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Interesting stuff on the internet

Interesting stuff on the internet is an article sharing my favourite recent online inspiration and distractions.

Amsterdam-based artist Berndnaut Smilde has created a wonderful and fantastical installation entitled: Nimbus. The installation features individual clouds which appear to magically  float in empty rooms. The haunting images portray the airy clouds drifting through gorgeous Rococo rooms, Gothic cathedrals, and abandoned factories, evoking a sense of mysticism or supernatural presence. Checkout his incredible work here

Vadim Makhorov & Vitaliy Raskalov are Ukrainian kids that climb to the top of the tallest structures and capture incredible sky high photos while doing so. You can checkout their amazing photos here or follow them on instagram: #ontheroofs with Vadim Makhorov & Vitaliy Raskalov

Turns out Facebook really is building the metaverse: Recently Facebook paid $2 Billion for a virtual-reality headset maker. This interesting article provides insight into why the social network wants to build the first billion-person game. 

The Architact Collective website is currently undergoing some big changes. Head on over to see whats new or to get your hands on some fun and unique concrete, brick or timber rings. 

For decades, it was mere legend: an “Atari Dump” rumored to harbor millions of copies of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, a video game so bad that burying it in the New Mexico desert seemed the best way to move on. uBt now, the Atari graveyard has been exhumed, and the latest attempt to find the cache of game cartridges has been declared a success! Checkout the full story here

A 1966 plea to create a NASA for the oceans by John Steinbeck: Three years before the first humans landed on the moon, Nobel-prize winning author John Steinbeck published a passionate plea in Popular Science for equal efforts to explore “inner space.” In an open letter to editor-in-chief Ernest Heyn, Steinbeck argued that the investigation of Earth’s oceans was critical to the success of humanity and deserved the same funding and organization as space exploration.

59 Productions have transformed the Sydney Opera House into a shattered orb of shape-shifting light. The light show is part of the annual outdoor art festival Vivid LIVE. The spectacular production was entitled “Lighting the Sails”, you can check it out here

When creating my own gable roof ring I did extensive research on the iconic symbol of the simple five-sided gable roof. I came across this great article on Architizer featuring 10 incredible gable roof homes. I love every one!

AT Design Office has developed a concept for the floating city of the future as a sustainable alternative capable of meeting the demands of our ever burgeoning global population. The floating city is comprised of hexagonal modules that have both underwater and above water layers. Checkout the details and some great pictures here

This is one of the reasons I love working with concrete:  talks about the appeal of imperfection in design which removes need for intense overthinking and scrutiny. He talk about how the imperfect table is actually perfect. Read his full article here

7 things remarkably happy people do: Since the moment I graduated I have been recovering from 6 years of over work, over criticism and over expectation. I have been working hard on not working too hard and to instead focus my energy towards the work that makes me happy. I constantly come accross articles about happy people and try to incorporate their advice daily.

In a similar vein to the above, Charlie Day’s graduation speech resonated with me. He states “don’t give a shit about criticism. You cannot let the fear of failure, the fear of judgment or the fear of comparison stop you from doing what is going to make you great. Do what is uncomfortable, scary and hard but pays off in the long run. Be willing to fail..fail pick yourself up and fail again. Without this struggle (of failure) what is your success anyway? Trust your own voice, your own ideas, your honesty and vulnerability and you will find your way.”

A stunning collection of images that capture the clean and sterile forms of the suburban Ghost Estates that haunt the Irish Countryside. The images capture the permanent marks on our landscape representing the financial crash as a spectacular event, ending a time of “anything goes” architecture and planning. Checkout the incredible images here

The worlds best animal architecture: chain gangs built by tree ants, love nests built by bowerbirds and a whole graveyard of termite mounds. This great article features the most amazing homes built by animals across the globe. 

The way we work isn’t working: why we hate our work. This article and survey points out some interesting research and issues associated with our model of work in the information age. 

The Garbage Warrior aka Michael Reynolds. Reynolds is an architect who creates self-sufficient buildings and off-the-grid communities where design and function converge in eco-harmony. You can checkout the garbage warrior documentary here or visit the earth-ship website to checkout all the amazing architecture. 

10 years of silence: how long it takes to be great: We all know success takes time , John Hayes investigates and describes the role of effort, practice, and knowledge in top performers. 

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