Explore Barcelona's Architectural Past With a Colorful Interactive Map

Exploring a city on foot is one way to get a feel for the place, but there's always tons of history hidden behind the street-side facades that you'd never really get just by looking at them. Those whose hearts beat for Barcelona are going to love Big Time BCN, a new interactive map which allows users to zoom in and… » 4/23/14 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

Hi Rachel! Your photos are incredible, and I can't wait to get my hands on a book. In the meantime... I'd love to know if there were any weird juxtapositions between where the oldest living things exist and any kind of trappings of modern society—like, were all these places completely remote, or were any surprisingly… » 4/23/14 12:07pm Today 12:07pm

Chat with the Man Who Unleashed 1.5 Million Balloons On Cleveland

Way back on September 27th, 1986, the city of Cleveland was taken over by 1.5 million helium-filled balloons. The photos are amazing. The aftermath was not. Tom Holowach, the project manager of Balloonfest '86, popped by Kinja to say hello, and has kindly offered to answer all your questions about the event. The sky's… » 4/22/14 5:28pm Yesterday 5:28pm

7 Robots So Creative, They Almost Seem Human

Can robots be artistic? You're darn right they can! With a (significant) nudge from their flesh-and-blood creative counterparts, these machines produce work that's technically precise with room for personality. Plus, they're totally mesmerizing to watch. » 4/22/14 10:00am Yesterday 10:00am

That Time Cleveland Released 1.5 Million Balloons and Chaos Ensued

Balloons! They're fun, delightfully whimsical environmental disasters. And in 1986, a mass balloon release in Cleveland went really, really wrong, when 1.5 million helium-filled floaters were let loose into the sky, got caught in a storm, drifted down to earth, and caused a hell of a lot of problems. » 4/22/14 9:00am Yesterday 9:00am

Sorry, Laser Zeppelin, This German Light Show Is Way Cooler Than You

Whoa. It's happened. Laser-Zeppelin has met its match. The crazy creative folks at Urbanscreen have transformed the cavernous interior of the Gasometer in Oberhausen, Germany, into a wild light show that looks all kinds of trippy. So long, Stairway. » 4/18/14 7:40pm Friday 7:40pm

Let's Talk About Whatever You Want Right Now

Hey! Hey, you! Did you know that we're wrapping up a weeklong look at Utopias here at Giz? We've learned a lot about what happens when man attempts to make a little slice of heaven on earth: the results can be creepy, cult-y, and really, really (really!) funny. » 4/18/14 3:18pm Friday 3:18pm

These Cool Architectural Pics Were Blacked Out With a Permanent Marker

White on black is a no-no in many design circles, but there are definitely exceptions to the unofficial rule—like these cool prints from Marlon de Azambuja. The Madrid-based architect took an inky permanent marker to full-color photos, eliminating everything except for the thinnest structural silhouettes. » 4/17/14 7:30pm Thursday 7:30pm

Gay Jeans Reveal Rainbow Threads With Every Wash And Wear

You may think you know a pair of pants when you buy 'em, but denim's true character isn't revealed until your trou are well-loved, worn-in, and sudsed up a few times. Rather than just fade out like most pairs on the market—booooring—Betabrand's new Gay Jeans (yup) have a technicolor surprise hiding underneath the… » 4/16/14 7:48pm 4/16/14 7:48pm

This Desk Keeps Your Cords In Order and Has a Built-In Whiteboard

Man it feels good to sit down at a desk where everything is in order—or so I've heard. Mine is always a disaster, what with the cords and cables and scattered reminder notes I've scrawled on bits of paper that will undoubtedly get lost in the shuffle. But this lovely specimen from Artifox looks like it would seriously… » 4/16/14 5:00pm 4/16/14 5:00pm

These Modular Cabinets Are the Coolest Way To Display Precious Things

There's a case to be made—recently by designer Martino Gamper (and me)—that shelving is the most personal piece of furniture you own; a functional place to store your stuff that also puts it on display, like you're curating own little curio exhibition. The Room collection, by Kyuhyung Cho and Erik Olovsson, might be… » 4/14/14 5:42pm 4/14/14 5:42pm

11 of the Coolest Products From the Busiest Week in Design

Every April around this time, Milan welcomes creative types from all across the globe for the Salone Internazionale del Mobile—pretty much the wildest week in the design world. Though the past few years have seen efforts to curb the rampant bacchanal of new production for new production's sake, there's still a hell of… » 4/14/14 9:00am 4/14/14 9:00am

Linking the World's Highest Cities With The Longest Urban Cable Car

La Paz is situated at a whopping 3,650 meters above sea level in Bolivia. El Alto, the country's second biggest metropolis, is located 500 meters above that. Now a new cable car system linking the world's highest cities made its public debut, allowing tens of thousands of commuters to bypass congested roadways for a… » 4/13/14 11:00am 4/13/14 11:00am