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Link Rot: ‘Social Decay’ Renders Tech Media Giants as Urban Abandonments

[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ]

Physical businesses that fall on hard times often leave signs in the built environment, like the distinctive facades of deserted or adapted Pizza Huts, but what might social media sites look like in a post-apocalyptic, non-digital world?

For that matter, many giants, from Yahoo! to MySpace, have already crumbled and been replaced. But in this series, graphic artist Andrei Lacatusu imagines the still-strong and thriving leaders of the pack in a future state of disrepair.

Like abandoned offices, retail stores, gas stations or movie theaters, signs for Google, Instagram, Facebook, Tinder, Twitter and Pinterest are seen withered, cracked and eroded by the elements over time. 404 Error: Business Not Found.

Benefits of designing and building your own shipping container home

There’s a serious trend these days with people designing and building their own shipping container modular homes.

You don’t have to to look very far to see these trendy house designs all over social media platforms like Pinterest and Facebook.

Most people think the main appeal to building them is a the ease and speed of construction as well as the low building costs along with the fact they use sustainable materials, especially if you use second hand shipping containers for the main structure of the dwelling.

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But there are actually several other benefits that are commonly overlooked that will not only benefit the homeowner but the planet and your bank balance too.

Shipping container houses can have extra bedrooms or sections added on easily

Most people who buy their first home start off small. They buy a place usually big enough for themselves, say you and a partner and then as the family starts to grow they need to sell and find a larger home. When your home is built out of containers adding new bedroom is easy.

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High-Design Pie: Complex Edible Works of Art You’d Actually Want to Eat

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ]

Instagram might have made it famous, but the fine art of crafting a delicious pie so intricate you’re almost loathe to cut into its crust is much older than the modern ‘food art’ trend. Centuries ago, the richest and most flamboyant members of high society sought out talented head cooks who could present a sufficiently impressive dining experience filled not just with the finest ingredients, but also edible sculptural wonders.

Terraced Balconies & Double Helix Bridges: Spotlight on Penda Architecture

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ]

Kinetic architecture, verdant cascading balconies, timber-frame skyscrapers and double-helix bridges: Beijing- and Salzburg-based multidisciplinary firm Penda brings all sorts of refreshing ideas to the worlds of architecture, landscape and interior design. Founded by Chris Precht and Dayong Sun, the youthful firm subverts norms and commands attention with its surprising solutions, and we’ll likely see a lot more stunning projects from them materializing in the future.

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Steel Mesh Kraken Sunken Off British Virgin Islands to Create an Artificial Reef

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

Perched atop the Kodiak Queen, a former WW2-era Navy fuel barge, this 80-foot ‘Kraken’ now serves as the base of an artificial reef and marine research station on the ocean floor near the British Virgin Islands. The project, entitled BVI Art Reef, accomplishes a range of goals all at once: saving a decorated ship from destruction, transplanting coral to a new site in the hopes that it will flourish, creating an epic dive site and underwater art gallery, and providing a new habitat for marine life.

Cine y Arquitectura: “El Rascacielo Latino”

© El Rascacielos Latino / Sebastián Schindel

Presentado recientemente en el Arqfilmfest Santiago de Chile 2013, el documental “El Rascacielo Latino” del director Sebastián Schindel, desentraña una serie de mitos urbanos escondidos tras el diseño del excéntrico Palacio Barolo del arquitecto Mario Palanti, construido en Buenos Aires en 1923.

La tésis del documental se centra en que existiría una estrecha relación entre el edificio y la Divina Comedia de Dante Alighieri, y que incluso se habría diseñado una misteriosa escultura en el hall central del edificio para depositar sus cenizas. Una escultura que desapareció sin dejar rastro…

Más información y el trailer del documental, después del salto.

Ion Hotel / Minarc

© Art Gray, Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson, Torfi Agnarrson, Kristbjorg Sigurjonsdottir

Arquitectos: Minarc
Ubicación: Islandia
Arquitectos A Cargo: Minarc
Equipo De Diseño: Tryggvi Thorsteinsson
Año: 2013
Fotografías: Art Gray, Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson, Torfi Agnarrson, Kristbjorg Sigurjonsdottir

Vivir junto al mar / Minarc

Cortesía de Minarc

Arquitectos: Minarc
Ubicación: Malibú, CA, Estados Unidos
Arquitecto A Cargo: Minarc
Equipo De Diseño: Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson
Año: 2011
Fotografías: Cortesía de Minarc

Arte y Arquitectura: Lucid Stead – cuando la luz y el reflejo son más que una vivienda

El artista Phillip K Smith III ha revelado su proyecto basado en la luz y la sombra, la luz reflejada, la luz proyectada y el cambio, Lucid Stead, en Joshua Tree, California. Compuesto por espejos, iluminación LED, equipos electrónicos a la medida y programación con una estructura preexistente, esta intervención arquitectónica refleja su paisaje a medida que pasan las horas.

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Extensión y Transformación de una Casa en Geneva / LRS Architectes

© Thomas Jantscher

Arquitectos: LRS Architectes
Ubicación: Chemin des Moraines, Bernex, Suiza
Año: 2009
Fotografías: Thomas Jantscher