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The Heron’s Tree: The World’s Largest Hanging Garden Since Ancient Babylon

[ By SA Rogers in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] An island in France populated by ‘living machines’ that seem to be torn straight from the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, Les Machines de L’ile has delighted visitors since 2007, and now they’re embarking on a quest to complete the largest hanging garden since ancient Babylon.

Urban Explorers Scuba Dive Through an Abandoned Submerged Soviet Prison Camp

[ By SA Rogers in Drawing & Digital. ] How eerie must it be to swim past submerged lamp posts, barbed wire and other remnants of an old Soviet prison while scuba diving in a former quarry?

Plaza Play: 13 Artistic Installations Make Public Squares A Lot More Fun

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ] An infusion of art revives a cold, gray public square like a healing draught, drawing people in and encouraging them to stay a while, interact with each other and see their city from a new point of view.

Pissjar Sans: Hardcore Punk Bank Releases Free Urination-Based Typeface

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Graphics & Branding. ] What started as a project to create a few letters for an album cover morphed into an entire alphabet derived from the collective contributions of this Swedish punk band.

Who Needs Walls? 13 Split Level Interior Layouts Maximize Small Spaces

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Tall, narrow volumes and awkward stepped sites are no problem when you arrange your interior spaces in a continuous flow of open platforms without walls.

Sensei-tion: Kyoto U’s Much-Defaced Orita Bust

[ By Steve in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] A bronze bust of the late educator Hikoichi Orita was vandalized so often, Kyoto University administrators put it into storage – still, the students persisted.

Vernacular Void: Wood Walls Warm Negative Space in Gray Brick Home

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] In a stark play of contrasts, a rich wooden passageway tunnels through this otherwise modern residence made up of small colorless masonry blocks, slicing like a house-shaped cookie cutter through the contemporary structure.

I’m Sorry Dave, I’m Afraid I Can’t Do That: ‘Flying Brain’ Will Assist Astronauts

[ By SA Rogers in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] What would Stanley Kubrick think? With its nonthreatening, simplistic stick figure face set in a spheroid plastic housing, CIMON the ‘flying brain’ is probably more analogous to GERTY, the emoji face AI assistant in the movie ‘Moon,’ than Kubrick’s famous antagonist HAL 9000 from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.’ But the fact that astronauts will have this smiley-faced companion floating around them in space this summer inevitably brings a lot of pop culture references to mind.

Animate Objects: Urban Artist Breathes Life into Everyday Street Scenes

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Looking at everyday built environments with an eye toward artistic adaptation, Oakoak turns exhaust pipes into elephant trunks, wild shrubs into micro-farms and more.

Redesign on the Fly: 5 Fresh Zippers Improve Upon Traditional Fasteners

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Designers are always trying to reinvent the chair or improve the shoe, but zippers have stayed largely the same for a long time, which begs the question: is there room to innovate on this simple fastener?

Synchronicity in the Streets: Photo Series Captures Uncanny Coincidences

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Photography & Video. ] An almost superhuman sense of alertness, a lightning-fast trigger finger and the world’s luckiest timing come together in one photographer to produce amazing coincidental images that couldn’t be faked if you tried.

Stairs As Light as Air: 13 Floating Designs That’ll Raise Your Heart Rate

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Staircase mishaps cause a surprising number of accidental deaths every year (second only to car crashes), but the sleekness of these floating designs might make you want to live dangerously all the same.

War Games: 12 Kid-Friendly Park & Playground Tanks

[ By Steve in Culture & History & Travel. ] Why scrap a decommissioned tank or self-propelled gun when it can easily be re-purposed as playground equipment, asked nobody ever.

Sticks & Stones: Land Artist Shapes Natural Objects into Organic Architecture

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Color, shape, texture and structure form the basis for these cairns, mandalas, spiral and hexagons, set against scenic backdrops where the materials were found.

Visual Poetry: Street Artist Paints Site-Specific Traditional Lace Patterns

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Delicate patterns of lace adorn the facades of buildings, magnified many times larger than life, echoing the particular motifs of the region’s traditions.

Flat-Pack Cat Cities: Modular Feline Architecture Inspired by Origami & Lego

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Product-tested by a husband-and-wife team of architects in their own abode, ‘A Cat Thing‘ was developed to let pet owners construct an endless array of feline crawling, hiding and resting spaces for their furry friends.

Slide on Down! Double Helix Installation Zooms Visitors Through a Renaissance Palace

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ] You’ve never experienced Italian Renaissance architecture quite like this.

The Force is Strong in These 10 Immersive Star Wars Themed Interiors

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] If your abiding love for the Star Wars franchise extends to collecting figurines but not to custom-building your own themed rooms quite yet, these projects might just kick you into that higher echelon of fandom.

Days after Gucci’s Severed Head Stunt, Drones Model Handbags at Milan Fashion Week

[ By SA Rogers in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Robots: they took’r jerbs! Or at least, drones stood in for live models at Dolce & Gabbana’s runway during Milan fashion week, floating handbags above the heads of awed onlookers.

Wood You Believe It: 10 Ultra-Tall Timber Towers Compete for World Records

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] As studies proving the strength and fire-resistance of timber construction loosen building codes around the globe, a new class of towers emerges, each of them angling to set records for the world’s tallest wooden buildings.