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ONE NIGHT IN BEIJING

As technology zooms along, the ability to capture and distribute high quality video is astounding. The video above was captured with a Canon EOS5DmkII. While it looks and operates like your traditional DSLR, it also shoots in full HD at 1920×1080 resolution.

Check out the work of Dan Chung as he shoots a typical night in Beijing. It’ll make you want to visit and people watch for hours. Here’s some more detail about the short: “Video filmed by Guardian photographer Dan Chung entirely on a production Canon EOS5DmkII and adapted Nikon and Zeiss lenses using manual focus. The camera was purchased to use solely as a video camera with existing Nikon kit. The film was shot and edited in about twelve hours directly after picking the camera up from a Beijing camera store and charging the battery.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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HONG KONG'S SPEED RIDE

Written by Joseph Ng: I am sure most people have heard of the fixed gear bike craze that is spreading around world right now. I have been riding one myself for several years now as a great way to commute. So when I moved back to Hong Kong recently, I was happy to find out that Hong Kong (through HKFixed) also has a small and quite active fixed gear scene. I have been attending several of their events.

Every Thursday night we do the Disneyland Speed Ride which takes you from Hong Kong Disneyland Park all the way out to the Hong Kong International Airport and back. The journey starts from an eerie and empty Disneyland with ‘It’s a small world after all’ playing in the background to gale force cross winds at the airport thanks to Boeing 747s taking off. While the route is only 50km, it is 50km of road where you don’t have to constantly think about getting run over by a double-decker bus or doored by a taxi and just mash your heart out. Mostly flat, we ride along the service road that hugs next to the highway that connects the airport to the heart of the city. It’s a great way to get your weekly fix. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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CAB REDEFINITION

Cabs are an important part of the city’s ecology – especially New York City. Can they be redefined? I’ll never forget my early days driving and entering the city only to be overcome by a sea of yellow cabs. They owned the streets and drove like there was nothing wrong with cutting someone off. They saw an opening and took it. Eventually I caught on to the rhythm and drove with the same secure agressiveness.

Sure, many are annoyed by city cabs, but I’d miss them if they were gone. They play an important role in defining a city. That’s why I found these robot prototypes for taxis so interesting (picture after the jump). While their predictability and structure is appealing, they don’t take into consideration the passenger’s need to say “Step on it!” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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AUSTRIA'S HOTEL MADLEIN

It’s summer so it’s hard to think about winter sports. But if you’re making your ski plans early, Hotel Madlein fuses modern touches with Ski Lodge aesthetics perfectly. Located in Austria’s Tyrolean Alps, any ski enthusiast will enjoy a few nights at this well designed hotel.

As reported by Adelto: “For ski enthusiasts the Madlein is just a hundred yards, via a purpose built escalator, from the cable cars and ski slopes of the Silvretta Ski Area. For those guests which simply wish to relax, Madlein offers a range of spa treatments based on holistic concepts.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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PHILADELPHIA'S BEAUTIFUL RECYCLING TRUCKS

You’ve never seen Recycling Trucks look this good. Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program partnered with The Design Center at Philadelphia University to wrap 10 Trucks with bold graphics inspired by historic textiles. Created in commemoration of earth day, the trucks have been rolling around the city adding a little beauty to the streets. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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STEREOGRAPHIC IMAGERY OF TOKYO

Travel photography has never looked more unique. These abstract photos from Tokyo were taken with an ultra-wide fisheye lens. It’s as if someone took a city and converted it into a cartoon planet. The technique is known as Stereographic Projection – a “mapping function that projects a sphere onto a plane.” via Gizmodo. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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A NEW AGE TENT

Camping and prefab collide with the Paco Cube. This three meter space for living anywhere provides portability and home-like comfort in the location of your choosing. From beaches to woods, this multi-functional space is a cool innovation. Priced at $65,427 USD, it’s a significantly higher investment than your typical tent, but if you’re planning to flee to a Caribbean beach or a remote forest for an extended period of time, this might be just right for you.

As Cool Hunting aptly points out: “The wonder is in Paco Cube’s layout, as the readymade kit includes a kitchen, shower, toilet, sleeping hammock, desk and lighting. The details of the space would make the curators of MoMA’s prefab exhibition proud: the roof unlatches with hydraulic lifts (strong enough to hold the hammock when the hatch is open); sheer yet waterproof fabric encases the shower; the kitchen includes a tiny door to the outside for barbecuing; and the skylight and two LED 60 watt light fixtures keep things nice and green.” Click Read More for additional photos and information.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: architecture, hotels

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