Ever since its beginnings in 2005, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show
has invited boutique bicycle builders from around the world to show off their finest, most innovative creations. Over the past few days, we've shared a number of the highlights from this year's show. Here's a quick look at some other awesome NAHBS bikes, that also caught our eye.
Computers have transformed architecture in remarkable ways. They've made it possible to visualize designs in fully-rendered 3D graphics and to automatically check designs against building codes and other standard specifications. And they've made designs possible that were unthinkable or unimaginable 50 years ago, as they can crunch the numbers on complex equations and even generate plans or models from high-level requirements. Architecture, like music
, and written stories
can be created algorithmically.
Laser weapons hobbyist Patrick Priebe is no stranger to building functioning versions
from video games
. Recently, he received a number of requests to create something from the game League of Legends
. The result, the Jinx character's zapper pistol, could certainly be described as "electrifying."
Alex Chinneck, the British artist best known for doing very strange things
with buildings, unveiled his latest work in London yesterday. Pick yourself up and pull yourself together features the new Vauxhall Corsa
hanging upside down on a curled-up piece of tarmac.
Painting might be the last thing you'd expect computers to excel at. It's abstract, expressive, and tied to cultures, psychology, and subjectivity, whereas computers are objective, precise, and governed by the rules of mathematics. Painting, with its emotional reasoning and unclear meanings, appears to be the antithesis of a feeling, logical computer. But they aren't so far apart as they seem. Painting and other forms of visual art owe much to areas of mathematics such as geometry and perspective, and the algorithms that computers adhere to can in fact be made to generate images as varied and subtle as a human painter.
Last year, we reported on
an Indiegogo campaign raising funds to build The Observatory: an off-grid tiny shelter and artist's studio that will visit various locations in England and allow an artist-in-residence to live and work, displaying their created art to visitors. Though it didn't reach its crowdfunding goal, the project survived, and was recently installed in Winchester's South Downs National Park.
Netherlands-based firm i29 recently transformed the interior of a small tower on the roof of Amsterdam's 19th Century De Bijenkorf
department store into a novel studio that will host a series of artists-in-residence. The project is dubbed Room on a Roof and indeed comprises just one room.
The 25th incarnation of Sweden's famous Icehotel is open for business. Regular readers of Gizmag will likely be familiar with the Icehotel, as we covered it back in 2013
and prior to that
also. It is part place to stay, and part art project.
Many city dwellers don't have the opportunity to regularly escape into the countryside and enjoy a rural cabin retreat. However, Greek firm Panos Dragonas Christopoulou Architects envisions bringing some rustic solitude to the big city by placing a tiny cabin on the rooftop of an Athens apartment block.
If you're a fan mind-bending illusions, then chances are you're familiar with Rubin's vase. It incorporates the facial profiles of two people, which can be seen in the negative space along either of its sides. Should you like the idea of owning such a vase, but that features the profiles of you and people you know – well, that would be the fahz.