Most Beautiful Remaining Street Mosaics From The Soviet Union

Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, much of the vast empire’s public art—or propaganda—has perished as well. Socialist Realism was the dominant style of the day—that is, art that bolstered the socialist message by glorifying the proletariat and celebrating civic triumphs. Continue reading »

Prague’s Tallest Building Could Soon Become This Post-Apocalyptic Metal Tanker Crashed Into A Skyscraper

The Czech Republic might have a new tallest building, if developer Trigema’s plan for the 135-meter-tall (443 ft) multifunctional high-rise building near Prague’s Nové Butovice metro stop is approved. The project was designed by sculptor David Černý and architect Tomáš Císař from the studio Black n´ Arch. Continue reading »

Ultimate Infill: A Skinny Building Amidst The Ginza Alley In Japan

Amidst one of Ginza’s many backstreets lies an L-shaped plot of land. This plot of land, which remained vacant for 3 years and hidden by the shadows of the tall buildings surrounding it, is only 2.7 meters wide (around 9 feet). Eventually, a developer stepped in. Continue reading »

Twisting Sculpture-Bridge-Museum Opens In Norway

The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) designed “The Twist”. Opened in Jevnaker, Norway, bridging a 10,700-square-foot art museum across two riverbanks in northern Europe’s largest sculpture park. Continue reading »

15 Inhumane Ways Cities Are Preventing The Homeless From Sleeping In Public Places

You’ve Got To Be The Worst Kind Of Heartless Twat If You Can Go Around Slashing Homeless People’s Tents

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Let us introduce you to something called “hostile architecture” – a design strategy that aims to manipulate peoples’ behavior through certain design elements. One of the most widely used elements of hostile architecture is the so-called “anti-homeless spikes” – metal or stone studs on ledges and steps that are embedded to prevent the homeless from sleeping there. Continue reading »

This Bizarre Japanese Temple Looks Like A Fallen Intergalactic Starship

Rising out of central Tokyo, not far from Tokyo Tower or the Emperor’s Palace, this bizarre, black, pyramidal structure is a temple of the “Inner Trip Reiyukai.” Continue reading »

Gallery Of 68 Competitive Designs For The Great Tower For London, 1890

The year previous, 1889, saw the hugely successful Eiffel Tower go up in the centre of Paris, and the good people of London, not to be outdone, decided to get one of their own. A wonderful array of designs were put forward. Continue reading »

Architect Tadao Ando Envelops Giant Buddha Statue In Lavender-Planted Hill Temple

In the northern Japanese city of Sapporo, architect Tadao Ando designed a spectacular temple, which opened in December 2015. An essay by Tadao Ando for the Italian DOMUS Magazine discusses his work in Makomanai Takino Cemetery. Continue reading »

Jakarta Built A Surburban Village On Top Of A City Mall


Cosmo Park, which sits on top of a shopping mall. Photograph: Shahrir Bahar

Depending who you ask, Cosmo Park is an ingenious urban oasis or an ill-conceived dystopia.

It is a surreal urban bubble, where normal life unfolds at an abnormal altitude. To access ground level, resident drive their cars down a ramp. A tall metal fence runs around the perimeter to make sure no one falls or drives off. Peer beyond the fence and you can spot the city’s landmarks below. Continue reading »

Epic Stair Design Fails That May Result In Some Serious Injuries

Not A Good Carpet Choice For Stairs If You Ask Me

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As far as designs go, stairs are ones that you want to get right. Any flaw in the execution could lead to an embarrassing trip or, even worse, a serious fall. Continue reading »

This Master Of Art Installation And Illusions Creates Rooms That Will Make You Think The Walls Are Waving At You

With his hypnotic room installations, renowned Austrian artist Peter Kogler transforms ordinary spaces and molds architecture into surreal environments for spectators. Influenced by American minimalism, Kogler’s lines are often reduced to black on white for maximum contrast and impact. Continue reading »

Turkish Interior Architect Hayri Atak Proposes Cantilevering Glass Pool Over Norwegian Fjord

Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio has designed a concept for a boutique hotel within a cliff edge in Norway that includes a cantilevered glass swimming pool. Continue reading »

Giant Swings To Abolish The Wall Between The United States And Mexico: Take That, Donald Trump!


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It will have lasted only 30 minutes in all, but the symbolic images of this moment will remain in history. On July 29, three huge pink seesaws were placed on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border to allow the children it separates to play together. Continue reading »

Rebuilding Notre Dame In Photographs


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Three months after a fire ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, a rare glimpse inside the burned masterpiece on Wednesday revealed it to be eerily empty and with rubble still littering the nave. Continue reading »

Incredible And Futuristic Bookstore-Themed Shopping Mall In China

Undergoing a cultural renaissance, the city of Xi’an, China, is home to a new bookstore-themed commercial complex designed by Lafonce Maxone and intervened by Gonverge Interior Design for the interiors. The project offers a lifestyle and an educational experience with multiple business models through its ‘culture and commerce’ design strategy. The 18m-high and 240m-long artistic book walls in the building are striking and pioneering, brining a new model for urban commercial space to the city. Continue reading »