Downtown Container Park, Las Vegas.

This shopping venue uses 78 containers repurposed by the International Port Management Enterprise, whose other projects include a shipping container high school and a portable art gallery.
Repurposing containers can put some of those which go out of service to use.
However, architect Mark Hogan challenges the assumption that their incorporation in architecture is good for the environment, not least because of the resources required to upcycle them.
He adds that used containers need to be thoroughly cleaned in case they have transported anything toxic.
Image Credit: Photograph by Andy J Scott for the Guardian
Source: Shipping container architecture – in pictures | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

“Calligraphy in the Air.”

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“Fraternité – Brotherhood,” Arabic calligraphy. Jodpur – India (2012).

In a stunning series of images that blend photography, calligraphy, and performance art, Nantes-based artist Julien Breton (aka Kaalam) uses light and dance to “paint” beautiful and fleeting characters into the air.
Inspired by a combination of Latin and Arabic writing styles, each piece is captured on long-exposure film while the artist creates his inscriptions using colored lamps and careful, intention-filled movements

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“Dead’s Place,” Abstract calligraphy, New York – USA (2012).
As a living, artistic response to the environment, the designs are matched in compositional harmony to the surrounding backdrop, be it an underpass in New York, an abandoned building in France, or a magnificent hall in India.
Each performance lasts several minutes and is then transformed into a single frame, transcending the boundaries of time and our perception of light.

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“La beauté – The Beauty,” Arabic calligraphy, Tetouan – Marocco (2015).
All photographs by David Gallard. (Via designboom)

Read on and see more Images via Julien Breton Creates Brilliant Calligraphy In The Air Using Colored Light And Expressive Dance – Beautiful/Decay.

Retromania.

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U-Boats Out! by Hans Rudi Erdt, 1916. Greetings from Retro Design is out now, published by Thames & Hudson.
From U-boat propaganda to Hitchcock posters and a fetish-masked Annie Lennox, here’s a rundown of the greatest innovators in the world of graphics.
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via Retromania: a heady trip through 20th-century design – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.

“Digital Inspiration by Fedosov.”

Digital design became a lot more interesting since I have found the work of Alexander Fedosov. His unique style and the attention to details grabbed my attention in the split of a second.
For more details about the artist and updated illustrations, feel free to visit him on his Behance Profile or maybe on Deviant Art.
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Thelxiepeia Siren digital design by talented graphic designer and illustrator Alexander Fedosov. Thelxiepeia – digital design made as a commission by Alexander Fedosov.
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Sachiel Design ( Alexander Fedosov ). Detailed surrealistic portrait of a redhead girl painted over a black background by digital artist Alexander Fedosov.
via Design Inspiration from Alexander Fedosov | Gods of Art.

“Cloud City”.

makerie-studio-1The Makerie Studio worked in collaboration with photographer Luke Kirwan to create “Cloud City,” an alluring landscape inspired by the intricate patterns in Moroccan architecture.
Three egg-shaped palaces seemingly float in mid-air—connected only by ladders—and give the viewer a bird’s-eye-view into the opulent locales.
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Gilded rails, tiered fountains, and gold lattices are fashioned entirely out of cut paper, but with the moody lighting and incredible craftsmanship, they fool the eye into thinking these structures might just be real.
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See more great Images via Opulent “Cloud City” Constructed Entirely Out of Paper | Illusion Magazine

“Hollywood Hand House”.

handhouse1A woman’s hand juts of the earth holding an exposed glass house.
What exactly could this mean?
Architect Andreas Angelidakis created this crazy cool concept.
When the rain falls, the giant hand appears to be coming out of the water, elegantly holding the glass house.
“The Glass box represents the moment when the celebrity exposes herself to the paparazzi,” Angelidakis says. It “sits on the concrete platform as a forgotten piece of infrastructure.”

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The staircase leads down into the cave section of the house where a normal life is taking place. “Behind the boulders are doors to excavated bedrooms, places of total isolation and darkness.”
Ultimately, the house shows us the dichotomy of Hollywood.
“The residents enjoy total privacy together with total exposure, a day on the beach and a night in the cave, the entire city of Los Angeles abbreviated like a Twitter post inside the limits of their property.”
How strangely fascinating.
See more images via The Hollywood Hand House  – My Modern Met.