Category Archives: Aesthetics

Four case studies in transit visual identity

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Rapid transit has become a nearly-ubiquitous part of urban life since it was introduced in Victorian London. How do transit systems around the world use design to brand themselves and promote wayfinding, and how much do their visual identities recall the original London Underground? Continue reading

Caesarstone Swing

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London-based Canadian designer, Philippe Malouin, is the latest to re-imagine Caesarstone’s diverse surfacing. At the latest Interior Design Show in Toronto, the brand debuted Swings, a playful gesture which takes the composite stone out of its context and re-appropriates it in a surreal installation.

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Vincent Laforet captures New York from above

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Something he has “dreamed of capturing for decades,” Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet has released a stunning set of images that captures his hometown of New York in a way that has never before been seen. Taken from a nauseating 7500-feet above the city, Laforet’s “Gotham 7.5K” series reveals the unrelenting, pulsating energy that radiates from the Big Apple’s city grid. Continue reading

100 colors in Toyko

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As Emmanuelle Moureaux’s first outdoor installation, the Toyko-designed based studio has transformed the space in Shinjuku Central Park in Tokyo using full spectrum of floating colors. Having high rise buildings in the background, the 100 colored strands dance in the breeze, as if they are breathing in and out, creating a dynamic motion. This is the 2nd exhibition of the ‘100 colors’ series, which she plans to exhibit in different cities around the world. Continue reading

StreetDome by Cebra Architecture

StreetDome is an open playground and social meeting place for different ages, skill levels and cultures. It’s overall ambition is to set new standards for urban arenas for unorganised sports. It is a vast and unique urban landscape for activity and recreation including a 4.500 square metre skate park, facilities street basket, parkour, boulder climbing, canoe polo etc. Continue reading

What’s up Hong Kong

Whether you call them daredevils, skywalkers, or urban explorers, the Russian cadre On The Roofs risk their lives, limbs, and law to give us an escape from our rolling chair-bound woes. The skyscraper scaling group spearheaded by Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov bring their exploits to Hong Kong for a new stunt: hacking a massive billboard to give the city a larger-than-life, “What’s up?”

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