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One artist imagines a town that gets an economic jolt from Chinese investment in fracking, and serves as a sort of utopian ideal for water reuse and urban farming. 

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Now that’s how we want to do a music festival.

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Her work was an obvious choice for the cover of WIRED’s August issue, which explores how the smartphone has sparked an explosion in creativity. 

Photographer Sara Cwynar focuses on this transformation with her complex compositions, which show every photograph has an arc. The moment the photo captures might be frozen in time, but the world around that moment moves forward and inevitably changes the meaning.

MORE: Turning Garbage Into Art Is This Photographer’s Life’s Work

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The concept is bizarre, combining a building material from the time of Julius Caesar with a Jetsons aesthetic, but the approach has already worked before.

This newly-revived technique could provide low-cost housing for refugees and displaced people, and generally provide architects with a cost-effective way to explore convex construction.

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These creations could pass as concept art for the Tomorrowland section of Disney’s theme parks. 

It’s difficult for anyone to imagine the future. But what if you were largely unfamiliar with the present?

That’s the fascination at the heart of “Commissions for Utopia,” a series of futuristic scenes of North Korea dreamed up by one of the country’s promising young architects. 

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Yes, that’s paper.

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A modern-day Van Gogh!

Last spring Vincent Brady sold most of his belongings, moved out of his apartment and struck out on the road to document the night sky. But instead of taking your typical long-exposure shots, Brady designed himself a custom camera rig that’s allowed him to capture stunning 360 panoramic images of the stars and Milky Way moving in concert. 

MORE9 Stunning Panoramas of Starry Skies, Captured With a Homemade Camera Rig

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Using Google Maps, Lauren Manning documents some of the most breathtaking swatches of the earth’s surface.

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Seal-cops, Alcatraz, and rainbows!

Virgin America replaced a dull route map with characterful and colorful icons that capture the flavor of each city. 

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It’s not going to fix the food, but…

Virgin Atlantic spent $168 million upgrading their meal service by altering the look and feel of the trays and cutlery. The goal is to reduce their environmental impact by 43 percent by designing weight and waste out of the system.

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