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Beer Friday: Garage Beer Co.

After visiting Barcelona in February I am so disappointed I didn’t get to check out Garage Beer Co. It seems like they are only getting up to steam now and are still operating out of what looks like a really awesome garage. Craft beer and micro-brewing is yet to catch on in Europe the way it has in the US. It is always nice to see someone taking the risk. Their straightforward branding and the associations of the name are really spot on. Hopefully I will make over their again before too long and will get to taste their carpark creations. Happy Beer Friday and cheers!

Bern Hyperlapsed

Switzerland to this day has been one of my favorite travel destinations. This video titled Bern Hyperlapsed captures Switzerland’s capitol Bern using hyper-lapse photography. It was composed of 3500 individual photos shot during 2013 and 2014.

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For urban dwellers space is always a precious commodity. Despite that using self-storage always seems like a serious hassle. Hurray the internet has swooped in to simplify and improve another space. Enter MakeSpace, a new way to do storage with a streamlined pick and drop off system which can be accessed from your computer or smartphone. You can also quickly access your storage inventory on the go and request a delivery of a bin or item. This should hopefully free up some extra square footage for New Yorkers.

(via swissmiss »)

Google Street View – Venice

I have spoken before about how I envision Google Glass as an empowering force to to see or explore places people otherwise may not get a chance to visit. That said we can’t forget about the continued work Google is doing to expand the scope of both actual roads and specific locations accessible through their maps feature Street View. A recent addition is Street View Venice a very rich hands on exploratory look at the famous Venice, Italy. From the canals, to tiny bridges and famous squares Google SV capture this historical city in a way that will most likely never be replicated or out done.

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New Project: Knowlita

Last week I mentioned that campsite had a busy little beehive buzzing with side projects and tons of other fun stuff. The first of which, Dos Ghosts, had launched on Halloween. Now I am excited to announce the launch of Knowlita. Knowlita was born and bred in Downtown New York City and is comprised of clothing and art prints now and hopefully branching out into other fun things in the future.


I love the idea of simple mobile furniture solutions that can be assembled and disassembled for easy moving. Living in New York there seems to be a constant flow of packing and unpacking. Personally the longest I have ever lived in one place was 3 years, but otherwise by the time I have gotten settled and set up in a place its time to look for another. Jeroen van Leur has designed a perfect wardrobe solution for this quandary. The Woodstock Wardrobe is both simple and easy to take apart and bring to the next place. It provides a significant amount of additional hanging storage without being space specific.

(via Minimalissimo »)

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8,336,615 (New York)

Recent transplants or visitors won’t be able to sympathize with this visual monologue or be able to signify with the sentiments it portrays. For those of us who have lived in New York City for more than a few years these are feelings are omnipresent. The hustle and bustle is similar to a group of molecules bombarding but never creating a bond. Written by Paul Riccio and Molly Finley and also directed by Riccio 8,336,615 (New York) paints a picture New Yorkers wake up to and try to nod off in-spite of day in and day out.

(via swissmiss »)

New York City Subway Portrait

As much as I dislike the MTA sometimes, I always love the New York City Subway. There is an energy and a pace to it as well as this link to a history bigger than ourselves and even greater than the city we currently live in. These photos by Carlos Fernandez capture a lot of this feeling to me. A true Gotham portrait of the subway and its riders.

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Tokyo Night Stroll

I have never walked the streets of Tokyo during the day or at night, but I can definitely signify with how hypnotizing and captivating it can be to walk through a city at night listening to music. Tao Tajima said “As I walk home at night listening to music I would imagine shapes moving to the sounds” when explaining where this project came from. This video captures and enhances the mesmerizing effects of walking through the city at night with neon shapes jumping around and interacting with the spaces. Tajim is a designer at Tanagram the Tokyo-based film and visual design studio.

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New NYC Maps

Having lived in New York City for 8 years now combined with the fact that I have had an iPhone in my pocket for the past 6 the concept of maps doesn’t entice me that much. However, Janette Sadik-Khan the Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner brought in a power team to work on the project made up of Pentagram, CityID, Billings Jackson Design, RBA Group, and T-Kartor. Together they created WalkNYC a street map and way-finding system focused on assisting the city’s pedestrians.

(via Co.Design »)

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The Art of Airport Design

As a child photographer Jeffrey Millstein filmed places taking off and landing at LAX with an 8-millimeter videocamera. Millstein was formerly an architecture student at Berkeley, but has followed his passion for aviation and turned it into a career. His series of aircraft underbellies is his better known work, but his newest project capturing the elaborate layout and infrastructure of airports from above is far more interesting. The patterns, intersections, and general complexity of an airport offers a unique and evolving urban design challenge and an amazing subject matter for photography.

(via ArchDaily »)

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Machi House

Designed by Hiroshima-based UID Architects House replaced a traditional Japanese townhouse. Similar to the classic Machiya design, they replicated a courtyard in the center of the home which offers a protected well lit natural space and garden. One of my favorite parts is the before and after images, which you can see after the jump.

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Airport City

These renderings of OMA’s master-plan for the new airport to be developed in Doha, Qatar. Their plan features four circular districts positioned along the HIA runways and creates strong unique visual identities for each of the districts.

Rem Koolhaas commented “We are delighted and honored to participate in the exciting growth of Doha, in a project that is perhaps the first serious effort anywhere in the world to interface between an international airport and the city it serves.”

(via Architecture Lab »)

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Urban Coffee Farm

This has to be one of the coolest coffee shops I have ever seen. Part coffee shop ,part farm, and festival hub this popup at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival was designed by Hassell. The Coffee Farm consists of 120 plants and is constructed of recycled palettes, shipping containers and is interspersed with great info graphics enlightening visitors about coffee growth and production.

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Eastside Access Project

I think just about every New Yorker is aware that for the past several years the MTA has been tunneling beneath the length of second avenue. This collection of images is an amazing, and rare journalistic look at what they are doing below our feet. One of the most captivating parts of these images is the technology that made them possible. All of the shots were taken on a Nikon D4 at between ISO 3200 – 5000. This simply would have been impossible to achieve just a few short years ago. View the entire collection of images over on Flickr.

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McNabb & Co.

These cityscapes crafted by Philadelphia McNabb & Co. are an amazing combination of architecture, sculpture and repetition. Made by the McNabbs, both a duo and a couple, this City Series is a unique interpretation and representation of the building blocks that make up our urban centers. Some of the pieces even recompose the buildings into an unfamiliar shape or composition. James and Stephanie are currently running a humble kickstarter campaign to drum up enough cash to purchase some additional tools and expand this series. So definitely get over there and back their project if you can. Hey, for $10 you get your very own building!

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Freehand Miami

The Freehand is a one of a growing number of boutique hostels popping up here in the US as well as around the world. The idea of needing a suite or even an entire room when you are on the road or traveling is beginning to seem a little dated or unnecessary. Freehand is a beautifully designed and unique place tucked away in one of the more up and coming neighborhoods in Miami. The design for the hotel was carried out by the duo Roman and Williams. They are also sporting a sexy responsive website which is picture here.

FDR Four Freedoms Park

I am continually impressed with New York City and their green space development projects, especially under Mayor Bloomberg’s direction. The newly opened FDR Four Freedoms Park is another great accomplishment right up there with the re-imagined Brooklyn Bridge Park, The High Line and the revitalization of the Hudson River Park. The park was designed by Louis Kahn and is located on a triangular point of land at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island. The park opens to the public October 24th and if you are interested in reading more about the project check out the article over on NY Times.

(via The Scout »)

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Munich Underground

Alas I have never seen the Munich underground in person, but these photos by Nick Frank even capture it in a way almost no one has ever seen it. The interesting architectural environments pop with color and bold lines, which are normally obscured by the blur of people bustling through them.

(via NOTCOT »)

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The LowLine

After the success of The High Line it seems like The City of New York is up to try and make some of the most out there public space and park projects happen. In this case it happens to be the LowLine(giving a nod to its above ground compatriot in Chelsea). An old warehouse in the Lower East Side is currently open to the public as a proof of concept for a new type of underground park and green space. The project has successfully raised over 100K on Kickstarter this year and has the support of many local officials and politicians. My favorite part of this idea and the project in general has to be the technology behind it. To create a naturally sun drenched park underground is of course by no means impossible, but it does take some serious engineering feats. Here they have utilized six tubes or collimators, which are controlled by a computer and GPS system to follow the movement of the sun and channel the greatest amount of light into the underground space during all times of the day. Once the light has made it below the surface and into the space it is reflected by a series of lenses and the anodized aluminum parabolic curve diffuses the light.

(via Co.Design »)

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