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Architectural Magic: Big Stone Building Breaks Free & Floats

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] A work of art, genius and incredible effort, half of this replica structure appears to hang in mid-air, seeming at once a perfect aesthetic fit for its surroundings and completely disconnected from the laws of physics.

Vacant Buddha: Intricate Paper Sculptures Seem to Disappear

[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Deceptively solid-looking when seen from either side, the delicacy of these paper sculptures is revealed if you simply shift your position to view them straight on.

Deserted Space: Photos Document NASA’s Abandoned Launch Pads

[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] The race for space has shifted gears in recent years with the rise of private programs, leaving a series of amazing space-related graveyards around the United States, which this photographer has spent 25 years exploring and documenting.

So Metal: Intricate Sculptures Made of Nothing but Nails

[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Most people use nails just to hang art on the wall, but Maine-based sculptor John Bisbee collects thousands of them to craft incredibly intricate sculptures into spiked balls, undulating waves, tree-like structures and towering geometric stacks.

Evil Espresso: 13 Amazing Artistic & Unusual Coffee Machines

[ By Steph in Drawing & Digital. ] Your countertop coffee maker will suddenly look inadequate compared to a monster of a sculptural espresso machine, an elegant steampunk orb and a piston-powered copper coffee maker fit for a villain’s lair.

Tiny Flip Books Filled with Secret Slots & Negative Spaces

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Pushing the limits of the traditional printing craft, these stunning little Japanese flip books illustrate the power of slicing, splicing, zooming and panning, all to create a series of vertigo-inducing effects and dizzying optical illusions.

Gravesend: Fake Town for Simulating Crimes, Riots & Terrorism

[ By WebUrbanist in Travel & Urban Exploration. ] Like the set of a movie or setting of a video game, this surreal suburban facility could easily be mistaken for a real place at first glance – in reality, the installation is an elaborate artificial environment used by police to simulate complex and dangerous situations (photos by Chris Clarke).

Haunted Half-Pipe: Skateboarding in an Abandoned Psych Ward

[ By Steph in Drawing & Digital. ] In place of the usual ramps, rails and pipes are busted wheelchairs, dusty bowling pins and gaping holes in wooden floors as skater Rob Miceli maneuvers his board through a abandoned psychiatric hospital in New York State.

Flying Bikes & Pedaling Robots: 14 Futuristic Bicycles

[ By Steph in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] All you need is an alien in a basket to make your biking experience just like a Spielberg film with this crazy flying bike and 13 other highly unusual, sometimes impractical bicycle designs.

H2O to Go: Bike Bottle Makes Water from Thin Air as You Cycle

[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Drawing & Digital & Technology. ] Using air flow and solar energy, this ingenious device creates up to 16 ounces (a half-liter) per hour of drinkable water via condensation as you ride, quenching your thirst just when and where you need it most: while cycling hard in hot and humid climates.

Dirty Camp 30: Canadian POW Camp Battles Neglect & Decay

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Camp 30, located east of Toronto, was one of Canada’s main World War II POW camps and although named a National Historic Site, continues to be neglected.

Bracket All the Things: Reclaimed-Surface Tables & Shelves

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] What started as a set of infinitely-flexible table legs has now spawned a second but equally stellar sibling design: a series of wall brackets that let you turn scraps into shelving and switch out surfaces whenever you find something neat and new (or old).

Bike in a Backpack Folds Up Tiny & Weighs Just 11 Pounds

[ By Steph in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Dubbed ‘Impossible’ for its ability to pull off the seemingly unreachable goal of folding down so tiny it can fit inside a backpack, this electric bicycle can be carried virtually anywhere.

Starry Night: Glow-in-the-Dark Bike Path Inspired by Van Gogh

[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Opening last night in Nuenen, Holland, this illuminated cycling surface is free to the public, storing sunlight during the day to create stellar patterns to guide riders after dark.

Well Rounded: 7 Animal Murals on Abandoned Buildings in Africa

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Using the unique regional shapes of structures to his advantage, street artist ROA has created a series of large-scale works as part of a neighborhood art project in Djerba, Tunisia, drawing 150 artists from 30 countries.

Scalpel Cities: Urban Landscapes Made of Surgical Tools

[ By Steph in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Bird’s-eye views of cities around the world, from Paris to Hong Kong, are visualized in the form of surgical tools like scalpels and skin graft blades against glossy black surfaces by famed British artist Damien Hirst.

Next-Level Pop-Ups: 15 Creative Sidewalk Shops & Services

[ By Steph in Drawing & Digital. ] Whether you’re in need of some quick sidewalk psychotherapy, a spa treatment in a subway station, sandwich delivery via parachute or a bowl of sugary cereal with a side of technology-dependence guilt, there’s a pop-up concept waiting for you.

Split & Slide: Modular Dividers Make 3 Rooms in Single Space

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Complimenting a flexible open area on one side of this apartment are a series of suspended separators that provide storage but also move along rails, opening up a variety of additional functions on demand.

Arcatecture: 12 Cat Homes Created by Architects for Charity

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Raising funds for an feline-focused area non-profit group, these architect-designed cat dwellings span the spectrum from adventure spaces to cozy nooks for your furry friends to explore or sleep within. If you also enjoy supporting canines, it is well worth checking out these 14 architect-designed doghouses likewise built to support a charitable purpose.

Balance Lamp Forces You to Sacrifice Your Phone for Light

[ By Steph in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Chances are good that if you keep your phone nearby while you’re working, you’re going to be tempted to pick it up every now and then, checking Instagram and sending texts.