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Student Project | Two countries one system | Li Yuhan

It is lucky for me to have chance to visit the demilitarized zone between North Korea and South Korea from both side in recent four years. On both side, they share some similarit that both side have military structures booming shrubs and trees and farmland in the mountain. However, there is also something different of sceneries on both side. For example, In South Korea, there is some symbol of physical connection for the both sides, including an abandoned train line which cannot share the view from the north Korea. and people on both side always talk about a mountain named kumgang mountain, which crowing the border between the two countries, 2/3 in North Korea and 1/3 in South Korea. The mountain became a symbol of combination? and culture identity in perception for people on both side.

Going In Style: Cute Creative Public Restrooms Of Okinawa

[ By Steve in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ]

We all want to be smiling when we go but if you’re “going” at one of Okinawa, Japan’s cute and creative public restrooms, grinning comes with the territory.

Flickr member Okinawa Soba (Rob) has a thing for public restrooms – not that there’s anything wrong with that – and he also has a camera. The combination is unexpectedly serendipitous, though the photographer deserves full credit for employing the latter with great discretion when exploring the former.

The Budapest Café by Biasol | Café interiors

Filmmaker Wes Anderson’s distinctive visual style provided the inspiration for The Budapest Café in Chengdu, China. Our design draws on Anderson’s meticulous, memorable and magical worlds to create an inviting destination with whimsical character and international appeal. Much like Anderson’s mythical Budapest Hotel, The Budapest Café is designed to offer an experience that detaches patrons from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The client specifically engaged an Australian design practice to create an international hospitality experience, and requested a space that would appeal to social media-savvy females who enjoy café culture. The result demonstrates Biasol’s international capabilities fused with our local design style. We began by understanding Anderson’s style: his symmetrical, precise and quirky set designs; vivid and nostalgic colour palettes; and the sentiment that infuses his films. He tends towards one-point perspectives and peering down from above; gives atten… continue

Tied Up in Knots: 13 Truly Twisted Towers, Buildings & Staircases

[ By SA Rogers in Drawing & Digital. ]

Bridges, buildings, staircases and pavilions twist and turn around themselves, forming into neat knots or chaotic tangles in these 13 wildly weaving creations. There’s often a method to this madness, however, with the knots creating strategic nooks, pathways or climbable structures, taking inspiration from sailor’s ropes, woven palm fronds and pretzels.

Sous Le Ciel by Leandro Erlich at Le Bon Marché, Paris

World's tallest ice tower built with the shape of a flamenco dress

Flamenco Ice Tower by Eindhoven University of Technology

A record-breaking 31-metre-high ice tower has been installed at the annual winter festival in Harbin, China, featuring a shape inspired by the flounces of a flamenco dancer's dress. Read more

Book Review: MONU #27

Reviewed by Claudia Consonni

When reading MONU’s issue #27 on Small Urbanism, the exhibition Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, curated by Emilio Ambasz in 1972 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, immediately came to my mind. The link between the two arose from the attention that both give to objects and small things, and their relationship to the bigger scale and the environment. This is why I want to talk about the new issue of MONU through a comparison that aims at showing the similarities between the magazine and the exhibition.

[Cover from the catalogue of Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, 1972]

The Modern Colossal: 7 Lesser-Known Monumental Wonders of the World

[ By SA Rogers in 7 Wonders Series & Travel. ]

Everyone knows about the Statue of Liberty, the Easter Island Moai heads, Mount Rushmore and the Sphinxes of Ancient Egypt, but not all monstrous monuments were built in centuries past. Colossal statues of even larger proportions are still built all over the world in modern times, from the many massive Buddhas of Asia to mythological creatures like merlions and shapeshifting horses. Though some of them are among the world’s tallest statues, these 7 are relatively lesser known, built between 1994 and 2017. (Of course, the former Soviet Union boasts so many oversized monuments, they’re in a category of their own.)

World's longest glass-bottomed suspension bridge has an intentional wobble

Glass bridge in China

A deliberate sway is designed to unnerve visitors to this 488-metre-long bridge in China's Hebei province, which has an entirely glazed walkway so they can also admire the 218-metre drop. Read more

Dynamic Apparel: Flexible Charity-Designed Shoes Can Grow Up to 5 Sizes

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ]

In countries where walking barefoot is the norm, these durable shoes that grow with a child’s feet can improve health, confidence, even school attendance, according to The Shoe That Grows project from Because International.

Fast-growing feet have always been a problem for children, and is even more challenging in places where families can’t afford frequently purchasing pairs. A combination of velcro and fasteners helps allow these shoes to expand on demand — each pair can shift between five sizes (with three different starter sizes).

The group works with non-profits, schools, churches and individuals to bring this adaptable footwear to kids in need around the world. So far the organization has distributed 120,000 pairs in 91 countries.

Why the future looks promising

Whilst growing up in Australia in the 1970’s and 80’s the greatest environmental concern was the hole in the Ozone Layer. Fortunately, many nations signed up to the Montreal Protocol in 1987, and we have seen the reduction in the use of CFC’s and thankfully recent studies are showing signs that the Ozone layer hole is healing.

I have the same hopes for the Paris Climate Agreement signed in 2015 and that we should be positive about the future as we see a groundswell of public opinion pushing for change and see the awareness and risk perception increasing across the world about the perils of Climate Change.