hang in mid-air, seeming at once a perfect aesthetic fit for its surroundings and completely disconnected from the laws of physics.

Vacant Buddha: Intricate Paper Sculptures Seem to Disappear

[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Deceptively solid-looking when seen from either side, the delicacy of these paper sculptures is revealed if you simply shift your position to view them straight on.

Deserted Space: Photos Document NASA’s Abandoned Launch Pads

[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] The race for space has shifted gears in recent years with the rise of private programs, leaving a series of amazing space-related graveyards around the United States, which this photographer has spent 25 years exploring and documenting.

So Metal: Intricate Sculptures Made of Nothing but Nails

[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Most people use nails just to hang art on the wall, but Maine-based sculptor John Bisbee collects thousands of them to craft incredibly intricate sculptures into spiked balls, undulating waves, tree-like structures and towering geometric stacks.

Evil Espresso: 13 Amazing Artistic & Unusual Coffee Machines

[ By Steph in Drawing & Digital. ] Your countertop coffee maker will suddenly look inadequate compared to a monster of a sculptural espresso machine, an elegant steampunk orb and a piston-powered copper coffee maker fit for a villain’s lair.

Tiny Flip Books Filled with Secret Slots & Negative Spaces

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Pushing the limits of the traditional printing craft, these stunning little Japanese flip books illustrate the power of slicing, splicing, zooming and panning, all to create a series of vertigo-inducing effects and dizzying optical illusions.

Gravesend: Fake Town for Simulating Crimes, Riots & Terrorism

[ By WebUrbanist in Travel & Urban Exploration. ] Like the set of a movie or setting of a video game, this surreal suburban facility could easily be mistaken for a real place at first glance – in reality, the installation is an elaborate artificial environment used by police to simulate complex and dangerous situations (photos by Chris Clarke).

Haunted Half-Pipe: Skateboarding in an Abandoned Psych Ward

[ By Steph in Drawing & Digital. ] In place of the usual ramps, rails and pipes are busted wheelchairs, dusty bowling pins and gaping holes in wooden floors as skater Rob Miceli maneuvers his board through a abandoned psychiatric hospital in New York State.

Flying Bikes & Pedaling Robots: 14 Futuristic Bicycles

[ By Steph in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] All you need is an alien in a basket to make your biking experience just like a Spielberg film with this crazy flying bike and 13 other highly unusual, sometimes impractical bicycle designs.

H2O to Go: Bike Bottle Makes Water from Thin Air as You Cycle

[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Drawing & Digital & Technology. ] Using air flow and solar energy, this ingenious device creates up to 16 ounces (a half-liter) per hour of drinkable water via condensation as you ride, quenching your thirst just when and where you need it most: while cycling hard in hot and humid climates.

Dirty Camp 30: Canadian POW Camp Battles Neglect & Decay

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Camp 30, located east of Toronto, was one of Canada’s main World War II POW camps and although named a National Historic Site, continues to be neglected.

Bracket All the Things: Reclaimed-Surface Tables & Shelves

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] What started as a set of infinitely-flexible table legs has now spawned a second but equally stellar sibling design: a series of wall brackets that let you turn scraps into shelving and switch out surfaces whenever you find something neat and new (or old).

Bike in a Backpack Folds Up Tiny & Weighs Just 11 Pounds

[ By Steph in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Dubbed ‘Impossible’ for its ability to pull off the seemingly unreachable goal of folding down so tiny it can fit inside a backpack, this electric bicycle can be carried virtually anywhere.