Monstrum Playgrounds, Realizing Children’s Imagination In Wood

Monstrum Playgrounds Transformer

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When you’re a child, the whole world is your playground. The tallest of trees in the garden magically transforms into a tree-top tower, and that cardboard box isn’t trash, but a ship destined for the furthest reaches of outer space. But what if you could actually play in a rocket? Danish design firm Monstrum strives to do just that with their playgrounds, bridging the gap between a child’s dream and its physical realization.

Monstrum Playgrounds Mushroom Kingdom

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Monstrum Playgrounds Crooked House

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Justin Blinder’s Gentrification GIFs Showcase A NYC In Flux

Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Source: Justin Blinder

Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Source: Justin Blinder

Most people look to Google Maps to help navigate the present. For Brooklyn-based programmer and designer Justin Blinder, though, Google Maps is an apt device for understanding the past — and potentially the future. Utilizing Maps to showcase the facelift that New York City has received under the Bloomberg administration, Blinder sheds light on gentrification, urban planning, and their implications for some of New York’s oldest neighborhoods.

Gentrification GIFs Bowery

91-93 Bowery Street, New York, NY. Source: Justin Blinder

Blinder made great use of NYC Department of City Planning’s PLUTO dataset to create his Vacated photo project. With that digital storehouse at his fingertips, Blinder successfully scoured for buildings constructed within the past four years and then used Google Street View’s cache to distill years of structural revamping into a single frame.

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8 Of The World’s Coolest Hotels

While destinations and travel buddies matter, your choice in lodging can undeniably make or break any vacation. Just think about how much more fun you had in Mexico when the resort accidentally upgraded you to an executive suite, or how terrible of a time you had staying in that hostel without functional bathrooms. Luckily, we’ve searched the globe and compiled this list of eight of the world’s coolest hotels. From simple to extravagant, all-natural to modern, you’re bound to add these destinations to your bucket list.

Coolest Hotel #1: Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta

Coolest Hotel Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

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Carved into the snowy, white Norwegian landscape, the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is one of the world’s most unique and beautiful hotels. Constructed each fall almost entirely of ice and snow, this 30-room igloo hotel opens its doors to the public each January, housing guests until it melts away in the summer.

Ice Bed in Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

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The Igloo Village At Hotel Kakslauttanen

Igloo Village Aurora Borealis

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The Aurora Borealis is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and tourists have long traveled from near and far to take in the epic beauty of these northern lights. The excitement is sometimes tempered, however, by the fact that the best time to witness the phenomena is in the dead of winter, and in locations that are known for extreme cold!

Hotel Kakslauttanen, located in the wilderness near Finland’s Urho Kekkonen National Park, has found a creative and visually unique solution to the problem: glass igloos. The lack of trees or streetlights produces the perfect combination for viewing the northern lights within the Arctic Circle. The hotel has built 20 glass igloos within the park, with each just large enough to accommodate two people.

Igloo Village Exterior Snow

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