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The Ruins of Detroit [23 pics]

Feb 10, 2011 Parisian photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre took a trip to Detroit to capture the urban decay of a once thriving city. In their book The Ruins of Detroit, Yves and Romain photograph abandoned buildings, offering a chilling look into a city in decline. The Ruins of Detroit Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies and their changes, small pieces of history in suspension. If you enjoyed this post, the Sifter highly recommends:

A Cathedral Made from 55,000 LED Lights The Luminarie De Cagna is an imposing cathedral-like structure that was recently on display at the 2012 Light Festival in Ghent, Belgium. The festival was host to almost 30 exhibitions including plenty of 3D projection mapping, fields of luminous flowers, and a glowing phone booth aquarium, however with 55,000 LEDs and towering 28 meters high the Luminarie De Cagna seems to have stolen the show. ( via stijn coppens, sacha vanhecke, sector271) Top 25 Cities in the World with the Most High-Rise Buildings A high-rise is defined as a structure at least 35 meters (115 feet) or 12 stories tall. Below is a list of the 25 cities with the most high-rise buildings in the world. The complete list of cities around the world with at least one hundred high-rise buildings can be found here. Enjoy! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. If you enjoyed this post, the Sifter highly recommends:

De vrais nuages, créés et photographiés par Berndnaut Smilde Voici une performance qui allie arts et sciences: Le photographe Berndnaut Smilde a réussi a créér de véritable nuages en lieux clos! Avec un savant mélange d’humidité, de température, et de luminosité, il parvient à organiser puis photographier, cette vaporeuse et fugace mise-en-scène. via

Dubai Architecture- The Burj al Alam, or The World Tower. Upon completion it will rank as the world's highest hotel. It is expected to be finished by 2009. At 480 meters it will only be 28 meters shorter than the Taipei 101. The Trump International Hotel & Tower, which will be the centerpiece of one of the palm islands, The Palm Jumeirah. Dubailand. Dubailand will be built on 3 billion square feet (107 miles^2) at an estimated $20 billion price tag. Dubai Sports City. Currently, the Walt Disney World Resort is the #1 tourist destination in the world. The Dubai Marina is an entirely man made development that will contain over 200 highrise buildings when finished. The Dubai Mall will be the largest shopping mall in the world with over 9 million square feet of shopping and around 1000 stores. Ski Dubai, which is already open, is the largest indoor skiing facility in the world. The UAE Spaceport would be the first spaceport in the world if construction ever gets under way. Some other other crazy shit...

15 Beautiful Libraries Around the World Trinity College Library – University of Dublin | Photograph via Skylark Studio Following up from last year’s highly popular post ‘15 Incredible Libraries Around the World‘, the Sifter has compiled another collection of beautiful libraries from your comments and suggestions. Ultimately, it is the books within these buildings that make it special, but many of these pillars of learning stand as landmarks in the cities and universities they reside. For all lovers of books, these libraries deserve to be cherished and revered. 2. Kirby Library, Lafayette College | Easton, Pennsylvania, USA Photograph by LAFAYETTE COLLEGE Photograph by LAFAYETTE COLLEGE 3. Photograph by CAROL MCKINNEY HIGHSMITH The Library of Congress is the research library of the United States Congress, de facto national library of the United States, and the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States (1800). 4. Photograph by ALAN DOYLE Photograph by TERRETTA Photograph by GIANCARLO RUSSO 5. Photograph by PATRICK HAURI

Velvet and Zoer | WideWalls | International Urbanart & Streetart Resource On March 8, the Openspace gallery in Paris will present the work of longtime friends and collaborators Velvet and Zoer. This is their first solo exhibition at Openspace gallery in Paris and will run until March 29. Velvet and Zoer first met while training to be designers. In love with the object and graffiti, they founded the CSX crew (Unemployed without experience). Creative complicity overtook rivalry, and each saw the other as presenting an opportunity to evolve. Velvet and Zoer Wall and Space As street art collaborators, the two artists combine their distinctive styles to perfection on a giving wall. Tribute to a Collaboration It was a matter of time till these talented artists would move from walls onto canvases. About Openspace Situated within the triangle Nation – Alexandre Dumas – Rue des Boulets, the OPENSPACE is a place of urban contemporary art in Paris.

Sweet Home 3D Walk through "Your Rainbow Panorama" in Denmark - StumbleUpon EmailEmail Now reaching the rainbow became possible with the new installation named “Your rainbow panorama” of the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The new project was opened on the 28th of May 2011 on the top of the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Århus, Denmark. The glass forming the rainbow has all the colors of the spectrum giving visitors a different feeling to their familiar city, bringing brightness to the regular landscape, reminding us of some childhood dreams of walking through the rainbow. Olafur Eliasson describes his design concept: “Your rainbow panorama enters into a dialogue with the existing architecture and reinforces what is assured beforehand, that is to say the view of the city. [Sources: Olafur Eliasson, ARoS]

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