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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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I’m sure you’ve heard Carl Sagan’s famous Pale Blue Dot, a beautiful tribute to our little, fragile planet.

As the Voyager 1 spacecraft was leaving our solar system, Sagan requested it take one final image on its way out. The image is here. If you look carefully, you’ll see the tiniest speck of light on the right side. That is Earth. That is us. As he states, everything we’ve ever known or loved.

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Joel Somerfield pays tribute to the Sagan speech in this nicely animated video.
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A bonsai tree in space. Wow. This week a Japanese artist launched a bonsai tree and a bouquet of flowers into space from the site of Burning Man. What?! Using high altitude helium balloons and with the help of JP Aerospace, Azuma Makoto launched these living plants into the stratosphere within a thin metal frame. The why is much less important than the wow.

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To accomplish this mission, titled Exobiotanica, Makoto and his 10-person crew teamed with Sacramento-based JP Aerospace — “America’s Other Space Program” — a volunteer-based organization that constructs and sends vessels into orbit. JP’s owner and founder, John Powell, started launching things into the upper atmosphere in 1977, when he was still a teenager. “The best thing about this project is that space is so foreign to most of us,” says Powell, “so seeing a familiar object like a bouquet of flowers flying above Earth domesticates space, and the idea of traveling into it.”

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The cloud lamp showing dramatic lightning

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with a large built-in speaker, the thunderous effect of the lamp is palpable

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When not in action, it’s a fun puffy hanging sculpture

So there are lamps shaped like cloud, and then there’s Cloud, an interactive piece so beautiful that it shouldn’t even be called a lamp. It’s pretty remarkable. And at over $3,000, it should be. The thunder mode is so fantastic. As a West-coast transplant, thunderstorms are one of the things I miss most about the Midwest/East coast. I’d leave it on thunder mode most days.

Via the artist’s site: The Cloud is an interactive lamp and speaker system, designed to mimic a thundercloud in both appearance and entertainment. Using motion sensors the cloud detects a user’s presence and creates a unique lightning and thunder show dictated by their movement. The system features a powerful speaker system from which the user can stream music via any Bluetooth compatible device. Using color-changing lights the cloud is able to adapt to the desired lighting color and brightness. The cloud also has alternative modes such as a nightlight and music reactive mode.

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‘Cloud’ is an Arduino-controlled, motion-triggered lightning & thunder performance. It is also a music-activated visualizer and suspended speaker unit.

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