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Rotterdam: designing a flood-proof city to withstand climate change

The Dutch delta-city is preparing for the battle with climate change through innovative sponging and water storage design<p>Water plazas, green walls, floating neighbourhoods. Rotterdam, the famous Dutch university city, is building a captivating new infrastructure, but not out of vanity. If it …

Urban Planning

Life Project: 40 Weeks and a Mirror

I'm always seeking to share awesome projects here and this is one those. Argentinian photographer Sophie Starzenski recorders her pregnancy by taking …

Photography

Thousands of Hammered Nails Form Detailed Portraits

Instead of using a pen and ink, artist David Foster hammers thousands of nails onto a canvas to create these incredibly detailed portraits. Originally an architect, Foster's love for technical drawing translates perfectly into these meticulously produced arrangements. Each piece is based off of a …

Drawing

Articles about contest spotlights four innovative sustainable building materials 0 on Dwell.com - Dwell

The first annual Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge heralds four innovative, sustainable building materials.<p>An inquisitive exhibit recently extended through January 2009 at the Danish Architecture Center asks “What if architecture could...<p>With a history dating back as far as the Roman …

Architecture

Lively Streaks of Light Reveal the Inside of the Matrix

Some artists paint with a brush on canvas, but artist Janne Parviainen is a little bit different. To create his magical portraits, the Helsinki-based artist chooses to paint with light without using any digital post-processing. He sets up very long camera exposures and develops his drawings by …

Art

Ice Climbers on Norway's Colorfully Lit Up Frozen Waterfalls

Talk about a surreal sight! In January 2013, extreme sports photographer Thomas Senf went to Norway with a team of fearless ice climbers to capture the professional athletes against huge walls of ice. What made this project so unique, however, was that the icefalls (or frozen waterfalls) were lit …

Climbing

Retired Man Creates Hundreds of Hand-Built Flying Ships

Look upward in Italian architect Luigi Prina's studio and you will quickly be whisked away into a magical world of flying ships. The collection of hand-constructed mechanisms are suspended from the ceiling in a lively display overhead but they don't need to be attached with string to actually fly. …

Shipping

Check Out Philippe Starck’s Glammy New Smart Thermostat

The acclaimed French designer puts a glam twist on new smart device, launching this month.<p>Last fall, a Paris-based startup called Netatmo launched its first product. The personal weather station–two miniature silver towers that sync with an app–uses air quality sensors to create a micro-climate …

Home Automation

Australia's Infinite Stairway to Heaven

<i>Diminish and Ascend</i> is a sculptural installation by artist David McCracken that, from certain angles, looks like a never-ending staircase. Part of the annual event known as Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, Australia, the staircase is one of the most eye-catching pieces at the outdoor exhibition this …

Art

New Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room at David Zwirner in New York

In what's being called the next <i>Rain Room</i> for New York, eccentric Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is showing off her newest installations at David Zwirner gallery. Called <i>Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away</i> and <i>Love Is Calling</i>, expect these to be the must-visit …

Art