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Containertecture: Shipping Crate-Based Buildings by LOT-EK

[ By Steph in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] Early explorers in the realm of prefab shipping container-based architecture, design studio LOT-EK stacks these steel crates to create everything from compact homes to massive retail complexes.

Unstealable Bike: Theft-Proof Bicycle Frame Doubles as Lock

[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] If you are sick of worrying about your bike being stolen or taking a lock with you wherever you go, this design will solve both of those every problems faced by bicyclists around the world.

Forging Fun, Not Profit: Master Copycat Fakes Out 50+ Museums

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Mark Landis is a US artist and actor of extraordinary ability, having spent decades faking various identities and committing a kind of faux philanthropy, having donated copied artworks he creates to churches and museums for decades.

Under London: Disused Tunnel Now a Subterranean Skate Park

[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] The infamous Old Vic Tunnels under London’s Waterloo Station are now home to the city’s first subterranean skate park with the opening of House of Vans, a cultural complex taking up the entire 32,000-square-foot space.

13 Transforming Houses Slide, Unfold, Spin and Expand

[ By Steph in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Rooms rotate, roofs open to the sky, facades slide away to reveal glass walls and interiors literally turn inside out in these 13 transforming, highly customizable home designs.

See-Through Solar: Crystal Clear Panels Are 100% Transparent

[ By WebUrbanist in Drawing & Digital. ] Applied to anything from the surface of your smartphone to the the sides of a skyscraper, the possible applications of this innovation are beyond amazing.

The Bucks Stop Here: 9 Closed & Abandoned Dollar Stores

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Dollar Stores may be the new face of retail in post-9/11 America but when they close or are abandoned, that’s change we don’t want to believe in.

Social Structure: Apartment Tower Fosters Community Creation

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Tall residential complexes often share very little common space, leading to a relatively solitary living experience despite the density of dwellings – this design aims to change that paradigm dramatically.

Industrial Silos to Public Art: Massive Mural for Vancouver

[ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Six industrial silos along the heart of Vancouver’s waterfront have been transformed into colorful, towering human figures in a massive mural project by Brazilian street artist duo Os Gemeos.

Windowless Flights: 2 Planes to Stream Live Panoramic Views

[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] The latest contender for ‘most scary yet exciting passenger cabin ever designed’ has trumped its predecessor – the first version boasted horizontal strips of screen on both sides of the plane’s interior while this latest one features effectively see-through ceilings as well as walls.

Guerrilla Kindness: Add-Ons Make Cities more Convenient

[ By Steph in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Three designers sneak around Paris, quickly installing brightly-colored machine-fabricated objects onto public chairs, phones, vending machines and other urban surfaces to make them more convenient to city residents.

LEGO Architecture: 12 Sets Explore Buildings Brick by Brick

[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Whether official or fan-created, LEGO architecture sets enable wannabe builders to understand just how some of the world’s most iconic structures come together in terms of architectural elements, form and lines.

Audio Hop: Best NYC Art Gallery Tour You Have Ever Heard

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] A new way to experience galleries, their artwork and the city they inhabit, even calling it a tour sells short this extremely impressive multimedia experience.

Cargo Home Videos: 10 Films on How to Build Container Houses

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] You see them all the time as polished finished products, but for those looking to try the ultimate do-it-yourself home-building project, these videos will help show you how various ISO container houses were really built in different environments and at various budgets and scales.

CityCharge: Solar Gadget Charging Stations Installed in NYC

[ By Steph in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Anyone passing through New York City’s Bryant Park can avoid the headache of searching for free outlets at coffee shops to juice up their phones, powering up at outdoor tables with built-in solar charging stations.

Topographic Tables: 12 Terrain-Inspired Furniture Designs

[ By Steph in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Meandering rivers, icebergs and a deep blue abyss are invoked in layers of blue-green glass, burled wood and cast concrete and translated into tables.

‘RePack’ Name & Concept Copied, Repackaged by Design Student

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] The strange ongoing controversy around RePack has reached a conclusion, with Royal College of Art determining that the accused student is technically guilty of plagiarism and misconduct.

Gruel Britannia: 10 Abandoned Little Chef Restaurants

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Serving up American style with British flavor, hundreds of Little Chef roadside restaurants once warmed up the UK‘s motorways but less than 80 remain today.

Chameleon Pen: Scan, Save & Draw Up to 16 Million Unique Hues

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Five years ago it was an mind-boggling design concept, but today the idea color-changing pen has morphed into a working prototype that draws colors from objects and surfaces, natural or artificial, then lets you use them in all kinds of creative ways.

Time in Color: Skatepark Graffiti Acts as a Working Sundial

[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Skaters at this park in Lugano, Switzerland don’t have to pull out their phones to check the time – they can just glance down at a series of colored lines painted right onto the concrete of the bowl as a modern sundial.