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In the Belly of the Whale: Rest Hall at U of Seoul Made of Wooden Ribs

Monday 03.03.2014 , Posted by
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Tucked under the stark grey exterior of a building at the University of Seoul is a warm and organic place to rest. Called Rest Hall and nicknamed Hole, the inviting structure resembles the belly of a whale, complete with row upon row of wooden ribs. Walking into the central entrance, the cave-like space encircles you with the warmth of natural timber rings, with chambers opening to the left and right. [Read more...]

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Just Bolt it On: Smart, Powered Bicycle Wheels are on the Way

Thursday 10.24.2013 , Posted by

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NPR recently wrote about how, in almost every european country, bikes are outselling new cars – and that’s exciting news for anyone who wants to see bikes become a more dominant means of transportation. But, unless you’re a spandex sporting bike nut, most people don’t want to arrive at work dripping in sweat. Enter two exciting new, and funded, projects for powered bicycle wheels that are simply smart: the Copenhagen Wheel and FlyKly. How do you get extra power? Simply pedal like any normal bike. [Read more...]

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German Duo Create Street Art That Can Only Be Viewed From a Certain Angle

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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On the streets of Mannheim, Germany live an artistic duo who are sprucing up their city in common places. They go by the name Zebrating, and for a while now they have been creating realistic images of human faces on railings, bringing color and life to the grey areas. The unique appeal to their work is that it can only be viewed from a certain angle. If one were to view the railings directly, one would only see dull metallic, yet when looked at a 45 degree angle, the colors and beautiful faces appear. [Read more...]

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Spraypainted Street Art by DALeast Looks Like Three Dimensional Shards of Metal

Sunday 08.18.2013 , Posted by

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When he was just three years old, Chinese artist DALeast prophetically told his mother that he would be an artist and travel around the world one day. Now 29, DALeast, who keeps his real identity anonymous, is doing just that. His murals have a very unique style- although they are spray painted on, they look like three dimensional sculptures made of thousands of metallic splinters, that explode at points of impact. DALeast has created gigantic images of wildlife, but also humans- like astronauts and scuba divers- and even a car crashing into a pipe. He has travelled all over the world and created murals in his hometown of Wuhan in China, Cape Town, Miami, New York and London. He imagines each piece in his head before he brings it to life on the wall. [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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Visual Bits #424 > Worldly Inspiration In The Streets

Saturday 04.20.2013 , Posted by

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Abandoned America: Neglected Architecture of the Past

Friday 03.22.2013 , Posted by

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America is a young country. Attracting people from all over the world seeking new opportunities and livelihoods. The nation grew rapidly and in its growth built many buildings to accommodate the population and its needs. There were factories for jobs, schools for children, hospitals for care, and theaters for the arts. Times change though, and companies dry up; hospitals require upgrades and people migrate to other cities for work. Costing more to destroy or repair the buildings, they were fenced off and left abandoned. [Read more...]

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Cramped Hong Kong Apartments from Above

Thursday 02.21.2013 , Posted by

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For people living in the west, it’s hard to imagine anyone living in an apartment this small. We think a small New York loft cleverly designed to make use of all its 200 square feet is impressive and maybe even attractive… but how about these cramped apartments in Hong Kong? Many of us have closets this size. [Read more...]

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3D City Sculptures Sketched with a Bandsaw

Monday 02.11.2013 , Posted by

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Balancing carefully between the worlds of home furnishings and decorative arts, the crew at McNabb & Co. have been producing some seriously imaginative 3D cityscapes – creatively “sketched” using a bandsaw. The husband and wife run outfit (with honorable mention to their dog Buster) have made The City Series, a wood based series of sculptures which have reminded some people of the mind-bending sets from the movie Inception. One such example, Wheel, lines up sky scraper-like buildings around the inner confines of a circle (you can see a construction video below). [Read more...]

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