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Skate or Buy: Skateboard Shop Rolls Out Clever Skateable Sidewalk Signs

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Guerilla Ads & Marketing. ]

Most urban designs are at best useful for skaters as an afterthought, or more typically: specifically created to foil skaters, but not this set of signs.

The Drive Skate Shop in Vancouver created two of these, the first of which mimics a typical and ubiquitous “sandwich board” style sign, which normally consists of two planes angling out toward the bottom for stability.

By extending those surfaces onto the ground and adding a slight curve, a skateable sign is created — ride it at your own risk, however (it’s steep!).  Metal supports provide stability, too.

Seven-Story Neoclassical Painting by William Bouguereau Looms Over Memphis

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ]

A little girl from William Bouguereau’s 1886 painting ‘Au pied de la falaise’ looks out over the city of Memphis from the side of a seven-story building, freed from the original work’s confines within the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. French street artist Julien de Casabianca is known for moving the subjects of famous paintings from the hallowed walls of perfectly-lit museums and into the streets, wheat pasting them many times larger than life onto urban surfaces. This particular monumental work coincides with the artist’s exhibition and workshop at the Brooks Museum.

File Under Fiction: Artful Self-Help Book Covers Speak to Human Conditions

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ]

Like the old “picture worth 1,000 words” adage, these book covers use just a little language and as context for larger messages. Perhaps the more appropriate phrase would be some turn on: “what you don’t say speaks volumes.”

Designed by Johan Deckmann, an artist as well as psychotherapist, these self-help spoofs tackle existential issues most people can relate to, all using a combination of cover, color, layout and juxtaposition.

10 Architects, 10 Homes of the Future: The 2018 China House Vision Exhibition

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ]

Visions for the homes of China’s future actively transform, adapt, provide greater comfort when sharing small spaces, grow food and even prepare for extraterrestrial lifestyles. The theme of this year’s HOUSE VISION exhibition is “NEW GRAVITY,” focusing on finding solutions for practical problems in China’s living environment while combining “human wisdom with modern science and technology to explore the ideal way of living in the future.”

Designers were encouraged to think about elements like the sharing economy, artificial intelligence, energy consumption and communication while producing their full-scale prototypes. All ten models will be on display outside Beijing’s iconic “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium by architects Herzog & de Meuron through November 4th, 2018.

Founded in 2011 by Japanese graphic designer and curator Kenya Hara, HOUSE VISION is “a cultural research project that combines architects and companies to build a future home with the concept of ‘’new common sense of the future’… The project hopes to use ‘home’ as a medium to think about the future lifestyle and even the development of the world.”

Company Housing for MUJI by Go Hasegawa and Associates

Habitat 2.0: Pixelated Apartment Complex by BIG References Design Classic

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ]

With an overt nod to Habitat 67 in Montreal by Moshe Safdie (similarly made up of many smaller modules, as show below), this new, undulating, mixed-use megastructure has been approved for construction in Toronto, Canada.

The King West Street development from Bjarke Ingels’ firm BIG looks like a series of rolling hills, or in the words of the architect: “peaks and valleys.” The firm has overtly called it “Habitat 2.0” informally as well.

“With King Street West, we wanted to find an alternative to the tower and podium you see a lot of in Toronto and revisit some of Safdie’s revolutionary ideas,” said Ingels in statement  “But rather than a utopian experiment on an island, have it nested into the heart of the city.”

Going, Going, Gone: Banksy Artwork Self-Destructs the Moment it’s Sold

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Drawing & Digital. ]

In a stunt that should surprise absolutely no one who knows anything about Banksy, the elusive street artist’s iconic work Girl with Balloon literally self-destructed the moment it was sold at auction for more than £1 million on Friday. “It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” said a Sotheby’s official afterward. Yep, it appears you did.