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Villa de Reve Rings

Villa de Reve Rings

Mansion too pricy? Phiippe Tournaire’s handmade 18k gold/platinum Villa de Reve rings aren’t cheap, but they put the whole world on your finger; he uses Google Earth to design them.

Time Lapse: HK Typhoon

Time Lapse: HK Typhoon

Hong Kong gets walloped by four successive rain walls between 7 am and 9 pm from June 2009’s Typhoon Nangka in this beautiful time-lapse video; it was shot on a Canon 50D.

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Real-Time Google Earth

Real-Time Google Earth

Sure to whip virtual voyeurs into a frenzy, Georgia Tech is taking Google Earth real-time; they’ve incorporated real-world imagery including traffic, football games and even clouds.

Flood Harnessing Housing

Flood Harnessing Housing

It looks straight out of The Matrix, but Brian Novello’s Flood Harnessing Housing is benign: these modular and deployable communities harness waterway currents for energy.

City of No Horizon Tee

City of No Horizon Tee

Brilliantly using negative space, this Journey to the City of No Horizon t-shirt also took 3rd place in Design By Humans’ 10K contest; we like the way it “flows” into a pair of jeans.

Toronto Lightning Storm

Toronto Lightning Storm

Shot by Sam Javanrouh with a Canon 5D Mark II, this 347 frame video of a Toronto lightning storm shows that it can strike twice–multiple times for the CN Tower in the middle.

Build Trailer: Cities XL

Build Trailer: Cities XL

City builders are more than the sum of their parts, but based on this latest Cities XL Build Your Dreams trailer we’re liking those parts; it arrives 10/8 in Europe, with no US date announced.

PSFK Snapshot Brooklyn

PSFK Snapshot Brooklyn
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PSFK’s Snapshot Brooklyn is a 60-page book that serves as a quirky insider’s guide to NYC’s most populous borough, from canoe tours through factory ruins to underground supper clubs.

City Tiles

City Tiles

Walls and floors are usually the last things we ogle, but Lea Ceramiche’s City Tiles are ideal for urban bachelor pads; they’re ceramic tiles with anthracite, steel and bronze finishes.

Hong Kong Pixel Map

Hong Kong Pixel Map

We liked the navigable map of Shanghai, but we were really waiting for a Hong Kong Pixel Map; the island of Triad mafias, colonial influences and urban vinyl is a feast for the eyes.

Procedural System Structure

Procedural System Structure

If you liked the Procedural City we demoed previously, Procedural System Structure blows it out of the water: in English, it not only generates cities on the fly but their interiors, too.

Tokyo Tilt Shift/Time Lapse

Tokyo Tilt Shift/Time Lapse

The tilt shift thing has be done to death, but this Tokyo video’s blend of time lapse gives the megalopolis a miniaturized feel; anybody else getting the urge to go Godzilla on it?

Go Love Your Own City

Go Love Your Own City
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School’s out and summer is upon us, which means hordes of tourists; for those who prefer to be left alone, Reason Clothing’s Go Love Your Own City is a polite way of saying GTFO.

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Video: Static: Pulse

Video: Static: Pulse

We’ve seen plenty of time-lapse videos, but Static: Pulse is one of our favorites, if only for its subject: shot on Canon 350D and 5Ds, Tokyo comes to life in this video set to “Edge to Life.”

LEGO: Architecture Series

LEGO: Architecture Series

LEGO’s Architecture Series site still says “coming soon”, but they’ve signed up with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation for six buildings including Falling Water and the Guggenheim.

Video: Procedural City

Video: Procedural City

Although software engineer Shamus Young’s Procedural City above looks simple, what makes it special is that it is generated on the fly using algorithms with no textures or models.

Aerial NYC Tour

Aerial NYC Tour

Taken high above Manhattan locations such as Times Square and Central Park, this panoramic Aerial NYC Tour is both breathtaking and relaxing thanks to chill music by Solid Beats.

NYC Subway Mighty Wallet

NYC Subway Mighty Wallet
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Made with nearly indestructible (and recyclable) Tyvek, this slim NYC Subway Map Mighty Wallet is ideal for a night on the town, but can easily expand if you’re loaded with Benjamins.

Horizonless Manhattan

Horizonless Manhattan
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First we saw Manhattan 400 years ago, and now it’s horizonless: this poster of Manhattan reminds us of Halo, but it’s actually a curved 3D projection that allows us to see over obstacles.

Mannahatta Project

Mannahatta Project

Few areas in the world are as over-developed as Manhattan, so the Mannahatta Project’s computer recreation of the island in 400 years go in 1609 is utterly fascinating–yet alien.

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Cleveland Tourism Video

Cleveland Tourism Video

So bad it’s good, this hastily made Cleveland tourism video might just do wonders for the local economy; as one commenter put it, it’s got Saturday Night Live written all over it.

GM x Segway PUMA

GM x Segway PUMA

GM and Segway’s Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility Project (PUMA) looks more like a one-man rickshaw; it uses a Lithium battery with a 35 mi range and tops out at 35mph.

NYC Garbage Sculptures

NYC Garbage Sculptures
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Taking “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” literally, these New York City Garbage Sculptures are by trash experts Tom and Mike and are actually for sale. Thanks, Ekin!

My Dream, Our Vision

My Dream, Our Vision

A finalist in the World Expo 2010 Singapore Pavilion, “My Dream, Our Vision” should have plenty of natural light; it’s made out of 3,866 cubes with varying levels of transparency.

The Lost Tribes of NYC

The Lost Tribes of NYC

The Lost Tribes of New York City is a quirky, somewhat funny short; it takes common urban objects such as payphones and animates them to the voices of real New Yorkers.

Earth Hour 2009 Photos

Earth Hour 2009 Photos

The Boston Globe has a sweet collection of before and after Earth Hour 2009 photos from cities including Paris, Shanghai and Las Vegas; click the images to watch the lights go off.

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