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Lead Finger: Incredible Miniatures Carved Out of Pencil Tips


[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Eagle feathers, the folds on Yoda’s robe and individual bricks on iconic buildings are among the impossibly tiny details captured in pencil lead by miniaturist Salivat Fidai.

Creative Camping: 16 Out-There Open Air Accommodations


[ By Steph in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Dangle thousands of feet above the bottom of a canyon, take in the Pacific Ocean from a human nest, view the Northern Lights from a transparent igloo or spend the night in a giant purple sperm.

Modular Record: 3D-Printed Chinese Villa Assembled in 3 Hours


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] In this latest attempt at one-upmanship in the realm of rapid construction, a company in China has built a two-story villa from six modules, putting the 3D-printed pieces together on site with conventional equipment in under three hours.

‘Death Ray’ Skyscraper Stands Accused of Blowing People Over


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Already infamous for its curved facade that ignited fires in adjacent buildings and melted nearby cars basking in its reflected sunlight, the Walkie Talkie skyscraper in London is now being blamed for toppling signs, overturning food carts and even knocking passers-by off their feet.

Past Preserved in Paper: Miniatures Document Gentrification


[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Today, that charming old brick building on the corner might be a market where you can still grab a six-pack at a decent price; within mere months, it could be knocked down for a gleaming high-income condominium tower.

Inflatable Installations: 18 Fun Projects Full of Hot Air


[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Inflatables are good for more than just pool toys and camping beds – they also come in the form of giant tentacles springing from open windows, the world’s largest rubber duck and (literally) gigantic piles of crap.

Salt-Powered Lamp: 8 Hours of Light from 1 Glass of Saltwater


[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Aiming to bring low-cost illumination to residents of the Philippines, a nation of 7,000 oceanic islands, the Salt Lamp uses a free and abundant resource to reduce fire risk from candles and replace the cost of traditional lighting.

Mustard’s Last Stand: 10 Abandoned Hot Dog Kiosks


[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Easy come and easy go (just like their product), hot dog stands like these abandoned frankfurter kiosks are the fly-by-night black sheep of the fast food trade.

Junked Ship: Japan Ditches Hadid’s 2020 Olympic Stadium Design


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] Scheduled to land like an otherworldly spacecraft in Tokyo, the curvaceous, controversial but competition-winning National Stadium designed for the 2020 Olympics by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) will be restarted from scratch.

Paper People: Hand-Cut Zig-Zag Photorealistic Portraits


[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Tiny slivers are sliced away from a single, oversized sheet of white paper in a zig-zag pattern to reveal portraits of public figures, from Audrey Hepburn to Michael Jackson, in this series of photorealistic portraits by Korean artist Yoo Hyun.

Baroque and Broken: Eerie Paintings in Abandoned Places


[ By Steph in Art & Photography & Video. ] Shuffling through ancient paint chips, dead leaves and empty bottles in an abandoned and dilapidated building, you turn a corner and register a human figure emerging from the darkness in a haze of flesh tones and pale fabric.

Red Ink: 10 Closed & Abandoned Tattoo Parlors, Studios & Shops


[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Tattoos and tattooists have made their mark on society – pun intended – but what happens to your neighborhood tattoo parlor when the ink finally runs dry?

Robot City: Entire Fake Town Built to Test Driverless Vehicles


[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Opening this week, Mcity is a completely artificial village for self-driving cars, bringing the future of automobiles back to Michigan, the historical home of Motor City.

Picturesque Pavilions: 12 Experimental Temporary Structures


[ By Steph in Drawing & Digital. ] Each year, architects around the world design and construct temporary structures for events like the Milan Expo, showing off their skills in a setting that enables them to be more bold and experimental than they can be with more traditional architecture.

Foundation for World’s Tallest Building Converted to Fish Farm


[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Ambitious plans construct Sky City in China, the highest skyscraper in the world, in just 90 days stalled at the outset over 2 years ago, leading to an unusual array of impromptu and informal adaptive reuses within the void dug for the tower, including a fish farm.

Art of Interaction: 300 Reasons to Attend INSTINT 2015 in MN


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Featuring a combination of workshops, lectures, mixers and parties, INSTINT (from the makers of eyeo) brings together some of the most influential and exciting creatives dealing with interactive architecture, art, design and technology from around the world.

Road Blocks: LEGO-Like Modular Roads & Paths Snap Into Place


[ By Steph in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] New roads could be quickly and easily slotted into place, piece by piece, with a new Lego-like modular plastic system that makes the building process feel more like playtime.

Arboreal Architecture: 14 Houses Built Around & Within Trees


[ By Steph in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Tree houses aren’t just rustic wooden huts slapped together around a living trunk – they also come in the form of elegant modern residences incorporating the forest into their design, whether by building around existing trees or integrating them right into the floor plan.

Floatel: Modular Floating Hotel Rooms Provide Portable Privacy


[ By WebUrbanist in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ] Combining centralized shared spaces like a conventional hotel and the mobility of a catamaran, this award-winning hybrid combines elements of community and seclusion on the water.

Traffic Chop: 8 Dedicated Stenciled Traffic Lanes


[ By Steve in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Seems everyone wants their own dedicated traffic lane these days… and it seems they’re getting them!


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