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WebUrbanist 2014-10-24 01:00:48
[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] After years of both importing famous designers and copying strange structures from abroad, Xi Jinping, the leader of China’s Communist Party has declared an end to offbeat construction projects going forward. Translated from a two-hour speech on the …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-23 17:00:07
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] By now you may know that the world’s most famous street artist has indeed not been detained by police and his identity remains secret, but how much do you know about the prankster who perpetrated this …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-23 01:00:02
[ By Steph in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Before the abandoned railroad tracks of Paris officially disappear – which is bound to happen, as cities realize the potential for reclamation as High Line-style parks – some intrepid locals are taking the opportunity to explore. “Train …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-22 17:03:55
[ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Just knowing that these tiny urban art installations exist – ranging from tiny figures dangling from ATM machines to utility boxes painted to look like miniature skyscrapers – might just inspire you to look at the …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-21 17:00:58
[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vintage & Retro. ] Almost everything we once kept at our desks is now packed into our personal computers, but rarely is this phenomena so brilliantly illustrated as in the beautiful video below. This decades-long transition from the tangible to the digital is …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-21 01:03:39
[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Cold, dilapidated and lacking modern amenities like bathrooms, Beijing’s historic architecture in the Hutong districts becomes livable again with sleek modern plug-ins that make them more comfortable without significant alteration. People’s Architecture Office created a modular system …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-20 17:00:07
[ By Steph in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Instead of trying to beat back rising water levels, these innovative structures work with them, adapting from land-based to floating houses with the ease of an amphibian. From a DIY foam-based flotation system on a modest home …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-20 01:00:59
[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] Bringing together cutting-edge technologies and an ancient approach to resisting earthquake damage, the so-called Quake Column marries tradition and high-tech to create a bold new structural solution needing no mortar nor rebar to reinforce it. Incan masons historically …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-19 17:00:17
[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Abandoned shoe repair stores, once ubiquitous elements of the urban tapestry, epitomize small Mom & Pop stores that “progress” has kicked to the curb. Here’s one shoe repair store that won’t play in Peoria, even at the bargain …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-18 17:00:20
[ By WebUrbanist in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ] Deploying three novel pieces of multipurpose furniture, this 240-square-foot space manages to pack in all kinds of secrets, surprises and amenities for guests to explore, discover and utilize in a unique micro-suite. The first featured item in the …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-17 17:01:35
[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] A freeway bridge linking historically divided sides of Washington, D.C. on either side of the Anacostia River is set to become a vibrant, High-Line-style elevated park. OMA + OLIN have been announced as the winners of a …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-17 01:00:27
[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Two student designers have seen the future and building toward it with a flexible, foldable, affordable and recyclable cardboard desk that support the weight of a whole person but can also be built in minutes without any …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-16 17:00:29
[ By WebUrbanist in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] For 500 years, visitors were able to see Michelangelo’s famous 6,000-square-foot painting bathed in natural light, but for the last 3 decades they have gotten a dismal view, the room shuttered and lit by weak halogens – but all …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-15 21:00:53
[ By WebUrbanist in Culture & History & Travel. ] Last year, Roman Mars of 99% Invisible and PRX broke records, raising $375,000 with a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign – this year, Radiotopia aims to collect $250,000 in contributions on Kickstarter page to support its lineup of seven amazing …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-15 17:00:16
[ By Steph in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Clever integration of storage, dangerous-looking alternating treads and unusual wall-mounted designs enable these 12 compact staircases to avoid the problem of wasted space. Whether leading up to lofts in tiny houses and micro apartments or simply taking …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-14 17:00:36
[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] A massive mixed use project in Rotterdam by MVRDV, this newly-opened building wraps vertically around an open central space but also features one of the largest works of art in the Netherlands: an incredible digital display spanning …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-14 17:00:36
[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] A massive mixed use project in Rotterdam by MVRDV, this newly-opened building wraps vertically around an open central space but also features one of the largest works of art in the Netherlands: an incredible digital display spanning …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-14 00:59:52
[ By Steph in Design & Guerilla Ads & Marketing. ] The absurdity of single drivers taking up so much space on the road was vividly highlighted when a group of Latvian cyclists went for a ride wearing car-sized frames made of bamboo. In celebration of International …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-13 17:30:36
[ By Steph in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Tiny phone chargers that you slide onto your keyring, store on your belt buckle or snap onto the spokes of your bike can help feed your addiction to technology when wall chargers aren’t available. Since most of …


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WebUrbanist 2014-10-13 01:00:53
[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Called the New Tube, the next phase in London’s Underground system will feature partially and entirely automated cars, including ones that let passengers sit up front in the space heretofore reserved for drivers. This forward-looking plan calls for 250 …


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