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Landskating: Giant Chinese Landscapes Drawn with Roller Blades


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Modified inline skates holding pots of black pigment allow this artist to create her huge works (up to 40 feet or more) while rolling around the room, with results that look remarkably like smaller-scale works of hand-drawn calligraphy.

Playing with Perspective in Paris: New Optical Illusion Art


[ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Two-dimensional shapes seem to hover weightlessly in space like a projection, but step slightly to your right or left and the whole image falls apart, becoming a chaotic assemblage of lines painted onto various surfaces in a room.

Adult Erector Sets: Toymaker Now Sells DIY Furniture Part Kits


[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Combining elements of IKEA ingenuity and their own classic line of modular toys, Meccano (makers of Erector Sets) is now offering a new type of do-it-yourself furniture modeled on their own miniature for-kids equivalents.

Griddy Cities: Aerial Cyberpunk Cityscapes Shot from 7,500 Feet


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Photography & Video. ] Flying over New York City, San Francisco and Las Vegas, this photographer has managed to both capture the essence of each city he shoots from the night sky above while also turning these places into surrealistic, faux-futuristic versions of themselves.

R2-D2 Express: Take a Ride on a Real Star Wars-Themed Plane


[ By Steph in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Pretend like you’re on a journey to a galaxy far, far away while aboard a real Star Wars-themed aircraft painted to look like R2-D2 on a Japan-based ANA Airways flight.

Stealth Structures: 10 Buildings That Aren’t What They Seem


[ By Steph in Travel & Urban Exploration. ] How many houses that you pass each day aren’t really houses at all, but just realistic-looking facades hiding a secret function?

3D NYC Timelapse: 500 Years of History in 1 WTC Elevator Ride


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Riding to the top observation deck of 1 World Trade Center opening next month, visitors will be treated to a dizzying view of the city below, but not the one they might expect – instead of looking out windows, they will see their surroundings on lifelike screens, enveloping them in a time-lapse view of New York City’s historic evolution. All of this is packed into a trip that lasts less than sixty seconds (video below).

Old New Jersey Factory to House Earth’s Largest Vertical Farm


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] Opening this year in Newark, this 69,000-square-foot space will grow 2 million pounds of pesticide-free produce each year, turning an old steel factory into the largest indoor farm on the planet, 75 times more productive per square foot than open fields. This AeroFarms facility is to serve both as the company’s global headquarters as well as the anchor project for a Maker’s Village designed to grow business in the city and provide a prototype for scaleable urban agriculture.

Ephemeral Architecture: 27 Paper Buildings & Pavilions


[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] A study in opposites, paper architecture renders what is normally solid and durable in delicate, temporary form, whether recreating intricate silhouettes of miniature cities or building full-scale pavilions, tunnels and other installations.

Dumpster Divine: 12 Flashy Trashy Artistic Dumpsters


[ By Steve in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Dumpsters may be grungy, grotty, gross-smelling garbage holders but these ubiquitous urban trash bins positively bloom just by adding a little art.

Touching Art: Raised Prints of Famous Paintings for the Blind


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Enabling the visually impaired to quite literally put their hands on priceless artworks, this unique exhibition allows blind people to experience works like the Mona Lisa for the first time.

Fantastic Cities: 48-Page Urban Coloring Book Made for Adults


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Coloring books are no longer just for kids, as this one designed for adult colorists illustrates in beautiful black and white.

Scaffolding Skyscraper: Very Public Urban Artist-in-Residence


[ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] The scaffolding used by a street artist to complete large murals becomes a tiny, less-than-private home away from home in a literal sense with ’24/7,’ an installation at the Memorie Urbane Street Art Festival in Gaeta, Italy.

Luxury Retrofit: New 440-Square-Foot Condo Hidden in Old Garage


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Boxed in on both sides, this once-homely little garage space is now a cozy high-end condo, its rusted white corrugated metal front replaced with a still-concealing wood facade serving to hide something much more dynamic inside.

Street Re-View: Hacking Google with Theatrical Performances


[ By Steph in Art & Photography & Video. ] Mons, Belgium might just be the most interesting and artistic-looking city on the entirety of Google Street View, full of seemingly spontaneous dramatic scenes like chaotic clouds of floating white feathers, painters turning sidewalk crossings neon pink, and basketballs falling out of trees like fruit.

Tiny Apartment Tricks: 13 Ideas for Ultra-Compact Spaces


[ By Steph in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] If you want to live in a tiny apartment without murdering your significant other or feeling like your home is a jail cell, you might want to employ a few of these clever small-space tricks, like roll-away closets, double-duty room dividers and multi-level built-ins.

Fashionably Architectural: 5 Designers Debut 3D-Printed Shoes


[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Somewhere between architecture, art and fashion, this series of 3D-printed shoes by five famous designers for United Nude pushes the limits of new technologies to make fresh forms of fancy footwear.

Devil’s Slide: Deserted Bay Area WWII Bunker Hovers in Midair


[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Built on Devil’s Peak (along a promontory known as Devil’s Slide), this obsolete base end station was designed to spot, triangulate and radio in sightings of enemy ships approaching the San Francisco Bay.

Mesmerizing Motion Capture: Dance as Point Cloud Data


[ By Steph in Art & Photography & Video. ] The graceful movements of a professional dancer are rendered as a cloud of flickering metallic dots using inexpensive Xbox Kinect sensors and 3D tools.

Wired Wood: 13 Handmade Versions of Electronic Gadgets


[ By Steph in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Anyone who longs for the days of simpler, longer-lasting gadgets will love these lo-fi wooden versions of modern tech, including a pixel display made of blocks, laser-cut wood records, an orb-shaped computer mouse and even an all-wood version of a classic arcade game system.


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