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Recycling Rockets: Ixion Will Turn Orbital Space Junk into Spacious Habitats

As part of their NextSTEP program, NASA has contracted a space company to turn trash into treasure, converting used rocket sections already being sent into orbit into habitation units rather than letting them drift or be destroyed. It takes an immense amount of effort and fuel to break out of the Earth’s atmosphere, yet upper stage rocket …

Bright Idea: London Street Lights Converted to Electric Vehicle Charging Points

It sounded kind of far away when announced in 2013, but German renewable energy firm Ubitricity’s plan to convert street lamps to electric vehicle chargers is now underway in London, making it easy to plug in just about anywhere in the Hounslow borough of the city. Owners of electric vehicles simply order a custom charging …

Radbahn Berlin: 6-Mile Sheltered Bike Path to Run Under City Train Line

A long unused strip of space weaving through Berlin is set to become a bicycling boulevard, sheltered by the tracks above and lined with bike service stations, recreation areas and food trucks. This latest rails-to-trails project has six miles of space to work with, connecting major roads and multiple neighborhoods. Completely disused aside except as illegal …

Hyperloop Hotel: Zoom from City to City in a Luxury Lodging Pod

Hyperloop transit is about to make the world a whole lot smaller, and with it could come a system of luxurious private pods outfitted like high-end hotel rooms so you can zoom from one city to the next in unprecedented comfort. While it might seem like there’s little need for such cush train cars when …

Living Light: 11 Transforming Kinetic & Illuminated Art Installations

Rippling, unfolding, slithering and glowing like bioluminescent creatures, these kinetic and illuminated works of art are mesmerizing to watch. We can’t help being fascinated by the combination of light and motion, especially when it’s integrated into clothing, responds to our gaze or voices, or is engineered into monumental interactive installations of laser beams for our …

Pollution Pops: Sewage-Ridden Public Waters Frozen into Horrifying Popsicles

A stomach-churning twist on classic frozen treats, 100 stabilized ice pops made from Taiwan’s polluted lakes, rivers, beaches and ports feature an unsettling array of sewage found in public waters. Each of these edible-scale popsicles was first frozen then preserved in polyester resin and wrapped in packaging. Show More Summary

Trash Beats Tesla: This Powerful DIY Electric Car Cost Just $13K to Build

Made from the corpse of a 1997 BMW 528i salvaged from a junkyard and other recycled parts, this DIY electric car beats the Tesla Model S P100D’s mile range at a tiny fraction of the cost. The Tesla boasts a range of 335 miles per charge, while the ‘Phoenix’ by Eric Lundgren gets 380 miles. …

Lush Labels: 15 Bold & Beautiful Botanical Packaging Designs

Representing all that’s fresh, lush and alive, botanical illustrations can make even the most boring everyday products seem life-sustaining, highlight the potential of a simple bag of dirt and turn takeout coffee cups into fashion accessories. They’re especially effective on personal care products, tea, liquor bottles and other products that go in or on our …

BAM! BIFF! POW! Street Art Showcases Adam West’s Batman

The late Adam West's role as TV's campy yet cool Batman garnered him a permanent place in pop culture – just ask these 12 graffiti artists.

30 Years of Graffiti: Peeled Dutch Wall Sample Reveals Colorful Art History

The sides of the structure are painted from ground to roof, but peeling back layers of artwork reveals just how far back the building’s vibrant history goes. “This is Doornroosje, the location where I took the piece from, “explains Paul De Graff. “It’s a Graffiti Hall of Fame in the city of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. …

Crazy Cat Castle for Sale: 20 Acres of Terror in the Arizona Desert

Are you one of the 3 billion people worldwide estimated to be infected with toxoplasmosis, the brain-controlling parasite passed onto humans by our feline overlords? This protozoa invades the host’s brain and makes it do things that are counterproductive to survival – and apparently good taste. How else would you explain this Arizona real estate …

Cyberpunk City: World’s First Self-Driving Grocery Store Hits Streets of Shanghai

It’s a tale as old as time, or at least: science fiction films — an autonomous grocery store on wheels (staffed by a holographic assistant) that can deliver late-night snacks as well as everyday essentials. The Wheelys “Moby Mart” looks the part as well, sporting a trapezoidal shape, illuminated display in front, vintage neon sign …

Kowloon Walled City: Drone Photos Reveal a Re-Growth of Urban Density

Once notorious both for its lawlessness and a maze of urban density so intense that sunlight couldn’t penetrate to its lowest levels, Kowloon Walled City was demolished in the 1990s, but a new version of it is rising from the ashes. Standing in stark contrast to the modern towers of Hong Kong just beyond its …

Architecture for Airheads: 13 Intriguingly Interactive Inflatable Structures

Who can resist a gigantic bubble that’s big enough to climb into? Inflatables aren’t just practical, packing down to surprisingly small packages and then popping right back up into sizable structures, they’re also just plain fun, whether they act as portable temporary architecture, offer bouncing surfaces, react to movement with light and sound or just …

Sea Monsters: Massive Crocheted Sea Urchins Float Over Singapore

Mutant sea urchins seem to have evolved into monstrous, buoyant creatures capable of rising above the surface of the sea, glowing softly against the skyline in Singapore. Made from crocheted lace, these three oversized urchin installations by Choi + Shine invite passersby to pause within them and take in the city through their patterned shells. …

Brutalist Victory: Concrete Skylines Dominate Radical Retro-Future Cities

Architectural trends come and go, but some visions are more persistent than others, and Brutalism could have been among them. This artist asks and answers the question: what if concrete monstrosities of the 1960s and 70s had somehow won the war against the steel-and-glass towers that dominate contemporary skylines? German digital artist Clemens Gritl has built …

Haul For One: U-Haul Adapts & Reuses Abandoned Buildings

U-Haul company's commitment to renovate and reuse abandoned buildings is not only economical, it also serves to revitalize post-industrial neighborhoods.

World’s Largest “Car Vending Machine” Dispenses Real Bentleys & Ferraris

Combining architecture, advertising and technology, this car dealership lets users punch in numbers to bring their vehicle of choice down a 15-story showroom looming above in full view. The tall lit-up facade of Autobahn Motors acts as a billboard and show space, letting fans scope out a Lamborghini from a distance then take it out for …

Bikesphere: Car-Detecting Ring of Red Light Puts Cyclists in a Safety Bubble

There’s no missing cyclists – or the zone of space you need to safely pass them – when they’ve got a ring of red light encircling them as they ride down the road. Michelin’s new open-source project, Bikesphere, features a light sensor and proximity detecting sensor that work together to monitor the environment around a …

Eyebombing Bulgaria: Artist Adds Googly Eyes to Bollards, Bins & Pipes

As public art interventions go, googly-eye additions to urban objects and surfaces are pretty simple to implement, effectively animating their surroundings without too much work (or risk of being caught). Humans are naturally wired to read faces into ordinary things, but an extra cue or too by someone like Vanyu Krastev solidifies the effect, often with hilarious results. …

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