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A “SMART” Car Tunnel that Diverts Flood Waters

Thursday 06.20.2013 , Posted by

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How does a major metropolitan city and its transportation systems deal with monsoon weather each year? You build a tunnel that can take the floodwater when it comes and then drain it out. The city of Kuala Lumpur did such an engineering feat and called it SMART Tunnel (Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel). Instead of losing hundreds of millions of dollars due to the flash floods that halt parts of the city, the SMART tunnel allows for citizens to get where they need to in the event of such weather. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #452 > Just Add Water: Amazing Houses

Monday 06.10.2013 , Posted by


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A Splash of Life: Creatures Get Liquefied

Saturday 01.26.2013 , Posted by

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“Water is my element!” states German digital artist and photographer B-O-K-E on his deviantART page. Although he does not reveal much about himself, other than the equipment he uses and his Taurus zodiac sign, even masking his face in his profile picture, his photo manipulations are certainly refreshing. He transforms mammals and insects into the very molecule they depend on for survival: water. His works are like an homage to this liquid foundation of life- exploding, splashing, and dripping off of the creatures it has formed. [Read more...]

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Below the Boat: Underwater Topo Maps Made of Wood

Saturday 01.05.2013 , Posted by

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There are few things more interesting to study than a good map… add some detail to it in the form of topographical data, and you could have the people here at Visual News obsessed for hours. The maps we bring you here have one added ingredient: a healthy dose of artisan beauty. Made by Bellingham, Washington based chart purveyor Below the Boat, each of their many map designs detail the underwater features of famous bodies of water by laser cutting and layering pieces of wood. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #339 > Playing With Water

Thursday 12.20.2012 , Posted by

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Women Want Water Wigs Too!

Sunday 10.28.2012 , Posted by

If there’s one photographer who is making a splash, it’s definitely Tim Tadder. Last year he made us laugh with underwater funny faces in Fish Heads and Water Wigs for bald men and now he’s extending his fancy ephemeral wig line to women. By using razors to pop water balloons over the ladies’ bald heads and capturing that moment of explosion perfectly with colorful lighting, he creates unique futuristic runway hairstyles. [Read more...]

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Water Wigs: Bald Men Get a Splash of Hair

Wednesday 09.05.2012 , Posted by

Tim Tadder is back with a new series of portraits… ones which continue his humorous yet absorbing obsession with water. Following up his previous series of portraits, Fish Heads, these examples reverse the process, elevating their watery elements rather than dunking the heads. Water Wigs sees bald men in a dynamic set of images, one which places exploding water balloons around their heads lit with a triad of brilliant colors. The incredible and arresting results give each man a momentary wig of translucent hair. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #259> Watercolors Exploding On Canvas

Friday 08.24.2012 , Posted by



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Solar Oven Transforms Salt Water to Drinkable Water

Monday 08.20.2012 , Posted by

Of all the water on earth, only an incredibly small percentage is available for us to use and drink… the remainder is largely highly salty water, or at best brackish water with unhealthy levels of salt. For much of the western world, where water is plentifully available and piped right to your location this is hardly an issue for concern; but in countries where limited water availability is compounded by heavy pollution and miles of walking each day to collect it, the situation becomes a lot more dire. Enter Italian designer Gabriele Diamanti and his fascinating Eliodomestico. [Read more...]

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Underwater Portraits Express Life in the City

Monday 07.16.2012 , Posted by

Many times when you live in a big city, instead of feeling more connected to the world and people around you, you feel further from it. Overwhelmed, the experience can be almost as if you were drowning, unable to breathe for all the people. This project by French photographer and graphic designer, Alban Grosdidier, is a response to that feeling, capturing portraits which visually demonstrate the state of submersion. His images show people, both peacefully beautiful and claustrophobically unnerving… all under shallow water, their faces distorted by the clear suface. [Read more...]

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