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42 Buried Buses Form America’s Largest Underground Nuclear Fallout Bunker


[ By WebUrbanist in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Composed of dozens of school buses surrounded with concrete, there may not be room for two of every Earthly animal in this “Ark Two” but there is space for around 500 humans (kids and adults) to cohabitate through a moderate apocalypse.

Petroleum Pets: Coalinga’s Vanishing Iron Zoo


[ By Steve in Culture & History & Travel. ] Painted pump jacks with plenty of personality put the “pet” into petroleum at the venerable and vanishing Iron Zoo in and around Coalinga, California.

Natural-Edge Glassware: Curvy Vases Blown into Organic Wood Forms


[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Resin is often used creatively to fill in the gaps wooden shapes, but these vases take the opposite approach and employ sliced logs with waned edges as a framing device rather than making it the primary focus of the work.

As We Are: Giant 3D LED Screen Head Takes Selfies to the Next Level


[ By SA Rogers in Art & Photography & Video. ] Seeing what your face looks like 14 feet tall and enlarged hundreds of times in a public forum might sound like a nightmare to some people, but to others, it’s a fun way to interact with other visitors at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Underwater Castle: 3,000-Year-Old Ruin Discovered in Turkey’s Largest Lake


[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Deep in Turkey’s biggest body of water, Lake Van, a secret fortress lay dormant for thousands of years, discovered recently by a team of university archaeologists following local rumors of a submerged structure.

New Network of Ice Age Caves Found Beneath the Streets of Montreal


[ By SA Rogers in Travel & Urban Exploration. ] Manually chipping away at rock for hours, two cave explorers have discovered a massive, previously unknown system of prehistoric caves beneath the streets of Montreal.

Step Into a Pop-Up Book: 11 Furnishings, Rooms & Houses That Fold Up Flat


[ By SA Rogers in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Does the same childlike awe and sense of infinite possibility you felt when looking at pop-up books as a kid translate to adult-sized versions of pop-up furniture, rooms and even entire houses today?

Shipping Shapes: Perspective Drawing Lines Form Containerized Landscapes


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Anyone who has seen stacks of shipping containers and the huge cranes that move them at big ports knows they can make for a marvelous sight, but what happens when you overlay those rigid geometries on other landscapes?

Lean & Learn: Oblique Earthquake-Proof Bookshelf Doubles as a Climbing Wall


[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] No ladders are required to get all the way to the top of this floor-to-ceiling bookshelf in a Japanese home, built into a specially designed oblique exterior wall for both easy access and earthquake resistance.

Starchitect Spotlight: Olson Kundig’s Crystalline Modern Sensibilities


[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Each one of architectural firm Olson Kundig’s creations is in open dialogue with its environment, often integrating oversized glass doors that open wide to the outside world or sliding steel panels to close them up and make them feel safe and secure.

Layers of New York City: 232,000-Picture Urban Time Lapse Remixes Day & Night


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Photography & Video. ] New York City never sleeps, they say, and this animation shows just how active the city is by day and at night, combining elements of both in one film that represents “22 Trips to New York, 352 Hours of filming, $1,430 paid in Parking Fees, 9988 Miles Driven, and 232,000 Pictures Taken.” The result is a breathtaking architectural animation that becomes increasingly surreal as you watch.

Rollout: 10 More Abandoned Roller Skating Rinks


[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Roller skating may not have been as “cool” as ice skating but it was one hot recreational activity back in the days before inline was superseded by online.

Speedway Core Sample: Cylindrical Specimen Shows 108 Years of Repaved Racetrack


[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Core samples let geologists examine layers of the Earth, graffiti fans peel back decades of art, or in this case: allow race watchers to see what a century or so of repaved track looks like. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of America’s favorite and most famous racetracks, and it has changed a lot over the centuries variously paved with everything from creek gravel to bricks.

Paper Signals: DIY Sculptural Objects You Can Control With Your Voice


[ By SA Rogers in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] If you could build an origami-like paper object that can visualize information at your voice command, what would you ask it to tell you?

Mies Makeover: Artists Cover Barcelona Pavilion’s Marble Walls with White


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] A minimalist icon by Mies van der Rohe is becoming even more minimal thanks to a series of vinyl screens installed over its ornate marble walls, making the full-size building look like a blown-up miniature model.

Out of Focus: Classic Works of Art Reimagined in Abstract Pixelated Form


[ By SA Rogers in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Some centuries-old works of art are so imprinted upon the collective consciousness, our brains recognize them even when they’re blurred, disguised, abstracted or otherwise remixed.

Cats! Cats! Cats! 20+ Fun Feline-Focused Works of Art & Design


[ By SA Rogers in Art & Photography & Video. ] In ancient times, after their domestication by the Egyptians, cats may have saved many humans from starvation and disease, which might help explain why we still worship them to this day.

Museum Matches: Candid Photos Capture Patrons Who Look Like Artworks


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Photography & Video. ] Candid captures require patience, particularly when a photographer like Stefan Draschan decides to wait for a perfect aesthetic coincidence between a work of art and one of its passing observers.

Book Boxes: Vintage-Style Dollhouses Made of Hollowed-Out Tomes


[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] If you’ve ever wished you could shrink yourself to live inside a book, these incredibly charming miniature houses made of hollowed-out books will only encourage further fantasizing.

It’s Getting Steamy in Here: 14 Modern Sauna Designs Heat Up


[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] When it’s cold and dreary outside, the relaxing ritual of steaming oneself in a cozy sauna is more tempting than ever.


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