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Destination Kawaii: Hello Kitty Bullet Train Coming to Japan This Summer

[ By SA Rogers in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ]

Japan’s most beloved cartoon cat will take over a bullet train in her country of origin this summer, luring in locals and tourists alike with pink and white interiors and prime selfie opportunities. West Japan Railway Co. is teaming up with Sanrio to produce the Hello Kitty Shinkansen, a white bullet train wrapped in a pink ribbon motif that will travel between Shin-Osaka station in the Osaka prefecture and Hakata in the Fukuoka prefecture each day. The train will make its debut on June 30th.

Love in Las Vegas: 99% Invisible Illuminates Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s Postmodern Romance

© <a href=''>Public Domain user Jean Beaufort</a> licensed under <a href=''>CC0 Public Domain</a> © <a href=''>Public Domain user Jean Beaufort</a> licensed under <a href=''>CC0 Public Domain</a>

Which building is better, the duck or the ornamented shed? More importantly, what kind of architecture does the average American prefer? In their landmark 1972 publication Learning From Las Vegas, Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi probed these questions by turning their back on paternalistic modernism in favor of the glowing, overtly kitsch, and symbolic Mecca of the Las Vegas strip.

How to incorporate designed home security cameras without them being noticed

To make the best use of home security system, you can incorporate well-designed security cameras without them being noticed. This will prevent burglars from disabling or avoiding the cameras. For this purpose, you can purchase certain home security cameras that are designed perfectly and nicely to not get easily visible while efficiently doing their task. Below are two best security cameras with the perfect design that will serve your purpose well.

Netgear Arlo Pro 2

This is a professional-quality, well-designed security camera that is capable of recording HD videos. It has the size of a small router that can be either connected to the broadband router using Ethernet port or use powerline technology. This completely waterproof, solid-build camera can be easily mounted indoors by using the magnetic mounts or can be kept on a bookshelf as a freestanding camera. The camera can be controlled using your smartphone. It can be armed to detect any motion. Another useful feature is an integrated alarm that makes it a very effective security system. The only problem with this camera is that it is very difficult to set up the base station and the initial cost is very high.

Canned Heat: 12 Folk Art Painted Residential Propane Tanks

[ By Steve in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ]

Those popular home propane tanks that look like colossal cold capsules or dry-docked mini subs can be unusual showcases for unique folk art creations.

Ranging in capacity from 250 gallons up to 500 gallons, residential propane tanks typically sport white finishes or are left unpainted because, y’know, dark gas tanks under bright sunlight and all. Not all propane tanks are so exposed, however, and their sizes and shape invite an unlimited range of creative solutions. One of the most popular, it would seem, is turning the tank into a Beatle-esque Yellow Submarine.

Stitches in Space: Giant-Sized Doilies Domesticate a Wild Array of Places

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ]

Spanning interiors, wrapping trees and adorning facades, these big bright red doilies are somehow both conventional and ominous, somewhere between knit holiday sweaters and huge spider webs.

Created by Ashley V Blalock, this Keeping Up Appearances series was started over a half-decade ago and has made its way into various public spaces and museum galleries. They can really tie a room together, so to speak

The series is all about context and intentionally both “anachronistic and antagonistic,” explains the artist. “Although non-threatening in a domestic setting, in the gallery and at this scale, the forms overtake the viewer and loom menacingly. The doilies represent a certain desire to keep up the appearance of gentility expressed through the arrangement of objects in the domestic setting.”

Cat VR: Feline Virtual Reality Technology Aims to Amuse Animal Companions

[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ]

A new PVRR (Pet Virtual Reality Research) technical brief targets the hundreds of millions of global kitties who might enjoy a romp through a virtual playscape. For starters, be sure to watch the compelling promotional pitch below:

Isobar, the brainchild of this operation, boasts their brain-monitoring and emotion-measuring capabilities. Thee brief reports that they have partnered with Zoos Victoria to detail the stakeholders and potential benefits of their emerging tech. After all, they ask: why should only “big cats” get to have all of the fun?

Curious Minds

Seeing this photos of MUMA Architects' community center in Cambridge, England, via today's Dezeen Daily...

[Photo: Alan Williams]

...I couldn't help think of this photo of Antoine Predock's Ventana Vista Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona:

[Photo: Timothy Hursley (I think)]

Uniting the two are the small, low apertures that enable children to peer through them, instances captured by both photographers. With that, I decided to look around for similar images, finding the ones below. My point here is that it behooves architects designing early education buildings to cater apertures to curious minds, not just furniture and fixtures. These examples show that many architects are already doing just that.

New Building for Nursery and Kindergarten in Zaldibar by Hiribarren-Gonzalez + Estudio Urgari:

How To Make Calculations for Staircase Designs

© José Tomás Franco © José Tomás Franco

This question can be basic and you may know the answer, but it's always good to remember some elementary calculations that help us to streamline the design process.

As we know, a staircase consists basically of a series of steps, which in turn consist of a tread (the horizontal part, where the foot will rest) and a riser (the vertical part). Although it can vary in its design, each step must also have one or more landings, handrails, and a small nosing. The latter protrudes from the tread over the lower step, allowing to increase its size without adding centimeters to the overall dimensions of the staircase.

Check the effective formula developed by French architect François Blondel, which allows you to determine the correct dimensions of a comfortable and efficient staircase according to its use.

© José Tomás Franco © José Tomás Franco

2 Risers + 1 Tread = 63-65 cm 

684 Miles of Wire: Robots Complete World’s First 3D-Printed Steel Bridge

[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ]

Weighing close to 10,000 pounds, the complex shape and curvy form of this stainless steel bridge reflects the multi-axis printers that made it, line by molten line, and help highlight the potential of metal-printing technologies.

The MX3D Bridge was designed by Joris Laarman Lab (with engineering help from Arup and other partners) and spans just over 40 feet. It is constructed from a new type of steel, laid down by a team of robots. There is a certain roughness that is a byproduct of the printing process, which could be buffed away, but also may be left to highlight the novel method of construction.

8 Outstanding Feature Walls Designs

If you are searching for a simple yet efficient way to transform and liven up any space, respected designers suggest trying feature walls. The feature or statement wall has the function to differentiate a specific wall or area of the room from the walls that are surrounding it. It can be either a high-impact differentiation or a subtle one. It is up to you to be creative, play with colors and patterns, and choose what exactly you want to highlight in your room. The options are endless.

Meanwhile, we have some ideas that could inspire you to transform your house & make an impressive style statement:

  1. Vertical garden wall

If you want to feel closer to nature while enjoying the comfort of your house, this design will make it possible. Grow your own vertical garden, and you will have fresh air and green plants all year round (for those of you who enjoy 4 seasons), plus you will have the impression of being outdoors even during the lazy days when all you want to do is stay inside. This wall looks amazing and it will definitely cheer you up and add a touch of originality to any room!