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Sprawl Trilogy Redesign: New Dystopian Covers for Classic Gibson Novels

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Three classic cyberbunk books and a short story collection, all by William Gibson, are getting an apt makeover in the form of architectural covers featuring beautifully abstracted urban landscapes.

Hippie Bus for the 21st Century: DIY Solar Volkswagen Camper Van

[ By SA Rogers in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Iconic for its role in the counterculture movement of the 1960s, the Volkswagen Bus has seen many an amateur transformation into campers over the decades since, and now it’s gone solar electric.

Drawing Sculptures: 3D Architectural Art Styled After 2D Sketches

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] This ongoing series of sculptural floating cities and suspended towns could be mistaken for pencil drawings when glanced on a wall or seen in a two-dimensional medium like photography.

Bike on the River: Cycle-Powered Gym Boat Glides Through Paris

[ By SA Rogers in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] Well, here’s one way to get some exercise and simultaneously enjoy views of a beautiful city without getting rained on or dealing with traffic.  Gliding along the surface of the Seine in Paris, past such landmarks as the Notre Dame Cathedral, ‘The Paris Navigating Gym’ gets most of its power from the humans operating the stationary bicycles inside.

Occupy Urban Spaces: 10 Guerrilla Modifications to City Infrastructure

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Nobody knows the needs of a city better than the residents who navigate it each day, so who better to edit, adapt and upgrade urban spaces to make them cooler and more useful?

Hidden Addition: Stealth NYC Penthouse is Invisible from Streets Below

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Unseen above the restored cast-iron facade of this 1857 residential structure in Tribeca, a stunning modern loft extends the building’s livable space, its form responding directly to lines of sight.

Fantasy is Now Reality: Twisting Tree-Covered Callebaut Tower Taking Shape

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] We’ve seen lots of dazzling concepts by Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut, most of which seem far too fanciful to ever actually materialize, but his twisting high-rise tower in Taipei is finally taking shape in three dimensions.

How to Be Invisible: 15 Anti-Surveillance Designs & Installations

[ By SA Rogers in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] We don’t have to wait for a dystopian future in which our faces are scanned as we walk down the sidewalk and our every movement is logged – we willingly carry personally identifiable tracking devices in our pockets everywhere we go, and cameras are everywhere.

Cantilevered Cabin: Dizzying Alpine Shelter Hangs Off the Edge of a Cliff

[ By WebUrbanist in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ] Even someone brave enough to overcome fears of heights and climb a mountain may not have the stomach to spend the night in this suspended shelter on the edge of a vertigo-inducing abyss.

Kid Stuffed: 10 More Eerie Abandoned Orphanages

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Little orphans any? Not so much these days thanks to fostering and improved economies, the result being many former orphanages have been left eerily abandoned.

Cut Grass: Sutured Landscape Installation Stitches Open Lawn Back Together

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Ground Operation is a conceptually simple earthwork: an incision made in a grassy landscape is pealed back then stitched back together, much like an open wound after an injury or surgery.

The Red Line: Moody Neon Light Installations in Remote Places

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Red neon lights arranged in geometric shapes or casting eerie illumination onto darkened trees almost seem like a natural phenomenon in the vein of the aurora borealis, captured by photographers who manage to be in the right place at the right time.

Origami Spoon: Flat-Folding Kitchen Tool Adjusts to Measure Multiple Sizes

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] A clever domestic design to eliminate ungainly collections of measuring spoons and cups, Polygons is an ingenious cooking multi-tool that measures different amounts on demand and packs flat when not in use.

China’s Smog-Devouring Vacuum Tower Looks Crazy, But Actually Works

[ By SA Rogers in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] What sounded like a long shot attempt to literally suck some of the suffocating smog out of China’s sky is actually working, according to updates on the Smog Free Project, which installed an air-vacuuming tower in a Beijing square.

Against All Odd (Shapes): 12 Homes Tailored to Tiny, Difficult Plots

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ] Plots of land long considered too small and strangely shaped to build upon prove to be more valuable when they seem thanks to some creative thinking.

Sketch in 3D: Remarkable Drawing App Gives Doodles Depth & Dimension

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Graphics & Branding. ] Programs like Sketchup have allowed amateur artists and architects to sculpt and design in three dimensions for years, but this app facilitates far more informal works that really look like sketches in 3D.

Art Hacker: Famous Masterpieces Recreated with Painted Human Bodies

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Photography & Video. ] Chinese body painting artist Liu Bolin explores the concept of ‘art hacking’ through reinterpreting two of the world’s most famous paintings with human figures as canvases, and manipulating image search results on Google and Baidu to replace the originals with his own.

The City is a Canvas: 31 Murals Transforming Urban Spaces

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Psychedelic portals beckon you to enter another dimension, sea monsters lurk at the bottom of the stairs and illustrated figures playfully interact with urban infrastructure in works of art that bring color, levity and natural imagery to urban environments.

Camouflaged Solar Panels: Tesla Roof Tiles Power Home Batteries & Electric Cars

[ By WebUrbanist in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] Elon Musk is attacking the question of energy storage and consumption at home, first with electric cars, then with home batteries and now the final piece of the puzzle: solar panels people will actually want to show off.

Tee’d Off: A Dozen Abandoned Golf Driving Ranges

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ] Golf isn’t the hit sport it used to be and one consequence is the proliferation of abandoned driving ranges closed due to changes in recreational pursuits.