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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, his is definitely a bottle with a 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 sanity checks, artist Pejac bends reality in his use of paint and other materials to create (or subtract) 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.

Big Miss Steak: 10 Eerie Abandoned Meat Packing Plants

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] As the disconnect between the meat we eat and the places it’s processed grows, so does the number of urban and suburban abandoned meat packing plants.

Flexible Furniture: Mold this Seat into All Sorts of Shapes

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Sitting in a single position for long periods is not just uncomfortable but also a health hazard, but is the solution to be found in a single form or something more pliable and adaptable?

Extreme Cliff Living: Modular House Dangles Precariously

[ By Steph in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Only the uppermost portion of this ambitious five-level home is visible when approaching from land, preserving the views for others and making for one dramatic way to live adjacent to the sea.

Drawn in Dust: The Great Traveling Dirty Truck Art Exhibition

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Typical art travels inside, safely stowed in carefully-packed containers to prevent damage – these drawings do the opposite, playing up the folk-artsy practice of scribbling into built-up grime on vehicles.

Racing Pigeons: Garbage City Hosts World’s Oddest Pastime

[ By WebUrbanist in Culture & History & Travel. ] In the trash-ridden outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, precariously lofted structures rise up on stilts, home to birds that, come sunset, are set loose as the strange race begins to reroute and capture the free-flying flocks of one’s neighbors.

Brothers in Benches: Pallets Offer Public a Place to Sit

[ By Steph in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Packing down nearly as flat as they were before they were modified, six interlocking structures made of pallets unfold to reveal a variety of seating options with greenery poking out of the bench backs.

Modern, Modular & Transforming Kids’ Furniture: 13 Designs

[ By Steph in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Why spend a fortune on a virtually endless array of aesthetically questionable kids’ furniture, from birth to their teen years, when you could choose customizable, transforming, modern furniture elements instead?