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Motionographer gathers beautiful and impactful examples of motion design, and this video by Chromosphere is pretty stunning. Amazing forms, colors, points of view. Great work. Thanks to JM for the hat-tip. 

FORMS IN NATURE: Understanding Our Universe from Chromosphere on Vimeo.

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One mile high. That’s the mark that has been promised, threatened, teased, for years. Someday, architects and engineers will successfully create a mile high tower, and it will present one hell of a view. The latest concept for a mile high observatory, Sky Park, comes from a collaboration between Carlo Ratti, Schlaich Bergermann Und Partner, and Atmos Studio. The enormous tower would be topped by a huge observation deck, with a style somewhat reminiscent of Cloud City in Star Wars. To get a sense of the tower’s size, the architect describes it this way:

‘Imagine you take New York’s Central Park, turn it vertical, roll it and twirl it,’


Via DesignBoom, this concept will be officially announced in March, with no plans for construction….yet.

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Using sophisticated facial mapping and projection, Intel + Studio WOW shows a beautifully artistic and futuristic look at new technology put to creative use.

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NASA has an eye for the artistic, and these beautifully concepted and illustrated posters are a great example of creativity + space travel.

Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality. As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future. Via JPL:

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In a bold and timely move, the Vatican teamed up with the filmmakers of Racing Extinction to create a fabulous visual projection on the Vatican complex itself. Using incredibly powerful projectors, they turned the world famous St. Peter’s Basilica into a canvas for endangered animals and other creatures being forced to the brink of extinction due to climate change and habitat loss. As the Paris Climate Talks wrap up, we hope for a strong ecological commitment to this planet, our only home, and the amazing species that live here. Images via WildAid and MyModernMet:
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Similar to Picasso’s famous light paintings, Air Pencil is a phone app that lets you make extraordinary 3D paintings with light. Via FastCoDesign:

Triple exposure of artist Pablo Picasso drawing w. light at his home in Vallauris. (Photo by Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Triple exposure of artist Pablo Picasso drawing w. light at his home in Vallauris. (Photo by Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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Architect Stefano Boeri was just chosen to move ahead with his radical high rise in the Swiss town of Lausanne. The 350 foot tall residential building will feature more than 100 trees, and turns the notion of a high rise on its head, bringing the forest to the sky. With views of Lake Geneva, this is sure to be a view to remember. Via DesignBoom:
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A 75 million year-old fossil was recently discovered that has an amazing level of preservation, down to tail feather plumage, which gives scientists their best look yet at what the physical patterning on some dinosaurs would have looked like. 1501314765148874893-1


An undergraduate student from the University of Alberta has uncovered the fossilized remains of an Ornithomimus dinosaur with preserved tail feathers and soft tissue. The remarkable specimen is offering important insights into the plumage patterns of these ancient creatures, while tightening the linkages between dinosaurs and birds.


The dinosaur is called Ornithomimida, a six-foot bipedal creature that would have been almost entirely covered in feathers. Pretty amazing find.


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First released in 1899, “France in the Year 2000” was a series of postcards that envisioned a future one hundred years ahead.  The designs and concepts are both naive and adorable, with some accurate predictions, and some very strange ideas, indeed. Artist Jean-Marc Côte was responsible for these fascinating designs. Here are a sampling.  Via My Modern Met:

Whale Bus


Rolling House

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Auto Rollers

Intensive Breeding

Correspondence Cinema

Air Firefighters


Electric Scrubbing


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NASA recently uploaded over 8,000 images of the Apollo Missions to Flickr, and it’s amazing to see the depth of those film archives, from the poignant, to brilliant, to mundane. These photos taken with a Hasselblad camera capture hundreds of small moments, from simple rocks at the base of the moon landers, to wide open expanses of moon valleys and craters. For any space geek, it’s a treasure trove of imagery. Make sure to click to images to see them large.

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