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Circular Reasoning: How Rounded Homes Resist Storms & Save Lives

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Combining the physical benefits of circular plans with the practicality of straight lines and corners, octagonal houses are uniquely positioned to resist hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes that threaten coastlines. Rounded habitats have a long history, from tipis and yurts through the geodesic domes of Buckminster Fuller.

Twisted History: Archival Photos Augmented with Surreal Animations

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Black-and-white images and footage from the past, plucked from public domain collections, become absurd animations as moving elements are transposed on top of them in this series of images by artist Bill Domonkos.

Prefab Office Pods: 14 Studios & Workspaces Made For Your Backyard

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] A backyard refuge to work, practice, paint or meditate separates you from the activities inside your home and gives you prime views of your backyard, garden or urban rooftop space.

Solar-Powered Pipe to Desalinate 1.5 Billion Gallons for California

[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] Designed to address the pervasive drought and long-term water problems of the West Coast, The Pipe is an offshore water purification plant that combines sustainable energy, public works and experiential architecture.

My Space: 15 Creatively Painted High School Parking Spots

[ By Steve in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] So custom-painted assigned high school senior parking spots are a thing now, and it appears students are expressing a LOT (ahem) of creativity.

Open-Air Hotel: Infinite-Star Accommodations on the Swiss Alps

[ By WebUrbanist in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ] Above and beyond your typical five-star hotel, this open-air room sits at nearly 6,500 feet in the mountains of Switzerland with panoramic views of the Alps.

LEGO Shadow Show: Masses of Toy Bricks Reveal Surprising Silhouettes

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] What looks like no more than an unweildy mass of Lego bricks stuck together into an abstract shape reveals itself to be not just one but two separate intricate shadow-casting designs.

Spatial Bodies: Warped Architecture Bends & Twists Osaka Skyline

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Photography & Video. ] Imagine a world in which an abandoned city goes to seed, but rather than plants reclaiming buildings, the buildings grow and morph like unkempt weeds, twisting the skyline into impossible new patterns.

Architect Overboard: Rusted Ship Hull Flipped into Arts Pavilion

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] Cut from a massive decaying sea vessel, this hollowed-out section of hull has been transformed into a seating and performance space outside of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in South Korea.

Declutter Your Desk in Style: 16 Modern Office Organizers

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Open-plan offices with simplified furniture may look nice and minimalist, but they typically lack built-in storage and organization, making it hard to wrangle all the little things you need to use each day.

World’s First Art Exhibition for Dogs Features Fountains, Fans & Cars

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] British inventor, artist and satirist Dominic Wilcox is at it again, this time with a contemporary art exhibition aimed at canine attendees with a range of interactive installations purpose-built for pups.

Toasteroid: Print Your Own Custom Toast Design With This App

[ By SA Rogers in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] You don’t necessarily need skills to be a food artist these days, now that smartphone apps make it possible to do things like print custom designs on your breakfast.

Motor Magnificence: 11 New Supercar Joyrides for the Super Rich

[ By SA Rogers in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Mere fantasy rides for most of us, the world’s most luxurious high-performance supercars take all the elements that make driving a vehicle pleasurable and ramp them up about 10 levels, from advanced surround-sound to wildly powerful engines.

Street Eats: Free Urban Refrigerators for Sharing Spare Food

[ By WebUrbanist in Culture & History & Travel. ] A few years back, one man in Saudi Arabia was hailed as a hero for putting leftover food from his restaurant in a refrigerator along the street for anyone to take; since then, an ongoing effort in Europe has been scaling up the same approach to serve whole communities of people in need.

Unfree Wheeling: Amusingly Surreal Vintage Soviet Auto Ads

[ By Steve in Culture & History & Travel. ] The Soviet Union not only manufactured cars, they exported them to buyers charmed (or duped) by some amusingly and bemusingly photographed advertisements.

Prismatic Graffiti: Bending Light into a Spectrum of Wall Murals

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] These intricately choreographed dances of light and color are at once static but ephemeral, lasting longer than conventional light graffiti but nonetheless made of impermanent light.

Light Art Comes to Life: Dancing Animated Gifs by Lucea Spinelli

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Photography & Video. ] Beams of light dance, jump, squiggle, scatter and interact with each other as if they’ve taken on a life of their own in a series of animated light art gifs by New York City-based photographer Lucea Spinelli.

LEGO-Like Architecture: $5,000 Homes from Recycled Plastic Blocks

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] A Columbian company is tackling plastic waste issues and affordable housing with a single ingenious solution: interlocking LEGO-like bricks that can be used to build houses for a few thousand dollars per structure.

Dramatic ‘Elastica’ Residence: The House of the Future is Here

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Looking like the set of a sci-fi film, the ultramodern ‘Elastica’ residence in Bangalore, India is pretty much what we all imagined our houses would look like by the time we became adults.

You Won’t Believe It’s Not Photoshop: 36 Fake-Looking Photos

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Photography & Video. ] The very existence of Photoshop has made it easy to immediately dismiss impossible-looking images as digitally altered, but some bizarre scenes are more real than they appear.