Times Squared 3015, A Design Concept for a Self-Contained City in a Mile-High Tower in New York City

Times Squared 3015

Times Squared 3015 is an architectural design concept for a self-contained city housed in a 5,687-foot tower on what is now Times Square in New York City. The vertical city contains a beach, stadium, and redwood forest, as well as more traditional retail and living spaces. Created by Blake Freitas, Grace Chen, and Alexi Kararavokiris, Times Squared 3015 earned an honorable mention in the 2015 Skyscraper Competition hosted by eVolo Magazine.

Times Squared 3015

Times Squared 3015

Times Squared 3015

photos via eVolo Magazine

via The Creators Project

‘Memento Mori’, A New Book by Paul Koudounaris Documenting the World’s Monuments to Human Skeletons

Memento Mori by Paul Koudounaris

Memento Mori is a new book by Paul Koudounaris (previously) that documents sacred sites around the world where human skeletons are displayed. Koudounaris has traveled to over 70 countries researching such sites, and has amassed a collection of beautiful and macabre photos in the process. Among the book’s photographs are images of Indonesian burial caves, German catacomb saints, and Bolivian skull festivals. Koudounaris is holding a book release event and photo exhibition at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, April 3 to April 26, 2015. Memento Mori releases on April 14, 2015. It is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Memento Mori by Paul Koudounaris

Memento Mori by Paul Koudounaris

Memento Mori by Paul Koudounaris

Memento Mori by Paul Koudounaris

photos by Paul Koudounaris

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

Ämari Pilots’ Cemetery, A Spooky Soviet Military Cemetery in Estonia With Aircraft Tail Fins as Grave Markers

Soviet Amari Pilots' Cemetery in Estonia
photo by Modris Putns

In a secluded stretch of Estonian forest, aircraft tail fins sprout out of the ground as if the entire aircraft are buried under the forest floor. The fins are in actuality grave markers in the Ämari Pilots’ Cemetery, a Cold War-era military cemetery that houses the graves of Soviet pilots. The cemetery is near the present day Ämari Air Base, which now hosts NATO aircraft.

Soviet Amari Pilots' Cemetery in Estonia
photo by Modris Putns

Soviet Amari Pilots' Cemetery in Estonia
photo by Davis Klavinš

Soviet Amari Pilots' Cemetery in Estonia
photo by Davis Klavinš

via Urban Ghosts, Atlas Obscura

‘Projection Napping’, Playful Videos of People Napping Projected on Buildings in New York City

In a tongue-in-cheek take on projection mapping, Brooklyn-based digital studio Dawn Of Man has been projecting giant-sized video of slumbering people on buildings around New York City for their ongoing project Projection Napping. According to the studio, the site-specific installations use the very latest in “projection napping technology.”

These massive nappers were projected throughout NYC over the course of several weeks, occurring unannounced, and each lasting only for a few hours. An unsuspecting audience usually emerges at each location, often sparked with intrigue, sometimes enlightenment, and always a whole lot of questions.

MotiNAP

photo via Dawn Of Man

via The World’s Best Ever

‘Supersymmetry’, A Short Film Combining Original, Stock, and Archive Footage to Tell a Personal Story About Time

Supersymmetry” is a short film by Trent Jaklitsch that combines original, stock, and archive footage to tell a personal story about time and how it relates to love and family. The film draws heavily on nostalgic imagery of family, footage and images of space, and the story of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster to evoke emotion in the viewer.

via Vimeo Staff Picks

Swiss Resort to Build a 1,250-Foot-Tall Luxury Hotel Tower in the Alps

7132 Hotel Luxury Tower in Swiss Alps

The 7132 Hotel is a design proposal for a 1,250-foot-tall hotel that soars over the Swiss alpine resort of Therme Vals. Created by Morphosis Architects, the design calls for a slim mirror glass tower that will house 107 rooms, one per floor. The design is a product of a design competition hosted by the resort’s developer, though Dezeen reports that earlier this year the competition’s jurors distanced themselves from the selection of Morphosis, citing concerns about “architectural form, scale, materials and relationship to site.” Given the tower’s location and size, bird strikes might also be a concern. Nevertheless the tower is scheduled for completion in 2019.

7132 Hotel Luxury Tower in Swiss Alps

7132 Hotel Luxury Tower in Swiss Alps

7132 Hotel Luxury Tower in Swiss Alps

photos via Morphosis Architects

via Dezeen

The New York Times Introduces One-Sentence Stories to Be Read on the Apple Watch’s Small Screen

NYT One Sentence Stories

The New York Times has introduced one-sentence stories intended to be read on the Apple Watch (previously), making the most out of the device’s small screen. Users can continue reading the full story on their iPhone or use the Apple Watch to add the story to a reading list for later. The app will also include breaking news alerts from the Times, similar to its existing iPhone app.

The New York Times Watch app will be free to download and available when the Apple Watch is released on April 24, 2015.

image via The New York Times

Feminist Frequency Examines the Scythian, A Positive Female Video Game Character

The latest video by Feminist Frequency and Anita Sarkeesian examines the Scythian, a positive female character from the 2011 video game Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. The episode marks the debut of a new series about positive female characters in video games.

In the debut episode of our series on Positive Female Characters, we celebrate the Scythian, the protagonist of Capybara Games’ 2011 release Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. This episode examines how Sword & Sworcery employs widely recognizable action adventure game tropes to make the Scythian’s quest feel like the stuff of video game legend, and how in doing so, it asserts that women can fill the role of the mythic hero as effectively as men can.