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Malls of America: The Death & Life of Indoor Shopping Centers

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] The inventor of the suburban American mall as we know it came to hate the effect his creations, turning over time from the creator of this building typology to its biggest critic. Architect Victor Gruen’s first mall was Southdale in 1956, located in Edina (a suburb of Minneapolis) only miles away from the Mall of America, now the largest indoor shopping center in the United States.

Light Lines: Stunning String Installation Inside Abandoned Church

[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] What seems at first to be narrow rays of turquoise light streaming in through the stained glass windows of a vacant Gothic Revival church turn out to be over 6,500 feet of paracord painstakingly wound around ornate posts and columns.

Triangle Tower Approved: First New Paris Skyscraper in 42 Years

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] At nearly 600 feet (180 meters) tall, this structure was narrowly granted permission to be the first skyscraper to grace the Parisian skyline in nearly half a century.

Portable & Potable: Water-Purifying Sculpture Cleans East River

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Combining practical water purification and the fun of watching hidden processes come to life, this gigantic structure installed at MOMA PS1 in New York City features a dazzling array of plants and pipes made to be watched and enjoyed by people.

Mind Mining: Subterranean Library Descends Into Darkness

[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] A fragile layer of glass is all that prevents you from falling, Alice-in-Wonderland-style, into a tunnel of books that seems to descend deep below the surface of the earth, its bottom shrouded in darkness.

Fairytale Photography: 50 Images With a Moody Narrative Style

[ By Steph in Art & Photography & Video. ] Each of these moody, dreamlike images feels like a moment from some larger story that remains a mystery to the viewer, forcing us to become active participants in the work by filling in the blanks.

Branch Up: Modular Spiral Staircase Wraps Trees for Climbing

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Providing an elegant, robust, accessible and tree-friendly alternative to ladders or branches for climbing trunks, this spiral step solution lets you scale trees without harming them.

Mole Delivery: Automated Pipelines to Ship Goods Underground

[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] In a world obsessed with aerial drones, this new system could fly in under the radar and revolutionize shipping, delivering goods automatically via unmanned vehicles using magnetic wave propulsion through subterranean tubes.

Weird Wooden Room: See the Sea From A New Perspective

[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Two perfect rectangles of sea and sky are framed like paintings within a surreal wooden observation structure, inviting visitors to experience coastal Denmark from a new perspective.

Urban Playscapes: 14 Interactive Installations in NYC

[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] New York City is essentially one massively oversized playground, with interactive art installations ranging from vibrating inflatable globes stuffed under the High Line to mazes in Madison Square Garden just waiting to be discovered by passersby.

Instant Cities: 3D-Print Your Favorite NYC Blocks on Demand

[ By WebUrbanist in Gaming & Computing & Technology. ] We are accustomed to being able to click a few buttons and get 2D prints of cities, blocks or buildings, and now a new web app allows you to create your own 3D model just as easily, picking and printing your favorite parts of Manhattan.

Imploded: 8 Burned Out & Abandoned Fireworks Factories

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Skyrockets red glare and bombs bursting in air were once sweet music to these abandoned fireworks factories, many of which ended with a bang not a whimper.

Hilltop Village: Mini Neighborhood Tops a Green-Walled Store

[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Fittingly enough for a city that’s all about sprawl, this hilltop village concept for Los Angeles combines residential and retail functions in a way that preserves the conventional house-and-yard format rather than stacking it all in a skyscraper.

Room in a Box: Portable Tool-Free Bedroom Set in 30 Minutes

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Containing a room’s worth of essential furniture you can take on the bus or train, this all-in-one-box solution costs just $150, is easier to assemble than IKEA equivalents and much lighter too, with wheels as well for added mobility.

Subterranean Solar: $100K Raised for Daylit Underground Park

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] With two weeks left to go in its crowdfunding campaign, the Lowline has already raised over $100,000 from over 1,000 backers, promising to turn an old trolley station in Manhattan into the Earth’s first underground park.

Android Dreams: Google’s Neural Network Reveals AI Art

[ By Steph in Gaming & Computing & Technology. ] Those of us working in creative fields have often consoled ourselves that although automation may claim many other jobs, at least robots can’t make art.

Enter the Void: 14 Creatively Concave & Sliced-Out Structures

[ By Steph in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] Cutting curves or slices into the facades of buildings doesn’t just make them more visually dynamic, it can create terraces, divert prevailing winds, concentrate sunlight and direct the eye to particular views.

Grimm Abandonment: Derelict Australian Fairy Tale Park for Sale

[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Inspired by classical fairy tales, this deserted theme park recently opened its doors to an urban explorer and photographer, giving outsiders a glimpse into the current state of the place as well as its potential to be reborn in the hands of the right buyer.

Two World Trade Center: BIG Redesign Deconstructs Skyscraper

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] A long-standing design proposal from Foster + Partners has been scrapped by developers in favor of a new scheme from BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) that presents a different face to viewers depending on their approach or view within the city, rejecting conventional skyscraper typology and cultivating visual transitions between neighborhoods on all sides.

Tesla Thunderstorms: Miniature Bolts of Man-Made Lightning

[ By Steph in Art & Photography & Video. ] Tiny bolts of lightning are captured on camera as they shoot off an antique electrotherapy medical device, turning the discharge of electricity into a form of art.