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Rainworks: Water-Activated Street Art & Games in Rainy Seattle

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Rainworks are pieces of street art that only appear when wet, featuring messages, images and interactive games that work great for a city infamous for its frequent precipitation.

Invisible Bicycles: Tokyo’s High-Tech Underground Bike Parking

[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Sufficiently advanced science has been said to look like magic, like this subterranean cycle storage system – except in this case images and videos give you a peak at the secret workings below the surface.

Ghost Rider: Disappearing Audi Billboard Made of Water Vapor

[ By Steph in Design & Guerilla Ads & Marketing. ] It’s a wonder nobody crashed their real cars doing a double-take at a glowing Audi that seems like an apparition, appearing in a fog and then disappearing just as quickly.

Drawing with Darkness: 24 Incredible Works of Shadow Art

[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] How is it even possible that a mess of steel wires or a pile of useless scraps of trash can produce shadows that so perfectly mimic human faces and figures?

Figures & Ground: Crafty Wood Miniatures Create Urban Vignettes

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Inspired by everything from personal experience to famous photography, this street artist crafts small wooden cutouts to frame scenes of action, adventure, romance and life.

The Dryline: BIG Plan Fights NYC Floods with Waterfront Park

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] A huge infrastructure project designed to prevent future Hurricane Sandy-style devastation, the Dryline is a perfectly-named solution for a city already sporting a successful High Line and an underground Low Line currently under construction.

The Beauty Beneath: Ceramic Tile Illusion on Electric Box

[ By Steph in Drawing & Digital. ] The ugly banality of a worn beige electrical box in a Lisbon plaza seems to give way to colorful ceramic tiles hidden beneath, the paint cracking and peeling to reveal a glimpse traditional Portuguese patterns.

Architectural Fiction: 35 Impossibly Surreal Structures

[ By Steph in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Unbound by gravity, the need for structural soundness or any sense of real-world aesthetics, architecture becomes like a life form of its own, multiplying and mutating in strange and unsettling ways.

Sans Ads: See Tokyo Scrubbed Clean of Signs & Advertisements

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Graphics & Branding. ] Tokyo seems inseparable from the banners, billboards, logos, slogans and other flashy neon alerts, except when seen through the lens of this French graphic designer in a startling black-and-white image series turned into a alternating GIFs.

Mufflers: 10 Artistic Acoustic Highway Noise Barriers

[ By Steve in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] These artistic acoustic highway noise barriers combine form with function, neatly blocking the sound of road traffic while looking darned good in the process.

Table for Two: Window as Bridge & Barrier Between Shared Seat

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Putting you in the spotlight with a stranger, this installation in New York City is a perhaps-paradoxical commentary on both connection and isolation in urban environments.

The Capital: Egypt Plans Largest From-Scratch City in History

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Slated to be constructed in just 7 years and cost $45 billion, this ambitious design for a brand new capital city of 5 million people is unprecedented – if completed, it will be a record-setting endeavor.

Rapid Resin: Liquid 3D Printing Looks Like Morphing T2 Metal

[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] Generating objects 25 to 100 times faster than traditional layer-based 3D printers, this new continuous-liquid approach to high-speed fabrication can create complex yet refined finished objects that are at once more pristine and quickly produced.

Silent Slaughterhouse: Pool Produces Infinite Reflections

[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] To gain entrance to this darkened slaughterhouse chamber filled with seemingly infinite reflections, you’ll have to dial a phone number that produces a ripple on the surface of the water covering the building’s floor.

Sustainable Food in the City: 10 Smart Urban Farm Designs

[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] The world’s largest indoor farm has already proven just how amazingly successful food production can be outside of standard agricultural setups, and these 10 urban farm designs and concepts take the possibilities even further by taking advantage of disused spaces, reaching high into the sky and employing modular, portable, prefabricated configurations.

Deceptive Dimensions: Illusion Street Art Creates 3D Portals

[ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] At first glance it looks as if thin layers of these walls have been slowly torn away in concentric shapes, leading deeper and deeper into the spaces on the other side.

Altopias: Speculative Art Explores Both Dark & Light Futures

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] The world of future-focused artwork tends to examine extreme outcomes, but this artist’s visions represent a compelling range of possibilities from catastrophic to optimistic, Dystopian to Utopian with other shades of gray in between.

Sunny Disposition: Computer-Aided Skyscraper Casts No Shadow

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] With downtown densification usually comes a lack of light in surrounding spaces, leading one architecture firm to develop the world’s first algorithm-driven strategy to allow a tower to fully shed its shadow.

16 Kids Room Ideas That’ll Make You Want to Shrink Yourself

[ By Steph in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Why don’t rooms for adults come with cool tent-shaped beds, oversized Legos, slides, tree houses and secret compartments?

Cantilevered Conversion: Sleek Modern Cargo Container Office

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] While many intermodal freight crate transformations turn steel boxes into comfortable spaces, this project goes a step further both by taking maximum advantage of its material origins while still making the aesthetic result more than the sum of its parts.