During the Gilded Age of the late 19th century Detroit, Michigan was known to some as the Paris of the West, on account of its opulent architecture, grand boulevards and burgeoning cityscape. Continue reading »
Urban explorer and photographer Dan Raven has spent a great deal of time documenting scenes of urban decay and abandonment across Europe and the United States. The fact that he prefers not to reveal the names and locations of many of the haunting abandoned places he photographs only serves to make the scenes of desolation and dereliction all the more compelling, allowing us to ponder the stories behind these vast empty structures that have clearly had their day – for better or worse. Continue reading »
John Salminen is one of America’s most highly recognized watercolorists. He is a prolific painter who paints six to ten hours a day in a basement studio when he’s not out of town jurying exhibitions or teaching workshops. He captures his subjects – usually urban landscapes – with his camera and then paints them realistically with water color. Ranging from San Francisco to the Chicago Loop to Greenwich Village to rainy Paris to Shanghai, his subjects are consistently presented in dynamic compositions and his ability to set a mood with color, light and tone is unsurpassed. Continue reading »
A general view of a mountainous landscape in Pamplona covered in a thick blanket of smog on 23 December 2015, in Pamplona, northern Spain. (Photo by Jesus Diges/EPA) Continue reading »
The rapidly changing landscape of urban China is the subject of artist Graham Fink’s solo photographic exhibition, opening at Riflemaker gallery in London on 1 February. Over the course of five years, the artist has documented various demolition sites in and around Shanghai – the largest city by population in the world. The photographic series communicates the enormity of the transition that is taking place there as the country moves increasingly towards a large-scale urbanization and more workers relocate for employment in the manufacturing industries. Not only are new cities emerging but immense urban renewal efforts are underway. Continue reading »
When Luciano Pia undertook to design a five-storey, 63-unit residential apartment building in Turin, Italy, he sought to break from the homogenous urban development that was consuming the area. What resulted was 25 Verde, an extraordinary urban treehouse that blurs the lines been the domestic and the wild, captures a certain childlike imagination with branches rendered in steel, and whose exterior is melded with 150 trees, as well as a vast array of additional plants to which protect residents against noise pollution, and reduce air pollution in the neighborhood. Continue reading »
The CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year competition – now in its ninth year – encourages professional and amateur photographers to capture cities at work.
Blizzard Days. For the first time, the 2015 competition included a mobile category. The winner, Cocu Liu from China, captured the Chicago Board of Trading Building. (Photo by Cocu Liu) Continue reading »
When you stare into any of the abysses created by German graffitist 1010, the abysses stare back at you—or at least they appear to. Inspired by the relationship between optics and neurology, the Hamburg-based artist has amassed a cult following over the past couple of years for his large-scale pieces that can be found throughout his motherland, and sometimes even around the world. His graffiti work, such as his most recent piece in Warsaw, Poland, predominantly resonates with the playful ideologies driving the op art movement, incorporating kaleidoscopic colorations into his abyss-esque designs. Continue reading »
Tires in a city don’t seem out of place; but artists OOSS, Iago Buceta, and Mateu Targa have put the familiar objects in an entirely new context with their latest collaboration, Pneumàtic. Cut, salvaged tires are placed in both linear and circular arrangements along the ground, against brick walls, and in line with concrete stairs. Continue reading »
The OAS1S architecture is designed as trees, earth’s most ancient, important and appreciated structures. This unique design creates a highly desirable 21st century icon that truly fusions architecture and nature. The OAS1S architecture is shaped as a 1 and answers to the deep human need to become 1 with nature. OAS1S is a passionate and innovative answer to our current need for sustainable global urbanization. A win-win-win concept for people, nature and society, with a mission for radical urban improvement. Continue reading »
Acording to photographer Andrei Mihai: “Ballet is the art of educated human body. I always wanted to photograph a ballerina in different urban areas. I think this contrast between the delicacy and everyday atmosphere, highlights the sublime of this art. Behind that unparalleled smile, lies infinite hours of hard work, suffering and determination. This is “Urban Swan” on the streets of Bucharest, Romania.” Continue reading »
“The phrase “Potemkin village” (also “Potyomkin village”, derived from the Russian: Потёмкинские деревни, Potyomkinskiye derevni) was originally used to describe a fake portable village, built only to impress. According to the story, Grigory Potemkin erected the fake portable settlement along the banks of the Dnieper River in order to fool Empress Catherine II during her journey to Crimea in 1787. The phrase is now used, typically in politics and economics, to describe any construction (literal or figurative) built solely to deceive others into thinking that some situation is better than it really is. Some modern historians claim the original story is exaggerated”. – Wikipedia.
In this photo taken on Sunday, July 5, 2015, police officers walk along a giant poster to give an improved appearance, in downtown Ufa, Russia. Ufa will host SOC (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) and BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summits July 7 to July 9, 2015. (Photo by Vadim Braydov/AP Photo)
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Mallorca (Spain). Sath opened his eyes for the first time in 1983. After several years as an autodidact painter, in 2004 he enrols on Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design in the city of Palma.
Sath uses figurative elements to create colorful pieces slightly surreal, and impossible situations or actions, but never neglecting the message. Everyday life situations melt and transform into new ones, implying a change of meaning from its original context. He pursues the idea of the re-contextualization as a tool to construct new meanings.
Using spray painting as his main coloring technique since 2002, this visual communicator shares his curiosity and thoughts through painting art, either on canvas or making a different use of urban environment mainly outside of the context of traditional art venues.
Bynary system – Mallorca (Spain, 2013)
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Open Code Urban Furniture – a construction set adaptive to the needs and wishes of different neighbourhoods. Instrumental in arranging a space for sharing (drawers installed). A series of open code urban furniture workshops are run in 4 Vilnius neighbourhoods in cooperation with the local residents. 4 furniture sets, 4 Vilnius neighbourhoods – and 4 different scenarios of use, to understand how public spaces and urban furniture work. The same basic set becomes different in each context. Continue reading »
Pole dancers in Mexico have taken to the streets to celebrate their sport and show others the skills involved. The Pole Dance National Day celebration saw pole dancers gather in parks, outdoor gyms and on streets, using street lamps, sign posts and other objects to put on displays across Mexico City. Pole dancing, or Pole Fitness, is becoming an increasingly popular sport in Mexico, with many people seeing it as a means to improve their strength and fitness. The Urban Dance Pole day has now been running for four years and it aims to take away the sleazy stigma often attached to pole dancing.
A woman performs a pole dancing routine on a lamp post during the national day celebration of “Urban Pole” dance at a park in Mexico City June 8, 2014. (Photo by Tomas Bravo/Reuters)
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The beds are made up, but this abandoned mansion has not had an occupant sleeping in its grand rooms for years. The tenants at the Round Mansion in western Belgium are long gone, but the bedrooms are still occupied by expensive furniture and ornaments. These serie photographs were captured by London urban explorer Andre Govia, after he decided to start documenting his love of abandoned buildings.
With an abandoned tricycle sitting in an empty corridor, this derelict but once grand mansion could be the setting for The Shining. Continue reading »
In this October 14, 2013 photo, ecology professor Ricardo Freitas releases a broad-snouted caiman after examining it, at the Marapendi Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Some 5,000 to 6,000 broad-snouted caimans live in fetid lagoon systems of western Rio de Janeiro, conservationists say, and there’s a chance that spectators and athletes at the 2016 Olympics could have an encounter with one, though experts hasten to add that the caimans, smaller and less aggressive than alligators or crocodiles, are not considered a threat to humans. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo) Continue reading »
These photographs are the work of urban explorer Dr Bradley Garrett who made headlines back in 2012 when he posted a series of snaps from the top of The Shard skyscraper while it was still under construction. Garrett, now a researcher at the University of Oxford, took these shots during his time with the London Consolidation Crew (LCC), a loose collection of urban explorers based in the English capital.
A hooded figures sits in a crane cab high above the city on the site of The Shard skyscraper in London. (Photo by Bradley L. Garrett/Barcroft Media) Continue reading »
“Bodies in urban spaces” is a temporarily intervention in diversified urban architectonical environment. The intention of “bodies in urban spaces” is to point out the urban functional structure and to uncover the restricted movement possibilities and behavior as well as rules and limitations.
By placing the bodies in selected spots the interventions provoke a thinking process and produce irritation. Passers by, residents and audience are motivated and prompted to reflect their urban surrounding and there own movement behavior and habits. “Bodies in urban spaces” invites the residents to walk their own city thus establishing a stronger relationship to their neighborhood, district and town. The interventions are temporarily without leaving any traces behind, but imprints in the eye-witnesses` memory.
“Bodies in urban spaces” is a moving trail, choreographed for a group of dancers. The performers lead the audience through selected parts of public and semi-public spaces. A chain of physical interventions set up very quickly and only existing temporarily, allows the viewer to perceive the same space or place in a new and different way – on the run. The special quality of each place at various times of the day creates unique presentations. Photos: “Bodies in Urban Spaces”, September 26, 2010. (Photos by Andrew Russeth) Continue reading »
“I have been photographing this group of urban foxes in Bristol for over 12 months; what started off as a chance encounter has become an obsession for me and has changed my feelings and attitudes towards urban foxes forever. Over this 12 month period, I have talked on BBC Radio Bristol twice,worked with Spring Watch TV show and published my first book title Bristol Safari – In Search of City’s Urban Wildlife and have met people who generally care about these animals, together with people who hate them with a passion. I have even been threatened in the street for photographing these animals, which shows feelings towards are mixed at the best of times. I couldn’t help but become attached to these beautiful animals which I have now watched for hundreds of hours”. – Ian Wade. Continue reading »
Designed by art students Audrey Charré, Clémentine Schmidt and Luc Beaussart, the ‘Urban Greenhouse’ wants to show and give value to the plants which grow by themselves in a city. Those discredit plants are, in fact, healthy, médicinal and sometimes eatable. The first part of the project was to give value by a three-dimensional graphic intervention. The other part of the project was to use those plants like a kind of material to make leaf mould. The organic waste become a strong productive material. The relevance of this project is to see what is already here in the city, to find a purpose to create a cycle from the city. Continue reading »
It’s clear there’s a growing green transformation in cities throughout the world, with greenery poking out above concrete skyscrapers and apartment balconies. Urban gardens are no longer simply a sign of wealth, they have become a tool in both the fight against global warming and food shortage.
A rooftop garden on a building across the street from the International Covention Centre where the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17) continues in Durban, South Africa. The garden is part of the Priority Zone project run by the city encouraging urban regeneration. (Reuters / Rogan Ward) Continue reading »
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