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Palace of Water and Light


[Image: Unrealized proposal for a "Palace of Water and Light" (1940) designed by Pier Luigi Nervi for the never-held 1942 Universal Exhibition in Rome; view larger.

Unconventional Sports Require Unconventional Spaces and Landscapes


[Image: Pier Two Athletic Center by Maryann Thompson Architects, Brooklyn; via Architizer]. Unconventional sports...

Whorled Maps


[Image: "Sights" by Shannon Rankin]. I wrote about the map-based work of artist Shannon Rankin a few years back, featuring elaborately cut, pinned, sliced, and remade bits of global cartography.

Dropping Light


[Image: Photo courtesy Nellis Air Force Base]. Black eyedrops made from a "chlorophyll analog" have allowed human subjects to experience night vision—without the use of special goggles.

The Los Angeles County Department of Ambient Music vs. The Superfires of Tomorrow


You might have seen the news last month that two students from George Mason University developed a way to put out fires using sound.

To Reach Mars, Head North


[Image: An early design image of Fermont, featuring the "weather-controlling super-wall," via the Norbert Schonauer archive at McGill University].

White House, Redux


[Image: Via Wikimedia]. The U.S. Secret Service might construct a back-up White House—or, more accurately, a "fake White House to help protect the real one," the New York Times reports.

It Came From Below


Formless and ancient things from the depths of our planet move beneath Los Angeles, unexpectedly setting fire to sidewalks and burning whole businesses to the ground.

Intermediary Geologies


[Image: From "H / AlCuTaAu" by Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen]. For a project called "H / AlCuTaAu"—named after the chemical elements that comprise its final form—artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen created what they call "an artificial mineral mined from technological artefacts." [Image: From "H / AlCuTaAu" by Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen].

Ghosts of Home Geography


Noted scam artist and "Facebook fugitive" Paul Ceglia, hoping to escape from a recently imposed state of house-arrest, "sliced off his GPS ankle monitor and affixed it to a crudely built contraption in his rural New York residence," Ars Technica reports.

American Mine


[Image: "American Mine (Carlin, Nevada 2, 2007)" by David Maisel]. [Note: The following essay was previously published under the title "Infinite Exchange" in Black Maps by David Maisel (Steidl), as well as in Cabinet Magazine #50].

Buy a Skyway


[Image: The skyway-to-nowhere while it still spanned the street; photo via the Star-Tribune]. Continuing our irregular look at oddities in real estate, you might be interested to know that you can now buy a skyway.

The Conqueror Worm


[Image: Photo by & courtesy of Trackrunners, used with permission]. A group of friends, their faces rigorously hidden from public view, find a huge borehole leading down into some tunnels beneath the city.

The Moving Mountain, or Terrain as Spectacle


[Image: Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, Department of Special Collections, Charles E.

Low-Poly Tectonics


[Image: A "wooden textile" by Elisa Strozyk]. You've undoubtedly already seen these, but the "wooden textiles" by designer Elisa Strozyk are a beautiful and surprisingly simple rethinking of the idea of a textile—and they have some interesting implications for terrain modeling and even gaming.

Multimedia Phantoms And A/V Ghosts


[Image: Courtesy FakeTV: The Burglar Deterrent]. Just a quick note that I've got an article up over at New Scientist about how a "fear of crime and a desire to prevent burglary are transforming the domestic interior into an uninhabited multimedia environment, an immersive videodrome playing randomised loops that can be mistaken for human behaviour." Go check it out if you get the chance.

Algorithms in the Wild


[Image: Jasper National Park, courtesy of Parks Canada]. There's an interesting article over at Highline Magazine about a lost hiker named George Joachim whose subsequent behavior in the landscape was so spatially unexpected that he eluded discovery for ten days.

The Electromagnetic Fortification of the Suburbs


[Image: A drone from DJI]. It's hardly surprising to read that drones can be repurposed as burglars' tools; at this point, just take any activity, add a drone, and you, too, can have a news story (or Kickstarter) dedicated to the result.

A Cenotaph for Tailings


[Image: From "Mining Cenotaph" by Alexis Quinteros Salazar; courtesy of the RIBA President's Medals].

Colossal Cave Adventure


[Photo: "Mega Bike" at the Louisville Mega Cavern; photo courtesy Louisville Mega Cavern]. An underground bike park is opening up next month in a former limestone mine 100 feet beneath Louisville, Kentucky.


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