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These Brutalist Sand Castles Might Be Cooler Than the Real Thing

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Brutalist architecture is often criticized for seeming cold, impersonal and out of human scale, but the same can’t be said for these structures when they’re miniaturized and ephemeral, destroyed in seconds by the sea.

21st Century Figurative Sculpture: 33 Modern Renderings of the Human Form

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Michelangelo’s David may always represent a pinnacle of artistic achievement in figurative sculpture, but modern artists are adding some brilliant 21st-century elements to the mix in the form of glitches, kinetic parts, innovative methods and materials, and context from the digital era.

Search For Spoke: 8 Closed & Abandoned Bicycle Factories

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] These closed and abandoned bicycle factories are relics of a bygone era before two-wheeled vehicles were supplanted by those with four wheels and an engine.

Modular Urbanism: Coin-Operated System of Portable Street Furniture

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Much like coin-based cart systems found in supermarkets and airports, these stackable stools (which double as table surfaces) can be borrowed, moved around and returned with ease.

The Big Bend: U-Shaped ‘World’s Longest Skyscraper’ is Intentionally Absurd

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] There’s lots of competition for the title of world’s tallest skyscraper, but does anyone care about the world’s longest – even when it extends vertically into an upside-down U shape?

Times Lapse: Minute-Long Video Shows Every NYT Cover Printed Since 1852

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Graphics & Branding. ] The times are always changing, but few things bring it home quite so elegantly (and quickly) as an extended look at the front pages of a classic publication, compressing over 150 years of history (and 60,000 pages) into a single minute.

World’s Sexiest Parking Garage Has a New Competitor For the Crown

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] It may not be as jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring as Detroit’s decaying Michigan Theater parking garage, nor quite as multifunctional as the stunning Herzog de Meuron structure at 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami – but this new structure in Belgium is definitely one for the books.

Play On, LEGO Brick Layer: 14 Complex & Creative Toy-Brick-Inspired Projects

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Play on, LEGO brick layer, ’cause the projects adults are coming up with using these little plastic toy bricks are totally incredible.

Urban Legend: Why Are European Cities so Much Denser than American Ones?

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] At a glance, it seems obvious New York City would be more densely populated than Paris, but in fact the reverse is true: New York has only half the population density of its French competitor.

Abandoned Tobacco Factory Gets an Acid-Toned Makeover & a New Purpose

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ] An abandoned, dark and dilapidated tobacco factory is ‘activated’ as a public meeting place to talk about revitalizing unused spaces through a cheerfully haphazard application of vivid, acid-toned paint.

Just Pull Some Strings: 8 Easy Transforming Furniture Designs for Lazy People

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] When you’re lazy, even the most intuitive transforming furniture isn’t easy enough to operate unless it’s on the same level as clapping your lights on and off.

Fruitless: 10 Closed & Abandoned Apple Stores

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Apple Stores and Apple authorized resellers are about as sure a thing as can be in business but even these b&m goldmines close shop and are left abandoned.

Fearless Girl: Powerful Statue Faces Down Famous Charging Bull of Wall Street

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Located in the heart of the financial district in New York City, the Charging Bull statue has long been an icon of the industry, but now faces its first opponent: a young girl cast in bronze.

Hovering Tiny Black House Haunts the Woods Under a Railway Bridge

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Looking like something out of a creepy fairytale, this little black house hovers in the air beneath the arch of an old railway bridge, a spindly ladder reaching down into the fallen leaves.

Geotagger World Atlas: Most Scenic City Routes Mapped Using Photo Data

[ By WebUrbanist in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Tapping into geo-tagging data and the collective wisdom of photographers, you can use this interactive tool to follow in the footsteps of those who have mapped out the most beautiful routes through cities.

LEGO-Compatible Tape Lets You Build Gravity-Defying Inception-Style Models

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Are plain old LEGO bricks gonna be ruined for you forever now that you’ve seen this flexible, cuttable, reusable LEGO-compatible adhesive tape?

Urban Off-Grid: 12 Creative Solutions For Self-Sustainability in the City

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Off-grid housing is almost always relegated to remote areas due to strict urban building codes and access to affordable land, but sometimes self-contained structures pop up in parks, on rooftops and in canals anyway – or the owners of more conventional city dwellings simply cut the cord.

Simplified DIY: New Tool-Free IKEA Furniture Snaps Together in Minutes

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Buying a piece of IKEA furniture is generally a bit of a gamble in terms of potential complexity, but these clever joints are designed to radically simplify and speed up the process across the board.

Grime in 1:20 Scale: Gritty Dollhouse-Sized Urban Architectural Models

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] The kind of graffiti-covered, poster-plastered, weathered and visibly aging architecture that once characterized many big cities and has now largely been demolished is recreated in miniature by artist Joshua Smith.

Green House: 17 Residential Designs Intertwined With Nature

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Replicating parks in the middle of largely-concrete cities or merely connecting tropical homes to the lush vegetation that’s already growing right beyond the walls, these homes integrate living plants, water features and direct access to the sky.