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True Colors: Photographer Captures Urban Spectrum of Modern Istanbul

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

Istanbul, Turkey, conjures to mind far-off days of Constantinople and historic works of architecture, from stone masonry homes ot ornate mosques, but there is a colorful variety to the city’s more modern buildings, too, as captured in this photo series.

An architect and photographer, Yener Torun photographs elements of the city’s past, but focuses mostly on more contemporary structures with minimalist forms, modern geometries, and above all: rich rainbows of color.

From Saving Lives to Raining Candy: Drones Do a Lot of Good, Too

[ By SA Rogers in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ]

We haven’t quite reached the predicted point at which drones become an intrinsic part of our daily lives, but small autonomous flying machines are learning how to do a lot more than spook people with their surveillance potential and take amazing aerial photographs. Not that they aren’t still really good at both of those. A lot of the news we read about drone advancements is a bit dystopian, warning of the looming potential for wildly invasive policing and the kind of automation that seems to threaten jobs en masse. But drones are set to accomplish some pretty cool things, too – in addition to delivering packages and piping hot food faster than ever.

Search & Rescue Missions

Wave Forms for Artists & Artisans: Free Vintage Design Guide to Japanese Waves

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ]

In Japan, an island nation, waves are symbols long found in a vast array of art, design and craft from around the country, which one author decided to systemize in a three-book series now available for free online.

The World’s First Underwater Hotel Villa is Officially Open in the Maldives

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

Sleep sixteen feet below the surface of the ocean at the new Conrad Muraka villa in the Maldives, nestled into bed with panoramic views of marine creatures to color your dreams. Officially the world’s first underwater hotel residence, the two-story Muraka villa is now open for booking at the same Rangali Island resort hosting the world’s first underwater restaurant, the five-star Ithaa. Of course, there is a catch, and it’s not the hyper-fresh seafood brought in each day for guests to enjoy. The suite is only accessible via a four-night $200,000 package.

Cough-y House: Abandoned Cresson Tuberculosis Sanatorium

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ]

The abandoned Cresson Tuberculosis Sanatorium once housed TB patients seeking relief and recuperation amidst Pennsylvania’s rugged Allegheny Mountains.

Sanatoriums (not to be confused with sanitariums, San Antonio or Santeria) were the “in” thing back in the dark days before antibiotics. These collegial care homes away from home offered tuberculosis sufferers fresh air, bright sunlight and balanced nutrition – beneficial even if one wasn’t inflicted by “consumption”. Often located in mountainous or desert settings, sanatoriums also served to segregate the infected away from the uninfected… a time-honored practice applied to lepers and the mentally ill. Dude, harsh – welcome to the good old days!

Urban Forestry: Explore 678,632 Street Trees of NYC with Interactive Map

[ By WebUrbanist in Gaming & Computing & Technology. ]

The NYC Parks Department offers an amazing resource in the form of an online map that “includes every street tree in New York City” (spanning 422 species) first mapped by volunteers in 2015 and now updated daily by their forestry team. “On the map, trees are represented by circles. The size of the circle represents the diameter of the tree, and the color of the circle reflects its species. You are welcome to browse our entire inventory of trees, or to select an individual tree for more information.”