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Balancing Act: Artist Paints Seaside Murals from a Surfboard


[ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Painting a hyper-realistic mural outdoors is challenging enough on its own, and artist Sean Yoro not only pulls off incredible portraits, he does it all while balancing on his surfboard.

Life After Apocalypse: 8 Seed Banks Saving Up for the Future


[ By Delana in Culture & History & Travel. ] By some predictions, Earth will become nearly uninhabitable within just a few generations – and between now and then, one of the most damaging events will be the loss of genetically diverse food crops.

Mad for Max: 17 Cars, Clothing & More Inspired by the Series


[ By Steph in Design & Products & Packaging. ] There’s so much to look at in the new Mad Max movie, from that ridiculous double-necked flame-throwing guitar to all of those terrifying spiked weapon-hurling vehicles, you’d have to watch it a dozen times to take it all in.

Fresh Biocement: World’s First Self-Healing Concrete Building


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] One of the biggest challenges to building with concrete is the material’s propensity to crack both while it dries and in the years that follow, making this self-fixing solution an incredibly powerful application of bacterial biotechnology.

Cargo Spotting: Field Guide to 20MM Global Shipping Containers


[ By WebUrbanist in Travel & Urban Exploration. ] Shipping containers pass by us daily on trucks, trains and ships, carrying 90% of the world’s non-bulk cargo with them, but if you have ever wondered what the mysterious colors and brands really mean, you will want to keep a copy of The Container Guide by your side.

Fractal Formations: The Fascinating Future of Urban Growth


[ By Steph in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] What might the patterns of urban sprawl look like if humanity were to survive another thousand years or so?

Flip for This: 12 Crazy and Creative Skate Ramps & Parks


[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Glide you way through a multi-story dedicated skate park, a glow-in-the-dark bowl, an old subway tunnel under London, a floating ramp on Lake Tahoe or even a ramp that goes right off the edge of the Grand Canyon.

VRchitecture: Interactive Virtual Reality House Feels 90% Real


[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] No matter how many drawings and models a client is shown, there is still a leap of imagination needed for someone to understand how a building design will really look and feel when it is realized.

Well, Done: 10 Past-Their-Prime Abandoned Steakhouses


[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] These abandoned steakhouses once served up prime cuts of beef to steely-eyed dealmakers wielding steely knives.

Floating Island: Self-Sufficient Home Produces Food & Power


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Powered by solar panels and sustained by a half-acre plot of farmland, these 12 connected buoyant platforms together form an autonomous off-the-grid dwelling for the couple that built the complex over the course of more than 20 years.

Abandoned Highway to Seoul Sky Garden: New Elevated Park


[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Deemed unsafe and left to rot, a stretch of highway in a prime location beside a train station in Seoul, South Korea will soon get a new life as an elevated park.

Natural Luxury: Iceland’s Eco-Friendly Northern Lights Hotel


[ By Delana in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ] Iceland has become quite the tourist destination for world travelers thanks to its ethereal landscapes, amazing history, unique culture, and unspoilt views of the Northern Lights.

Secret Speakeasies: 6 Bars & Clubs Hidden in Plain Sight


[ By Delana in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Prohibition, otherwise known as the Volstead Act or the Eighteenth Amendment, barred the manufacture, transportation, and sale of all alcoholic beverages in America from 1919 to 1933 – but for some people, the appeal of the “forbidden” remains today.

The Void: World’s First Virtual Reality Theme Park Coming Soon


[ By Steph in Gaming & Computing & Technology. ] “Why play a game when you can live it?” ask the creators of The Void, the world’s first virtual reality theme park slated to open in Utah in summer 2016.

Off the Block: 13 Out-There Apartment Designs in Japan


[ By Steph in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Japanese architects have come up with some of the world’s most extreme, clever and off-the-wall solutions for spatial challenges, manipulating the shapes and interior layouts of apartment buildings in unexpected ways.

Space Hacking: Modular Joints Connect IKEA & Everything Else


[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] This kit-of-parts solution draws on the do-it-yourself ethos as well as the modular furniture movement, allowing savvy homeowners to combine off-the-shelf designs with custom connections and modifications.

Mobile Village: Seattle Teens Build Micro-Homes for Homeless


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Serving a nomadic homeless shanty town known as Nickelsville, the Impossible City project involves a group of a teenagers who are creating not just tiny houses but also solar power stations, composting latrines and a community kitchen.

Designer Sci-Fi: Ferrari Spaceship Takes Luxury Sky-High


[ By Steph in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] Given how far away we still are from personal spacecraft, perhaps it’s not surprising that most design concepts for extra-terrestrial ships haven’t evolved much in the last couple decades.

Waffle Walls and Brains Made of Bread: 24 Edible Creations


[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Who can take a hamburger, shape it into a Nike Air Max shoe?

Urban Algae Canopy Produces a Forest’s Worth of Oxygen Daily


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Generating as much oxygen per day as 400,000 square feet of natural woodland, the Urban Algae Canopy combines architecture, biology and digital technology to create a structure that responds to and enhances its environment.


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