There have been numerous architectural marvels constructed throughout history and, sadly, not all of them stood the test of time. And even though it’s no longer possible to visit them in person, there’s still a place on the internet where you can still see some of them captured on film – the Lost Architecturesubreddit.
The users of this subreddit are sharing pictures of unique and interesting buildings that have been lost to time, and they’re both fascinating and heartbreaking to see. From historical monuments to whole towns – check out the long-lost pieces of architecture shared by the users of this online community in the gallery below!
Everyone can design a box with some windows and call it a house – but it takes a skilled architect to design a building that not only meets the client’s requirements and functions well but also looks aesthetically pleasing. However, sometimes architects let their imaginations run a little too wild, and end up producing buildings that could best be described as simply “bizarre”.
Inspired by the weirdest architectural creations from all over the world, someone started a whole subreddit dedicated entirely to them. It’s called Bizarre Buildings, and its 131k+ members regularly share the most odd and funny buildings they managed to spot – check it out in the gallery below! And if crazy architecture is your thing, make sure to read our earlier post about the works of Frank Gehry here!
With real-life facts often being far stranger than fiction, there’s nothing like a good history book to get your noggin’ joggin’ and make you appreciate life from a whole different perspective. I might have started my love affair with history as a subject with the amazing Horrible History book series, but I’ve since then graduated to thick and dusty tomes.
However, I still have a yearning for the more fun and unusual aspects of history that first drew me in. And that’s where the Weird History Twitter page comes into play. A page with 172k followers that’s been active since September 2011, Weird History is the brainchild of Andrew Rader who does, well, pretty much everything: from book-writing to cool space stuff.
Jamie Paul Scanlon, aka JPS, is a British artist based in Germany who is making the streets more interesting one art piece at a time. The artist has his own distinctive style which often features characters from well-known video games and TV shows in his works, and is a pro at incorporating various environmental elements into his works, such as railings and drain covers.
Everyone loves a nicely designed building – looking at one feels like looking at a nice piece of art. And with more and more generic buildings popping up everywhere, spotting a nice piece of architecture is becoming increasingly rare. Lucky for us, there still are beautiful buildings being built – take embassies for example. These uniquely designed buildings that house diplomats usually stand out from the rest and look like giant pieces of art you can enter – check them out in the gallery below!
Michael Kutsche is an exceptionally well-known and award-winning artist from Berlin, Germany that currently works in both traditional and digital media. Kutsche mainly focuses on character design and concept art, and his large variety of works can be found on his official website. His current portfolio includes character designs from famous movie adaptations such as The Lion King, Alice in Wonderland, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Jungle Book, and even Thor. Of course, that’s not even all of it, as those are just the most recent projects he worked on, but what we can say for sure is that the artist is booked almost full-time for other projects as well.
Architecture is meant to fulfill both practical and expressive requirements, and thus it serves both utilitarian and aesthetic purposes. When you look at a structure, you can distinguish these two ends but they cannot be separated, and the relative weight each of them carry can vary widely. Plus, every society has its own, unique relationship to the natural world and its architecture usually reflects that as well, allowing people from other places to learn about their environment, as well as history, ceremonies, artistic sensibility, and many aspects of daily life.
However, architecture is better seen, not described. So, let me introduce you to “the beautiful impossibilities that we want to live in“, a subreddit dedicated to high-quality images of some of the most impressive (concept) buildings out there. This online community already has over 617K members, and the pictures they share are absolutely gorgeous. Continue scrolling and take a look!
The World Nature Photography Awards have announced their 2020 winners, and the competition has proven itself to be a wonderful celebration of Mother Earth.
“2020 was a challenging year for many but nothing could be more uplifting than marveling at the beauty of the natural world around us,” the organizers wrote. “And that’s something that our 2020 winners have done with gusto.”
Participants competed in 13 categories. Their images and captions revealed that the pandemic has diminished neither their passion nor their patience for capturing our planet. But at the end of the day, the title of World Nature Photographer of the Year went to Thomas Vijayan for his shot ‘The world is going upside down.’
Natalia Ivanova is a Paris-based Russian photographer and documentary filmmaker who started the Les origines de la beauté (The Ethnic Origins of Beauty) project back in 2012. In it, she photographs women from various ethnic groups around the globe, highlighting their uniqueness and beauty, and proving what a beautifully diverse world we live in.
Jenny Jinya is a freelance illustrator and animal rights activist from Germany whose name you should probably recognize if you frequent our website. The artist regularly creates heartbreaking comics that draw attention to various animal rights issues and this time she’s back with a comic about a pet parrot.
In her latest comic, Jenny tries to explain why budgies, and parrots in general, are very misunderstood pets – and how these misunderstandings often lead to their abandonment. As always, the artist provides some useful information and facts in the last panel, further explaining why you should do some serious research before choosing a parrot as a pet. See Jenny’s latest comic in the gallery below, and if you want to see more of her work, check out our previous posts here, here, and here.
Illustrator and animal rights activist Jenny Jinya recently created a heartbreaking comic about a budgie
The artist went on to explain why parrots are some of the most misunderstood pets
Jenny explained that unlike cats and dogs, parrots are not domesticated animals, therefore they require lots of freedom and can be pretty loud and disruptive as that’s the same way they act in the wild. Some inexperienced owners might find this behavior hard or even impossible to tolerate, leading to the pets being placed in closets, garages, or other environments where they wouldn’t be heard. According to the artist, a majority of captive parrots eventually end up in at least five homes and often die prematurely. “Do your research before you decide to get an exotic pet!” concluded Jenny – and the same thing goes for any other pet you’re planning to get.
Jenny tried to make people understand why parrots weren’t the best pets for kids
One day, this guy just kind of figured – “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!