[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Three classic cyberbunk books and a short story collection, all by William Gibson, are getting an apt makeover in the form of architectural covers featuring beautifully abstracted urban landscapes.
[ By SA Rogers in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Iconic for its role in the counterculture movement of the 1960s, the Volkswagen Bus has seen many an amateur transformation into campers over the decades since, and now it’s gone solar electric.
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] This ongoing series of sculptural floating cities and suspended towns could be mistaken for pencil drawings when glanced on a wall or seen in a two-dimensional medium like photography.
[ By SA Rogers in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] Well, here’s one way to get some exercise and simultaneously enjoy views of a beautiful city without getting rained on or dealing with traffic. Gliding along the surface of the Seine in Paris, past such landmarks as the Notre Dame Cathedral, ‘The Paris Navigating Gym’ gets most of its power from the humans operating the stationary bicycles inside.
[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Nobody knows the needs of a city better than the residents who navigate it each day, so who better to edit, adapt and upgrade urban spaces to make them cooler and more useful?
[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Unseen above the restored cast-iron facade of this 1857 residential structure in Tribeca, a stunning modern loft extends the building’s livable space, its form responding directly to lines of sight.
[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] We’ve seen lots of dazzling concepts by Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut, most of which seem far too fanciful to ever actually materialize, but his twisting high-rise tower in Taipei is finally taking shape in three dimensions.
[ By SA Rogers in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] We don’t have to wait for a dystopian future in which our faces are scanned as we walk down the sidewalk and our every movement is logged – we willingly carry personally identifiable tracking devices in our pockets everywhere we go, and cameras are everywhere.
[ By WebUrbanist in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ] Even someone brave enough to overcome fears of heights and climb a mountain may not have the stomach to spend the night in this suspended shelter on the edge of a vertigo-inducing abyss.
[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Little orphans any? Not so much these days thanks to fostering and improved economies, the result being many former orphanages have been left eerily abandoned.
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Ground Operation is a conceptually simple earthwork: an incision made in a grassy landscape is pealed back then stitched back together, much like an open wound after an injury or surgery.
[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Red neon lights arranged in geometric shapes or casting eerie illumination onto darkened trees almost seem like a natural phenomenon in the vein of the aurora borealis, captured by photographers who manage to be in the right place at the right time.
[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] A clever domestic design to eliminate ungainly collections of measuring spoons and cups, Polygons is an ingenious cooking multi-tool that measures different amounts on demand and packs flat when not in use.
[ By SA Rogers in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] What sounded like a long shot attempt to literally suck some of the suffocating smog out of China’s sky is actually working, according to updates on the Smog Free Project, which installed an air-vacuuming tower in a Beijing square.
[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Plots of land long considered too small and strangely shaped to build upon prove to be more valuable when they seem thanks to some creative thinking.
[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Graphics & Branding. ] Programs like Sketchup have allowed amateur artists and architects to sculpt and design in three dimensions for years, but this app facilitates far more informal works that really look like sketches in 3D.
[ By SA Rogers in Art & Photography & Video. ] Chinese body painting artist Liu Bolin explores the concept of ‘art hacking’ through reinterpreting two of the world’s most famous paintings with human figures as canvases, and manipulating image search results on Google and Baidu to replace the originals with his own.
[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Psychedelic portals beckon you to enter another dimension, sea monsters lurk at the bottom of the stairs and illustrated figures playfully interact with urban infrastructure in works of art that bring color, levity and natural imagery to urban environments.
[ By WebUrbanist in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Elon Musk is attacking the question of energy storage and consumption at home, first with electric cars, then with home batteries and now the final piece of the puzzle: solar panels people will actually want to show off.
[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Golf isn’t the hit sport it used to be and one consequence is the proliferation of abandoned driving ranges closed due to changes in recreational pursuits.