Want to know Gaudí's Sagrada Familia will look like when it's done in 2026? Know what kind of software can enable a disabled artist to paint hands-free? Ever heard of clothes that decompose with you when you die? The answers to all of these questions and more lie within stories we found from the worlds of design, art, and architecture this week. Here are the most beautiful items of the week:
Astro Saulter is an incredibly talented artist from Jamaica. He was also born with cerebral palsy, which has confined him to a wheelchair for his entire life. But thanks to some special software, he can exercise his uncanny ability to create art.
In some parts of Norway, the sun stays away for three long months of winter. While in Russia, the answer might be UV baths, the sun's absence in Scandinavia has inspired designers Lisa Pacini and Christine Istad to create Traveling Sun, a mobile multihued LED light sculpture that stands in for the sun.
Combine robots, 3D graphics, and actors and what do you get? Box, an amazing performance by San Francisco-based engineering firm Bot & Dolly. It's a short film that explores how the digital world interacts with the real world.
The crushed stones you see alongside railroad tracks are what is known as ballast. Their purpose is to hold the wooden cross ties in place, which in turn hold the rails in place.
Have you seen Helvetica, the documentary about typography? Or maybe Objectified, the doc that tackled design? And what about Urbanized, which dug into the design of cities? You probably have. If you haven't, few documentary series capture things Gizmodo cares about more than Gary Hustwit's Design Trilogy. Watch them.
Vine-covered homes are charming, but the fast-growing plants can get unruly if left untended for even a short time. When London-based architecture firm Squire and Partners set out to convert an 18th-century public house into an incredible five-story private residence, they developed a unique facade of folded aluminum…
Whether or not you're someone who would take great care in selecting a deceased loved one's clothing prior to burial, chances are that you probably wouldn't think too much about what those actual clothes are made out of. But the garments worn into the great beyond have become designer Pia Interlandi's entire career.
It's hard to decide what makes this house being built in Arizona most like a comic book. Is it the manta ray shape? The location on top of Mummy Mountain (an actual place)? The ten-car garage for escape vehicles? How about all of the above?!
Just when you had given up on trees, wooden buildings are back! Skidmore Owings & Merrill, the firm behind the Sears (aka Willis) Tower, One World Trade Center, and many other extremely tall buildings wants to make a 42-story skyscraper out of wood.
When Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí was tragically killed by a train in 1926, he was in the middle of building of his masterpiece—the Barcelona basilica, Sagrada Familia. Eighty-six years later, the church still isn't complete. But according to Jordi Faulí, the current architect on the magnificent life-sized sand…