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These Amazing Trompe L'oeil Illusions Bring Drab City Buildings To Life

Trompe l’oeil (literally “to deceive the eye”) is an ancient technique whereby a painter creates a visual illusion via a trick of perspective. French street artist Patrick Commecy is a modern master of this art form, working with his team of artists at A-Fresco to create huge, hyper-realistic murals on otherwise drab building facades.


This Mind-Bending City Skyline Would Be Fun To Live In

Video: Can you imagine if buildings in a city could grow and bend on a whim as if they were living, breathing organisms? This short film, Spatial Bodies by AUJIK, plays with that concept, transforming the cityscape of Osaka into a totally trippy world where the laws of physics and gravity don’t really exist and buildings can take any shape.


This Building Looks Different Every Hour

Video: This is the “Kiefer Technic Showroom” in Austria and the changing panels are meant to help the people inside regulate the internal temperature. Given China’s “weird architecture” ban, it’s good to see that there are still weird buildings around the world.


Video Shows Off The Relationship Between Dance And Architecture

The concept behind the short film “Fabricating Performance” by the Interactive Architecture Lab and the study that surrounds it concerns reciprocation in design.


Design Firm Suggests Turning Penn Station Into Roller Coaster

Many New Yorkers have schlepped to Penn Station to take a train out. We’ve sat in the waiting room, bored, and said to ourselves, I know what would improve my experience better. If only I could go on a 1,200 foot amusement-park ride before my train arrived.


Facebook's New Gehry Building Includes The World's Least Functional Bike Bridge

In 2012, Frank Gehry and Mark Zuckerberg posed for a series of photos that sealed their intertwined fates: Gehry, arguably the world’s most famous architect, would design a new campus for Zuckerberg, arguably the world’s most powerful not-lizard person. Surely with all this money and talent coalescing like a hunk of molten aluminium, Facebook’s new HQ would garner universal “Likes“. Instead it’s more “Sad” than “Wow”.


Iconic Architect Eero Saarinen Designed Weapons And 'Devices' For The CIA

Eero Saarinen designed some of the most iconic American buildings of the 20th century. The arch in St Louis? That was him. The TWA terminal at JFK airport? That was him too. And it wasn’t just buildings. Saarinen also designed the furniture that would define futurism of the 1960s, like the tables in Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey.


Bjarke Ingels Built A Real-Life Minecraft Structure In London

Each year, the opening of the Serpentine Pavilion heralds the beginning of summer in the UK with a temporary structure installed in a London garden. This year, the pavilion was designed by Bjarke Ingels, the Danish superstar architect who was recently brought onboard to design Hyperloop One stations. Depending on where you stand, it’s either a very convincing take on a contemporary Minecraft cathedral, or a fancy modern house for Q*bert.


Chicago Might Plug Its Giant Hell Pit With A Highway-Straddling Skyscraper

There’s a giant abandoned hole punched in the Chicago landscape. Here’s a plan to make that hole a lot less holey.


Jesus' Tomb Is Finally Getting The Restoration That Bickering Monks Delayed For 200 Years

The are many reasons one might put off a much-needed home improvement project. Budget. Can’t find the right contractor. When it came to the tomb where Christians believe Jesus was buried, it was two centuries of infighting between some very possessive monks.


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