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One of the more subtly iconic architectural features of India are the the stepwells. In a sometimes arid landscape, wells often needed to be deep and were significant elements of infrastructure, so it’s not a surprise that they became more and more elaborate.

Chicago journalist Victoria Lautman has spent much of the last five years criss-crossing India, photographing and visiting over 200 stepwell sites, and she’s now published photos of 75 of the more unique and interesting wells in her book, The Vanishing Stepwells of India.

Ramkund. Bhuj, Gujarat. Mid-18th Century (c. 700 CE). Mukundpura Baoli. Mukundpura, Haryana c. 1650. Ujala Baoli Mandu. Madhya Pradesh. Late 15th/early 16th century. Chand Baori. Abhaneri, Rajasthan. c. 800 ce/18th Century. Dada Harir Vav. Asarwa. c. 1499 Navghan Kuvo. Junagadh, Gujarat. 4th/6th/Mid-11th Century.

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Guts for garters

Anatomical graffiti by Australian artist Nychos (previously):

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Architectural sketches are fascinating – outdated in an age of digital design and artistic in an incredibly technical profession.

Architecture student Adelina Gareeva drafts her work by hand, creating extremely detailed architectural portraits by putting pencil to paper rather than stylus to tablet:

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Dead end

Steps that go nowhere, pedestrian walkways that dead-end into elevated bridges, doors that open out into mid-air; these structures are called ‘Thomassons’ and are what happens when workers demolishing or rebuilding an outdated structure leave part of it behind.

The term was coined by a Japanese artist, Akasegawa Genpei, based on Gary Thomasson. Thomasson was an American baseball player who was traded to Tokyo team the Yomiuri Giants, for a massive fee. for a two year contract. As soon as he hit Japanese soil though, he instantaneously became terrible, setting 1981s all-time strikeout record. However, due to being on a 2 year contract, the team had to keep him on.

For Akasegawa, Gary Thomasson was “useless” and also “maintained.”

The lovely thing about this story is not only finding out that a common urban phenomenon has a name, but also that this name has such an evocative genesis:

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Stand tall

In festivals across Catalonia, Spain, there is Catalan tradition of building human towers called Castells that reach up to ten stories. They are incredible feats of strength, balance and teamwork:

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Benjamin Lloyd is a Kiwi tattoo artist who gives hospitalised children fake body ink on using non-toxic ink stencils.

He recently tatted-up all the newly admissions at Auckland’s Starship Children Hospital. It’s a fantastic act of charity and you can see from the smiles how much it means to the kids:

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Facade by Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy:

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