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Beyond the Grid: Clever New Mapping Strategy Prioritizes Time Over Space

[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] Historically, most maps use grid systems with latitude and longitude and distance measurements to guide users, but what if the emphasis was on time rather than space?

Honeycomb Housing for the Homeless: 3D Printed Micro Neighborhoods

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] With homelessness in many cities reaching its highest levels since the Great Depression, some designers and architects are getting more creative with solutions, like this honeycomb-shaped 3D-printed ‘micro neighborhood’ designed to cling to existing buildings.

Arcaketecture: Algorithms & 3D-Printing Shape Deliciously Structural Cakes

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Ukrainian pastry chef Dnara Kasko is at it again, this time with an algorithmically-modeled desert made up of 81 distinctly shaped pieces.

Forget Mocktails: High-Tech Glass Makes Water Taste Like Anything You Want

[ By SA Rogers in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] If you’re sober, pregnant or otherwise unable or unwilling to consume alcohol, you can still enjoy whatever cocktails you crave with a high-tech drinking glass that simulates three layers of senses to trick you into tasting flavors that aren’t really there.

Self-Driving Mobile Living Rooms: 10 Car Concepts for the Next 50 Years

[ By SA Rogers in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] A couple decades from now, we’ll be able to summon autonomous shared vehicles both from our smartphones and from privately owned steering wheels that double as AI companions in the home, clicking into place when the car arrives.

Toniture: Kit-of-Parts Construction Toy Set Lets Kids Design & Build Furniture

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] At the intersection of toys and furniture, TONITURE borrows from classic construction sets with a critical twist: the do-it-yourself objects kids design and build with these pieces are functional as well as fun.

It’s On Like Donkey Kong at Berlin’s Mount Mitte Urban Climbing Park

[ By SA Rogers in Drawing & Digital. ] In the words of venerable modern philosopher Ice Cube, ‘it’s on like Donkey Kong’ – literally – at Berlin’s Mount Center climbing park, which features elevated platforms that look an awful lot like those seen in the classic video game.

A Standing Ovation for Great Animation: 13 Arresting Works of Art in Motion

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Photography & Video. ] There’s something about creating something that’s not quite reflective of our physical reality and then giving it life through motion that can be alternately beautiful and unnerving.

Storage Worse: 10 Abandoned Self-Storage Facilities

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Abandoned self-storage locker units (and those who bid for them) have spawned a popular TV series but what happens when entire facilities go belly-up?

Urban Miniatures: Graffiti-Tagged Architectural Model Features Gritty Detail

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] In a world of pristine and perfect model architecture, this replica of a locksmith in Taiwan boasts dirt, grime, graffiti and rickety structural details.

Religious Conversion: Modern Office Inserted Into a Historic Belgium Chapel

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] A cubic white volume juts out of the exterior wall of a historic church in Belgium, looking a bit like it a dramatic incident of some sort landed it there.

That’s a Wrap: Critics Pan Leather Skirt that Looks Like a Car Floor Mat

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Guerilla Ads & Marketing. ] It’s easy to pan high fashion for being expensive, impractical and out of touch with reality, and all the more so when a fashion item resembles an upcycled everyday item like a car’s floor mat.

Not Just Science Fiction: Incredible Futuristic Tianjin Binhai Library by MVRDV

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] Looking like something out of a Kubrick film, the new Tianjin Binhai Library by MVRDV and local firm TUPDI features cascading floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that double as benches centered around a luminous sphere.

High Design: 15 Luxury Products for More Glamorous Cannabis Consumption

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Products & Packaging. ] For better or worse, weed-related products have gone from plastic baggies and ugly psychedelic head shop bongs to designer vaporizers and Goop-worthy botanical extracts.

Repurposed Pub: Scrappy Upcycled Micro-Brewery in Japan’s ‘Zero Waste’ Town

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] A new pub and brewery building has been constructed from recycled materials in Kamikatsu, a Japanese town famous for its advanced recycling program that sorts waste in 34 categories for optimal reuse.

Sheep View: Faroe Islands Captured for Google by Four-Legged Crew

[ By SA Rogers in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] There may be many paths along the remote, windswept Faroe Islands that Google’s street view vehicles can’t traverse, but that’s where the archipelago’s many four-legged residents come in.

Variations of a Classic: 13 Different Spins on the Volkswagen Bus

[ By SA Rogers in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] An enduring classic, the VW van might just be one of the most converted and renovated vehicles of all time, transforming into solar campers, bars, food trucks, shops, tanks, snowmobiles and even a Back to the Future-inspired mini movie theater with gull wings and a ‘working’ flux capacitor.

No Respite: 10 More Houses Built Out Of Spite

[ By Steve in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Despite the old maxim that living well is the best revenge, these homeowners have chosen to creatively spite busybody neighbors and inflexible authorities.

Russia to Activists: Stop Repainting Soviet Monuments into American Icons

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] The Russian embassy has taken a hard line in Bulgaria where Soviet monuments have been spray-painted to become iconic American fictional characters from Superman and the Joker to Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald.

Not Quite Mothra, But Close: Multi-Story Butterfly Shadowbox Murals

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Throughout the last year, dozens of terrifying monstrous butterflies as big as pterodactyls have begun landing on the facades of buildings throughout France, Austria and other European countries.