Archived Articles: SA Rogers

S.A. Rogers 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.

Minimal Luxury: Monumental Concrete Hotel by Tadao Ando

Master of minimalist architecture Tadao Ando has remodeled a small boutique hotel on Japan’s Shikoku island in a refreshingly spare yet luxurious aesthetic, ...

Holy Art! 13 Spectacular Secular Installations in Sacred Spaces

Imbued with a sense of reverence, not to mention all those beautifully vaulted spaces, cathedrals and other sacred spaces can be stunning settings for art ...

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METALmorphosis: Kinetic Sculpture by Controversial Czech Artist

A giant metallic head splits into segments and rotates in a ‘metamorphosis’ worthy of its subject, author Franz Kafka. All 42 of its layers spin ...

Superblocks to the Rescue! Barcelona Reclaims Its Streets

Could ‘superblocks’ help Barcelona return to its late-19th-century vision of urban utopia, clearing out the snarled streets so mini neighborhood blocks can ...

Pipe Dreams: 15 Totally Tubular Scaffolding Creations

Though typically seen as eyesores obscuring architecture and blocking sidewalks, scaffolding is more than its most basic function, with its modular network of ...

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Unidentified Floating Object: Sea Vessel With Underwater Lookout

Here’s one UFO you won’t be seeing in the skies, but rather on the surface of the sea, half of its iconic shape disguised beneath the waves in the form of ...

4th Industrial Revolution: 12 Futuristic Carbon Fiber Creations

Ultra-strong and incredibly versatile carbon fiber can be woven by robots in a scale as small as furniture and as large as a stadium, a technological advance ...

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Real Underground Art: Secret Sculptural Installations Below Paris

There’s a good chance that no one, other than an errant worker, will ever even see these highly symbolic (not to mention illegal) installations hidden far ...

A Mirage You Can Touch: Liquid Marble Installation Fools the Eye

Even crueler than a real mirage, this convincing illusion continues to look like a real body of water until you reach down to touch its surface, only to find ...

Advanced Accessibility: 12 Futuristic Wheelchair Designs & Concepts

Technological advancements could enable wheelchair users to stand up to reach high objects, zoom around on sandy and snowy landscapes, power up hills without ...

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