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Now with More Minimalism: Brandless Brand Trademarks Bland White Boxes

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Viral Silicon Valley controversies like those revolving around Juicero (a device that squeezed out juice) and Lyft (which seems to be reinventing the bus) are often held us as examples of how innovators are out of touch, which leads us to Brandless, a brand that is apparently reinventing minimalist packaging — the kind of thing that companies like Target have been doing for ages.

Robot Fails: 12 Times Supposedly Intelligent Machines Screwed Up

[ By SA Rogers in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] If you’re down about the oncoming dystopia in which robots take all of our jobs before we’ve structurally reorganized society to support ourselves, enjoy a few moments of smug comfort in these videos of supposedly advanced machines falling, spilling coffee, arguing with each other like old couples and committing suicide in fountains.

Revitalizing the L.A. River: 7 Architects Envision Fresh Uses for Old Waterway

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] The Los Angeles river changes dramatically as it snakes into and through the city, and these different design proposals carry that legacy forward while envisioning new, user-friendly, flexible and sustainable nodes of activity.

The Art of Tech Living: Amsterdam’s Urban Campsite Lets You Sleep in Sculptures

[ By SA Rogers in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Every year, Amsterdam’s Centrumeiland of Ijburg hosts ‘Urban Campsite,’ a public exhibition of sculptural habitats allowing local residents and tourists can spend the night in mobile sculptures.

No More Ugly Apartment Buildings: 13 Designs Refreshing the Paradigm

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Apartment buildings are typically so hideous, it’s kind of exhausting.

Tooth Or Consequences: 15 Dodgy Dental Labs

[ By Steve in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] Come up to the dental lab, and see what’s on the dental slab: these dental labs will definitely leave you shivering, tho’ NOT with antici… pation.

Swim on the Subway: Taipei Train Cars Transformed into Sports Venues

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Subway cars in Taipei have become swimming pools, basketball courts, baseball fields and track lanes to get residents amped for the upcoming 2017 Summer Universiade, an international multi-sport event for university athletes.

Call of Nature: Waterfront Step Organ in Croatia Turn Waves into Tunes

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] This 230-foot-long musical instrument contains 35 organ pipes and is powered by the Adriatic Sea, producing sounds for visitors that seem eerily composed rather than random.

Disney’s Star Wars Hotel Will Make Each Guest a Character with a Storyline

[ By SA Rogers in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Fans visiting Disney World’s upcoming Star Wars Land expansion, set to open in 2019, will have the opportunity to immerse themselves even more deeply into the fictional universe in an almost Westworld-style experience.

Out of This World Architecture: 16 Real Buildings Inspired by Science Fiction

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] From a Star Wars-inspired house in South Korea to a blob-shaped ‘friendly alien’ museum in Austria, these structures make no attempts to hide the sci-fi sources of their inspiration.

Cheap Seats: Sculptural Furniture Showroom Facade Made of 900 Black Chairs

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] Using cheap and repetitive materials sounds like a recipe for kitsch, but this furniture-oriented facade clad in generic black chairs (at around $5.00 USD a piece) manages to pull off an elegant and refined look.

Faux Photoshop in 3D: Artists ‘Erase’ Graffitied Car with Transparency Pattern

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] A crew of artists found a new way to ‘clean up’ graffiti in a public place by simply erasing a car and dumpster from a street in Russia using the old familiar Photoshop transparency pattern.

10 Subterranean Museums Reclaiming Abandoned Mines, Tunnels, Cellars & Docks

[ By SA Rogers in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Disused subterranean spaces like former mines, quarries, tunnels, bunkers and catacombs can offer just the right combination of spaciousness, moodiness, natural drama and a sense of gravity to house museums and other places of learning.

Slow-Motion Demolition: Expanding Agent Cracks Concrete from Within

[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Going forward, buildings may not need to go out with a bang if this “non-explosive cracking agent” takes off.

No Quarter: Parking Meters Pimped To Perfection

[ By Steve in Culture & History & Travel. ] It’s time to pay tribute to parking meters, those metal “trees” of the concrete jungle that have collected billions of coins over eight decades of service.

Buildings as Backdrops: Playful Photography Humanizes Built Environments

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Photography & Video. ] People often play a small part in architectural photography and renderings – not so in this series of travel photographs, which would lovely but otherwise unremarkable without clever human inclusions.

A Whole Latte Art: Masterpieces Rendered in Coffee and Milk

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Most baristas who go the extra mile to make a cute design in the foam on top of your latte or mocha manage to illustrate a heart, a swan, a cat or maybe an owl, not an entire Vincent van Gogh painting.

Mattest & Flattest: Blackest Paint You Can Buy Turns Solids into Voids

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] In a weird ongoing war over the blackest black and pinkest pink in the world, a new contender has hit the market — and unlike Vantablack, anyone can purchase some to make really dark artwork (great for black holes!

Palaces of Self-Discovery: Photos Document the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Photography & Video. ] Symmetrical photographs reveal the elegant geometries present in the architecture of some of the world’s most beautiful libraries, captured by Thibaud Poirier.

Bold Boats: 15 Wild, Fantastical & Futuristic Nautical Designs

[ By SA Rogers in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] File these awesome boat and watercraft designs under ‘things you’ll wish you had access to this summer.’ Who wouldn’t want their very own personal submarine, or a house boat shaped like a UFO?