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A Picturesque Mountaintop Skywalk in the Czech Republic with a 330 Foot Slide Down

A Picturesque Mountaintop Skywalk in the Czech Republic with a 330 Foot Slide Down

January 4, 2016

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Kate Sierzputowski

Extended over a cliff nearly 3,600 feet above sea level rests the Dolni Morava Sky Walk, a looping structure that allows visitors the opportunity to peek their heads into the clouds. Extending like an old-fashioned roller coaster from the Králický Sněžník mountain in the Czech Republic, the architectural destination features panoramic views of the Morava river and Krkonoše Mountains.
Produced by Fránek Architects, the wood and steel walkway was designed to blend into the existing environment rather than upset the appearance of its natural surroundings. More



Art Design

Interactive Seesaws on the Streets of Montreal Emit Light and Musical Harmonies

Interactive Seesaws on the Streets of Montreal Emit Light and Musical Harmonies

Dec.17.15

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Christopher

Currently on view at the Place Des Festivals in Montreal, Impulse is a new public art installation comprised of 30 completely illuminated seesaws and a series of video-projections on nearby building facades. When the seesaws are used they “activated” and begin to emit tones resulting in various musical harmonies. The project is part of a collaboration between CS Design and Toronto-based Lateral Office.
“Once in motion, the built-in lights and speakers produce a harmonious sequence of sounds and lights, resulting in a constantly evolving ephemeral composition,” say organizers of the event. More



Art Crafts Design

Micro Matter: Vertical Dwellings Inside Glass Test Tubes by Rosa de Jong

Micro Matter: Vertical Dwellings Inside Glass Test Tubes by Rosa de Jong

Dec.15.15

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Christopher

For her series Micro Matter, Amsterdam-based designer and art director Rosa de Jong created towering houses and tall buildings inside the narrow confines of large glass test tubes. Perhaps comparable to a ship in bottle, the little houses and buildings are all handmade using natural objects and some model making elements like faux moss. Some pieces even play with gravity and appear to grow both upward and downward, reminding me of paintings by Cinta Vidal or sculptures by Thomas Doyle. More



Art Design

A 100-Year-Old Church in Spain Transformed into a Skate Park Covered in Murals by Okuda San Miguel

A 100-Year-Old Church in Spain Transformed into a Skate Park Covered in Murals by Okuda San Miguel

Dec.15.15

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Christopher

Originally designed by Asturian architect Manuel del Busto in 1912, the church of Santa Barbara in Llanera, Asturias, was abandoned for years and crumbling from neglect. Luckily, a group of enterprising individuals lead by a collective called the ‘Church Brigade,’ with help from online fundraising and Red Bull, the church was salvaged and turned into a public skate park dubbed Kaos Temple.
As if having a skate park inside a beautiful abandoned church wasn’t enough, artist Okuda San Miguel was commissioned to cover the walls and vaulted ceilings with his unique brand of colorful geometric figures. More



Design

Earthships: Meet a Community in New Mexico Living in Incredible Off-The-Grid Homes Built From Trash

Earthships: Meet a Community in New Mexico Living in Incredible Off-The-Grid Homes Built From Trash

Dec.8.15

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Christopher

Fresh out of architectural school in 1972, Michael Reynolds immediately started to question much of what he had just learned. Why build houses with trees when forests are something we want to preserve? Why pay for electricity, water, and heat when all of it can be provided off-the-grid using existing materials and renewable resources like wind, rain, and solar?
Reynolds set out to design a home built from dirt, tires, aluminum cans and other repurposed objects and so successful others began to take notice. More



Art

A Giant LED Star Pierces the Floors of a 4-Story Building in Malaysia

A Giant LED Star Pierces the Floors of a 4-Story Building in Malaysia

Nov.23.15

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Christopher

Malaysian artist Jun Hao Ong constructed this bright LED star that appears to shoot through the floors and ceilings of a 4-story concrete building as part of the 2015 Urban Xchange public art festival. The piece is comprised of steel cables that help suspend a network of over 500 feet of LED lights that grows seamlessly in 12 directions. “The Star is a glitch in current political and cultural climate of the country, it is a manifestation of the sterile conditions of Butterworth, a once thriving industrial port and significant terminal between the mainland and island,” shares Ong. More



Art Design

A New Japanese Painting Supply Store Lines its Walls With 4,200 Different Pigments

A New Japanese Painting Supply Store Lines its Walls With 4,200 Different Pigments

Nov.16.15

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Kate

Thousands of pigments fill glass vials below the slatted wood ceilings of the new concept Pigment, an art supply laboratory and store that just opened in Tokyo by company Warehouse TERRADA. The store design was created by architect Kengo Kuma, utilizing bamboo and large open spaces to create a sense of unity with the outdoors and spark the imagination of those who enter.
In recent years fewer artists have turned to more traditional methods of art making, diminishing the number of successors to these older forms. More



Design

Windows that Double as Accordion Fold Skylights and Glass-Bottom Balconies

Windows that Double as Accordion Fold Skylights and Glass-Bottom Balconies

Nov.12.15

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Kate

More Sky,” a thesis project by architect Aldana Ferrer Garcia, gives those with cramped apartments the chance to spread out—out beyond the walls of one’s living space. The project merges a window, lounge, and skylight, surrounding users in natural light while providing a bit more space just outside their apartment’s confines.
Each of the concepts serves as a niche that can provide more access to natural light and nature within an urban environment. More



History Photography

A Drought in Mexico Uncovers a 400-Year-Old Colonial Church in the Middle of a Reservoir

A Drought in Mexico Uncovers a 400-Year-Old Colonial Church in the Middle of a Reservoir

Oct.20.15

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Johnny

Usually when droughts occur and reservoir water levels recede, it’s not a good thing. But a certain drought in Southern Mexico is attracting a lot of enthusiasm. Water levels in the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir have dropped by 82 ft (25 meters), revealing the remains of a mid-16th century colonial church. Known as the Temple of Santiago, the structure was erected by Dominican friars but then abandoned in the 1770s because of plagues.
The 48-ft tall church became a relic of memory in 1966 when the construction of a dam submerged it under water. More



Art Design History

Artist Theaster Gates Bought a Crumbling Chicago Bank for $1 and Turned it Into a World-Class Arts Center

Artist Theaster Gates Bought a Crumbling Chicago Bank for $1 and Turned it Into a World-Class Arts Center

Oct.13.15

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Christopher

One might think that an abandoned 1920s bank on Chicago’s South Side, crumbling from top to bottom—the roof long collapsed, exposing the interior to snow and rain for years—would be destined for a wrecking ball. Like so many other decaying structures in the area, that was certainly the fate of the Stony Island Savings & Loan building before artist, urban planner, and Chicago resident Theaster Gates intervened.
Armed with only a vision to carry him through, Gates acquired the 20,000-square-foot bank for $1.00 from the city of Chicago and set about an unbelievable restoration. More



Design Photography

A New Book Celebrates the 200 Most Beautiful and Innovative Cabins Ever Designed

A New Book Celebrates the 200 Most Beautiful and Innovative Cabins Ever Designed

Oct.1.15

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Kate

Built as retreats for solitude and reflection, cabins are typically found in remote areas, tucked into the forest-filled corners of civilization. Due to their remote nature, they are often secreted from the public eye, unless you know the right path to explore. However, as a group of friends (including co-founder of Vimeo, Zach Klein) began to collect inspiration for cabin building projects, they discovered a vast array of outdoor structures and tree-houses with unique architecture on the backroads of America and around the world. More