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A Paper Craft A Day Makes A Miniature City Grow: Paperholm by Charles Young

Thursday 12.04.2014 , Posted by
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As an architect, Charles Young would often use paper and card model-making to develop his ideas. He grew so fond of that process that he challenged himself to make a new paper sculpture every day. He calls the models which are forming a miniature paper city Paperholm and shows how creative he is by posting his creation each day. He uses watercolor paper and a very sharp blade to create the fine details. Over time the models have gotten more and more complex and he now creates stop-motion animations of his movable pieces. Each piece takes anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours and he has consistently delivered a project a day since late August. [Read more…]

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New Cityscape Sculptures “Sketched with a Bandsaw” from Artist James McNabb

Thursday 10.23.2014 , Posted by
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When we last covered artist James McNabb, he was launching his series of bandsaw cut cities on Kickstarter, giving city blocks as rewards for support. He’s come a long way since then, recently opening a solo show called Metros at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami. His imaginative work continues to evolve and grow, just like the cities around us. His work is a commentary on the “transformations of cities and urban landscapes, their beauty, uniqueness, and overdevelopment.” In a way, this is the journey of a woodworker from the quiet forest into the urban jungle. [Read more…]

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Welcome to Yakutsk, the Coldest City in the World

Monday 04.07.2014 , Posted by
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There’s cold, there’s freezing, then there’s Yakutsk. Located in Eastern Siberia, Yakutsk is recorded as the coldest city on earth. In January, the average temperature is minus 40F (-40C), and negative 70F (-57C) is not unheard of. Yet, in this cold city lives 270,000 people going about their daily lives. [Read more…]

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10 Famous World Locations… Zoomed Out

Wednesday 03.19.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve all seen the postcards. Picturesque scenes from around the world highlighting many of the “7 wonders” in all their glory… it all looks so incredible. But what if you step back a few thousand steps? Redditor thepobv recently pulled together a truly eye-opening collection of images from many of the worlds most famous sites… then added images from far back off the tourist trail. The results are enlightening. [Read more…]

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What is this, Inception? City Landscapes with Only the Building Facades

Monday 03.10.2014 , Posted by
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Imagine opening a small door on an imposing building, only to find bright rolling fields of grass on the other side. Like a movie set with its tricks revealed, French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy has been capturing images of the city and reducing the buildings down to just their facades. In doing so he creates fictitious worlds where their architectural substance is only skin deep. [Read more…]

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What if City Billboards Where Plastered with Art Instead of Ads?

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re the citizen of any world city, you’re used to seeing ads just about everywhere. From cosmetics models staring back at the bus stop, to flashing electronic billboards advertising bubbly sugar water, it’s hard to avoid being bombarded by advertising – subliminal or not. French artist Etienne Lavie has a solution that will make artists happy and ad execs sad: fill the city with art. Lavie has imagined replacing the many billboards of Paris with classic artworks, from Renaissance to Impressionism. [Read more…]

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Architectural Pattern: Modern Structures Go Beautifully Abstract

Tuesday 01.28.2014 , Posted by
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Any time you walk through a big city, all it takes is a quick look up to send your mind spinning. Overhead, the walls of skyscrapers climb into the distant sky, showing off their sleek lines, walls of reflective glass and seemingly infinite patterns. Parisian photographer Alexandre Jacques captures this feeling in his series Architectural Pattern. Here he frames his shots to capture only the sides of the building, canting the lens to further confuse our perceptions of reality. His creations take objects that are praised and maligned, revealing a new vision of their beautiful facades. [Read more…]

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Photographer Hangs from Paris Buildings to Capture a New Perspective

Wednesday 09.04.2013 , Posted by

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Carlos Ayesta is an architechural photographer with a passion for the dangerous. He decided the world needed another perspective of Paris, so he strapped up and abseiled from buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, La Grande Arche de la Défense, the Center of New Industries and Technologies (CNIT), Tour EQHO and Tour Sequoia. As he traversed the buildings and hung down, he captured the City of Lights as few have seen it. [Read more…]

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Patterns in the Urban World: Photography by Jared Lim

Tuesday 06.25.2013 , Posted by

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Over the course of human history the expansion of the urban metropolis has continued to grow. The country of Singapore, which is almost entirely a city in itself, is a good example of the extent this trend has reached, and that’s why it’s a good place to find a photographer who understands the beauty in such metropolises. His name is Jared Lim and he has had the privilege of travelling to cities all over the world capturing intriguing urban structures and the intricate forms they reveal to his lens. [Read more…]

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Wild Animals Call the Urban Jungle Their Home

Tuesday 04.30.2013 , Posted by

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We covered Nick Pedersen before when he created a wildly verdant, jungle-like vision of the post-apocalyptic future. In those scenes, wild men eked out their existence in cities long ago abandoned by their massive populations – now overgrown by plant life, they were suitable even for hunting. The Philadelphia based artist has now turned his talents toward creating a vision of our current time, yet still with his focus on themes of ecology and the preservation of the environment. [Read more…]

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