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Mobile E-Home: Solar-Powered Electric Motorhome Recharges on the Road

[ 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.

3D-Printed Muscle Straight Out of ‘Westworld’ Makes Robots More Realistic

[ 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.

Concrete Like You’ve Never Seen It: 15 Unexpected Furniture & Object Designs

[ 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.

Zero-Carbon, All Bamboo Sports Hall Features Organic 50-Foot Trusses

[ 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.

Like a Music Festival, Minus the Dirt: Social Hostel Offers Indoor Camping

[ 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.

Pop-Up Pavilions: 15 Playful Temporary Architecture Installations

[ 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.

Shopping Block: 20 Deservedly Abandoned British Stores

[ 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.

Swiss Army Bed: The Ultimate Modular & Multifunctional Furniture Design

[ 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.

Ford Disguised a Person as a Seat to Test How We React to Driverless Cars

[ 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.

Cooling Cities: L.A. is Painting Streets White to Combat Heat Island Effects

[ 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.

Greek Gods Graffiti: Classically Styled Street Art by Spanish Duo PichiAvo

[ 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.

For the Love of STEM: 20+ Edible Creations Inspired by Math & Science

[ 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.

Moving Performances: 50 Outdoor Mini-Plays Staged for Passing Trains

[ 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.

A Toddler Peers Over the US-Mexico Border Fence for JR’s Latest Installation

[ 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.

A Few Steps Higher: 14 Unusually Artistic Modern Staircase Designs

[ 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.

Book Box Bonanza : 12 Freaky Little Free Libraries

[ 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.

Mobile Micro-Lending: 17th-Century Book-Shaped Library Hides 50 Tiny Books

[ 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.

Lego’s Largest and Most Expensive Kit Ever is an $800 Millennium Falcon

[ 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.

Mobile Urbanism: Wheeled Benches & Planters Let Public Reconfigure Square

[ 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.

You’ll Never Want to Leave This All-in-One Bed Full of Gadgets & Storage

[ 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.