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Smart Body Art: MIT Temporary Tattoos Turn Your Arm into a Touchpad

[ By WebUrbanist in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Simple but powerful, these conductive tattoos communicate data and actions to paired electronic devices, translating touch actions into digital activations. As biohacking and other transhumanist interventions go, this technology represents a relatively light-touch approach with potential appeal to a broader audience beyond your typical body hacker.

Invisible Arts: Hydrophobic Games, Poetry & Pokémon Surface When Wet

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] When the hydrophobic NeverWet spray came out, it promised to waterproof everything, but users found they had mixed results in applying it to things like clothing and touchscreens – it discolored shoes and left films on devices.

Rebuilding Blocks: Mobile Factory Turns Disaster Debris into Modular Bricks

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] In the wake of intentional demolition or unexpected disasters, the Mobile Factory system can be shipped inside just two cargo containers and begin to turn rubble from ruins into building blocks for reconstruction.

Wet Look: 12 More Cool Creative Water Tanks & Towers

[ By Steve in Art. ] Due to their sizes and shapes, water tanks and towers lend themselves to artistic embellishment as these dozen creative examples refreshingly illustrate.

Unnatural Wonders: Magical Surrealist Artwork Worthy of Dalí & Escher

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] In the same magic-realist vein as artistic giants like Salvador Dalí, M.C.

True Colors: Sony Glitter-Bombs an Abandoned Romanian Casino

[ By SA Rogers in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] An abandoned Romanian casino long past its prime is infused with new life in the form of thousands of colorful glitter bombs in this striking ad by Sony for its range of BRAVIA 4K HDR televisions.

Small in Japan: Tokyo’s Unique Museum of Miniature Architectural Models

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] The first of its kind, this Japanese museum focuses exclusively on showcasing architectural models through rotating displays of miniatures, treating these crafted works as their own style of art. The Archi-Depot in Tokyo is a huge warehouse space with 17-foot ceilings and a dazzling array of models from everyday architects as well as famous designers alike.

Urban Rigger: Floating Student Housing Made of Shipping Containers

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] This hexagonal floating student housing complex made of stacked reclaimed shipping containers is better than any dorm you could hope to live in.

In Stitches: 45+ Artistic Embroidered & Cross-Stitched Creations

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] This is definitely not your grandmother’s embroidery. It’s stitched into the helmets of soldiers, onto car doors and fences, producing cats that pop out of shirt pockets and portraits so painterly, it’s hard to believe they’re made of thread.

3Doodler Pro: New 3D-Printing Pen Works with Nylon, Wood & Copper

[ By WebUrbanist in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] A new model of 3D sculpture-drawing tool from WobbleWorks operates using extrusion like its predecessor, but has expanded to allow users to print with new materials like wood, copper, bronze, nylon and polycarbonate.

Brutalist Reality: Tower Blocks Can Be Dystopia For Real-Life Residents

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Architecture enthusiasts might love the cold, harsh lines of Brutalist buildings, but for the people who actually live in the iconic London tower blocks and other modernist complexes for low-income residents, they can be – well – brutal.

Drone Design: 14 Autonomous Gadgets Taking Tech to New Heights

[ By SA Rogers in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Their efficiency in the real world is yet to be established, but if these drone concepts and fully-realized creations are any indication, some of us could be looking at losing our jobs to robots in a range of industries over the net couple decades.

Creative Crosswalks: Artist Adds Color to Brighten Crossings for Students

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Part art project and part urban safety experiment, this series of Funnycross installations in Madrid have been positioned outside a cross section of city schools.

Park Like a Girl: Women Frustrated with Pink “Ladies” Parking Places

[ By Steve in Culture & History & Travel. ] Sexism or security – why not both? Pretty pink women-only parking spaces show once again that best intentions can bring about unintentional consequences.

Binational Megacity: Master Plan Designed to Span US-Mexico Border

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Border City is being designed as a bridge between nations, a novel approach to creating international unity at a time when some politicians call for building walls.

Vessel: Climb This Sculptural NYC Landmark to Look Out Onto Hudson Yards

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Unlike most of New York City’s standout architecture, this sculptural, almost alien-looking structure set to rise above the new Hudson Yards development will be open for the public to explore.

Art Exhibitionism: Neighbors Threaten Lawsuit Over Museum Voyeurs

[ By WebUrbanist in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ] Visitors to the new panoramic rooftop deck of the Tate Modern are being told not to take pictures … and not just of artwork on display inside the galleries: voyeuristic snapshots inside neighboring apartments are now off-limits as well.

Cats, Not Ads: Feline Photos Take Over London Tube System

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Guerilla Ads & Marketing. ] The same ad spaces that shouted about insurance and laundry detergent last week now contain nothing but fluffy cats, as an art collective uses the internet’s number-one obsession to temporarily transform the London Tube system.

Staggering Statues: 7 Monumental Wonders of the Former Soviet Union

[ By SA Rogers in 7 Wonders Series & Travel. ] Nobody could ever accuse the Soviets of being too modest in the scale of their monuments and colossal sculptures, and they left no shortage of absolutely bonkers concrete and stone creations all over their former territories.

The Lantern: Dementia Villages Replicate Small Towns Inside Big Boxes

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Complete with a Main Street, a barber shop and hardware store, this village-in-a-box is designed to make elderly patients with memory loss feel at home in an unexpectedly interior small-town setting.