What, pray tell, is low poly? Well, think of it as polygon renderings, on a loose and relaxed vacation. Low-poly refers to low-definition, simplistic forms. And artist Gonzalo Ausejo from Qatar has a delicious collection of renderings that DesignBoom refers to as Neon Nectar. Strangely satisfying, no? Via DesignBoom and the artist’s Behance page.
A dance group from Japan called Elevenplay put on a spellbinding performance that combined choreographed dancing along with dozens of programmed aerial drones. The era of dancing and artful robots looks to be upon us. Via Sploid:
Stunning imagery, captured with great care and precision over the course of three years. Over 1 million still images were combined to create a fluid, dynamic view of Singapore, entitled The Lion City II – Majulah.
A city that is fast growing and futuristic through and through, this time-lapse presents a pretty compelling vision. Great original soundtrack, developed specifically for the video. By filmmaker Keith Loutit.
The fact that Swedish scientist Simon Morris has been experimenting with levitating plants sounds amazing enough on it’s own. But now you can own one, and they are called LYFE. Consisting of a magnetically levitating planter on top of a wood base, the system is magical and endearing at the same time.
Your smartphone is very sleek. It may be cutting edge today, but these old-timers were too, in their age. In a very handsome manner, Docubyte has a look back at some of the earliest computers in a series called: Guide to Computing. The set includes the IBM 1401 and Alan Turing’s Pilot ACE, among many others.
Mother Jones has a beautiful look at some of the large-scale alternative energy projects in California, photographed in stunning black and white by Jamey Stillings. With some lingering human ignorance to climate change, it’s great to see smart people building large-scale zero emissions power plants that will serve humanity in the new century.
If you haven’t seen Ex Machina, the sleek, futuristic thriller, put it on your shortlist. Not least of which is for the movie’s locale, deep in the wood’s at a brilliant billionaire’s lair. It just so happens that the sleek building in the movie is a real place, the Juvet Landscape Hotel, in Northwestern Norway. For a mere 1550 NOK (about $180), you can stay in the beautifully serene hotel, looking out onto pristine wilderness, and a river snaking right by the property. Via Vanity Fair:
Santiago Calatrava is no stranger to huge, impressive public pieces of architecture. His recent Oculus in New York City will help shape the look of that city for years to come. His latest undertaking is a tower that will eclipse even the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Also to be built in Dubai, The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour will stand higher than anything before it, in a light and elegant manner. No plans on when construction is set to begin. Via Emaar:
A typical ski chalet in Switzerland sometimes conjures up an old style to mind. Not with Chalet Anzere, an ultramodern design set in the mountains overlooking Dent Blanche Massif. The home is utterly sleek and clean, thanks to the design team at Amsterdam-based SeARCH. Via TheCoolHunter: