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Interactive Museum: Play in Paintings, Become Part of the Art

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Making art accessible like never before, this interactive gallery encourages people to play around, with and even inside its artworks, extending the frame to include visitors.

ARCKIT: Reusable Model-Making Blocks Built By & For Architects

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Positioned between robust LEGO-style systems made for easy reuse and refined architectural models that are fragile but permanent, this modeling kit is both a design tool for professionals and rendering mechanism to convey space and materiality to clients.

Anti-Gravity Hotel: Sleep Suspended in Levitating Space Suit

[ By Steph in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ] If various aches and pains or a childhood fantasy about being an astronaut make you wish you could sleep in antigravity, here’s a way to make it happen – sort of.

Coolest Pools: 15 Enviable Modern Swimming Spots

[ By Steph in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Daydream about escaping into an aquatic paradise of your very own in the form of a modern swimming pool that puts swimmers on display with a glass floor, appears in your ballroom at the push of a button or seems to blend right into a tropical sea on the horizon.

Ramping Up: World’s First Multi-Story Skateboard Park in UK

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] Designed to provide 1,000 square meters of recreational space across four floors, this multistory structure bends and curves to accommodate bowls and ramps for skaters who can move vertically between differently-shaped levels.

Smell Ya Later! 12 Abandoned Fish & Seafood Canneries

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] The advent of refrigerated ships radically changed the fish and seafood processing industry, leaving dozens of isolated and uneconomical canneries behind.

Rural Retrofuturism: Dystopian Visions of Swedish Countrysides

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Set in an alternate-reality Sweden of the 1980s and 90s, these stunning paintings remix pastoral landscapes with futuristic robots, telling a story of a world that could have been.

Balancing Act: Artist Paints Seaside Murals from a Surfboard

[ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Painting a hyper-realistic mural outdoors is challenging enough on its own, and artist Sean Yoro not only pulls off incredible portraits, he does it all while balancing on his surfboard.

Life After Apocalypse: 8 Seed Banks Saving Up for the Future

[ By Delana in Culture & History & Travel. ] By some predictions, Earth will become nearly uninhabitable within just a few generations – and between now and then, one of the most damaging events will be the loss of genetically diverse food crops.

Mad for Max: 17 Cars, Clothing & More Inspired by the Series

[ By Steph in Design & Products & Packaging. ] There’s so much to look at in the new Mad Max movie, from that ridiculous double-necked flame-throwing guitar to all of those terrifying spiked weapon-hurling vehicles, you’d have to watch it a dozen times to take it all in.

Fresh Biocement: World’s First Self-Healing Concrete Building

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] One of the biggest challenges to building with concrete is the material’s propensity to crack both while it dries and in the years that follow, making this self-fixing solution an incredibly powerful application of bacterial biotechnology.

Cargo Spotting: Field Guide to 20MM Global Shipping Containers

[ By WebUrbanist in Travel & Urban Exploration. ] Shipping containers pass by us daily on trucks, trains and ships, carrying 90% of the world’s non-bulk cargo with them, but if you have ever wondered what the mysterious colors and brands really mean, you will want to keep a copy of The Container Guide by your side.

Fractal Formations: The Fascinating Future of Urban Growth

[ By Steph in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] What might the patterns of urban sprawl look like if humanity were to survive another thousand years or so?

Flip for This: 12 Crazy and Creative Skate Ramps & Parks

[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Glide you way through a multi-story dedicated skate park, a glow-in-the-dark bowl, an old subway tunnel under London, a floating ramp on Lake Tahoe or even a ramp that goes right off the edge of the Grand Canyon.

VRchitecture: Interactive Virtual Reality House Feels 90% Real

[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] No matter how many drawings and models a client is shown, there is still a leap of imagination needed for someone to understand how a building design will really look and feel when it is realized.

Well, Done: 10 Past-Their-Prime Abandoned Steakhouses

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] These abandoned steakhouses once served up prime cuts of beef to steely-eyed dealmakers wielding steely knives.

Floating Island: Self-Sufficient Home Produces Food & Power

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Powered by solar panels and sustained by a half-acre plot of farmland, these 12 connected buoyant platforms together form an autonomous off-the-grid dwelling for the couple that built the complex over the course of more than 20 years.

Abandoned Highway to Seoul Sky Garden: New Elevated Park

[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Deemed unsafe and left to rot, a stretch of highway in a prime location beside a train station in Seoul, South Korea will soon get a new life as an elevated park.

Natural Luxury: Iceland’s Eco-Friendly Northern Lights Hotel

[ By Delana in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ] Iceland has become quite the tourist destination for world travelers thanks to its ethereal landscapes, amazing history, unique culture, and unspoilt views of the Northern Lights.

Secret Speakeasies: 6 Bars & Clubs Hidden in Plain Sight

[ By Delana in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Prohibition, otherwise known as the Volstead Act or the Eighteenth Amendment, barred the manufacture, transportation, and sale of all alcoholic beverages in America from 1919 to 1933 – but for some people, the appeal of the “forbidden” remains today.