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Tunnel of Books: Curved Shelves Wrap Bookstore Walls & Ceiling

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Paired to fantastic effect, a series of arch-forming shelving units and a black-mirrored floor create a wraparound tunnel in a Chinese bookstore, punctuated by a fracture leading visitors through the resulting passageway.

Turn On: Backwards Glances From Famous Monuments

[ By Steve in Drawing & Digital. ] Photographer Oliver Curtis turns his back on some of the world’s most famous monuments, capturing a wholly unexpected side to these familiar cultural icons.

Artist Socks Series: Wear Pairs of Figures from Famous Paintings

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Simple stripes, colors and patterns are all that is visible when you are wearing shoes, but kick them off and you can show off famous figures from classic paintings.

Double-Helix Bridge Design for Beijing Based on Abstracted Olympic Symbol

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] The Olympic symbol consisting of five interlinked circles is stretched out and rotated until the links create a three-dimensional double helix formation in this bridge design, which is scheduled to become reality in Beijing in time for the Olympic Winter Games in 2022.

Deconstructed: 25 Famous Floor Plans as Architectural Labyrinths

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ]   The most fundamental blueprint of a building is its floor plan, which organizes the spaces to be occupied, creating a footprint to be extruded into three dimensions.

Tiny in Dubai: New Miniature Art Installations by Slinkachu

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Last time we caught up with miniaturist Slinkachu, the UK-based artist had placed his little people on the streets of Paris, and now he’s brought his signature blink-and-you’ll-miss-them scenes to the United Arab Emirates.

Tunnel Visions: 15 All-Encompassing Explorable Art Installations

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Few art experiences short of virtual reality are quite as immersive as entering a tunnel, literally surrounding yourself with an artist’s vision, blocking out nearly all sensory input not related to the installation.

Pokédrone Go: Micro-Drone Augments Reach for Pokémon Players

[ By WebUrbanist in Gaming & Computing & Technology. ] Pokémon Go has hit the ground running, breaking game release records and getting people out of the house and onto city streets.

The Brave New World of Robotic Pizza Delivery is Almost Here

[ By SA Rogers in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Thus far, the 21st century has been pretty disappointing for those of us who grew up expecting flying cars, teleportation devices and recreational trips to the moon by the time we were adults.

Abandoned Architecture as Art: 13 Radical Reclamations

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] When an abandoned structure can’t be rehabbed in the traditional sense, whether due to practical constraints or simply becoming obsolete, it can be transformed for another purpose with paint, tape, lights and sculptural installations.

Dystopian Textile: Beirut Architect Builds Bulletproof Headscarf

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Somewhere between disturbing practical and abysmally pessimistic, this gender-neutral, anti-ballistic headscarf draws on a long history of regional fashion traditions but with a depressingly contemporary twist: it is constructed from Kevlar.

Stopped Steps: 10 Declining Abandoned Escalators

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Well, that did NOT escalate quickly. These busted up and broken down abandoned escalators won’t be devouring any CROC plastic sandals anytime soon.

Tag, You’re It! Banksy Shows Softer Side, Makes Mural for Kids

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Best known for biting political commentary and poignant artistic critiques, mysterious artist Banksy showed a somewhat friendlier side of his personality in gifting a mural to elementary students who named a building after him.

Nemesis Machine: Cybernetic Cityscape Visualizes Surveillance Data

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ]   Activated by unspecified data transmissions, spinners whir and lights blink atop skyscrapers of computer parts arranged like a miniature city, visualizing information in real time as it’s collected – including your own movements as an observer.

Junk Joinery: Heated Plastic Scraps Connect Notched Wooden Furniture

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Using scraps from start to finish, this shrink-wrap approach to furniture is not only greener but faster and leaner, requiring less by way of specialized skills or tools and allowing people to build easier do-it-yourself objects. A project of Micaella Pedros for the Royal College of Art, the Joining Bottles project uses heat to shrink plastic around wood joints, collected from around London, locking them together.

Crystal Universe: Digital Maze Invites You to Immerse Yourself in Light

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ] A kaleidoscopic space filled with reflected and refracted light in all shades of the rainbow makes you feel like you’ve somehow immersed yourself inside a crystal at the DMMPLANETS exhibition in Odaiba, Tokyo.

Urban Dystopia: 11 Short Sci-Fi Films Set in Future Cities

[ By SA Rogers in Drawing & Digital. ] The science fiction of the past thirty years has evolved beyond the midcentury’s optimistic space-age visions into a darker, grittier place, where technology is out of control and resources are running out.

Largest Mural in Paris: 15,000 Origami Birds Adorn Condemned Building

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Lunar Cycles is a massive site-specific installation featuring 15,000 paper-crafted birds in the 13th arrondissement of France’s capital city, requiring (non-paper) cranes to hang the elaborate avian collage.

Bubble Buildings: 13 Structures You’ll Wish You Could Pop

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] Would the satisfaction that comes with popping bubble wrap scale up as the bubbles get larger and larger, until they’re big enough to cover entire buildings?

Noah’s Ark: Creationist Theme Park Opens Amidst Regional Flooding

[ By WebUrbanist in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] A biblical theme park contained within a huge ark (the largest timber-framed structure in the world) has opened in Kentucky, just as the region was hit hard by heavy rains and flash floods.