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Urban Camo: Bus & Train Fabrics Turned into Wearable Textiles


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Transportation system patterns, right down to seat cloth details, are designed to last and look good even when stained by dirt and spilled drinks over time, making them an oddly suitable choice to turn into apparel.

I Don’t Carioca: Awesome Abandonments Of Rio de Janeiro


[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Rio de Janeiro may host the 2016 Olympics but Brazil‘s most picturesque and second-most populous city also boasts a host of infamous abandoned buildings.

Scan & Draw: Color-Mixing Pen Can Make 16 Million Hues & Shades


[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] A new pen aims to take art to the next level, letting users scan colors from their surroundings and deploy them, all via a single gadget.

Amphibious Folding Motorcycle from Russia Fits in the Trunk of a Car


[ By SA Rogers in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] “How long I’ve wanted this dream to come true,” wails Twisted Sister as a motorcycle zips through a mud pit that’s snatching the boots of its rider in this frankly ridiculous video of the Russian motorbike Taurus 2×2.

Legible Graffiti: Repainting Street Art for Digital-Age Audiences


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Artist Mathieu Tremblin has hit the streets again, expanding on his portfolio of repainted tags, turning messy walls into neat and readable ‘tag cloud’ arrays.

Gold Medal Street Art: World Record Mural in Rio Stretches 600 Feet


[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Athletes aren’t the only people trying to set world records in Rio de Janeiro right now, and one artist might have nabbed the gold this week for the world’s largest mural created by a single person.

Magical Monsters & Kid-Size Castles: 12 Epically Imaginative Playgrounds


[ By SA Rogers in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] It’s true that as we get older, we lose most of the rich imagination that had us drawing monsters and telling strange stories as kids, the world seeming less magical with each year that passes.

Glitch Cities: Buildings Mysteriously Deleted from Chinese ‘Street View’


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Photography & Video. ] All kinds of architecture is being inexplicably erased from the Baidu Total View image database (analogous to Google Street View) … and whoever is behind it is doing an oddly haphazard job of removing things.

Floating in Space: Milky Way Reflections on Mirror-Like Salt Flats


[ By SA Rogers in Art & Photography & Video. ] Perhaps nowhere on Earth is there a more beautiful place to take in crystal-clear views of the starlit sky than the pristine Salar de Uyuni in southwest Bolivia, which boasts a mirror-like reflective surface in some spots.

A Study in Architectural Contrasts: 12 Modern-Meets-Historic Additions


[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] At what point do modern extensions to historic structures surpass and overwhelm the original buildings rather than complementing and enlarging them?

Vernacular Shantyscrapers: Reimagining Lagos as a Vertical City


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria, a fast-growing metropolis that has already spilled over onto adjacent waters but needs to grow up as well as as out.

Close Calls: 12 Breathtakingly Creative Garage Doors


[ By Steve in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] A garage door’s main function is keeping what’s inside safe from prying eyes but these creative garage doors keep all eyes focused on the outside.

Traffic-Proof Transit: Real Car-Straddling Bus Rolls Out in China


[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Initial plans to develop a lane-spanning bus in China were met with great enthusiasm but some skepticism, the latter of which is now being addressed versus a real-life, full-sized prototype.

Liquid Shard: Fluttering Silver Cloud Hovers Over Los Angeles Square


[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ] A “universally despised” postmodern public square in Los Angeles is getting a second look this week with the addition of a surreal glittering silver cloud that undulates in the air above the concrete, seemingly floating without any supports.

Aerial Views of Apartheid: Drone Photos Show Rich vs Poor Divides


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Though the apartheid ended decades ago, many physical barriers remain in South Africa, highly visible in the built environment … especially from above.

Go Big or Go Home: Athletes are Larger Than Life in Rio Art Installation


[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Athletes have arrived in Rio for the Olympics on a massive scale in the form of two monumental photographic installations supported by construction scaffolding, one looking like he’s about to back flip over an entire building.

Private Urban Paradise: 13 Dreamy Residential Rooftop Pools & Gardens


[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] If you don’t have access to your own private rooftop paradise, you can at least dream about it during the hottest months of the year with the help of this collection of dreamy swimming pools and lush gardens.

Broken Ground: Poignant Earthquake Memorial at Epicenter in China


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] A visceral memorial to the nearly 100,000 victims of China’s 2008 earthquake, this weathered-steal monument and museum conjures images of cracked Earth left in the wake of a quake.

Real Life LEGO Man: Fleshy Mini-Figure Cosplay Will Freak You Out


[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] You’ll never hear the phrase ‘all thumbs’ the same way again after looking at this real life Lego man complete with eyebrows, wrinkles and the biggest, weirdest thumb nails you’ve ever seen.

Warped Worlds: 30 Surreal Digitally Manipulated Landscapes


[ By SA Rogers in Art & Photography & Video. ] The plot of the movie ‘Inception’ is almost an afterthought compared to the impact that its distorted, dreamlike manipulations of architecture and landscapes has had on a generation of artists and designers.


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