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Ben Thomas: Accession

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Kaleidoscopic series of photos turns urban centers on their heads

Melbourne-based photographer Ben Thomas has a knack for capturing urban centers from interesting new perspectives. An early adopter of tilt-shift photography, Thomas nicely explored perceptions of scale with his popular “Cityshrinker” project. Now, he's back with another perspective-warping series called "Accession," in which cities are inverted to give them a mirrored ceiling. From......read more

Urban Landscape Paintings by Patricia Chidlaw

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Eerily empty landscapes impart a sense of modern decay

Patricia Chidlaw's vision of Southern California doesn't reflect any of the things we typically associate with the area. There is no Hollywood glam, no surfer cool. Instead her landscape paintings depict a decaying, enigmatic California, eerily empty of humans yet filled with their imprint. Like mystery film stills, there is a sense of narrative to the paintings, but it's up to the viewer to......read more

Photographer Navid Baraty Shoots the City

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Dizzying perspectives of urban environments in NYC and Tokyo

Born and raised in rural Ohio, NYC-based photographer Navid Baraty worked as an engineer before bailing to pursue his artistic passion full time. His interest in portraying the human condition and in shifting perceptions of the earth is on full display in his wide-ranging portfolio, from which we pulled a few samples that document life in the city. From overhead shots of intersections......read more

Tank House: NYC Water Tower Transformed into Urban Retreat

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Apartment with water tank getaway could be yours for a mere $3.6 million

New York's quirky, iconic water towers are being used for more than just great art projects these days. On the roof of a penthouse apartment in Greenwich Village, architecture firm Messana O'Rorke has transformed a terra cotta water tower into a Zen-like urban retreat.  Called "Tank House," the space was conceived as the quintessential getaway zone -- a room for reading, relaxing......read more

Matthew Picton: Paper Cities

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Aerial urban grids recreated in recycled paper

From cartographic collages to multimedia map works, we love us some map-related art around here. Oregon-based British artist Matthew Picton adds some more enthralling creations to our collection with these stunning paper sculptures of cities made of books and other textual materials. The works play on the idea of the city as living organism. Explains Picton in his artist's......read more

Bloomberg Issues $9 Million Mayors' Challenge

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NYC mayor ponies up cash to spur urban innovation

With the proportion of people living in urban centers at an all-time high--and national governments seemingly incapable of promoting the shift toward sustainability--cities are in the best position to implement solutions to big problems. NYC's billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg agrees, and he's putting his money where his mouth is. This week Mayor Bloomberg announced a new competition to......read more

NYC's High Line

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Urban design at its best. A public space, elevated. $40.00

Celebrate the High Line's opening year with a gift of membership to Friends of the High Line. Members receive a 10% discount at many stores in the High Line neighborhood, the High Line annual newsletter, and special announcements of upcoming events and programs....read more

Bookyard: Massimo Bartolini's Urban Garden Library

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Outdoor book installation in Belgium offers reading material in open air

If one gauges the success of a public art project by its ability to make people think, then this one from Italian artist Massimo Bartolini is definitely a win. Erected in Ghent, Belgium as part of TRACK art festival, "Bookyard" consists of a a set of twelve green bookcases installed on the grounds of a vineyard, mirroring the grapevine rows. All books are for sale and visitors can bring home a......read more

Club Donny

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Photo journal celebrates nature in the urban environment

Club Donny is one of our favorite indie mags. Launched in 2008, the unedited biannual journal is asks participants to share images of their personal experiences of nature in the urban environment. The mag shows off photographs of people and the community at large are getting back to nature within their urban environments, not to mention things like gardening tips, links to apple pickings,......read more

U.S. Criticized at Durban Climate Conference

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Major environmental groups say America may be "major obstacle to progress"

My, what a difference three years makes. In November 2008, then president-elect Barack Obama spoke to a conference of U.S. governors, saying in no uncertain terms that the U.S. was ready to join the world in the fight against global warming. Now, three days into COP17 in Durban, the U.S. is being lambasted by negotiators and eco-advocates for stonewalling progress on climate change.  In a......read more

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