Posts Tagged ‘ Urban ’

2015 Ducati Diavel


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The Diavel’s new 1,198cc Testastretta V-Twin engine generates 162 hp at 9250 rpm and 96.2 foot-pounds of torque (at 8000 rpm). The exhaust system has also been tweaked for 2015. Among the style changes are a headlight that now features a central high-beam surrounded by a set of LEDs, new bar risers, new radiator covers, new fuel gauge and side-stand TFT instrumentation icons, and a redesigned seat. Three electronic riding modes are also intact here: Sport, Touring, and Urban.

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Vertical Glass House In Shanghai


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The Vertical Glass House in Shanghai by Chinese firm Atelier FCJZ, the entire house has glass floors instead of windows, so one can peer directly into the downstairs bathroom from the upstairs dining room. Concrete walls are paired with wooden formwork, and each glass floor fits into a pair of narrow horizontal openings in the walls. Extra lighting along these slots generate stripes of light on the building’s façade at night. Designed by Yung Ho Chang as an urban housing prototype for a competition in 1991, the concept was taken to reality as part of the West Bund Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary Art. The Vertical Glass House now serves as a guesthouse for visiting artists and architects.

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Little People Project


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Slinkachu is as a London-based artist who creates very small street-based installations and then photographs them. He modifies tiny human figurines from model train sets and places them in real urban situations, capturing them sight-seeing, camping, grocery shopping, fighting and dying. Slinkachu creates tiny scenarios that, seen from afar, are almost unrecognizable, but when viewed up-close unveil an almost-hidden alternate reality.

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Space-Saving Suspended Bed in a Modern London Apartment


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Good urban architectural design takes space and aesthetic into account, allowing them to work in unison, much like this efficient London apartment in Camden. While some compact residences use a modular design to create the visual effect of more space, this particular English home opts to design vertically by featuring a suspended bed overhead. This innovative apartment allows inhabitants to have more walking room on the ground floor without disrupting the tastefully modern design. The bed hangs above the living area like an elegant, simple balcony with a equally complementing staircase leading up to it. The bed is also situated below a retractable glass skylight that leads to a 500-square-foot rooftop garden. It proves that smaller living spaces don’t mean cramped, unattractive environments.

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Toyota i-Road Electric Personal Mobility Vehicle


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At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show Toyota has introduced the i-ROAD – an electric personal mobility vehicle. Offering greater flexibility in an urban environment, the i-ROAD provides seating in tandem for two users in a pod-like enclosed environment. Its all-electric power-train features a lithium-ion battery – which provides power to a pair of 2 kW electric motors mounted within the front wheels. The EV provides unique, “active lean” technology for a safe, intuitive and enjoyable, helmet-free driving experience for over a range of up to 50 km on a single charge. The system features a lean actuator motor and gearing mounted above the front suspension member, linked via a yoke to the right and left front wheels. An ECU calculates the required lean based on steering angle, gyro-sensor and vehicle speed information. The “active lean” automatically moves the wheels up and down in opposite directions, applying lean angle to counteract the centrifugal force of cornering. Measuring 2,350 mm long and 850 mm wide, the compact three-wheeled PMV’s dimension also makes it possible to park four units in a single car parking bay and allows it to manoeuvre freely through congested traffic.

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Smart ForTwo Electric Drive by Jeremy Scott


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Take a look at the result of collaboration of German vehicle division SMART and fashion designer Jeremy Scott – a limited edition electrified “ForTwo”. This electric vehicle is equipped with wings that illuminate like igniting rockets to form avant-garde rear taillights, the feature becomes the central design element of the car body, accentuating its futuristic approach to transportation. Based on the current production version of the “Smart ForTwo Electric Drive”, it has the capabilities of accelerating from 0-60 km/h (37 mph) in 4.8 seconds, achieving a top speed of 125km/h (78 mph). Its 17.6 kWh lithium-ion battery enables the urban two-seater to travel approximately 145 kilometres in city traffic without producing any local emissions. Painted in bright white, chrome accents in the front headlights and grille, mirror caps, and tridion cell contrast to appear like a ‘glistening jewel’. The interior is outfitted in fine white nappa leather for the instrument panel, seats and door trim while the centre panels in the doors boast extravagant diamond stitching as a further sign of elegance and freedom.

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Chris Heads


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Chris Heads is a photographer born in london & who lives between Milan and New York. His photographs, particularly fashion, female or male portraits, have a youthful and colorful style. Girls are sexy and the universe is often urban, lively, quirky. There is a rather beautiful work with the light. Chris Heads has been published in many magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Elle, Glamour, GQ, Esquire and more. He also worked for many brands like Levi’s, Miss Selfrige, Galeries Lafayette. Here is a selection of his work.

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A Bridge in Paris


The competition brief, A Bridge in Paris, allows us to locate an architectural reflection within this same realm of contemporary urban enjoyment. It appears to us that Paris has enough bridges. Our intention is to invite its visitors and inhabitants to engage on a newer and more playful path across this same water. We propose an inflatable bridge equipped with giant trampolines, dedicated to the joyful release from gravity as one bounces above the river. Installed near the Bir-Hakeim Bridge, it is formed of inflatable modules, like giant life-preservers, 30 meters in diameter. In the central part of each ring, a trampoline mesh is stretched. The floating buoys, fabricated in PVC membrane, are attached together by cord to form a stable and self-supporting ensemble. Each module under tension – filled with 3700 cubic meters of air – develops in space with an arch-like form.

Sorel And Concepts Combine For Line of Exclusive Boots


Boston-based concept label Concepts (CNCPTS), part of the The Tannery of Boston and Cambridge, has worked with traditional outdoors label Sorel to create a new line of two exclusive winter boots, the Kitchener Caribou and the Sentry Leather & Tweed. Since 1962, SOREL has been producing high-quality technical footwear designed to stand up to the worst of conditions. The Sentry boot is apparently inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s outdoor experiences at Walden Pond, later summed up in his famous transcendetalist tome Walden. The Kitchener Caribou mixes a more urban feel with a camo print, and is designed to be as easy to wear as a sneaker, while also being fit for the wilderness.

Lets Jump Off A Hotel Elevator.


We all know stupid people who come up with stupid idea’s for fun.  (Like: lets take 18 cases of Hennessy we have left, put the liquor into Super-Soakers and try and shoot each other in the mouth…. RYAN J.)  But every so often, what may appear like a stupid idea turns into an incredible, and unforgettable stunt.  3 men in Bali decided to climb one of the city’s hotel elevators on the exterior of the building… and jump off.  Check out what happened below.

Urban Cartography – The Metro


One of the most impressive graphical collections I’ve thrown up was from the artist Alex Varanese featuring old school objects advertised as if they were brand new.  The collection, dubbed “They Are Not Time Travelers” is very highly received by readers all over the place, and I’m pretty sure this new collection will as well.  “The Metro” consists of several pieces all demonstrating Varanese’s take on urban cartography, and displaying his skills with digital artwork.

The Future Of Urban Agriculture.


One of the biggest challenges in architecture is to create homes that provide more than just shelter. We’re on a slow march of strip mining our resources so the question is, can a home benefit the community and in turn, the environment? Agricultural Urbanism is a proposed residential project that combines thousand year old terrance farming with modern construction.  Each level has its own terrace where a number of crops can be grown privately and communally. Harvests can be shared and sold to supplement incomes. The irregular shape was designed to follow the way the sun moves across the sky to give plants the most amount of sunlight. The substrate not only provides ample grounds for farming, but a natural insulating layer keeping the entire building cool in the summers and warm in the winters. The benefits of vertical farming are two fold. Pests don’t like this kind of structure and runoff is minimized since the entire system is self regulated.  Its a proposed idea that I personally think more people should start looking into.