Art: Magical Urbanism
Hr-Fm’s Digital City Prints
Japanese digital artist HR-FM creates stunning digital illustrations of cities. This guy is talented.
Blast One’s Street Art in Monterrey, Mexico
Blast One is a street artist based in Monterrey, Mexico. His flickr stream has some fantastic pieces.
Vasco Murao’s Hand drawn Cityscapes
Better yet, Mr. Mourão is encouraging people to compliment his drawing style with their own illustrations at Ziga Ziga. Download a PDF, make your own drawing, and upload the results to the website. The randomly chosen entry gets a print my the artist.
Willi Dorner: Bodies In Urban Space
Classical Wheatpastes by Zilda
Futurama: NYC 1939’s world fair
Buff Diss: Masking Tape Artwork
Buff Diss is an Australian artist who makes his works with masking tape. He worked with three other South Australian emerging artists – Jason Ankles, Remi Picheta and Joshua Smith – to create these designs in the Adelaide Central Market.
Stephen Mallon: ‘Next Stop Atlantic’ Series
Christian Stoll: Cityscapes
Apt Studio and Asylum Films: “This Is Where We Live”
Worldwide Air Travel
Link to the source.
Worldwide Facebook Friends
Link to the post describing how Butler made it.
Worldwide Scientific Collaboration Between Researchers
Worldwide Internet Connections
Link to the source
Gene Davis: Paints a Street in Philadelphia
Stéphane Bigoni and Antoine Mortemard: Rouen Building
Stéphane Bigoni and Antoine Mortemard designed this unique space in Rouen, France in an old storage hangar. The spaces houses an auditorium and exhibit spaces.
Images by Stéphane Bigoni, Antoine Mortemard and Takami Nakamoto
Signage in India – on buildings, billboards, and vehicles – is often hand painted. Meena Kadri photographs these signs, documenting their unique take on advertising and individual expression.
Link to the article on Design Observer with the complete slideshow.
Link to Burtynsky’s website
Michael Wolf: The Architecture of Density
Denis Smith: Light Graffiti
Dawn Ng: Paper Planes
I couldn’t find where the installation was, though the artist does have a statement on the piece here.
Benidorm, Spain: Colorful Boardwalk
By OAB Design
Link to the article.
Link to the design firm’s website
Speirs + Major: Usher Hall Chandelier
Led Pencil Studio: Non-Sign II
Hans Rosling: 200 Years of World History
Taylor Pemberton: Light Graffiti
Link to the artist’s website
Fast Company recently featured the Manhattan coffeeshop D’Espresso, which is designed to look like a library flipped on it’s side:
I’m going to have to check this place out the next time I’m in New York City.
Link to nemaworkshop, the website of the firm who made this nifty design.
Shepard Fairey: Cincinnati
Andre the Giant even showed up at the famous Findlay Market.
Thanks to Agnes for taking some of these pictures!
Exhale Pavilion: Miami Beach
The Exhale pavilion was created for Art Basel Miami Beach 2010 by Phu Hoang Office and Rachely Rotem Studio.
Chris Jordan: Running The Numbers
Prison Uniforms (2007)
Depicts 2.3 million folded prison uniforms, equal to the number of Americans incarcerated in 2005. The U.S. has the largest prison population of any country in the world.
Plastic Bags (2007)
Depicts 60,000 plastic bags, the number used in the US every five seconds.
Depicts 65,000 cigarettes, equal to the number of American teenagers under age eighteen who become addicted to cigarettes every month.
Shipping Containers (2007)
Depicts 38,000 shipping containers, the number of containers processed through American ports every twelve hours.
Light Bulbs (2008)
Depicts 320,000 light bulbs, equal to the number of kilowatt hours of electricity wasted in the United States every minute from inefficient residential electricity usage (inefficient wiring, computers in sleep mode, etc.).
Paper Bags (2007)
Depicts 1.14 million brown paper supermarket bags, the number used in the US every hour.
Cell Phones (2007)
Depicts 426,000 cell phones, equal to the number of cell phones retired in the US every day.
Jet Trails (2007)
Depicts 11,000 jet trails, equal to the number of commercial flights in the US every eight hours.
Plastic Cups (2008)
Link to the artist’s website.
Filip Dujardin: Fictions
Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre: Ruins of Detroit
Cinimod Studios: DJ Light Installation
Link to the designers’ website.
Min-Chieh Chen, Dominik Zausinger and Michele Leidi: Packed
Link to the original Dezeen post, which has more information about the project
Lori Nix: Tiny Worlds of Urban Decay
David Jameson: The Floating Suburban Tea House
JR: Wrinkles of the City
SLAMXHYPE has this post on JR, anonymous French street artist and TED Prize winner. JR recently traveled to Shanghai as part of a project entitled “The Wrinkles of the City” and produced these wheatpaste installations while he was there.
All images via SLAMXHYPE.
Peter Wegner: Buildings Made of Sky
Peter Wegner makes buildings from sky. He takes photographs from the street, pointed up at high buildings and turns them upside down. The sky becomes the building and the negative space of the buildings becomes the sky.
Trees Made of Chopsticks:
Every year Chinese consumes 45 billion pairs of disposable wooden chopsticks, equaling about 25 million trees. Treehugger has this post about a clever campaign by a Chinese environmental group to help promote the use of reusable chopsticks.
German Bike Shop:
Instead of a sign, this bicycle shop in German Altlandsberg decided to hang 120 bicycles from its façade.
Ja Studio: Slow Up-Rising
Canadian firm Ja Studio created this submission entitled “Slow Up-rising” to the Solar Park South international ideas competition in Calabria, Italy. The competition brief called for a ‘Solar Highway’ to be made by re-using parts of decommissioned highway.
The existing bridge:
Ja Studio’s proposal:
Andreas Gefellerthe: Japan
Andreas Gefeller is a German photographer who created these striking abstract photographs out of a humble piece of Japan’s urban infrastructure: the utility wire. Gefeller composes the images from multiple snapshots; the results are stunning.
Luis Mallo: In Camera
Luis Mallo is a Cuban-born photographer, currently based in Brooklyn.
Charlie Davidson: Streetwalk
British designer Charlie Davidson has created a collection of outdoor seating for the city of Sunderland, England.
Richard Galpin: Viewing Station
Richard Galpin makes these fantastic abstract pieces, derived from his own cityscapes photographs. They aren’t collages; rather, each piece is made entirely by erasing parts of the photograph.
Anouk Vogel: Cacticity
Anouk Vogel created “Cacticity,” a temporary garden in Bilbao, Spain made of 900 cacti from Cleistocactus straussii species. The cacti were placed in an offset grid and varied in height from 10 centimeters to 1 meter. The project won the first prize in the 2009 Bilbao Gardens Competition.
Martha Schwartz Partners: Dublin’s Grand Canal Square
Martha Schwartz Partners designed this square to be the centerpiece of Dublin’s newly renovated riverfront.
Jill Anholt Studio: Line of Work
Canadian artist Jill Anholt designed ‘Line of Work,’ an installation along the edge of a pedestrian pathway next to the new Vancouver Convention Centre.
Isaac Cordal: Cement Eclipses
Isaac Cordal is a photographer and sculptor who did this series of miniature people out on the streets, called “Cement Eclipses.”
Buro Wehberg: Giant Swings
Büro Wehberg designed these giant swings. They’ve been installed every summer since 2007 at Autostadt, which is an automobile-oriented theme park found near a Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany.
French artist Armelle Caron created these maps where city blocks are taken apart and organized into neat rows.
Mike and Maaike: Wayfinding
The design studio Mike & Maaike created a unique set of wallpaper to be used as wayfinding elements.
Paul Madonna: All Over Coffee
THA LTD: Hikari No Tokei
The Japanese firm tha ltd. designed this clock installation in Tokyo at the entrance of the Seibu Ikebukuro Flagship Store appropriately titled “Hikari No Tokei,” meaning “Clock of Light.”
Link to the designers website via designboom. All images courtesy of tha.jp.
Gabriel Dawe: Plexus
Gabriel Dawe makes large installations out of multi-colored thread titled the Plexus series.
Emanuele Pizzolorusso, a designer based in Milan, has created a series of maps for Italian brand Palomar that are designed to withstand the smashing, stuffing and mangling that comes with traveling around a city.
NYC: Proposed Sidewalk Sheds
All images are courtesy of nyc.gov.
Caliper Studio: Rolling Rooftop Gardens, NYC
Caliper Studio designed this rolling garden roof for a penthouse in the West Village neighborhood in New York City.
All images are taken from the Caliper Studio flickr stream.
Magical Urbanism: La Recoleta Cemetary
La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina is home to many famous and important Argentines, including Eva Perón and several presidents of Argentina.
If you’re interested in reading more about Recoleta Cemetery, be sure to checkout this website, which describes in detail those buried there.
Chinese Workers Build Hotel in 6 Days
A construction crew in the south-central Chinese city of Changsha has completed building a 15-story hotel in just six days.
Matt Logue: Empty LA
Franco Recchia: Cityscape Sculptures
The Agora Gallery in New York City has a show of Franco Recchia’s cityscape sculptures made of scrap metal and discarded cardboard.
Images via the Tiny Life
Earth From Space:
This striking image looks like a painting; it’s actually natural formations in an aerial image, showing massive congregations of greenish phytoplankton swirling around Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea.
Stimuli created this fantastic time-lapse video using 13,000 photographs of New York City. The music is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Vahram Muratyan: Paris Vs. New York
Karen M. Oleary: Handcut City Maps
Fun game! Can you recognize the cities in the following hand-cut out maps, made by Karen M. O’Leary? (Did I mention they’re cut out by hand, not laser cut?
You can buy these gems at her Etsy store.
Answers: A) Vancouver, B) London, C) Madrid, D) Philadelphia, E) San Francisco, F) New Orleans
Julien Berthier & Simon Boudvin: Fake Door
Hass & Hahn: Favela Painting Project
The Favela Painting Project has created a beautiful collaborative work of art in the central square of Santa Marta, a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The project was initiated by Dutch artists Hass and Hahn.
Pieces of Berlin:
Pieces of Berlin documents everyday life in the city.
Fortress of Solitude: Poland
New Banksy: NYC
Street Art: Buenos Aires
Bee Flowers: Moscow
Bee Flowers takes panoramic and detail images of the Moscow Subway stations.
Mark Jenkins: Street Installations
He also has a blog .
Flickr Stencil Group:
Update: Many of these images are by the British street artist Bansky
Antonio Millain: The Empty Walls of Spain
Be sure to check out the Flickr group too
Unbuilt Architecture: Soviet Union
Seyed Alavi: Sacramento River Aerial in Carpet
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