Posts Tagged ‘2016’


Jul21

Bookstore awes customers with modern architecture

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Earlier this month, design studio XL-Muse was commissioned to redesign the Zhongshuge book store in Zhen Yuan, China, and the result is a modern-themed experience in architecture! The design, which takes advantage of mirrors and exotic shapes to create unique environments like caverns and tunnels, was inspired by the scenery of Zhen Yuan, which features a number beautiful riverside locations and arched bridges. The mirrored floors are meant to recreate the effect of water, and the ceiling is painted to recreate the starry night sky, allowing visitors to be transported into a surreal environment. The bookstore itself features a large reading area, lobby, and kid’s space featuring playgrounds and attractions. The Zhongshuge store is the latest in XL-Muse’s innovative design, with architectural work previously being hosted in Hangzhou last year.

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Jul15

Pompompurin wins Sanrio Character Ranking 2016

2016 at 08:17 pm by admin | Comments Off

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The results are in! After tallying over 7,775,000 votes from all over the world, the winner of the 2016 iteration of the Sanrio Character Ranking contest is Pompompurin with 807,389 votes! This is the popular pup’s 2nd win in a row, after also taking the 1st place spot in 2015. In second place was Cinnamoroll with 730,207 votes, while My Melody took 3rd with 632,662 votes. Other popular character who ranked highly in the contest were Gudetama, Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars, Yoshikitty, and others. Congratulations to Pompompurin for his second consecutive win, and good luck to all the other popular Sanrio characters in next year’s poll! you can check out the results of the contest, as well as the other characters at http://sanriocharacterranking.com/result

Jul14

ICEBERGS cools visitors at Washington DC

2016 at 06:25 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Visitors to the Washington DC National Building Museum can now take a load off at the new ICEBERGS installation, which opened earlier this July. Designed by James Corner Field Operations as a part of the museum’s Summer Block Party event, the entire exhibit was created with pre-made elements and recyclable materials, transforming a 12,540-square-foot plaza into a simulated underwater playground. The exhibit features large triangular formations made to look like the underside of floating icebergs, and features bean bag cushions, cavernous rooms, and even interactive slides for visitors to relax and have fun at. The exhibit will remain open until September 5th, giving visitors the rest of the summer to visit the new exhibit. Check out the video below to see ICEBERGS in construction!

Jul14

Recreate iconic Disney castle in LEGO

2016 at 05:52 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Disney and LEGO have come together in a magical way to release a giant recreation of Disney World’s iconic Cinderella Castle in LEGO! The castle will prominently feature the front display of the castle in intricate detail, while turning the set around will reveal a number of playrooms for LEGO mini-figures to have fun in! These rooms will themselves be themed after a number of Disney’s most famous movies and animations, including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Fantastia, and Brave among others. The giant set will also contain unique Disney-themed mini-figures, providing collectors with the chance to own Mickey Mouse, Minny Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Tinker Bell! Standing at nearly 30″ high, the 4080-piece LEGO Disney Castle will go on sale on September 1st for $349.

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Jul13

Hot Wheels to release new Mario cars

2016 at 05:26 pm by admin | Comments Off

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As a continuation of last year’s Super Mario-themed Hot Wheels line, which featured box art from a number of Mario games on the tiny collectible vehicles, Mattel has announced a new wave of Super Mario Hot Wheels! This new line of vehicles will be themed around the characters of the Mario universe themselves, and will feature vehicular representations of Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Toad, and Bowser. These unique vehicles will be released in limited amounts later this summer, so Nintendo fans should make sure to keep an eye out for these cool little Nintendo cars!

Jul12

Origami birds flock to Paris mural

2016 at 06:07 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Street artist Mademoiselle Maurice has called a swarm of origami birds to her latest large-scale mural! The mural, titled “Lunar Cycles”, is the largest urban mural ever created in Paris, and spans the width of a large building scheduled for demolition. The mural was first created by painting over the entire 460-foot-long side of the building in black paint, which was then decorated with 15,000 colorful origami birds, spread and layered to create a beautiful array of designs and colors. The mural was created in collaboration with Mathgoth Gallery, and the final design was decided upon with input from the local community. The mural will remain open to the public until August 2016, so check out this cool installation while it lasts!

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Jul12

Advanced prosthetics hit retail this year

2016 at 05:57 pm by admin | Comments Off

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In the latest development from US robotics industry DARPA and inventor Dean Kamen, one of the world’s most advanced prosthetic limbs will be made available on the market this year! The arm, titled the Luke Arm after the protagonist from the Star Wars franchise, is designed to provide amputees with a limb capable of almost-natural manipulation and control. The Luke Arm is capable of delicate procedures like holding an egg, and at the same time is durable enough to handle lifting heavy objects in day-to-day life. The arm will also be able to be adjusted for any level of amputation, and can even be used underwater! The first wave of the arm is scheduled to be released sometime in 2016, with future releases improving on accuracy, durability, and other user-friendly options. The release of this arm to the market is an exciting step in using technology to help improve the lives of disabled citizens and veterans, and will surely lead to more amazing advances in the field.

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Jul06

Captain America statue coming to Brooklyn

2016 at 05:40 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Classic comic book hero Captain America is celebrating his 75th birthday this year, so Marvel has gone above and beyond in paying tribute to this American icon by commissioning a bronze statue of the hero to be placed in New York City’s Prospect Park in Brooklyn! The statue, which will be initially unveiled at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con before moving to this permanent New York residence, will predominately feature Captain America in a heroic pose, with his iconic shield held aloft. Once completed, the statue will measure 13 feet in height! As of this moment, the only visual fans have to go off of is a design sketch of the statue, though you can look forward to the statue’s unveiling at Comic-Con later this July!

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Jul06

Ghibli exhibit to host exclusive menu

2016 at 05:14 pm by admin | Comments Off

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The brand new upcoming Studio Ghibli exhibit, titled “The Great Ghibli Exhibition~From Nausicaä to Red Turtle~”, has announced a brand-new exclusive menu to go alongside the exhibit! The exhibit will open on July 7th in Tokyo, and will begin serving these unique foods at the Museum Café THE SUN in the exhibition. The menu offers a wide variety of options, each of them themed after Studio Ghibli characters from the company’s years of animated films. Some of the food options include a Soot Sprite black hamburger, Totoro matcha shaved ice dessert, a Nausicaä-themed parfait, and even the sunny-side-up egg on toast from Castle in the Sky! The exhibit will also feature a wide variety of Ghibli memorabilia and souvenirs on top of these delicious treats, making this exhibit a must-see for any Ghibli fan!

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Jul05

Cartoon Network hosts Animation Jam

2016 at 05:19 pm by admin | Comments Off

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In a move designed to inspire young artists and help promote the ever-growing animation business, Cartoon Network has announced their first Animation Jam collaborative event! In this event, Cartoon Network Studios will invite undergraduate animation artists from across the nation to their headquarters in Burbank, California to take part in a group project of creating a completely original 15-second animated short. The project, which will take place in the universe of the “O.K. KO! Let’s Be Heroes” cartoon, will be led by a creative team of animation mentors, including the creator of “O.K. KO!” Ian Jones-Quartey. The Animation Jam follows Cartoon Network’s Game Jam event in Portland, Oregon earlier this year, and will run from July 9th to July 11th, with the completed animation to be aired on Cartoon Network’s television channel later this year!

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