[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Electric vehicles are often limited by recharge options, a design problem this Dethleffs camper tackles with solar panels and German engineering.
[ By SA Rogers in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] If you watched HBO’s ‘Westworld’ earlier this year, you probably remember the scenes where the nascent humanoid robots were strung up on circular frames like Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man,’ with machines printing white muscle fibers onto their skeletons.
[ By SA Rogers in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Concrete might typically be cold, hard, impersonal and impermeable, but treat it right and it’ll soften right up into surprisingly comfortable, accessible and usable everyday items, from pens and iPhone skins to rocking chairs and squishy-looking seating.
[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] A new sports hall in Thailand highlights the aesthetic power and physical strength of bamboo, a flexible and fast-growing natural material.
[ By SA Rogers in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ] If you love the sense of community at multi-day outdoor music festivals like Glastonbury, Coachella and Bonnaroo but hate the mud, dust, noise and filthy porta-potties, this hostel was designed just for you.
[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Pavilions are like playgrounds for architects and designers, allowing them to show off what they can do when they really set their imaginations free.
[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] These charming British shops and boutiques just couldn’t compete with big box stores but that’s not the only reason they’ve bitten the biscuit.
[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] It’s hard to imagine a more flexible and functional piece of furniture to spend a third of your life in than this one from Singapore, featuring an array of creature comforts and high-tech customizations.
[ By SA Rogers in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] A Ford van zooming around the Washington D.C. area last month, seemingly without a human in the driver’s seat, wasn’t self-driving after all: it was a man in a ‘seat suit.’ A fake driverless car might seem like a weird experiment, especially considering the fact that there’s an entire fake town for testing self-driving vehicles at Ford’s disposal.
[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Thanks in part to heat-absorbing materials and colors, cities tend to be warmer than their natural surroundings, and in hot places with lots of dark roads like Los Angeles that can prove a serious public health hazard.The mayor has pledged to reduce temperatures in the city by 3 degrees over the next 20 years, in part by dealing with urban heat island effects in new and different ways.
[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Greek gods and other figures from antiquity tower over a very different world from the one in which they were born, entwined with contemporary graffiti on building facades and other urban surfaces across the globe.
[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Science, technology, engineering and mathematics rarely get more delicious than this, illustrated and replicated in the form of solid chocolate, sugar crystals, fondant icing, pancakes and even bagels.
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Turning the local landscape into an outdoor theater set, hundreds of volunteers in Germany’s Saale Valley staged a series of live performances for the viewing pleasure of train passengers zipping by.
[ By SA Rogers in Drawing & Digital. ] Set on scaffolding just across the rust-red fence marking the border between Tecate, California and Mexico, street artist JR’s latest installation is a towering statement on immigration issues in the United States.
[ By SA Rogers in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] Stairs are inherently utilitarian, but some architects choose to really step up their interiors with highly sculptural designs that make you want to walk up and down a bunch of times.
[ By Steve in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] Since 2009 over 50,000 Little Free Library book exchange boxes have sprung up on lawns worldwide, though some are worthy of a surprised second glance.
[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vintage & Retro. ] Back in the 1600s, long before science fiction authors dreamed up digital e-readers, this Jacobean traveling library was making the rounds, housing dozens of small books in a larger book-shaped case.
[ By SA Rogers in Design & Products & Packaging. ] You don’t get a sense of just how large and complex Lego’s latest kit really is until you see it someone’s arms, or taking up the entire table surface in front of them.
[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] A former parking has become a Green Oasis in front of Poznan, Poland’s city hall, but beyond providing seating and greenery the redesign adds another key element: effectively endless flexibility.
[ By SA Rogers in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Blow-up dolls and boyfriend-shaped body pillows may make you feel a little less lonely, but they can’t give you a massage – unlike this multifunctional bed that performs so many functions, you half-expect it to cook you breakfast in the morning.