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Magnetic Furniture: Modular Blocks Connect via Unseen Forces

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Magnetized to stick together when you arrange them, these boxes take LEGO-style furniture construction to a new level by leaving exposed surfaces connector-free in any configuration.

Clever Land Artist Copyrighted Earth to Beat an Oil Pipeline

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Canadian land artist and sculptor Peter von Tiesenhausen occupies a stretch of land in Alberta covered with his artworks, but it was not until he turned the top six layers of the soil on his 800 acres of land itself from private to intellectual property that he was able to fend off encroaching corporate interests.

Dancing Traffic Signal Makes Crossing the Street More Fun

[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Impatient pedestrians eager to get across the street stop, point and laugh when they realize that the usually-static human figure in the crosswalk signal is dancing maniacally, waving its arms and legs.

Occupy Parking Spots: 15 Projects Reclaiming the Streets

[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] In the asphalt-covered space that would normally be occupied by a single vehicle could be a bike rack, a dance floor, an outdoor cafe, a kiddie pool or a beautifully landscaped public park.

NYC Skyway: From Brooklyn to Manhattan in 4 Minutes by Air

[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Building on the strategy of the Roosevelt Island Tramway (connecting to Manhattan over the East River), this proposal promises record commuting times, bypassing subways, streets and ferries to use the sky instead.

Urban Glider: Compact Portable Electric Unicycle for Cities

[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Light, small and surprisingly fast, this single-wheeled cycle is designed to let you zip around cities, then stop and pick it up like a suitcase when you arrive at your destination – a sweet last-mile solution for urban commuters and travelers.

Roaming Homes: 15 DIY RVs, Converted Buses & Tiny Houses

[ By Steph in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Japanese tea houses spring from the roofs of ordinary-looking trucks, ornate handcrafted cabins are tacked onto school buses and fire trucks are converted into monster off-road RVs when industrious and determined DIYers decide to take on building their own mobile homes.

What If? Apocalyptic Art Explores Ends of Industrial Worlds

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] What if we filled the world with nothing but cars, or skyscrapers, or if we simply started building an industrialized mountain (like a modern-day Tower of Babel) that reached forever upward?

All Washed Up: 11 Abandoned Coin Laundries & Laundromats

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Abandoned coin laundries, laundromats and washaterias (for you Texans) have proliferated as utility costs rise and prices for domestic machines fall.

Memo Bottle: Slim Paper-Shaped Water Canteen for Laptop Bags

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Rectangular, skinny and designed to fit in briefcases or computer bags, this is definitely a bottle with a clear message: it is time to make your preferred refreshment receptacle more mobile.

By the Silent Line: Watch an Abandoned Railroad Disappear

[ By Steph in Art & Photography & Video. ] Among the rusting vestiges of Europe’s Industrial Revolution, this 20-mile relic of a railroad in Paris has been abandoned since 1934, and while it has been retaken by nature in the ensuing decades, it will likely disappear altogether as the city grows.

Mirage Muralist: Street Artist Bends Surfaces Using Illusion

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] With works often requiring second looks or sanity checks, artist Pejac bends reality in his use of paint and other materials to create sublime art from walls, streets, sidewalks and gutters.

The Desertron: World’s Largest Super Collider Lies Abandoned

[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Designed to break records held by the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the Superconducting Super Collider built (and abandoned) in Texas features fourteen miles of unseen and unused underground tunnels.

Fluorescent Geometry: Eye-Popping Murals by Maya Hayuk

[ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Striking geometric shapes in acid-bright palettes breathe life into gray urban spaces thanks to the signature style of artist Maya Hayuk.

Rejected Starchitects: 8 Controversial Building Proposals

[ By Steph in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] Even the world’s most famous architects, from Zaha Hadid to Frank Gehry, get rejected sometimes.

Istanbul Demolishing 3 Skyscrapers to Preserve City Skyline

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] After a huge and lengthy legal battle fought on various fronts by developers, municipalities and the Council of State, the Turkish government has ordered the partial destruction or total demolition of multiple buildings said to threaten the historic architectural heritage of Istanbul (above image via Gokorg).

Post-Olympic Abandonment: Sochi Already on the Road to Ruin

[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] The Olympics have a long history of leaving a mixed legacy in their wake but the story of Sochi is particularly strange – it was never completely finished in the first place, and is already nearly abandoned less than a year after it hosted the Winter Games of 2014.

Floating Neighborhood for NYC, or: How to Hover a Whole Megablock

[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] How do you fit an entire new neighborhood for 65,000 people, complete with offices, schools and streets, into the already congested and overdeveloped island of Manhattan without knocking anything down?

Modular Cities: 13 Expandable Solutions for Urban Growth

[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] As urban populations flourish, cities typically expand outward into suburbia or suffer growing pains with static infrastructure that just can’t keep up.

Bath House: Abandoned Public Restroom Turned Private Home

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] The ultimate fixer-upper, real estate rarely looks so unpromising as this London dump did – thankfully, one architect saw potential beyond these potties, despite the place truly looking like shi… well, er, bad.