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Brutal but Beautiful: Book of 88 WWII Coastal Military Ruins

[ By WebUrbanist in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ]

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Traveling 23,000 miles over 4 years, photographer Marc Wilson has amassed an amazing collection of images spanning bunkers, gun emplacements, observation posts, command centres and other wartime infrastructure around Europe.

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Hovering Home: Near-Invisible Mirrored Forest Residence

[ By Steph in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ]

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A white box seems to hover in mid-air in the middle of the forest, with no visible supports suspending it from adjacent trees. This structure isn’t a treehouse at all, and it’s actually at least twice the size it appears. It virtually disappears into its natural environment thanks to the mirrors covering most of its bottom story, reflecting nearby trees and the forest floor.

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Backsplash: Deflective “Peeback” Walls Fight Public Urination

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

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Bouncing waste liquid back at the impolite and intoxicated bar crawlers who treat the streets as their bathroom, the St. Pauli district of Hamburg, Germany, has given fair warning about its water-repellent surfaces with signs that read (translated): “Do not pee here – we pee back.”

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The St. Pauli Pees Back project is a response to the shortcomings of other approaches – with 20,000,000 visitors per year, the area has not had much success with signs and fines and fines alone.

Unconstructed: 25 Visionary Works by World-Famous Architects

[ By WebUrbanist in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ]

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Some were conceived of as storytelling devices or futuristic concepts, while others were intended for actual construction before the plans were scrapped, but each of these buildings tells a unique story about a time, a place and an architect.

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Compiled by Rubberbond, a UK construction company that has seen more than a few ambitious projects get cancelled, this inforgraphic contains works by abstract visionaries like Buckminster Fuller and contemporary practitioners including Jean Nouvel.

London Bridge: 12 Contenders Including ‘Flaming Mouth of Hades’

[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

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Some of the concepts submitted for the new Nine Elms to Pimlico pedestrian bridge in London are rather – well – pedestrian, while others are so out-there they’ve been nicknamed ‘The Flaming Mouth of Hades.’ Spanning the Thames River, the bridge will link two very different parts of the city, and must be “technically rigorous and beautiful,” cyclist-friendly and well-engineered while providing headroom for river traffic.

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Aerodynamic Avian Architecture: 12 Bird-Inspired Buildings

[ By Steph in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ]

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From a massive kinetic museum structure that flaps its wings to indicate a new exhibit to an internet-famous church in Florida accidentally resembling an Angry Bird, these avian-inspired buildings seem like they’re ready to take off.

Zoomlion Headquarters Exhibition Center, China

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