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Ancient Engineering Fail: 12 Historic Structural Disasters

[ By Steph in Culture & History & Travel. ] You can’t exactly fault ancient architects for building structures that were unable to withstand stone-shattering earthquakes, or simply experimental in nature – failure is part of the learning process, after all, and engineering methods were obviously less advanced back then.

Unbelievable Advert: Augmented Reality Bus Shelter Window

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Guerilla Ads & Marketing. ] Taking over a single bus shelter on New Oxford Street, guerrilla advertisers threw everything they could think of at commuters, including (but not limited to) flying space aliens, underground squid monsters and giant city-crushing robots.

Mountain-Shaped Residences with Walkable Green Rooftops

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Beyond any inherent beauty or formal references to surrounding mountains, there is a more profound proposition in this series of structures about the way we walk into, through and above spaces.

Living Legos: Build Your Own Robot with TinkerBots Blocks

[ By Steph in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] High-tech and low-tech come together with this set of not-so-basic building blocks connected to a central ‘Power Brain’ cube that turns your creation into a working robot.

Disorienting Design: 14 Trippy & Surreal Interior Spaces

[ By Steph in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] You might feel like you’re dreaming or even drunk when you wander into these bizarre, surrealist interiors, from a bar that looks like the inside of an alien to a hotel room modeled after TRON.

Emoji-Nation: Famous Paintings Revised for the Internet Age

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] In a world of mobile devices, share icons and popup alerts, fine art is interrupted by signs and symbols of our times, adding a jarring layer of technology to recognizably classic works.

No Más: 15 Closed, Abandoned & Vacant Taco Bells

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Don’t make a run for the border, most of Taco Bell’s 6,500 fast food restaurants are in the USA… not counting those that have been abandoned.

Floor-to-Wall Books: Dizzying Sideways Cafe Design in NYC

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Looking like a bookshop flipped ninety degrees, this coffee shop was stands out even in Manhattan, a world of off-the-wall spaces and strange conceptual designs.

Surreal Snippets: Gifs Elevated to Mind-Bending Art Form

[ By Steph in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Gifs are taking over the internet, and that’s not always a good thing.

Gravity: Augmented Reality Tablet Lets You Draw Ideas in 3D

[ By WebUrbanist in Gaming & Computing & Technology. ] Using a handheld stylus and tablet set combined with an existing augmented reality headset, this invention allows users to sketch in three dimensions and see the results of their work unfold in realtime.

Animated Still Lifes: 7 Relaxing Cinemagraphic Illustrations

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Reclining in the space between the extremes of sped-up, movie-style GIF files and traditional, immobile paintings, this artist brings lazy scenes of everyday reality to life.

Interact with Escher-Like Architecture in This iPad Game

[ By Steph in Gaming & Computing & Technology. ] Fantasy architectural structures inspired by M.C. Escher provide a playful setting for a fun iOS puzzle game called Monument Valley.

Ruins of America: 7 Castle-Like Abandoned Modern Wonders

[ By Steph in 7 Wonders Series & Travel. ] The word ‘castle’ may conjure up visions of medieval villages in places like Scotland or Romania, but believe it or not, America has its own incredible ruins of vast stone estates.

Cutting Edges: Layered Back-Lit Paper Art Gets Deep & Dark

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Together, Hari & Deepti (Deepti Nair and Harikrishnan Panicker) turn sets of two-dimensional cutouts into vivid and haunting three-dimensional dioramas, often set in shadowy fantasy spaces.

Modular Retrofit: Bamboo Micro-Homes in Deserted Factories

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] A pragmatic twist on visionary plug-and-play architecture, this project combines a cheap and fast-growing material with existing (abandoned) infrastructure to address the extensive needs of existing informal communities of Hong Kong.

Origami Microscope: Fifty-Cent Design is Crazy Durable

[ By Steph in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Not only is this a microscope made of paper, costing a total of fifty cents to produce, it can stand up to being thrown, stomped on and dunked in water.

Destination Design: 12 Forward-Thinking Modern Hotels

[ By Steph in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Whether by totally transforming a city’s skyline, subverting old standards of hotel architecture or creatively reclaiming historic structures, these 12 unusual modern hotel designs have become destinations in and of themselves.

Caught on Video: Illegal BASE Jump Off NYC Freedom Tower

[ By WebUrbanist in Travel & Urban Exploration. ] Breaking into One World Trade Center and scaling to its top was just the beginning for this daring trio, who then not only parachuted from close to the peak but also had to navigate nearby structures on the way down and ultimately land in the street.

Hybrid Desk & Storage Rise Up to Meet Suspended Staircase

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Playing tricks on the eye, this split-style stairway merges a desk and storage below with a framework of steps hanging down from above, all with a daunting-looking gap left in the middle.

The Rotten Apple Project: Quick and Dirty Urban Hacks

[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Sometimes, a reclaimed piece of junk is all it takes to make a bus stop, bike rack, subway station or virtually any other urban setting more comfortable and fun.