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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.

Riffin’ Large: MST3K Graffiti, Stickers & Stencils

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

Mystery Science Theater 3000 (or MST3K for short) was a Nineties pop culture TV phenomenon that endures through graffiti, stickers, stencils and street art.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 debuted on Minneapolis TV station KTMA in late 1988 and the final episode (#211 for those keeping count) of its tenth season aired on the Sci-Fi Channel in September of 1999. Skewering late twentieth century society and culture along with the “cheesy movies” it riffed on every Sunday A.D., the show featured Joel Hodgson (aka Joel Robinson) and later Mike Nelson accompanied by their robot friends and co-riffers Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot.

KISS & Mark Up: 10 Bizarre KISS Branded Products

[ By Steve in Design & Graphics & Branding. ]

KISS and its hustling frontman Gene Simmons continue to raise the rock music merchandising bar, licensing thousands of products ranging from banal to bizarre.

Socialist Architecture: The Vanishing Act - A book review from

Armin Linke and Srdjan Jovanovic´ Weiss survey the socialist architecture and spatial experience of former Yugoslavia

The multirealities of Hoon Moon - An architecture report from Seoul by Ilhyun Kim

According to the Korean architecte provocateur, drawing is an act of "creative terrorism" to be carried out with the dedication and discipline of a Buddhist ritual. In his world, paintings possess the same dignity as built works, but also provide an escape route from the obsession of success

New Geographies 4: Scales of the Earth - A book review by Mauricio Quirós Pacheco

The fourth volume of the publication, edited by El Hadi Jazairy, focusses on the concept of scale as an alternative framework to address global concerns and space

Uncommon: Malta + Gozo - A book review from by Lyanne Mifsud

In this contemporary take on the travel guide, 36 contributors — whether native, resident or visitor — manage to strip off the cliché facet of the Maltese Islands and delve into its core through the narrow dappled streets and lazy corners.

The Need for Communication

What does it mean to tell the story of landscape architecture? Of design, generally? And what about the stories behind the designs of all of the projects underway worldwide? The aftermath of a great project can unfortunately be a resounding silence: the metaphorical gates open, the space is unveiled, the construction teams leave the site, and then a few leaves fall. When people use new spaces and places in the urban setting, how do we tell the story of the creation of landscapes beyond launch day? Beyond signage?