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Architectural Cultures Condensed: Vernacular Dwelling Collages

[ By Steph in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Can you distill the architecture of a particular city down to an image of just a single building?

The Modern Cyclist: 14 Bold Bike Ideas & Innovations

[ By Steph in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Minimalist frames, technology-equipped accessories, 3D printing and lots of multi-functionality make bikes more convenient, safe, fun and beautiful, as proven by these 14 cycling concepts and innovations.

Grid Corrections: Rural Detours Reflect Curvature of the Earth

[ By WebUrbanist in Culture & History & Travel. ] Driving along a straight highway in the American countryside, you may find yourself forced to turn right or left, then turn again just to keep moving ahead, all to compensate for a rectilinear planning system imposed on a spherical planet.

Roller Coaster for Cars: Steep Bridge in Japan is Almost Vertical

[ By Steph in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] You’d likely feel more than a little trepidation approaching this bridge head-on, wondering how in the world your car is going to drive straight up a nearly-vertical surface.

Modern Japanese Architecture: Sunny Minimalism by Tomohiro Hata

[ By Steph in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Expertly blending the minimalist aesthetics of traditional Japanese architecture with modern sensibilities to meet the needs of contemporary residents, architect Tomohiro Hata graces each of his cleverly-designed homes with his own distinctive style.

Suspended: 13 Hung-Out-To-Dry Abandoned Cable Cars

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Suspended in time and place, only eagles dare go where these abandoned cable cars once reached as these glorified zip lines lost their zip long ago.

Slalom House: The World’s First Residential Rooftop Ski Slope

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Designed for Astana, the cold capital city of Kazakhstan, this ‘white roof’ 1,000-foot ski run wraps around an apartment tower, bringing winter sports right to residents’ doorsteps.

Parasite Houses of Paris: Rooftop Prefabs Cling to Buildings

[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Prefab structures jut out from the roofs of Paris’ charming architecture, adding affordable real estate to the densely-packed, land-scarce city in the only way possible: building up.

Wearable Skylines: Architectural Rings Wrap Up Global Cities

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Jewelry for urbanists has taken a new turn with these silver, gold and platinum cityscapes, each featuring iconic buildings, monuments and landmarks from major metropolitan centers around the world.

Mystery Oreo Vault in NYC Takes You on a Weird Tasty Trip

[ By Steph in Design & Guerilla Ads & Marketing. ] What’s behind the giant Oreo-shaped vault door mounted to a bright blue garage in midtown Manhattan?

Popping Off the Page: 15 Sculptural 3D Paper Art Creations

[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Defying the typically two-dimensional and impermanent characteristics of paper, these artists cut, sculpt, glue, twist and fold the material into fantastical and unexpected forms.

Veggie Factory: World’s First Vertical Farm Run Entirely By Robots

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] Taking vertical urban indoor farming efficiency to the next level, a new automated plant coming to Japan will be staffed entirely by robots and produce 30,000 heads of lettuce daily.

McSki: Lovin’ It at a Ski-Through McDonalds in Sweden

[ By Steph in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] You barely have to stop on your way down the slope to grab a burger and fries at the McDonalds ski-through window, located on a popular resort in northwest Sweden.

Time Capsule Apartments: 10 Perfectly Preserved Interiors

[ By Steph in Culture & History & Travel. ] Never-updated interiors may be considered ‘dated’ within a decade or two of being in style, but give them some more time and they become vintage time capsules capturing the essence of their particular era, from swinging ’70s penthouses and pristine ’60s kitchens to luxurious Parisian apartments abandoned during World War II.

Art of Photography: NYC Blizzard Photo Looks Like a Painting

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Photography & Video. ] As roads closed and kids turned staircases into sledding hills and snowboarding slopes across East Coast cities during Jonas, one photographer stopped to shoot a few pictures that turned out looking like modern-day impressionist paintings.

Long Term Angle Parking: 12 Cool Cadillac Ranch Copies

[ By Steve in Art & Installation & Sound. ] The legendary Cadillac Ranch can’t be beat but it CAN be copied!

Cyberpunk Sunset: Artificial Sun Lights Up Warsaw Skyscraper

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] The developers behind a new tower rising in downtown Warsaw, Poland, have added a sunny surprise to the side of the building, aiming to brighten the moods of citizens during dark and cold months of winter construction.

Bloomframe: Window Morphs Into a Balcony in Seconds

[ By Steph in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Transforming from a flat window into a balcony at the push of a button, the Bloomframe design is not only available for purchase after years of design refinements, it’s also set to be the defining feature of an entire apartment building.

Smog-Sucking Tower Cleans 30,000 Cubic Meters of Air Per Hour

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Successfully crowdfunded last year, the Smog Free Tower has just gone from concept to reality; these machines are now using green energy to create zones of smog-free space in public places in Rotterdam.

Cyclist-Centric Decor: Furniture with Built-in Bike Racks

[ By Steph in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Bikes are a convenient way to get around in the city, but if you’re like most of the cycling masses in crowded urban locales, you probably don’t have a dedicated and tidy-looking spot for your bike inside your apartment.