To mark the occasion of the World University Games, which runs until August 23, 2011, German studio GMP Architekten has built the stunning Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen, China. The games are for students only and are held every other year in winter and summer. Judging by the number of athletes participating, the summer Universiade is the second largest multi-sport event in the world… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 22, 2011 at 2:00pm —
One of America's greatest civil liberty leaders, Martin Luther King Jr., was honored today with a long-awaited statue that was revealed at the National Mall in Washington, DC, the same place King made his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.
To reach the memorial, visitors walk through two large stones with a gap in between. The giant 30 ft statue, the first on the Mall to honor a… Continue
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Russian firm Orbital Technologies plans to open the very first space hotel in history by 2016. The space hotel, or "Commercial Space Station," as it's officially called, will float 250 miles above Earth. The hotel can accommodate a maximum of seven people at one time.
To prepare, tourists will have to undergo special training that can take up to three months, depending on the type of spacecraft they fly to the hotel. The firm says that stays can range from three days… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 19, 2011 at 3:30pm —
We all know that reality TV shows depict the furthest thing from real life. Street collective TrustoCorp decided to do something about the madness by installing their custom billboards in a couple of New York City phone booths. The new shows that they're now promoting are The Real Housewives of Baghdad
and The Real World North Korea
Added by Eugene on August 19, 2011 at 2:30pm —
For their engagement shots, most couples pretend as though they're models or actors in a romantic movie. The results often end up being unoriginal or somewhat cliché.
Juliana Sunmi Park and Benjamin Jinsuk Lee took their engagement shoot to a whole new level. Instead of trying to be cute, they threw down with a zombie attacker....and won!
According to photographer Amanda… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 19, 2011 at 11:30am —
First spotted over at Freshome
, the Porsche Museum
was conceived as a gravity-defying, dynamically formed structure located in the sports car's home city of… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 18, 2011 at 5:00pm —
Director Sébastien Montaz-Rosset captured some exhilarating footage of four French acrobats fearlessly walking along a tightrope. Where? Between the two tallest buildings in Paris (Les Mercuriales), over 115 ft (35 m) above the ground! Edited with music from Daft Punk, this video is guaranteed to give you goosebumps and make you… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 18, 2011 at 3:30pm —
After putting up considerable resistance, Apple executives finally let the Metropolitan Transportation Authority release renderings of the Apple store planned for New York's famed Grand Central Station. As expected, Apple makes good use of the monumental space, keeping things clean and simple, and not taking anything away from the station's classic architecture.
At 23,000 square… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 18, 2011 at 10:30am —
Although he was only born in 1975, British artist Antony Micallef is like an old man who doesn't thinks much about our youth. He created four nickel-plated bronze 13 ft sculptures and displayed them in front of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
In the series titled The Idol Kids of Today
, one boy is seen frozen with a video game controller in hand, while another one is thoroughly content with a happy meal in his lap. Perhaps the most startling is the one… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 17, 2011 at 5:00pm —
Actress Gong Li, China, 1993
Born in Lyon, France, photographer Marc Riboud is best known for his extensive reports on the East. In 1957, he was one of the first European photographers ever to be allowed into China.
Firsthand, Riboud has witnessed to the atrocities of war - photographing from both the Vietnam and the American sides of the… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 17, 2011 at 3:30pm —
It's not often that completed structures look better than their design sketches, however, this is absolutely the case with Zaha Hadid's latest creation. Only the London-based architect could make a swimming pool look this sleek and sexy.
Hadid's Aquatics Centre will be the trademark building for the 2012 London Olympics and the first venue visitors will see upon entering the Olympic… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 17, 2011 at 12:00pm —
Reminiscent of roughed up combat veterans reuniting, NASA's retired shuttles Discovery and Endeavour had a rare nose-to-nose encounter last week, while trading places at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
According to NASA: "The space shuttle fleet began setting records with its first launch on April 12, 1981 and continued to set high marks of achievement and endurance through 30… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 16, 2011 at 4:00pm —
Last week, Apple briefly surpassed Exxon Mobil to become the world's most valuable company. Although it may have been for a temporary amount of time, no one can question how far Steve Jobs' tech company has come. With such tremendous growth, Apple is planning to upgrade its digs once again.
Architecture firm Foster + Partners designed the hoop-shaped office building, which will… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 16, 2011 at 2:00pm —
You may remember seeing photographer Dane Shitagi's Ballerina Project
, which Alice wrote about last year. Shitagi brings the beauty of ballet outdoors in his first short film, shot in New York City. The video stars Anna Gerberich, with… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 16, 2011 at 12:01pm —
Just how powerful is the Arno Turbo Silence fan? Apparently, it's powerful enough to roll a car onto its side! Brazilian ad agency Publicis created this brilliant over-the-top installation, which piqued the interest of those on the street, just casually passing by.
"To demonstrate the power of the Arno Turbo Silence fan, we created a display that showed the product actually working at the… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 16, 2011 at 11:00am —
Anyone who's ever watched the National Geographic channel has probably heard of the Serengeti, often called "God’s private zoo." For those who love nature and wildlife, there really is no place like it in the world.
During the rainy period, from December to June, the plateau surrounding the Ngorongoro volcanic crater in the Serengeti is covered with lush vegetation and herds of animals. The… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 15, 2011 at 12:30pm —
The Streets of Monaco Yacht isn't your typical luxury yacht. In fact, it doesn't even come close. Currently in the design process, this one-of-a-kind yacht is set to become the world's most expensive at a cost of over $1.1 billion to build.
Yacht Island Design modeled the super ship after a section of Monte Carlo, and it will feature smaller versions of the state’s famous landmarks such as… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 14, 2011 at 1:30pm —
Located in the old port of Jaffa in Tel Aviv, Israel, this 1,080 sq ft (100 sq m) residential flat with ancient walls overlooks the majestic Mediterranean Sea, and resides in a building that is estimated to be hundreds of years old.
Over the years, the historical stone-built building has undergone various additions and transformations which have damaged the original… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 14, 2011 at 11:30am —
For many of us, doodling in our notebooks was one of the highlights of attending school. Washington-based designer Garrett Miller took this act of boredom to another level with the clever idea to use windows as his canvas, allowing the surrounding environment to be a part of the picture. Just remember, if you try this at home or at the office, use dry-erase markers, not the permanent… Continue
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