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WebUrbanist 2015-07-01 17:00:35
[ 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. Whether working …


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WebUrbanist 2015-07-01 01:00:48
[ 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. Developed by Thor ter Kulve and Robert McIntyre, the CanopyStair uses lightweight birch plywood, adjustable …


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WebUrbanist 2015-06-30 15:00:48
[ 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. We are used to transporting liquids in …


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WebUrbanist 2015-06-30 01:00:04
[ 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. ?New Horizon? is a sculpture by Paris-based firm Atelier 37.2 …


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WebUrbanist 2015-06-29 17:00:24
[ 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. At …


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WebUrbanist 2015-06-29 01:00:25
[ 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, …


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WebUrbanist 2015-06-28 17:00:27
[ 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. Wells Fireworks manufactured pyrotechnics at Dartford, Kent, UK from 1837 through the …


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WebUrbanist 2015-06-26 17:02:20
[ 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 …


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WebUrbanist 2015-06-26 01:00:30
[ 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 …


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WebUrbanist 2015-06-25 17:00:15
[ 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. Inspired in …


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WebUrbanist 2015-06-25 01:00:49
[ 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. That?s not exactly true for a variety of reasons (depending on how …


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WebUrbanist 2015-06-24 17:00:06
[ 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.  These seemingly random depressions and voids …


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WebUrbanist 2015-06-24 01:00:37
[ 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 …


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WebUrbanist 2015-06-23 17:00:52
[ 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 …


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WebUrbanist 2015-06-23 01:00:14
[ 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. Germany-based photographer Marc Simon Frei purchased the 1920 violet ray, …


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WebUrbanist 2015-06-22 17:00:22
[ By Steph in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] With their streamlined silhouettes, exposed mechanical parts, high-end detailing and powerful motors, these 15 modern motorcycle designs represent a new era of aesthetics in the industry, even when they’re customs built on the bases of classic bikes. Akrapovic …


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WebUrbanist 2015-06-22 01:00:51
[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Able to reduce cooling costs by up to 30% and heading expenses by as much as 60%, this series of temperature-regulating furnishings stores thermal energy without requiring an external power source, helping maintain room temperatures both during …


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WebUrbanist 2015-06-21 17:00:51
[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Point, click, shut! Camera stores are rapidly fading into obsolescence as smartphones take the place of mass market cameras, film and paid photo processing. Now here’s a developing story… NOT! The long-abandoned Foto Hut on Forbes Avenue in downtown …


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WebUrbanist 2015-06-20 17:00:38
[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Nestled in the hills on a remote island at the mouth of the Yangtze River in China and full of rich foliage, one could imagine this small fishing hamlet to be an idyllic place, at least for nature if not …


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WebUrbanist 2015-06-19 17:00:02
[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Inside the cooling tower of an abandoned power plant, a tiny bonsai tree hangs from a geometric metal frame, its roots exposed. The only other sign of life inside the cavernous space is an occasional slick of …


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