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Breaking Vlad: Street Art Takes On Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin of Russia is a polarizing figure to say the least, as these examples of street art, graffiti and stencils from all over the world illustrate.

Abandoned Montage: VFX Film Technique Adapted to Eerie Art Series

Photographs of abandoned houses and dreary, overgrown landscapes are layered with hand-painted elements on glass panels in a technique called ‘matte painting’, one of the original VFX techniques used in filmmaking. Disparate imagery comes together in a way that doesn’t quite make sense, placing entire forests inside the darkened parlor of a deteriorating mansion or …

Inverted Roofs: Bowl-Shaped Rain Collectors Naturally Cool Desert Homes

Iranian architects have developed a Concave Roof system to collect rainwater in arid climates with low precipitation, helping cool buildings in hot and dry regions of the world. The water can in turn be filtered for drinking or integrated into interior graywater systems. These systems help reduce reliance on artificial air conditioning (or work were …

Mobility Vision: Hyundai Concept Connects Smart Home to Driverless Car

Who needs a garage when your autonomous vehicle could simply pull up into a port inside your home and seamlessly integrate itself with the interior? Hyundai wants to give us all another reason to spend hours inside our cars by effectively turning them into furniture when they’re not in use. Its ‘Mobility Vision’ concept, unveiled …

Not Your Grandma’s Kitchen: 17 Modern Designs for the Discerning Cook

If these designs are any indication, the kitchen of the future is modular, minimalist, mobile and so unobtrusive that it can practically blend into the furniture in your living room. Whether you love a more rustic handcrafted aesthetic or want your house to look like the interior of a spaceship, these modern kitchen designs radically …

Electroads: Wireless Vehicle-Charging Roads Rolling Out in Tel Aviv

A series of roads and public buses in Israel are being retrofitted to test an electromagnetic induction system designed to recharge vehicles on the go, eliminating the cost, time, emissions and waste associated with conventional fuel and refueling stops. Show More Summary

Street Light Art: Traffic Signals Emit Surreal Rainbow Streams in Hazy City

It’s almost a cliche at this point to highlight the beauty that can be found in everyday items, like that scene in the movie ‘American Beauty’ where Wes Bentley and Thora Birch stare at a plastic bag waving around on a sidewalk like it’s the Mona Lisa. But sometimes, it just can’t be helped. Have …

Glow in the Dark Outdoor Art: 15 Designs That Come Alive At Night

Phosphorescent paints, pigments and pebbles that charge via sunlight by day and glow after dark transform the nighttime urban landscape, illuminating murals, bike paths, skate parks, rivers and even live snails. It’s like taking the glow-in-the-dark stickers you plastered all over everything as a kid out into the real world and achieving similar effects on …

Out Of Limits: 15 Retro-Futuristic Soviet Town Welcome Signs

In Soviet Russia, town welcome you... with retro-futuristic city limits signs that promised more than the blustery, blustering Cold War-era USSR could deliver.

Timelapse Tour: Watch How Cities Grow Between 1984 to 2016

Human civilization has grown and expanded at an amazing rate – or alarming, depending on who you ask – and you can watch the last 32 years of it unfold via satellite imagery thanks to Google’s Timelapse feature. Originally released in 2013, Timelapse has been updated to add four more years of data and tons …

Facial Reconstruction: Police Use Found DNA to Create Suspect Profiles

An art project launched four years ago illustrated how scraps of DNA found in public could be turned into eerily lifelike composite sketches and three-dimensional models — now the police appear to be taking that technology in new (and potentially disturbing) direction. Show More Summary

Vanishing Points: Simple Architectural Drawing Hack Puts Art in Perspective

Architectural drawings have long used geometrical tricks to convey scale, depth, distance and other three-dimensional aspects of realities on two-dimensional surfaces. In a two-vanishing-point drawing, the artist aligns their ruler with...Show More Summary

Extreme Architecture: 15 Structures Built to Withstand the World’s Coldest Places

You might say that the kinds of built structures you find in either Antarctic research stations or the coldest permanently inhabited place on Earth (located in Russia) are polar opposites: some are high-tech, capable of elevating themselves above the accumulating snow or departing to warmer climes via helicopter, while others are as humble as it …

Baubotanik: German Botanical Architect Grows Buildings Out of Trees

Taking arbosculpture to the next level, German designer Ferdinand Ludwig is working to build not just sculptures but bridges and buildings from living trees. Many of his designs will take years or even decades to fully unfold. His largest project yet in Nagold, Germany, was a multistory structure made up over over 100 trees slowly …

Sci-Fi to Reality: Giant Manned Robot Method-2 Has Taken Its First Steps

Looking and working remarkably like the robots in the 2009 movie Avatar, the 1.5-ton, 13-foot-tall ’METHOD-2’ by South Korean firm Hankook Mirae Technology has officially taken its first steps. Engineers and reporters watched the robot navigate the company’s facility on its massive mechanical legs, traversing about ten feet before reversing. Show More Summary

Modern Markings: 42 Bold Black & White Tattoo Designs

Modern tattoos are less about sailors, pin-ups and ‘MOM’ and more about bold black lines, complex geometry, architecture, esoteric imagery, glitches and even blacking out entire body parts to cover up old work. These standout themes represent some of the most visually striking, imaginative and artistically challenging styles gaining popularity in recent years. Black & …

Wash, Raise, Repeat: Vertical Top-Loading Dishwasher Saves Space

Dishwashers have become household items in many American homes but have changed little since their invention, leaving room for improvement (especially in cases where ‘room’ is an issue). Many of the small problems associated with the traditional design are not initially obvious until pointed out — we are simply too used to them. Front-loading versions …

Wars Star: Street Art & Graffiti Tributes to Princess Leia

Star Wars character Princess Leia, played by the late Carrie Fisher, has been feted in street art and graffiti for a long time in countries far, far away.

Flat-Pack Bicycle Helmet: Portable Paper Head Protection for Cyclists

As urban cycling continues to increase in popularity, bike commuters still face the same challenge: carrying a clunky helmet with them wherever they go. For part-time, on-demand cyclists in places with bike share programs the problem is even more pronounced: hopping a ride is simply not a safe option unless they happen to have headgear …

Vertigo Wallpaper: Warped 3D Room Illusions Transform Flat Gallery Surfaces

You could be forgiven for cautiously entering one of these rooms full of wavy sketched lines, stepping over obstacles that aren’t really there, uncertain whether parts of the walls are really projecting out toward you. Artist Peter Kogler creates spatial illusions that take over every surface of a gallery, turning it into a ‘virtual maze.’ …

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