In a future world without oil, we’d end up with thousands of unusable
massive oil tankers, some as long as 40-story buildings. Instead of
sending them to scrapyards, a team of architects wants to turn them into
floating neighborhoods. …
After carving out the internal structure of a megatanker, the
designers propose turning it into an airy public space for events, a
museum, shops, and even housing, with a park-like area on the top deck.
At over 1,300 feet long, some tankers could easily accommodate an entire
The streets of downtown Toronto are vibrant and busy at all times of the day. During the day business women rapidly click their heels and talk a mile a minute into their cellphones. Students hustle off to school, their backpacks swaying from side to side and men with ties and briefcases flood the subway. It’s hard to notice anything besides the flashes of color that blur together in your peripherals. At night the streets are calmer – people walk more slowly and everything is in focus. The sides of the road are piled with garbage bags, full of coffee cups and plastic water bottles, waiting to be picked up and taken to the landfill. In between the bags lay the city’s homeless – wrapped up in sleeping bags, boxes and whatever else they have scrounged for warmth.
Arturo “Bordalo II”
uses materials like old tires, scrap metal, steering wheels, oil paint,
and bumpers to form impressive, larger-than-life 3D murals on walls and
back alleys throughout [Lisbon].
The stars of these murals are almost
always animals, and the art itself is a mix of Banksy and a more
colorful Tim Burton. In Bordalo’s Lisbon, scissor-like beaks protrude
from the sides of buildings and a wall becomes a crouching raccoon.
Bordalo’s output has been prodigious over the last few months, and Beautiful/Decay was recently able to document them all in one place. Many more can also be seen on Facebook.
Digging through electronic refuse and found metal in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi, Cyrus Kabiru refashions
found materials into different wearable forms. Often these take the
form of flamboyantly composed glasses, large eyewear that can often mask
the entire face.
When large-scale, whole-region-engulfing tragedy hits, humanity is lucky to have an architect like Shigeru Ban. In the past, his disaster relief designs and
inventive use of eco-friendly materials, like water-proof and
fire-proof paper tubes, have helped countries like his native Japan
bounce back from catastrophe.
For his newest project [in Nepal], the former winner
of the prestigious Pritzker Prize has funneled his formidable talent
into the creation of an ambitious plan: a way to turn salvaged brick
from earthquakes into temporary relief shelters. …
It’s expected that the first transitional house will be constructed by the end of August.