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WebUrbanist 2015-03-02 18:00:18
[ By Steph in Drawing & Digital. ] Extremely narrow lots and busy urban locations are no big deal for ingenious Japanese architects creating comfortable, daylight-filled residential interiors with a few crucial design tricks, like the use of staggered open platforms instead of closed-off rooms. Interior courtyards, …


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WebUrbanist 2015-03-02 02:00:38
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] For years, this graffiti calligrapher has made his mark around New York City, but some of his best work is reserved for special (and somewhat unpredictable) occasions, relying on seasonal snowfall. Known for his interior and exterior …


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WebUrbanist 2015-03-01 18:00:30
[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] When coal mines get the shaft, only abandoned winding towers remain to mark the places where Earth’s underground bounty was winched to the surface. Coal and metal ores are finite resources, the extraction of which requires a huge investment …


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WebUrbanist 2015-02-28 18:00:03
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Well known for polarizing political artwork, the infamous street artist Banksy recently returned to the Middle East and filmed a short video about his new work while also commenting on the culture and conditions in a …


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WebUrbanist 2015-02-27 18:02:17
[ By Steph in Drawing & Digital. ] Reality is malleable and nothing is quite as it seems in the surreal world of photographer Erik Johansson, who takes hundreds of photos of a single subject, merges them together and digitally manipulates them to produce optical illusions and …


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WebUrbanist 2015-02-27 02:00:41
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Photography & Video. ] No monitor in the world can fully do justice to the amazing level of detail in this sequence, but be sure to go full screen when watching in this video, regardless, to get a taste of the …


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WebUrbanist 2015-02-26 18:00:55
[ By WebUrbanist in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Burrowing hundreds of feet into the second-largest glacier in Europe, the world’s largest system of ice tunnels and spaces (including a chapel and cafe and exhibit spaces) are being excavated to connect visitors with a massive natural …


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WebUrbanist 2015-02-26 02:00:26
[ By Steph in Art & Photography & Video. ] The secret lives of superheroes are far more mundane than you might imagine, with the Black Widow helping the Hulk trim his armpit hair, Spiderman scrubbing Captain America’s shield, Thor taking selfies and Wolverine getting fresh with …


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WebUrbanist 2015-02-25 18:00:44
[ By Steph in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] We’ve seen tree houses that function as oversized sculptures, play structures for kids, sky-high tea houses and elevated retreats for work or meditation, but how many tree house designs actually fulfill dreams of living in the forest …


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WebUrbanist 2015-02-25 02:00:53
[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] 280,000 pounds of glass, steel and concrete spanning over 80 feet, this remarkable structure was built to span city streets and sidewalks in Minneapolis but has storied history that goes well beyond its original usage. Today, this historic …


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WebUrbanist 2015-02-24 18:00:31
[ By WebUrbanist in Gaming & Computing & Technology. ] In this new video, Technical Illusions, the company behind CastAR, a hybrid augmented and virtual reality headset, shows off a series of amazing everyday applications of their technology, dissolving the distinction between real and digital spaces. A year …


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WebUrbanist 2015-02-24 02:00:05
[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] An upside-down, cherry-red car clings improbably to a slice of a concrete parking lot as it curls up over itself in this gravity-defying installation by British artist Alex Chinneck. Hanging in mid-air with no visible supports, ‘Pick …


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WebUrbanist 2015-02-23 18:00:35
[ By Steph in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Test your tolerance for stomach-churning heights by dangling over the edge of the western hemisphere’s tallest freestanding tower, zip lining high above the Las Vegas strip, swimming up to the invisible edge of a skyscraper rooftop swimming …


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WebUrbanist 2015-02-23 02:00:26
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] While its creators anticipated this stretched plastic surface appealing to local graffiti artists, they were apparently hoping for a higher grade of street art to adorn the Storefront for Art and Architecture gallery facade in New York City. Architecture studio SO-IL …


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WebUrbanist 2015-02-22 18:00:16
[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Motels have been in decline for decades ? even Norman Bates knew that ? and these abandoned motels illustrate a fundamental shift in travel trends. People are still traveling by car, of course, but the roads they travel these …


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WebUrbanist 2015-02-21 18:00:41
[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] A multistory fire raged up the side of this 1,105-foot skyscraper last night, one of the tallest in Dubai, exacerbated by high winds and casting molten glass and charred masonry from the so-called Torch tower down to the …


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WebUrbanist 2015-02-20 18:00:02
[ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Everyday objects and imperfections in the urban surfaces of Paris become part of strange and unexpected scenes as French artist Levalet incorporates them into life-sized street art. A bull head sculpture becomes a minotaur, map in …


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WebUrbanist 2015-02-20 02:00:58
[ By Steph in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] A formerly dark, poorly ventilated caviar warehouse is illuminated naturally thanks to a sunken courtyard with a retractible glass roof, connecting the interior spaces to an outdoor terrace, acting as both a space and a sort of …


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WebUrbanist 2015-02-19 18:00:52
[ By WebUrbanist in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ] Featuring three suites toward its peak (and a spa pool to top it off), this boutique hotel is situated in one of the tallest and oldest maritime cranes in the world – and despite the steel frame weighing …


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WebUrbanist 2015-02-19 02:00:39
[ By Steph in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] The grim reaper lurks, one man steps on another’s head, crowds cling precariously to window ledges and the people begin to revolt in a series of hacked Euro bank notes by artist Stefanos. The simple images, inked …


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