Build Your Walking Cardboard Animal Sculpture

If you’re looking for a DIY project that’s not only fun but educational, you may want to back this Kickstarter project. Alyssa Hamel just emailed us telling us about Kinetic Creatures, a set of three cardboard animal sculptures that actually walk! You have to watch the video – these creatures come alive with a simple mechanical motion! They can even walk on their own with a gear kit. Industrial designer Lucas Ainsworth and artist and art teacher Alyssa Hamel worked four years on this project. I can’t help but think how perfect this would be for that valuable kid/parent time.

Hooray! With 335 backers pledging over $26K, it looks like they’ve already reached their goal of $22K. I really enjoyed the comments:

“Beautiful Video. I saw these in person at the Maker Faire. I was amazed at the way the legs of the animals moved. Pure elegance. It seems like other robotics could learn from this design. Awesome!” – Jay Silver

“This is one of the most exciting projects that we’ve seen in the time that we’ve been supporting Kickstarter projects. We just watched the video with my 11 & 14 yr old grandkids. They were really jazzed. In fact, we chose the $30 level in hopes of bringing Rory home! We wish you all kinds of luck, and I will be posting this on Facebook! Yeah!” – B.Z. Smith

Kinetic Creatures on Kickstarter

January 17, 2017

Former Industrialized Area in Belgium Transformed Into Futuristic Eco-Village

Belgian ecological designer Vincent Callebaut is a master of green sustainable architecture. With his new conceptual project, he creates yet another environmentally sensitive fantasy land, this time transforming Brussels’ historic Tour & Taxis. The resulting concept is a sleek, futuristic eco-village that any young professional would love to call home. As a former industrial site, Tour & Taxis was once a symbol of the golden age of Industrialization, and its approximately 100 acres (40 hectares)

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January 17, 2017

Liberating Portraits of Ballerinas Elegantly Dancing in the Streets of Cairo

Like many dance photographers, Mohamed Taher has a knack for beautifully capturing the body in motion. His interest in movement is evident in his Ballerinas of Cairo series, and the captivating collection of photos also serves a more poignant purpose: it helps women fight sexual harassment and reclaim the city’s streets. After learning about the Ballerina Project, an ongoing series that documents dancers in urban settings across the globe, Taher was inspired to carry out a similar undertaking in the Egyptian capital.

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