Temporary Sand Paintings

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New York artist Joe Mangrum creates spontaneous, large, colorful sand paintings featuring intricate geometries on city streets and public plazas. Part of the intrigue of his more than 650 works created since 2009 is that they are temporary and are soon swept away. He has recently gained notoriety due to tension with authorities, but the beauty and accessibility of the works has caught the attention of several museums, where he has created incredible installations.

Source: Web Urbanist

Art Everywhere!

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The largest art show in the country will feature reproductions of fifty famous works of art from America’s top museums. The best part about it is it’s free, and the art comes to you! Art Everywhere will be renting space on thousands of billboards, bus shelters, subway posters and more to present these pieces directly to the public.  The exhibit will take place in August 2014.

Source: Art Everywhere

American Castles in Ruin

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Though not as old as their European counterparts America has a collection of impressive castles of varying scales.  From New York to Kansas many of theses structures, built in the 19th and 20th centuries, still elicit a grand sense of place and invite the adventurous to explore the history behind these creations.  Check out seven crumbling marvels throughout the United States here.

Source:  Web Urbanist

Giant Floating Ark

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Russian architecture firm Remistudio has conceptualized a structure to assuage all your fears related to global climate change. Thinking ahead to the challenges posed by rising seas, the firm created the Ark concept in conjunction with the International Union of Architects’ program “Architecture for Disaster Relief.” This arch-shaped hotel is a floating, self-contained, biological bubble designed to withstand even the most adverse scenarios.  Its system of load-bearing arches allows for durability in earthquake-prone areas, and it is prefabricated, allowing for quick construction.

Source: Inhabitat

New Crystal Palace

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The Crystal Palace, designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, was a world wonder when it was opened in Hyde Park as a temporary exhibition hall housing the Great Exhibition of 1851. At nearly a million square feet, the structure’s glass walls and ceiling were a sight to see in the 19th century just after the advent of the invention of plate glass. Currently there a competition underway to design a landmark building inspired by the original Crystal Palace. Six all-star British architects have been short-listed in the design competition. Check out the competition here.

Source: Archdaily

3D Drawing Pad

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Digital free hand sketching is a technology currently developing in the design realm. Recently students from the Royal College of Art in London created a virtual reality drawing tool that allows one to create 3D sketches in real time.  With just a tablet, stylus, and virtual reality headset, like Oculus Rift, users can draw and change planes of viewing. Its designers believe it could have widespread use in fields from animation to medicine. Check out a video of it here.

Source: Dezeen