Aldwych Baths (Aldwych Station) by Charlotte Tamplin, Charlotte Marshall, Kate Stevens for Forgotten Spaces
When you pass an abandoned building, a discontinued subway station, or an empty lot, does your mind ever wander and imagine the possibilities with that space? Well, that is exactly what the 2013 Forgotten Spaces Competition in London aimed to do: find creative solutions to “forgotten spaces” around the city. A collaboration between the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Mayor of London, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), and the Landscape Institute, the competition invites designers to find innovative solutions to regenerate the spaces. The competition asks its competitors these following questions: How would you bring the area under a flyover to life? How could a disused car park be made beautiful? What potential lies in neglected parks, spaces under railways or on our rooftops?
Hammersmith is just down the road from Fulham and Shepherds Bush, in the West of London. There are a lot of pubs there, a lot. But they aren’t your run of the mill, standard pubs. Each one is eye catching, full of character, ready to lure you in for a cool drink and maybe a bit of food too. Here, we’re providing a pub crawl of sorts via the architecture and fun colors of the bars in this neighborhood.
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Canned Air from New York City – on sale on Etsy for $10 (by photographer Kirill Rudenko)
With all the talk of the guy selling rocks from Brooklyn, we were reminded of this Etsy listing by Prague-based photographer Kirill Rudenko selling Canned Air from various cities. These $10 cans of air have various positive effects, as the listing describes, each can “relieves stress, cures homesickness and helps fighting nostalgia.”
New York City subway maps are inherently difficult to create. Map designers have often had to trade off between geographic accuracy, simplicity, cohesiveness, and aesthetics. With these maps of the NYC subway and London Tube, mapmaker Max Roberts has decided to focus instead on conveying the system’s cohesiveness.
New York, as seen through the eyes of a 1980′s teenager.
8-Bit City maps look like 80′s video game maps: blocky, pixelated, and uniformly colored. But that’s totally the point, says creator Brett Camper. He explains on his Kickstarter page that he got the idea from his childhood love of adventure video games. The Brooklynite has now transferred this passion to his interest in cities. He hopes that these maps will “evoke the same urge for exploration and abstract sense of scale that many of us remember experiencing on the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Commodore 64, or any other number of 8-bit microcomputers.”