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Inhabitable Nomadic Shelters: Designs Address LA’s Homelessness Crisis


[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] The problem of homelessness is a complex one rooted in gross stratification of wealth, and while addressing it in full means addressing poverty itself, temporary portable housing can save lives in the meantime.

Reclaiming Urban Food Production: 12 Smart Designs for Farms & Gardens


[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Most urban environments aren’t lacking in sunlight – it’s a lack of square footage and healthy soil that makes it hard to use these spaces to grow food.

Desktop Jellyfish Tank: This Invertebrate Aquarium Sure Beats Goldfish


[ By SA Rogers in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Rapidly warming oceans have led to an explosion of jellyfish numbers in seas around the world – allow that fact to float around your brain for a bit as you stare at translucent invertebrates illuminated within your very own desktop jellyfish aquarium.

Two-Wheel Tech: 12 Innovative Motorcycle Designs Envision the Future


[ By SA Rogers in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] What happens to the aesthetics of motorcycles when we let go of our nostalgic love for retro silhouettes and whole-heartedly embrace the future?

Druid Awakening: A Dozen Hard Rockin’ Modern Stonehenges


[ By Steve in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] These 12 modern homages to Stonehenge would likely bemuse, befuddle and bewilder those who constructed the original prehistoric standing stone circle.

Modern Babylon: Hanging Plants Serve as Green Walls & Window Shades


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] A single-story house in Vietnam echos an ancient world wonder, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but on a domestic scale and with minimalist contemporary design sensibilities and a functional purpose.

Teamlab Jungle: Step Inside a Massive Musical Instrument Made of Light


[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Anyone who visits ‘Music Festival, TeamLab Jungle’ this summer will get to immerse themselves in a space made of light, interacting with moving beams to help produce collaborative crowd-sourced music.

Build & Unbuild in 1 Day: Deconstructable Prefab House Moves with its Residents


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] No stakes to pull up or new foundation to pour for owners of his prefabricated dwelling, an open-plan home designed to be built, taken apart, moved and reconstructed on demand.

The People’s Fridge: Free Excess Food for Anyone Who Needs It


[ By SA Rogers in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Considering that the United Kingdom leads the European Union in food waste at over 15 million tons per year, spreading the concept of free community refrigerators could make a huge impact.

Worlds Under Glass: 33 Miniature Cities & Architectural Sculptures


[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Sheltered by glass vessels like tiny self-contained biomes, these miniature buildings and cities seem to have their own atmospheres and variable gravity, with houses teetering on the edges of cliffs or springing out of clouds in the sky.

Absurdism: Artists Fight Over Use of World’s “Blackest Black” & “Pinkest Pink”


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] For the past few years, British artist Anish Kapoor has been making use of his exclusive rights to something called Vantablack, a high-tech pigment touted as the blackest shade of black.

Art History in Contemporary Life: Classical Figures in Modern Scenery


[ By SA Rogers in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Dressed in garments from centuries long past, figures from classical paintings peer out the windows of metro cars, vend souvenirs, browse comics and otherwise interact with unlikely scenes in modern-day Naples, Italy.

Sort of Subterranean: 15 Partially Underground Modern Home Designs


[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] While fully subterranean homes can feel like grim bunkers, homes built partially into hills, cliffs and bluffs peek out from underground through glassy ‘eyes’ to gain daylight access and views of their surroundings.

Ouroborus Buildings: Artist Loops Infinite Skyscrapers Back on Themselves


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] What would architecture look like if it had no beginning or end, no ground floor as starting point nor rooftop terminus?

Last Dance: A Dozen Hustled & Bustled Abandoned Discos


[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Disco ducks and dancing queens can no longer shake their booties since these dozen decrepit abandoned discotheques took down their mirror balls.

Bike Over Traffic: World’s Longest Elevated Cycling Path Opens in China


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] China’s first aerial bike path spans nearly five miles, raised over streets and highways and connecting six public transit hubs in the heart of Xiamen.

Architectural Fairy Tales: Unreal Structures Tell Strange Sci-Fi Tales


[ By SA Rogers in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] These fictional structures seem to be ripped right out of the concept art for a sci-fi film, envisioning a world of architecture that’s totally out of scale with humans but fittingly grand for the environments in which they’re placed.

Handle with Care: 10 Years of Fragile Glass Boxes Broken by FedEx


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Packing and shipping artwork is a delicate and costly process, unless your intention is to create new pieces by allowing them to break along the way.

Inner Space: 14 Modular All-in-One Living Cubes Organize Interiors


[ By SA Rogers in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] No shelter is too small or too basic to accommodate a comfortable lifestyle when everything you need, from your bed and kitchen to walk-in closets and mini theaters, is contained in one compact, mobile, modular ‘living unit.’ Often fitted out for plumbing and boasting their own internet and sound systems, these rooms-within-rooms can instantly make warehouses and other typically uninhabitable spaces into cozy apartments or save an astounding amount of space when square footage is severely limited.

Winter Carousels: Circular Spinning Ice Islands Carved with Chainsaws


[ By WebUrbanist in Culture & History & Travel. ] Ice fishing huts and art shanties allow people to enjoy peaceful winters and creative expression on frozen lakes, but for those with something more dynamic in mind: rotating DIY islands of ice are also an option.


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