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Hoverboards are Here! Design Floats Above Metal Surfaces

[ By Steph in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] Twenty-five years after ‘Back to the Future’ convinced an entire generation that we’d soon be able to zoom around the city on wheel-less floating skateboards, it looks like we might finally get our wish: a working hoverboard actually exists.

Chinese President Calls for End to “Weird Architecture” Trend

[ 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.

Banksy Not Arrested: How 1 Man’s Viral Hoax Duped Millions

[ 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 scandalous subterfuge?

Set Sail on Rail: Quirky Vehicles Explore Abandoned Tracks

[ 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.

Subtle Street Art: 27 Easy-to-Overlook Urban Enhancements

[ 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 city around you in a new, more observant way.

35 Years in 60 Seconds: Evolution of Modern Computer Desks

[ 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.

Adapting Aging Architecture: Modern Plug-Ins for Beijing

[ 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.

Amphibious Architecture: 12 Flood-Proof Home Designs

[ 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.

3D-Printed Columns Use Ancient Technique Against Earthquakes

[ 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.

Lost Soles: 10 Abandoned & De-Feeted Shoe Repair Stores

[ 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.

Transformer Hotel: Tiny Room Showcases Convertible Furniture

[ 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.

Capital Idea: Bridge to Elevated Park for Washington D.C.

[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] A freeway bridge linking historically divided sides of Washington, D.C.

Refold Workstation: Mobile Flat-Pack Cardboard Standing Desk

[ 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 tape or connective hardware.

7,000 LEDs to Cast Sistine Chapel Ceiling in Bright New Light

[ 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 of that is about to change.

Radiotopia Fundraiser: Support 7 Story-Centric PRX Podcasts

[ 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 radio shows.

Ultra-Compact Stairs: 12 Next-Level Space-Saving Designs

[ 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.

Rounded Market Hall: Huge Digital Mural Wraps 118,000 Sq Ft

[ 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 over 100,000 square feet of the interior surface area.

Cyclists Wear Car Skeletons to Prove that Bikes Save Space

[ 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.

Juice to Go: 13 Ultra-Portable Phone Charger Designs

[ 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.

View Forward: Driverless London Train Cars Arriving in 2020

[ 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.