[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Viral Silicon Valley controversies like those revolving around Juicero (a device that squeezed out juice) and Lyft (which seems to be reinventing the bus) are often held us as examples of how innovators are out of touch, which leads us to Brandless, a brand that is apparently reinventing minimalist packaging — the kind of thing that companies like Target have been doing for ages.
[ By SA Rogers in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] If you’re down about the oncoming dystopia in which robots take all of our jobs before we’ve structurally reorganized society to support ourselves, enjoy a few moments of smug comfort in these videos of supposedly advanced machines falling, spilling coffee, arguing with each other like old couples and committing suicide in fountains.
[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] The Los Angeles river changes dramatically as it snakes into and through the city, and these different design proposals carry that legacy forward while envisioning new, user-friendly, flexible and sustainable nodes of activity.
[ By SA Rogers in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Every year, Amsterdam’s Centrumeiland of Ijburg hosts ‘Urban Campsite,’ a public exhibition of sculptural habitats allowing local residents and tourists can spend the night in mobile sculptures.
[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Apartment buildings are typically so hideous, it’s kind of exhausting.
[ By Steve in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] Come up to the dental lab, and see what’s on the dental slab: these dental labs will definitely leave you shivering, tho’ NOT with antici… pation.
[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Subway cars in Taipei have become swimming pools, basketball courts, baseball fields and track lanes to get residents amped for the upcoming 2017 Summer Universiade, an international multi-sport event for university athletes.
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] This 230-foot-long musical instrument contains 35 organ pipes and is powered by the Adriatic Sea, producing sounds for visitors that seem eerily composed rather than random.
[ By SA Rogers in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Fans visiting Disney World’s upcoming Star Wars Land expansion, set to open in 2019, will have the opportunity to immerse themselves even more deeply into the fictional universe in an almost Westworld-style experience.
[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] From a Star Wars-inspired house in South Korea to a blob-shaped ‘friendly alien’ museum in Austria, these structures make no attempts to hide the sci-fi sources of their inspiration.
[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] Using cheap and repetitive materials sounds like a recipe for kitsch, but this furniture-oriented facade clad in generic black chairs (at around $5.00 USD a piece) manages to pull off an elegant and refined look.
[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] A crew of artists found a new way to ‘clean up’ graffiti in a public place by simply erasing a car and dumpster from a street in Russia using the old familiar Photoshop transparency pattern.
[ By SA Rogers in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Disused subterranean spaces like former mines, quarries, tunnels, bunkers and catacombs can offer just the right combination of spaciousness, moodiness, natural drama and a sense of gravity to house museums and other places of learning.
[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Going forward, buildings may not need to go out with a bang if this “non-explosive cracking agent” takes off.
[ By Steve in Culture & History & Travel. ] It’s time to pay tribute to parking meters, those metal “trees” of the concrete jungle that have collected billions of coins over eight decades of service.
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Photography & Video. ] People often play a small part in architectural photography and renderings – not so in this series of travel photographs, which would lovely but otherwise unremarkable without clever human inclusions.
[ By SA Rogers in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Most baristas who go the extra mile to make a cute design in the foam on top of your latte or mocha manage to illustrate a heart, a swan, a cat or maybe an owl, not an entire Vincent van Gogh painting.
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] In a weird ongoing war over the blackest black and pinkest pink in the world, a new contender has hit the market — and unlike Vantablack, anyone can purchase some to make really dark artwork (great for black holes!
[ By SA Rogers in Art & Photography & Video. ] Symmetrical photographs reveal the elegant geometries present in the architecture of some of the world’s most beautiful libraries, captured by Thibaud Poirier.
[ By SA Rogers in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] File these awesome boat and watercraft designs under ‘things you’ll wish you had access to this summer.’ Who wouldn’t want their very own personal submarine, or a house boat shaped like a UFO?