I need some space…

March 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

If you consider your apartment in New York tiny, or in Tokyo a closet, be ready to reconsider and to be shocked. Imagine living in a space as big as your king-size bed, or less. Meet the cubicle apartments of Hong Kong.


Apparently a single square foot of real estate in Hong Kong costs on average $1,300. As a result, whole families are constrained in 40 square feet apartments. That’s less than 4 square meters in metric!


Kitchen appliances are cramped under bunk beds and all of their belongings are stacked one on top of the other. Tenants don’t have enough space to take two steps, and any talk of ventilation or hygiene is science fiction.


These photos are part of a campaign by the  Society for Community Organization (SoCO), a Chinese human rights group as an effort to raise awareness about the inhuman living conditions city dwellers are facing.

via Inhabitat

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Guernica comes to life

November 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Pablo Picasso’s Guernica keeps alive the memory of the bombing of this small town in the Basque region of northern Spain on April 27, 1937 and visual effects artist Lena Gieseke brings to life Picasso’s painting in a 3D tour of his work.
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1984, A brave new world

June 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

How did the future that George Orwell and Aldous Huxley visualised turn out to be? The following infographic, created by Column Five for Akorn Entertainment, compares the concepts of 1984 and Brave New World to the current state of the Internet, as it has been evolved through the Internet censorship techniques of the East and the continuous stream of trivial information of the West.

via Visual News

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Beauty is in the street

May 24, 2011 § 2 Comments

More than 40 years have passed since the French students occupied the streets of Paris, triggering one of the most important social revolts of recent history. I do not know what remains still alive from this era, except these beautifully designed posters, landmarks of political art and graphic design.

A group of art students, who called themselves the Atelier Populaire, produced hundreds of posters to encourage the protestors and to report on police brutality.

Beauty is in the Street is a visual record from May ’68 Paris uprising edited by Johan Kugelberf with Philippe Vermes (Four Corner Books).

via the Guardian

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The world, what a bloody place!

May 13, 2011 § 2 Comments

We already know that the world is not a peaceful place and that the reality of war counts million casualties. 100 years of world cuisine, a project by Clara Kayser-Bril, Nicolas Kayser-Bril and Marion Kotlarski, depicts, in an innovative, but shocking way, the last bloody 100 years of wars and conflicts.

Replacing blood with red liquid and using measured amounts, 100 years of world cuisine visualises 38.000,000 deaths caused in 25 conflicts from 1915 to present.See the graph after the jump

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People are open books: the Human Library project

May 12, 2011 § 2 Comments

Do you have a library card? If so, go to the nearest library and check out a person. Not a book. A human being. A person to keep for half an hour or so, and talk to. A person, a history, a culture to discover. People “on loan” are from varied sexual, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The purpose? Breaking down prejudices with personal story-telling. This is the idea behind Human Library.

Toronto Human Library

The idea originated in Copenhagen ten years ago but has now gone global. You can check whether there is a human library near you in this list.

photo credit: yonge street media 

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Ideas for a new city

May 4, 2011 § 2 Comments

Ideas for a more citizen-friendly city. It could be New York or any other city in the world.50 ideas of the new city

50 ideas for the New City is a project of the Architectural League of New York to imagine the future city and explore the ideas that will shape it.

Posters designed by the Civic Center. 

via Urban Omnibus

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