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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
The case for ... making low-tech 'dumb' cities instead of 'smart' ones
19/01/2020

The case for ... making low-tech 'dumb' cities instead of 'smart' ones

The Guardian / Amy Fleming

High-tech smart cities promise efficiency by monitoring everything from bins to bridges. But what if we ditched the data and embraced ancient technology instead?...

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Art into Nature, Nature into Art
18/01/2020

Art into Nature, Nature into Art

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Fitting his architecture to its landscape, César Manrique turned Lanzarote into a living artwork of sun, sea and surprise...

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The Coolest Architecture on Earth Is in Antarctica
18/01/2020

The Coolest Architecture on Earth Is in Antarctica

The New York Times / John Gendall

Who said a polar research base had to be ugly? Gradually, designers are rethinking how to build for the world’s harshest environment...

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Hudson Yards Promised a Park. They Didn’t Mention the Giant Wall.
17/01/2020

Hudson Yards Promised a Park. They Didn’t Mention the Giant Wall.

The New York Times / Michael Kimmelman

For phase two, the developer imagines a 700-foot-long structure overshadowing the High Line. “The last thing New Yorkers need is a wall,” a state senator said...

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Brighton College’s Sports and Science Centre, by OMA / Ellen van Loon
16/01/2020

Brighton College’s Sports and Science Centre, by OMA / Ellen van Loon

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

In a departure from the gothic image of English private schools, Brighton College’s new building, designed by OMA, is an expression of global ambition (Photo gallery)...

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Might there soon be a supernova near Earth?
14/01/2020

Might there soon be a supernova near Earth?

The Economist

A giant star called Betelgeuse is behaving strangely. It is a red supergiant star in Orion, a prominent constellation that spans the celestial equator. It is easily visible to the naked eye...

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Gardens, waterfalls, parks… what is happening to our airports?
12/01/2020

Gardens, waterfalls, parks… what is happening to our airports?

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

From Beijing to Istanbul, exotic new airports are symbols of prestige for strongman leaders. But the environmental cost is massive...

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Vector Architects: Ex Oriente Lux
24/12/2019

Vector Architects: Ex Oriente Lux

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Gong Dong builds with light and with matter. The Beijing architect was dazzled by light on the other side of the Pacific, through his postgraduate training in Illinois...

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The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer
19/12/2019

The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer

Wired

A new generation of reactors will start producing power in the next few years. They're comparatively tiny—and may be key to hitting our climate goals...

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DNA could be used to embed useful information into everyday objects
16/12/2019

DNA could be used to embed useful information into everyday objects

The Economist

A team led by Yaniv Erlich described a test run. The result was an object that contained, encoded throughout its structure, the blueprints necessary to produce more copies of itself...

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Word of the Year: They
14/12/2019

Word of the Year: They

Merriam Webster

Our Word of the Year for 2019 is they. It reflects a surprising fact: even a basic term—a personal pronoun—can rise to the top of our data...

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A Planet of Water
13/12/2019

A Planet of Water Pdf

Luis Fernández-Galiano

We call it Earth, but we could have named it Water. More than two thirds of our planet is covered by oceans, which interact with the earth’s biosphere and the atmosphere...

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Denmark wants to break up ethnic enclaves. What is wrong with them?
13/12/2019

Denmark wants to break up ethnic enclaves. What is wrong with them?

The Economist

In Mjølnerparken (Copenhagen) the plan is to renovate and sell enough apartments to bring the share of subsidised units to below 40%...

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Embers of Babylon
12/12/2019

Embers of Babylon Pdf

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The International Situationist, whose manifestos and works inspired May ’68, was the century’s last avant-garde movement...

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Malls and Amusement Parks
11/12/2019

Malls and Amusement Parks

The Economist

The shellraiser is the world’s steepest rollercoaster. It is not to be found in a big theme park, but indoors at the new American Dream mall in New Jersey...

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COP25: Foster + Partners publishes its sustainability manifesto
11/12/2019

COP25: Foster + Partners publishes its sustainability manifesto Pdf

Foster + Partners has launched its sustainability manifesto, revealing its methodology for greener projects and demonstrating the practice’s ongoing commitment towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement...

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The Millennium Dome 20 years on…
08/12/2019

The Millennium Dome 20 years on…

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

It was supposed to be the ultimate symbol of Cool Britannia. Instead it became a nightmare that exposed the spin and hubris of the New Labour project...

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Want to get people to fly less?
06/12/2019

Want to get people to fly less?

Curbed / Alissa Walker

Stop funding billion-dollar airport expansions. Flight shaming should be directed at officials building fossil-fuel infrastructure, not passengers...

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How Advertising Conquered Urban Space
05/12/2019

How Advertising Conquered Urban Space

Citylab / Darran Anderson

In cities around the world, advertising is everywhere. We may try to shut it out, but it reflects who we are (or want to be) and connects us to the urban past...

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A new, theoretical type of time crystal could run without outside help
04/12/2019

A new, theoretical type of time crystal could run without outside help

Science News

First proposed in 2012 by theoretical physicists Frank Wilczek of MIT and Alfred Shapere of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, the idea of time crystals was initially controversial...

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Our Remote Origins
02/12/2019

Our Remote Origins

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Enmeshed with microhistories, we yearn for great narratives. The Annales school taught us to look at the longue durée of history under the prism of geography and economics...

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Pixelated Craftsmanship
21/11/2019

Pixelated Craftsmanship

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Monumental or minuscule, the oeuvre of Kengo Kuma could be described as pixelated craftsmanship Its creative explosion, encompassing all scales and extending over four continents...

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Megalo-MoMA
19/11/2019

Megalo-MoMA

The New York Review of Books / Martin Filler

Among the plethora of disturbingly disproportionate, super-tall, super-thin condominium towers that have spiked the New York City skyline since the turn of the millennium...

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How the U.S. betrayed the Marshall Islands
14/11/2019

How the U.S. betrayed the Marshall Islands

Los Angeles Times / Susanne Rust

Five thousand miles west of Los Angeles and 500 miles north of the equator, on a far-flung spit of white coral sand in the central Pacific...

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Chinese province closes all glass bridges over safety fears
05/11/2019

Chinese province closes all glass bridges over safety fears

The Guardian

Hebei, a scenic mountainous province in northern China, has quietly closed all 32 of its glass bridges, walkways and mountain viewing platforms over the past year for safety reasons...

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A pair of Australian bridges try to cure concrete cancer
04/11/2019

A pair of Australian bridges try to cure concrete cancer

The Economist

Reinforcing concrete with steel rods called rebars is the basis of modern construction. But because water gets in through tiny cracks, the rebars rust...

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The Air of the City
25/10/2019

The Air of the City Pdf

Luis Fernández-Galiano

City air makes us free; city air kills us; and city air saves us. Urban humanity lived a drama in three acts: the bourgeois revolution ended feudal or class servitude...

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With the Guggenheim, Frank Lloyd Wright Built a Soaring and Intimate Sanctuary for Art
22/10/2019

With the Guggenheim, Frank Lloyd Wright Built a Soaring and Intimate Sanctuary for Art

The New York Times / Michael Kimmelman

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is still a shock on Fifth Avenue. The building turns 60 this month...

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With a $450 Million Expansion, MoMA Is Bigger. Is That Better?
14/10/2019

With a $450 Million Expansion, MoMA Is Bigger. Is That Better?

The New York Times / Michael Kimmelman

Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler added 47,000 square feet of gallery space, a spiffy new canopy and a restaurant. It’s smart, surgical, sprawling and slightly soulless...(video)

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Modern cities become less dense as they grow
06/10/2019

Modern cities become less dense as they grow

The Economist

The biggest engine of expansion is sprawl, not building height. All of the world’s 73 residential towers over 250 metres high were built after the year 2000. Another 64 are under construction...

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