Zaha Hadid: Architecture Unbound

In the world of inventive contemporary architecture there are a few notable names that come to mind: Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Tom Wright, Jean Nouvel and Sir Norman Foster just to name a few. All white men. The architectural world has often been accused of not having enough minorities and women, at least not enough who are lauded on this kind of level. However, one architect who breaks this mold is Zaha Hadid, one of the most famous and important architects of the last thirty years.

New Music Video Shot at Nights by Absolut in New York City, Feat. Magic! “Rude” (Zedd Remix)

 
With their new Nights by Absolut initiative, Absolut is infusing creativity into nightlife events and bringing cutting edge audio/visual artists into the mix (like earlier this month when they teamed up with Andy Warhol). At their inaugural event in New York City on September 12, Absolut collaborated with the team at Vita Motus to create an all-encompassing experience on the waterfront of Brooklyn – not to mention a stunning display by the New York City skyline. This video, filmed while the event was going down, features the Zedd Remix of Magic!’s “Rude”. Don’t miss another night, check out what’s happening at vice.com/absolut.

For His Wife’s Birthday, This Husband Commissioned 23 Artists to Make Portraits of Their Baby

Husbands take note: this is master level gift giving! Chicago-based photographer Ernst Berlin (or Rezinatoriously on Reddit) decided to give his wife an incredible gift for her first birthday with their newborn son, Jacob. To create what he wanted he enlisted the help of the talented people at RedditGetsDrawn, where he commissioned 23 artists to make portraits of his 8-month-old son. He gave everyone 2 months to complete their work, and 40 photos to choose from. The results are truly magical.

Icelandic Twin Girls in Beautiful & Haunting Photographs by Ariko Inaoka

Every year since 2009, identical twins Erna and Hrefna are visited by Japanese photographer Ariko Inaoka at their home in downtown Reykjavik, Iceland. Spending 3 or 4 weeks with them each summer, Inaoka’s beautiful and surreal images capture the growing girls and their wonderfully unique relationship with each other–which sometimes borders on the telepathic.

A Human Catapult Launches Base Jumpers, Angry Birds Style

After news leaked around the web, the Flying Frenchies have released a quick teaser of their recent high flying antics. This time around they’ve built a human-sized catapult on the top of towering cliffs. Instead of “Angry Birds,” this should be called “Crazy Humans.”

A full-length film created with 30 people over 3 months will be coming soon… and they promise a catapult wasn’t the only thing they took up the cliffs.

Love Can Feel Like Floating (and In This Video That Means Air Surfing Through NYC)

“After a perfect kiss, you get a feeling of weightlessness. You can compare the sensation to floating or flying.” That’s the spirit captured in this charming stop-motion short, which features a couple floating in the bliss of newfound love and an unlikely sight on the streets of New York City: surfboards.

The Nature of War: A Veteran Recalls His Unlikely Friendship with Two Iraqi Boys

In this sad and beautiful cartoon, Oklahoma Army National Guard Specialist Justin Cliburn tells of his deployment in Iraq, where he formed an unlikely friendship with two young boys. He speaks with his wife, Deanne, about the lasting effect of that time and ponders the uncontrollable aspects of war.

Seeing Red: Richard Mosse’s Unbelievable Photographs Of The Congo

Seas of green become magenta through the lens of Irish documentary photographer Richard Mosse. The 2014 winner of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and 2013 Irish representative at the Venice Biennale, Mosse uses vintage infrared film to present a vivid look at the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo.

20 Families That Went Totally Overboard for Halloween

For most people a simple Jack-o’-lantern on the front porch is enough for Halloween. Then there are families like these.

Suddenly their home becomes a miniature version of The Addams Family mansion, only it’s stuck in suburbia. Or, if you’re like one of the images here – there’s a full-on diorama of a Ghostbusters scene in the front yard. This is some next-level decorating, and we approve!

This Incredible Dad Creates Halloween Costumes for His Wheelchair Bound Son

This Colorado stepdad is a real champ. For the last 3 years he’s been creating fantastic costumes for his wheelchair bound stepson, who’s now 6 years old. Each costume took around 15-30 hours to complete using just cardboard, duct tape and spray paint.