Archived Articles: Steph

Stephanie is a veteran print and web author covering architecture, design, art and more. With six years of experience writing for WebUrbanist, hers is one of the core voices that defines the site. She has an uncanny knack for discovering and sharing hidden built environments, including abandoned places, world wonders, monumental mysteries and other urban secrets, some of which are hidden in plain sight.

Capital Idea: Bridge to Elevated Park for Washington D.C.

A freeway bridge linking historically divided sides of Washington, D.C. on either side of the Anacostia River is set to become a vibrant, High-Line-style ...

Ultra-Compact Stairs: 12 Next-Level Space-Saving Designs

Clever integration of storage, dangerous-looking alternating treads and unusual wall-mounted designs enable these 12 compact staircases to avoid the problem of ...

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City Cyclists Wear Car Skeletons to Show How Bikes Save Space

The absurdity of single drivers taking up so much space on the road was vividly highlighted when a group of Latvian cyclists went for a ride wearing car-sized ...

Juice to Go: 13 Ultra-Portable Phone Charger Designs

Tiny phone chargers that you slide onto your keyring, store on your belt buckle or snap onto the spokes of your bike can help feed your addiction to technology ...

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Solar-Powered Art Etched with a Magnifying Glass & the Sun

Magnifying glass clutched in his fist, Jordan Mang-osan uses nothing but focused rays of sunlight to burn detailed drawings onto panels of wood. A native ...

Looking Sharp: Blade-Like Bridge Slices Through the Air

Five blade-like beams slice into the sky when this cantilevered footbridge in London’s Merchant Square rises to make way for boats moving along the Grand ...

Urban Subversion: 13 Radical Examples of Guerrilla Housing

Vacant lots, billboards, rooftops and even dumpsters are hacked into inhabitable spaces in these examples of often-illegal guerrilla housing. All manner of ...

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Surfing Without Waves: Electric Wakeboard Powers Itself

Surfers living inland, or anyone who’s ever eyeballed their city’s river wishing they could use it to get around stalled traffic, could make their ...

Balancing Buildings: 14 Seemingly Gravity-Defying Structures

Heavy structures seem to hover in mid-air, supported only by spindly poles or narrow beams of concrete. Towers lean toward the ground at alarming angles. ...

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365 Postcards for Ants: Impossibly Tiny Daily Illustrations

The most minuscule details of a floral bouquet, an old-fashioned camera, a jockey on a horse or a VW bus are rendered with incredibly fine paintbrushes to ...

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