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Fresh Biocement: World’s First Self-Healing Concrete Building

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

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One of the biggest challenges to building with concrete is the material’s propensity to crack both while it dries and in the years that follow, making this self-fixing solution an incredibly powerful application of bacterial biotechnology.

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Cargo Spotting: Field Guide to 20MM Global Shipping Containers

[ By WebUrbanist in Travel & Urban Exploration. ]

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Shipping containers pass by us daily on trucks, trains and ships, carrying 90% of the world’s non-bulk cargo with them, but if you have ever wondered what the mysterious colors and brands really mean, you will want to keep a copy of The Container Guide by your side. A publication of the Infrastructure Observatory, this volume contains a wealth of information on virtually all of the major companies that together own and ship the planet’s 20 million containers back and forth across the globe.

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Fractal Formations: The Fascinating Future of Urban Growth

[ By Steph in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ]

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What might the patterns of urban sprawl look like if humanity were to survive another thousand years or so? Artist Tom Beddard envisions fractal formations seemingly cut right into the earth, broken up by the occasional sky-high tower or curving superstructure. The architecture in this futuristic vision entitled ‘Aurillia’ ranges from bleak industrial scenes to incredibly complex city centers, all created using a fractal formula called Mandalay.

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Flip for This: 12 Crazy and Creative Skate Ramps & Parks

[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

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Glide you way through a multi-story dedicated skate park, a glow-in-the-dark bowl, an old subway tunnel under London, a floating ramp on Lake Tahoe or even a ramp that goes right off the edge of the Grand Canyon. These 12 skate parks and ramps, from California to Dubai, offer some of the world’s most amazing places to practice your tricks – places that are legal, anyway.

VRchitecture: Interactive Virtual Reality House Feels 90% Real

[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ]

vr house

No matter how many drawings and models a client is shown, there is still a leap of imagination needed for someone to understand how a building design will really look and feel when it is realized. The gap, however, is rapidly closing between representation and reality, with digital models that can be experienced and interacted with in realtime.

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Well, Done: 10 Past-Their-Prime Abandoned Steakhouses

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ]

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These abandoned steakhouses once served up prime cuts of beef to steely-eyed dealmakers wielding steely knives. It’s enough to drive a Mad Men man mad!

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