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Not Photoshopped: Distorted Images are Actually 3D Objects


[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] This skull is a three-dimensional object that you can hold in your hand, not an image that has been stretched and distorted in Photoshop.

Touchable Memories: 12 3D-Printed Aids for the Disabled


[ By Steph in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Increasingly affordable and accessible, 3D printing is enabling the creation of everything from simple straw holders to prosthetic hands for people with disabilities, whose quality of life can be greatly enhanced with a little technology.

Variations on Normal: Book of Absurdly Brilliant Inventions


[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] The work of Dominic Wilcox is a wonderful blend of out-of-the-box design inspiration that, finally, you can get shipped to your door (in a box, no less!

Transparent Home: Glass Dwelling Puts Urban Life on Display


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] A beautiful and boldly open design, this see-through structure uses glass to reveal (and staggered layers to conceal) different parts of the everyday lives of its occupants.

Eye on the City: Visitors Dangle from Urban Art Installation


[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Take a seat, fasten your seatbelt and allow an usher to wheel you into a giant eyeball dangling outside of a building so you can take in all of the sights without anyone else present.

Apps for Architects: 12 Handy Digital Tools for Home Design


[ By Steph in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Remodeling your house, decorating a room or designing an entire structure gets a lot easier with a range of mobile apps that let you draw to scale, save measurements on top of photos, access thousands of inspirational images and more.

Micro Metros: Abstract City Models Carved from Wooden Scraps


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] With the eye of an architect and hand of street artist, James McNabb blends urban inspiration with a fast-paced creation process to make these amazing sketch-like sculptures of all sizes.

Looking Grave: 12 Spooky & Scary Abandoned Funeral Homes


[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Funeral homes are mortal, much like their clients. When funeral homes are abandoned, however, they’re left to decay, deteriorate and decompose in public.

Hoverboards are Here! Design Floats Above Metal Surfaces


[ By Steph in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] Twenty-five years after ‘Back to the Future’ convinced an entire generation that we’d soon be able to zoom around the city on wheel-less floating skateboards, it looks like we might finally get our wish: a working hoverboard actually exists.

Chinese President Calls for End to “Weird Architecture” Trend


[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] After years of both importing famous designers and copying strange structures from abroad, Xi Jinping, the leader of China’s Communist Party has declared an end to offbeat construction projects going forward.

Banksy Not Arrested: How 1 Man’s Viral Hoax Duped Millions


[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] By now you may know that the world’s most famous street artist has indeed not been detained by police and his identity remains secret, but how much do you know about the prankster who perpetrated this scandalous subterfuge?

Set Sail on Rail: Quirky Vehicles Explore Abandoned Tracks


[ By Steph in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Before the abandoned railroad tracks of Paris officially disappear – which is bound to happen, as cities realize the potential for reclamation as High Line-style parks – some intrepid locals are taking the opportunity to explore.

Subtle Street Art: 27 Easy-to-Overlook Urban Enhancements


[ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Just knowing that these tiny urban art installations exist – ranging from tiny figures dangling from ATM machines to utility boxes painted to look like miniature skyscrapers – might just inspire you to look at the city around you in a new, more observant way.

35 Years in 60 Seconds: Evolution of Modern Computer Desks


[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vintage & Retro. ] Almost everything we once kept at our desks is now packed into our personal computers, but rarely is this phenomena so brilliantly illustrated as in the beautiful video below.

Adapting Aging Architecture: Modern Plug-Ins for Beijing


[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Cold, dilapidated and lacking modern amenities like bathrooms, Beijing’s historic architecture in the Hutong districts becomes livable again with sleek modern plug-ins that make them more comfortable without significant alteration.

Amphibious Architecture: 12 Flood-Proof Home Designs


[ By Steph in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Instead of trying to beat back rising water levels, these innovative structures work with them, adapting from land-based to floating houses with the ease of an amphibian.

3D-Printed Columns Use Ancient Technique Against Earthquakes


[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] Bringing together cutting-edge technologies and an ancient approach to resisting earthquake damage, the so-called Quake Column marries tradition and high-tech to create a bold new structural solution needing no mortar nor rebar to reinforce it.

Lost Soles: 10 Abandoned & De-Feeted Shoe Repair Stores


[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Abandoned shoe repair stores, once ubiquitous elements of the urban tapestry, epitomize small Mom & Pop stores that “progress” has kicked to the curb.

Transformer Hotel: Tiny Room Showcases Convertible Furniture


[ By WebUrbanist in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ] Deploying three novel pieces of multipurpose furniture, this 240-square-foot space manages to pack in all kinds of secrets, surprises and amenities for guests to explore, discover and utilize in a unique micro-suite.

Capital Idea: Bridge to Elevated Park for Washington D.C.


[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] A freeway bridge linking historically divided sides of Washington, D.C.


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