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Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Emissions-free cement, a women-only spacewalk, Soviet-era train stations, a very rare diamond and more from around the web Google Maps Adds Vocal Guidance for Visually Impaired Users Now available on Google Maps iOS and Android apps (one day after World Sight Day), a more detailed voice feature will now update and guide visually impaired people more effectively. To turn on the feature, access the settings …
Tags: Travel, Apps, Space, Music, Science, Design, News, Internet, Trains, Russia, Environment, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Cities, Diamonds


Christopher Herwig’s Photographs of Soviet Train Stations

From Kyivska’s Kharkiv Metro to Moscow’s Tulskaya stop, Christopher Herwig photographs Soviet-era train stations all over Ukraine, Russia, Georgia and beyond. The project (and now book) follows his previous endeavor photographing bus stations, and the result is quite stunning. Whether featuring opulent chandeliers and luxurious marble or mosaics celebrating hard work, each subterranean scene is a peek behind what was the Iron Curtain. See more …
Tags: Photography, Design, Subways, Trains, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Communism, Moscow, Photographs, Photographer, Photo Series, Christopher Herwig


Google Maps Adds Vocal Guidance for Visually Impaired Users

Now available on Google Maps iOS and Android apps (one day after World Sight Day), a more detailed voice feature will now update and guide visually impaired people more effectively. To turn on the feature, access the settings page within the app and toggle through the navigation features and turn on detailed voice guidance under the walking options tab. A milestone in mobility tools for …
Tags: Transportation, Apps, Maps, Design, Technology, Tech, Cities, Mobility, Google Maps, Voice Assistants, Visually Impaired, Linkaboutit, Vocal Guidance


The London Underground’s African Diaspora Roundels

In conjunction with Art on the Underground, British-Ghanaian artist Larry Achiampong redesigns the London Underground roundels (the discs that mark each station) for the Westminster Underground stop. Achiampong’s iteration will represent the colors of the African diaspora—green, black, yellow and red—and depart from the traditional red, white and blue palette. It’s significant because it represents a sometimes overlooked community within London’s population and also because …
Tags: UK, Design, London, Immigration, Cities, Transport, London Underground, Ghana, Linkaboutit, City Planning, African Diaspora, Art on the Underground, Larry Achiampong, Achiampong


90,000 New Trees for LA

Los Angeles may be well-known for its long stretches of highway and traffic, but Mayor Eric Garcetti sees the benefits of investing in preserving and fostering the city’s natural environment. As part of the Green New Deal, Garcetti appointed Rachel Malarich as LA’s first Forest Officer. She’ll manage the growth of 90,000 new trees—some will replenish the nation’s largest urban forest and others will be …
Tags: Design, La, Environment, Trees, Los Angeles, Sustainability, Cities, Nature, Culture, Eric Garcetti, Public Parks, Public Spaces, Linkaboutit, Garcetti, City Planning, New Green Deal


'Future relics': the painter capturing the beauty of council houses

Frank Laws’s Hopperesque watercolours depict the individual character of east London’s most impressive – and everyday – buildings, as gentrification threatens their very existenceFrom Mike Leigh’s film Meantime to the TV show Top Boy, the social housing estates of east London have provided rich subject matter for writers and artists exploring the human stories intertwining in their communities. In the paintings of east Londoner Frank Laws, however, there isn’t a person in sight. The only signs o...
Tags: Art, London, Housing, Painting, Communities, Society, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Heritage, Social Housing, Exhibitions, Mike Leigh, Hackney, Norfolk


Manhole Covers Roundabout Saint John

~ Another installment of these cast iron circles, this time from Saint John, New Brunswick. Hard to say for certain, but I found this group a bit grittier than those in other places. ~   Similar Posts on O’Canada: > Halifax’s Manhole Covers > Creativity Afoot!: Toronto’s Varied Manhole Covers > Manhole Covers of Quebec […]
Tags: Art, New Brunswick, Photography, Canada, Circles, Cities, Cityscapes, Design, Infrastructure, Inspiration, Manhole Covers, Saint John, Street


Alan Ruiz’s Multi-Faceted “Infrapolitics” Exhibition

We speak with the artist about how he uses physical and invisible power to highlight infrastructural prejudice, violence and more “The term ‘Infrapolitics’ seems an appropriate shorthand to convey the idea that we are dealing with an unobtrusive realm of political struggle,” James C Scott writes in his 1990 book Domination and the Arts of Resistance. This concept serves as primary inspiration for artist and …
Tags: Art, Politics, Design, Interviews, Virginia, Cities, Culture, Artists, Exhibitions, Richmond, Installations, Social Awareness, City Planning, Alan Ruiz


Photographer Radosław Kaźmierczak Captures The Urban Surrealism Of Poland In Great Details

Radosław Kaźmierczak was born in 1985, Tychy in Silesia, Poland. He learned photography at the turn of the analog and digital era. Works yet on analog equipment. Occupies a widely understood portrait and subjective photo coverage. Continuously cooperates with numerous publishing houses, press, and cultural institutions. His works were repeatedly awarded (BZWBK Press Photo... Source
Tags: Photography, Design, Urban, Cities, Poland, Night, Surreal, Radosław Kaźmierczak


Artist Duo Alfredo And Isabel Aquilizan Craft Dystopian Cities From Cardboard

The husband-and-wife team of Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, who emigrated from the Philippines to Australia in 2006, address themes of displacement, change, memory and community. Their large-scale installations often reflect their own migratory experiences, while conveying points of exchange and communication that extend beyond borders. The duo focuses on both individual narratives, as well as on... Source
Tags: Design, Cities, Craft, Cardboard, Dystopia, Alfredo Aquilizan, Isabel Aquilizan


Hip-hop schools and graffiti art saved Medellin. Can they do the same for Paris?

Urban planner Daniel Carvalho says embracing youth culture can transform France’s poorest suburbsIn the hilly streets of Medellín’s Comuna 13, once ranked the most dangerous district in one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Daniel Carvalho is a local hero.The urban planner is credited with helping to transform the poor neighbourhood on the western slopes of Colombia’s one-time drug and crime capital from no-go badlands into a tourist attraction. Continue reading...
Tags: France, Americas, Theatre, World news, Colombia, Cities, Culture, Paris, Young People, Daniel Carvalho


Nuclear wasteland: inside Chernobyl's exclusion zone – in pictures

The Chernobyl disaster in 1986 forced the evacuation of nearby Pripyat, home to 45,000 people. David McMillan has journeyed there 21 times since to record abandoned homes and buildings as they are reclaimed by nature Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Art, Europe, Books, Photography, Environment, World news, Ukraine, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Nuclear Power, Chernobyl, Urban Exploration, Pripyat, David McMillan


Horror on the Hudson: New York's $25bn architectural fiasco

It is a billionaires’ playground where haircuts cost $800 and high-rise duplexes go for $32m. So why do the angular towers of Hudson Yards look so cheap?‘One thing that’s always been true in New York,” says Dan Doctoroff, “is that if you build it, they will come.” He is referring to Hudson Yards, the $25bn, 28-acre, mega-project that he had a critical hand in originating while he was deputy mayor of the city under Michael Bloomberg in the early 2000s. He can now look down on his co-creation ever...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, New York, Design, World news, Retail industry, US news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Planning policy, Manhattan, US economy, Rich lists, Urbanisation


Atlantic City: 'Trump turned this place into a ghost town'

When Trump won the election, photographer Brian Rose made straight for the gambling town – to show the reality behind his billionaire boasts. The broken city he captured speaks volumes about today’s AmericaWhen Donald Trump opened the towering Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City in March 1990, he declared it “the eighth wonder of the world” and joined in the celebrations at a launch ceremony filled with portly actors dressed as genies brandishing tacky golden lamps. Even though it was purcha...
Tags: Art, Books, Business, Photography, Gambling, Economics, Communities, Society, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Social exclusion, New Jersey


The upside down: inside Manhattan’s Lowline subterranean park

In two years’ time, the Lower East Side will be home to the world’s first underground ‘green’ space – the LowlineTo get a glimpse of what will eventually become the Lowline, a subterranean Eden being billed as the world’s first underground park, you have to swipe your MetroCard at the Lower East Side’s Delancey Street station, go down one flight of stairs, go down another, slither through a few characteristically congested subway corridors, and then up another flight, to the J train platform.Her...
Tags: New York, Design, Life and style, US news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Manhattan, Lower East Side, Parks and Green Spaces, Williamsburg Bridge, Lower East Side 's Delancey Street


The $500m Shed: inside New York's quilted handbag on wheels

This puffed-up cultural citadel was meant to be an endlessly evolving, telescopic arts complex. But the glistening billionaires’ playground rising up beside it had other plansIt seems fitting that the cultural centre of New York’s latest luxury private development should look like a quilted Chanel handbag. Rearing up at the northern end of the High Line on Manhattan’s reborn West Side, the Shed presents a 10-storey wrapping of puffed-up diamond cushions to passersby, standing as the gaudy gatewa...
Tags: Music, New York, Design, US, Society, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Museums, Stage, Manhattan, Michelin, Regeneration


Row over use of unpaid interns by Serpentine pavilion architect

Junya Ishigami’s involvement in London gallery project attacked after email listing conditions for an intern is published The Serpentine Gallery in London has come under fire after it was claimed that its chosen architect for this year’s pavilion, Junya Ishigami + Associates, uses unpaid interns who are expected to work 12-hour shifts for months.The acclaimed 44-year-old Japanese architect was picked by the Serpentine to design its 19th annual pavilion project, which offers international archite...
Tags: Architecture, Art and design, Culture, UK news, Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Serpentine pavilion, Art, London, Cities, Work & careers, Guardian Careers, Young people


Bird-friendly buildings on the rise

Nearly a billion birds are killed every year after flying into windows. The American Bird Conservancy published an extensive guide to incorporating bird-friendly design into buildings. Over twenty cities have programs to help reduce the number of avian deaths. None Last year, a minor ruckus broke out on social media about feral and indoor-outdoor cats decimating bird populations. According to research, cats do murder plenty of prey. As apex predators that is their biology, even at twelve pounds...
Tags: Design, Minnesota, Abc, New York City, San Francisco, Flight, Cities, Infrastructure, Innovation, General Services Administration, Urban Planning, North America, Illinois, Derek, Javits Center, Toronto Chicago


Designer Conceived A Bottle That Indicates For Each Town Where To Find A Drinking Water

Despite the historical presence of public water fountains in most of the large cities of the world, city inhabitants still hesitate to drink that “street water” and prefer to buy a plastic bottle, which is pollutive. However, these fountains are tested and their quality very high because of health norms. In Paris, Wallace fountains are icons of the urban landscape. Source
Tags: Travel, Design, World, Cities, Ecology, Bottle, Paris Wallace, Emanuele Pizzolorusso


'No place does me like Lagos' – a cartoon by Tayo Fatunla

The city has endured much through the years, but as cartoonist Tayo Fatunla grew up saying: ‘Eko oni baje’ or ‘Lagos cannot be destroyed’ Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Music, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Lagos, Femi Kuti, Fela Kuti, Tayo Fatunla


Afrobeat and traffic-choked streets in indestructible Lagos – a cartoon

The city has has endured much through the years, but as cartoonist Tayo Fatunla grew up saying: ‘Eko oni baje’ or ‘Lagos cannot be destroyed’ Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Music, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Lagos, Femi Kuti, Fela Kuti, Tayo Fatunla


Mercedes-Benz EQ Fellows: Tara Pham

Monitoring streets in order to help city planners succeed With experience in art, design, publishing, tech and urban design, Tara Pham is currently working to give cities a better understanding of their data, and ultimately their streets. As co-founder and CEO of Numina, Pham works with her team to attach sensors to light poles to monitor traffic—both foot and automotive—and to document the results of …
Tags: Sponsored, Design, Tech, Cities, Summit, Mercedes Benz, City Planning, Numina, Summit LA, Mercedes-Benz EQ Fellows, Tara Pham, Numina Pham


Climate twins: which city will your city feel like in 2080?

The phrase “global warming” gets tossed around a lot, but do we really understand what it means and how it will feel? In the groundbreaking Paris Agreement, 195 countries agreed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius — but how will those 2 degrees really affect our lives? A new study in Nature links 540 U.S. cities to other cities with a current climate that is similar to how those cities will feel in 60 years. As CityLab’s Robinson Meyer explained, the study takes each city and finds “th...
Tags: Weather, Design, News, Climate Change, Washington, New York City, Environment, Urban, Global Warming, Cities, Arkansas, Paris, Heat, Philadelphia, Memphis, Southern California


Joy of six: the buildings transformed by 3D hexagon murals

Street artist Mr June brings facades to life with his abstract, colourful designsThe Dutch artist David Louf, who goes by Mr June, is the person behind these striking 3D hexagon murals, which have appeared on walls from Berlin to the Bronx.Louf grew up in Amsterdam immersed in hip-hop and graffiti, and turned to graphic design as an adult. Eight years ago he moved back to street art and now combines his skills to create vibrant, abstract murals on buildings across the world. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Berlin, World news, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Amsterdam, Street Art, David Louf, Bronx Louf


'Beautiful detail and a bit of green': Kyoto by Janis Malcomson

Over the years, former architect Janis Malcomson has explored Kyoto’s mixture of tradition and modernity – and had a tofu revelation Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, Design, Cities, Culture, Asia Pacific, Illustration, Art and design, Kyoto, Janis Malcomson


'We don't notice the smell any more': Valparaiso by Natasha Cross – an urban cartoon

Valparaiso, Chile, is famous for its riot of street art, but spare a thought for the binmen working in this extremely hilly city ... Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Americas, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Chile, Graphic Design, Street Art, Valparaiso, Valparaiso Chile, Natasha Cross


Street art: the mosaic maker who turns potholes into pictures

Jim Bachor beautifies the world’s streets with colourful designs ranging from chickens to Aretha FranklinJim Bachor makes street art – quite literally.For the last few years the 52-year-old has been making art out of the blight on our roads. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Jim Bachor, FranklinJim Bachor


The illustrated city: aggression and obliviousness – welcome to Liana Finck's New York

Did New York get nasty or are there just too many people in the city now? No one even looks at each other any more ...In our new series, the illustrated city, artists draw a unique view of their home town Continue reading...
Tags: Art, New York, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Comics and graphic novels, Liana Finck


The illustrated city: aggression and obliviousness in New York

Did New York get nasty or are there just too many people in the city now? No one even looks at each other any more ...In our new series, the illustrated city, artists draw a unique view of their home town Continue reading...
Tags: Art, New York, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Comics and graphic novels


The anxious art of Liana Finck: 'People who don't live in cities think I'm being so mean'

As part of our new series, the illustrated city, artist Liana Finck explains why she thinks urban living makes people so angry – and how drawing on the subway gave her her trademark styleHuman beings: can’t live with them, can’t live without them. Nowhere is this truer than in cities where, increasingly, we live on top of each other in ever-denser spaces; and no one captures the resultant moments of friction better than Liana Finck. The New Yorker cartoonist has accumulated a loyal following for...
Tags: Art, New York, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Comics and graphic novels, New Yorker, Liana Finck



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