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WebUrbanist 2015-08-28 18:01:07
[ By Steph in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] This giant hunk of pink marble in the middle of a Zurich car park isn?t a sculpture, exactly; it?s a place to relieve yourself in the open air so you don?t go stinking up the city. So-called …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-28 01:00:49
[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Better, cheaper and easier than solar windows, this newly-patented flexible coating can be applied to existing glass and plastic surfaces, turning any aperture into a source of electricity. With this technology on all of its surfaces, buildings …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-27 17:00:45
[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] It will be a brand-new, from-scratch American city like any other, with urban, suburban, exurban and rural zones dotted with houses, malls, power plants, police and fire stations, missing only one key ingredient: inhabitants. Currently under construction …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-27 01:00:00
[ By Steph in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Do you love coffee enough to make out with it every time you take a sip? You kind of have to if you?re willing to use the ?Kiss Lid? by Korean designer Jang WooSeok. Shaped like the …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-26 17:00:18
[ By Steph in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] Bridges aren’t just a means of passing from one place to another along a linear path; they might offer a place for strangers to converge, provide a mostly decorative function or go nowhere at all. These highly …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-26 01:00:15
[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Leaving those stand-up paddleboarders in the proverbial dust, these new battery-powered boards will let you cruise lakes, rivers, cannals and other bodies of water all without that formerly-critical ingredient: waves. The Spanish surf company Onean has unveiled two models, …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-25 17:00:18
[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Designed to span over 80 feet and connect a pair of apartment structures in London, this remarkable see-through glass pool will give swimmers the ultimate view of the city on all sides. This record-setting, first-of-its-kind creation reflects recent …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-25 01:00:58
[ By Steph in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Will the architecture of the distant future be recognizable to us based on what we have built up to this point in human history, or beyond what we?re able to conceive? Take a look at any retro-futuristic …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-24 17:00:56
[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Mirrors can disrupt our perception of our environment, especially when they’re positioned to blur the lines between land and sky, up and down, reality and reflection. These 12 (more) mirrored art installations dazzle us with glinting light, …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-24 01:00:54
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Wind and rain conspired to set loose a gigantic inflatable piece of installation art, turning it into a kind of impromptu performance piece for drivers and bystanders as one (very big) red balloon rolled by. In some …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-23 17:00:51
[ By Steve in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Artist Nikita Nomerz is giving abandoned buildings and structures in Russian cities a new look… and the eerily expressive edifices are looking back! Hailing from the northwestern Russian city of Nizhniy Novgorod, Nikita Nomerz cut his artistic …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-22 22:29:29
[ By WebUrbanist in Culture & History & Travel. ] Perhaps the greatest cons of all time are those that manage to hold up in court, like the case of the world’s smallest skyscraper, a building sold to investors at 480 inches tall on a blueprint that …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-21 17:27:14
[ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Excited ticket holders rush past sullen-faced guards in mouse ears to gain access to Banksy?s Dismaland, a dilapidated, depressing ?bemusement park? that?s far from the happiest place on earth. Contained within a derelict seaside swimming complex, …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-20 17:00:22
[ By WebUrbanist in Travel & Urban Exploration. ] If you have ever wondered how and where the Department Homeland Security evaluates drones for real-world applications, this Freedom of Information Act request reveals some of the secrets behind the operations taking place at one of these rather mysterious locations. …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-20 01:00:04
[ By Steph in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Skateboarding isn?t classified as a real sport in the Netherlands, but one duo decided to take the resulting lack of decent official skate parks into their own hands with a guerrilla solution. Now, legally or not, virtually …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-19 17:00:31
[ By Steph in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Many of us have picked up old black and white photographs and wondered what their backstories are, but these artists take history into their own hands, altering the images to produce new narratives. In the following 40+ …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-18 17:00:31
[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] Somewhere between a huge funhouse, playground and circus, the City Museum of St. Louis may be the most entertaining and interactive urban architectural experiment in the world. And if you are not having a good time, you can …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-18 01:00:22
[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] An abandoned building becomes the setting for a surreal installation of colorful criss-crossing yarn as artist duo Toki seeks to render music in physical form. Recent architecture grads Toluwalase Rufai and Khai Grubbs present their visual soundscape …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-17 17:00:49
[ By Steph in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Every one of these somewhat ominous-looking futuristic homes is just waiting for its big Hollywood break as the lair from which some supervillain hatches nefarious plans. In fact, some of them have already been used as filming …


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WebUrbanist 2015-08-17 01:00:46
[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Maximizing usable space in a series of compact short-term apartments, these retractable steps slip back into a wall, all but disappearing beneath lofted bedroom areas when not needed. Drawers and other storage slots are designed around the dimensions …


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