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.

Roaming Homes: 15 DIY RVs, Converted Buses & Tiny Houses

Japanese tea houses spring from the roofs of ordinary-looking trucks, ornate handcrafted cabins are tacked onto school buses and fire trucks are converted into ...

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By the Silent Line: Watch an Abandoned Railroad Disappear

Among the rusting vestiges of Europe’s Industrial Revolution, this 20-mile relic of a railroad in Paris has been abandoned since 1934, and while it has ...

Fluorescent Geometry: Eye-Popping Murals by Maya Hayuk

Striking geometric shapes in acid-bright palettes breathe life into gray urban spaces thanks to the signature style of artist Maya Hayuk. Often appearing ...

Rejected Starchitects: 8 Controversial Building Proposals

Even the world’s most famous architects, from Zaha Hadid to Frank Gehry, get rejected sometimes. When Norman Foster’s visionary proposal for a new ...

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Floating Neighborhood for NYC: How to Hover a Whole Megablock

How do you fit an entire new neighborhood for 65,000 people, complete with offices, schools and streets, into the already congested and overdeveloped island of ...

Modular Cities: 13 Expandable Solutions for Urban Growth

As urban populations flourish, cities typically expand outward into suburbia or suffer growing pains with static infrastructure that just can’t keep up. ...

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Extreme Cliff Living: Modular House Dangles Precariously

Only the uppermost portion of this ambitious five-level home is visible when approaching from land, preserving the views for others and making for one dramatic ...

Brothers in Benches: Pallets Offer Public a Place to Sit

Packing down nearly as flat as they were before they were modified, six interlocking structures made of pallets unfold to reveal a variety of seating options ...

Modern, Modular & Transforming Kids’ Furniture: 13 Designs

Why spend a fortune on a virtually endless array of aesthetically questionable kids’ furniture, from birth to their teen years, when you could choose ...

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Over Board: Sink or Skate on This Amazing Floating Ramp

It’s hard to imagine a more idyllic place to practice skate tricks than a sculptural wooden ramp floating on the crystalline waters of Lake Tahoe. In ...

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