List/Grid Monthly Archives: November 2011

Paint Cairo – An initiative to Beautify The Slums

In an Intiative that carries a message of hope for a brighter tomorrow, Egyptian urban development firm Takween piloted the “Paint Cairo” campaign in Ezbet Khairallah, one of the largest unplanned communities in Egypt, with a population close to 650,000 inhabitants and a sprawling area of about 12 square kilometers (480 acres) on a rocky plateau that lies in the southern part of Cairo. The Concept of the intiative aims at painting the city and offering a makeover to the general outlook of where one lives, where buildings are usually left without without a finish layer of plaster and paint, resulting in jungles of… Read more »

Leco – LEGO-like Recycling Containers

The world’s most famous and creative toy LEGO has inspired a design studio flussocreativo from Italy to create an ecological station facility – Leco recycling bin. It consists of four polymer units in order to the Italian utilization color system – 2 bigger ones – white and yellow (for paper and plastic) and 2 smaller bins in blue and green (for aluminum and glass). Each box pulls to open from the front and can be stuck stably on each other imitating the LEGO puzzle, which gives the user a chance to create different configurations according to the space requirements. This… Read more »

The Avenue Towards Heaven

The Avenue Toward Heaven in Tianmen Mountain, in the Hunan province of China, also known as the Big Gate Road, is one of the world’s scariest roads. Starting from 200 meters below it reaches 1300 meters above sea level. The road goes south of Zhangjiajie City and climbs up the Tianmen Mountain; on the way it makes 99 turns as 9 is considered a lucky number in China. The construction of the breathtaking road started in 1998 and took eight years to complete, nowadays it’s one of the most overwhelming areas in Hunan. For the ones who are not interested… Read more »

Dancing Furniture by Judson Beaumont

When searching for the right furniture we always aim at finding something different and unique, especially if it is for a room of our precious ones. Any kid would love to have a room full of animated characters around him – wardrobes, shelves and tables can’t be the outcast. Judson Beaumont from Vancouver, Canada has been the furniture craftsman for the past 25 years and has developed a very outstanding style; his creations look like they just ran away from a Disney movie – there are pieces inspired by Mickey Mouse and his friends, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in… Read more »

The Hub – A Modern Student Center of Coventry University

Student’s centers are the comfortable spots at universities that combine studying with social life during your years of college. With some outstanding examples of universities that manage to create very stylish and welcoming meeting points, avoiding boring cliché of library-look design. Coventry University in UK is one of them – it’s new student center also known as “The Hub” attracts visitors with its modernism and simplicity,  well-chosen yellow, black and grey colors, practical and cozy nooks, and at the same time happy atmosphere. The center covers a surface area of 91,000 square feet with accommodation capacity of 1000 students at the… Read more »

Cinemagraphs – Capturing the Moment with GIF Images

New York fashion photographer Jamie Beck, in collaboration with the designer and motion graphics artist Kevin Burg,  have created a series called “cinemagraphs” of animated Gif images with an aim to reach somewhere between photographic and video images, still images transformed into moments. Gif (Graphics Interchange Format) was developed in 1987 (CompuServe) to replace the earlier RLE format which was black and white only. Nowadays Gif is widely used on the World Wide Web, both for still images and for animations. Gif uses LZW data compression which is much more efficient than the run-length encoding. Due to it you can download large images even with a slow modem for quite a reasonable time. The optional interlacing… Read more »

Trash Bin Calendar by Yurko Gutsulyak

Graphical design products (like calendars, posters, business cards, etc) have a very short life-time span and must fulfill its full potential by possessing a very grabby and bright idea to completely reach the user it’s disposed. Reaching to the trash bin was the main idea of the project made by Ukrainian designer Yurko Gutsulyak. He created calendar trash bag:, through a product that consists of 4 sets of garbage bags rolls, each with 3 rolls for every months of the year. Each bag has a date printed on it so when you place a fresh garbage bag in your bin everyday,… Read more »

Islamic Cairo – Episode I: Ahmed Ibn Tulun Mosque

This mosque was built for Ahmad ibn Tulun, son of a Turkish slave of the Abbasid caliph al-Ma’mun, From these humble origins he rose to great power, founding the Tulunid Dynasty (868-905 AD) of Egypt. Ibn Tulun founded a new royal city on an outcrop of rock called Jabal Yashkur near the Muqattam range to the northeast of al-Fustat (Southern central part of present day Cairo). The mosque that he had built over a period of three years (870 to 879 AD) out of mud-bricks, in order to accommodate all of his troops, it became the focal point of the Tulunid capital that lasted only 26… Read more »

Copenhagen’s Red Square is Literally “RED”

The Danish Capital, Copenhagen, is getting a new urban place called Red Square, not much like Moscow’s red square, this one is literally painted in red. The square is part of the urban park ‘Superkilen’, a long stretch which also contains a green and a black zone. Each zone facilitates different activities.   Superkilen is located in Nørrebro (north-west), a multicultural part of Copenhagen with 60 different nationalities represented. To reflect the community, the park will be furnished with great diversity; benches are from Kuwait, bins and bike racks from Norway, ping-pong tables from Spain, playgrounds from Japan, lamp-posts and signage… Read more »

Miami Rainbow – Harmonic Convergence by Christopher Janney

American sound architect Christopher Janney made a colorful installation to mark the new entrance to the Miami International Airport in Florida. He called it “Harmonic convergence” and wanted to announce through it the connection between the new car rental terminal and larger airport arrival/departure environment. Janney removed the shading louvers from the west side to open up the view and humanize the appearance of the transition area. He substituted normal glass with a diagonal pattern of colored glass, which is installed as a colored puzzle on the existing “X-bracing” – 45 degree-angle pattern on the crosswalk walls, with colored 24″… Read more »

A Set of Appealing HDR Photography

For those of you who do not know what HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography is, it is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This wide dynamic range allows HDR images to more accurately represent the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight, and is often captured by way of a plurality of differently exposed pictures of the same subject matter. This a Set of HDR photography found on a Malaysian photography website showing off multiple exposures… Read more »

Monasteries in Meteora, Greece – Mystical, Magical & Magnificent

In Meteora, Greece, six magnificent monasteries still exist, precariously perched atop 1,300 feet high sandstone pinnacles. Hermit monks constructed the first monastery before nuns came to build too. Access to each monastery was crazy, a leap of faith, climbing rocks, and ladders lashed together or large nets until the ropes would break. The bizarre but beautiful monasteries of Meteora are centuries old and listed by UNESCO World Heritage. The caves in Meteora, Greece, had inhabitants for fifty millennia, but due to raids, “hermit monks” moved to the safety of sandstone rock pinnacles in the 9th century and began building monasteries…. Read more »

Top 10 Downtowns in USA

A compilation of the 10 best downtowns in the USA was recently released by Livability.com.  Based on certain criteria that analyzes entertainment, planning, architecture, and green spaces. They have come up with a list atypical of the cities typically found at the top of similar lists. These downtowns are well thought out, walkable and easy to navigate. There’s a range of flavors to be found in upscale eateries and casual cafés, while indie theaters, glossy off-Broadway productions, and family-friendly museums offer residents and visitors endless ways to spend their days. Buildings that have stood the test of time or showcase the… Read more »

Facebook’s Arctic Server Farm

Facebook recently announced the location of its new data servers. This time they picked a very cold city, Lulea, Sweden (same latitude as Alaska, USA and Yakutsk, Russia) which counts only 74,000 citizens. The plant is going to be the first one outside of USA and situated 100 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle. The main reasons behind the new location is to improve the service for the growing number of Facebook’s users in Europe and to keep servers naturally cool benefiting from the climate of the arctic region. “After a rigorous review process of sites across Europe, we concluded that… Read more »

Dream Big: Amazing Art Made From 4,242 Rubik’s Cubes

[Via: Bored Factory]

GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 – in pictures

For the 11th time, the GDT (Gesellschaft Deutscher Tierfotografen) brings European photographers to contest on the production of the best stoic muskox, abstract lava images and stunning landscapes, the following were the winning pictures for this year: [Via: The Guardian]

New Photos of Zaha Hadid’s Sheikh Zayed Bridge – Abu Dhabi

A new Set of night-shots of Sheikh Zayed Bridge by Zaha Hadid where revealed online today on Dezeen, by photographer Roland Halbe. The photographs show off the amazing night illumination of the bridge’s striking shape with a structure that symbolizes desert dunes. The bridge, located in Abu Dhabi, UAE, was completed earlier this year, sporting a four lane high way, emergency lane, and a pedestrian walkway in each direction, with a total length of 842 meters and is elevated at 64 meters. The bridge is considered the 3rd one to connect the island of Abu Dhabi with mainland UAE. The central… Read more »

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