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Hidden Stories: 3D-Printed, Architect-Designed Rings Tell Looping Tales

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Most jewelry tells some kind of a story (about its origin if nothing else) but these pieces are a bit more explicit, featuring tales of structures, characters and actions in miniature built environments.

Amsterdam Airbnb in a Metro Station Mocks Misleading & Harmful Hotels

[ By SA Rogers in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ] Anyplace can be an Airbnb – including vans, sheds, housing that should rightfully be for rent to the city’s residents, and cozy rooms ‘by the metro’ that turn out to actually be in the metro station.

Bamboo Architecture: 14 Sustainable and Spectacular Organic Structures

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] Extraordinarily flexible yet strong, the fast-growing grass known as bamboo serves as a versatile medium for architectural projects with sculptural flair, especially when it’s bent or woven.

Pillars of Green: 85,000 Plants on World’s Largest Vertical Garden Facade

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] An extensive living facade system in Bogota, Columbia, represents growth in the right direction, away from unrealistic tree-covered skyscrapers toward more sustainable and useful vertical greenery.

Seoul Skygarden: Elevated Park on an Abandoned Highway Officially Opens

[ By SA Rogers in Drawing & Digital. ] A formerly abandoned 1970s highway in South Korea’s capital city now hosts 24,000 plants as the Seoullo Skygarden, an elevated public park open to all citizens 24 hours a day.

Murals with a Message: 23 Works of Statement-Making Street Art

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Banksy may be the most famous street artist addressing topics like capitalism, war, the refugee crisis and environmental degradation, but he’s far from the only one.

Ferrari Designer Launches World’s Most Luxurious Sleeper Train in Japan

[ By WebUrbanist in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Public transit meets luxury transport in this elegant and open train design with rich interiors as well as copious windows for viewing the passing landscape.

Fading To Black: 13 Abandoned TV Repair Shops

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] TV repair shops, once fixtures of our tuned-in society, have faded away as televisions became more reliable and the broadcast medium itself lost its relevance.

Helping Hands: “Support” Sculpture Braces Venetian Architecture From Below

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Historic architecture meets modern art on the canals of Venice, where a pair of gigantic hands emerge from the depths to lend support above the waterline.

Ghostly Garden: Classical Wire Mesh Architecture Haunts Abu Dhabi

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Seeming like a ghostly image of structures long gone overlaid onto the current reality, these wire mesh architectural creations arch over 75,000 square feet of event space in Abu Dhabi.

Free Castles & Villas: Italy is Giving Away Over 100 Historic Properties

[ By WebUrbanist in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ] Anyone who has dreamed of retiring from the rat race to run a grand estate hotel, rural farmhouse bed and breakfast, quaint inn or remote monastery spa could see their wish come true in this unprecedented giveaway from the Italian government.

City Hack: Cyclists Create DIY Bike Lane with 120 Glued-On Plungers

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Guerilla Ads & Marketing. ] When the government fails to meet the needs of its citizens, the citizens will go around them and produce their own solutions, whether they’re legal or not.

The Sky’s The Limit: 14 Promising New Advancements in Solar Power

[ By SA Rogers in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Even while it feels like certain things are moving backward, efforts to power the world with solar energy instead of fossil fuels continue to reach for the sky, innovating advancements that make a renewable future more achievable.

Ship & Swim: Mobile Cargo Container Pool & On-Demand Hot Tub for Homes

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] More stable and versatile than a typical temporary above-ground pool and less likely to tank your home real estate value than a built-in one, this modular plug-and-play swimming pool is the best of both worlds.

Trainspotting Hotel: Stacked Shipping Containers Overlook the Rail Tracks

[ By SA Rogers in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ] The phrase ‘Trainspotting Hotel’ probably doesn’t conjure visions of a cozy, comfortable and safe place to lay your head at night, but this hotel gets its nickname from its location overlooking rail tracks rather than anything relating to the heroin-charged cult classic film.

Architecture in Miniature: 13 Modern Dollhouse & Other Tiny Buildings

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Fit for the most discerning fans of modern architecture, these dollhouses and other miniature architectural creations feature tiny moving parts, high-end designer furniture, swimming pools, built-in lighting and other fun details, rendered in astonishing realism.

Cookin’ With Gas: 12 Abandoned Food Trucks

[ By Steve in Culture & History & Travel. ] Food trucks and snack vans are mobile kitchens that offer meals on wheels to busy folks on the go… until the day they break down and are left abandoned.

Flat-Pack Life Support: NASA’s Inflatable Hydroponic Space Greenhouse

[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] A key development in the quest to create sustainable ecosystems in space, this expandable greenhouse prototype aims to generate essential food and oxygen for long-term astronaut travel.

Dirty Car & Truck Art: Moscow Street Artist Adds Critters to Filthy Vehicles

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Massive deep sea monsters, jungle predators and swamp creatures lurk in the grimey shadows on the backs of trucks, thanks to interventions by illustrator Nikita Golubev.

Spring on Speed: Time-Lapse Video Captures 3 Years of Blooming Flowers

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Photography & Video. ] A single sweeping shot seems to capture an entire spring season of blooming flowers in this artfully directed time-lapse video, which took three years to record and complete.