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Something magical happens when you carefully mix technology and art. Cirque du Soleil has a ‘lab’ where they create new theatre and art projects, and one of those latest projects is called Sparked. Using ten quadcopter drones and choreographing them to an actor’s movement, they’ve created theater out of these funny flying bots. No CG at all, these are actual flying robots. By far the most elegant use of drones to date, the clever use of lampshades hides the bare technology in a veil of pedestrian familiarity. Via LaughingSquid and Cirque Du Soleil.

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The Y40, also known as the Deep Joy, in Italy, makes all other pool’s deep ends seem like a joke. At a whopping 137 feet deep, it has a phenomenally deep ‘silo’ for divers and underwater photo shoots. It also boasts a glass viewing tunnel and plenty of room for the casual swimmer as well.

Via LaughingSquid.
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Y-40 World's Deepest Swimming Pool

Y-40 World's Deepest Swimming Pool

Y-40 World's Deepest Swimming Pool

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As someone who has attended Burning Man for years, you don’t need to tell me how profoundly amazing it is. Describing it to skeptical friends and colleagues has become a rite of passage for new attendees. But often a picture tells a thousand words, and this enormous gigapixel by Michael Holden tells a whole book. Scroll around, and see a full 360°view of the playa at sunrise. Check it out here.
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As a cyclist and someone in the market for a helmet, I find this exceedingly cool. But I’m okay with looking a bit like a space-age soldier. And that’s somewhat the aesthetic of Philippe Starck’s new collaboration project with Giro. Called the S+arckbike helmet, it features an aluminum and cork design, a very unconventional shape, and a visor, which could be great, if you’ve ever gotten a bug in the mouth while riding. Designed to be recycled at the end of its life, the helmet also strays from the hundreds of ugly plastic brain-protectors, which is A-okay with me. Prices not announced yet. Via FastCo Design:
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FR-EE & foster + partners to design a new airport for mexico city

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Sir Norman Foster is certainly one of the rockstars of the architecture world, and the new design for Mexico City’s International Airport does nothing to stop that reputation. Designed as one of the largest airports in the world, as well as the greenest, it’s beautiful flowing form is set to be completed by 2018. Via DesignBoom:

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An enormous circular garden greets people as they arrive. In fact, the circle form is unique in airport design, and will dramatically simplify the often hodgepodge approach of existing airports.

‘Its design provides the most flexible enclosure possible to accommodate internal change and an increase in capacity. Mexico has really seized the initiative in investing in its national airport, understanding its social and economic importance and planning for the future. There will be nothing else like it in the world.’ – Lord Norman Foster.

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Designed to be extremely easy to navigate, the airport doesn’t have shuttles or other complicated transportation within it.

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Built by Mexican engineers and contractors, the airport will indeed be one of the biggest in the world, made of lightweight steel and glass.

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Norman Foster and Fernando Romero.

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Russian artist Oleg Soroko uses 3D modeling and special algorithms to create these intricate and mesmerizing topographically-inspired designs. In a series called After Form, Soroko explores isosurfaces and other highly complex shapes and forms. They almost resemble landscapes made out of liquid mercury. Via Bechance:

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The concept of a pop-up shop is a store that is temporary and small. They come in a myriad of styles, and designers have a lot of fun creating innovative, quirky spaces, if even for temporary use. This pop-up shop for Nike is a wonderland of throwback mid-80’s color and fun. The use of geometry and pop-art are excellent, and it beckons the casual shopper in… Set for launch this winter in NYC. Via FastCo Design:
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What happens when you pit five great bicycling cities against each other, aiming to find the coolest new design for an urban bike? The Oregon Manifest, an inspiring event that has spawned some truly awesome rides. This year is no exception, with five unique and innovative designs coming out of Chicago, New York, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. Each city’s team had to design and craft a working bike that took on challenges that cyclists face, while creating a beautiful ride that might make it to mass production. The winning bike design is decided by you, the voter, and will be put into production starting in 2015, thanks in partnership with Fuji bikes. Each city’s entry has a short video showcasing the design and features, check them all out and vote on your favorite!

Chicago – The Blackline

New York – The Merge

Seattle – The Denny

Portland – Solid

San Francisco – Evo

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