14 4 / 2014

14 4 / 2014

guardian:

New Banksy? Mural near GCHQ depicts agents listening in on phone box
The guerrilla graffiti artist Banksy is believed to be behind an artwork which has appeared on the side of a house in Cheltenham. More photos
Photograph: Jules Annan/Barcroft Media

guardian:

New Banksy? Mural near GCHQ depicts agents listening in on phone box

The guerrilla graffiti artist Banksy is believed to be behind an artwork which has appeared on the side of a house in Cheltenham. More photos

Photograph: Jules Annan/Barcroft Media

(Fonte: theguardian.com, via theatlantic)

07 4 / 2014

02 4 / 2014

sagansense:

awkwardsituationist:

light pollution is largely the result poorly designed lighting, which wastes energy shining outward to the sky, where it is unwanted, instead of downwards to the ground, where it is needed. billions are spent each year on unshielded outdoor lights, though they are directly responsible for 14.7 million tons of carbon dioxide waste in the u.s. alone.

our overlit cities and suburbs have radically altered the light rhythms to which many forms of life, including diurnal animals such as ourselves, have adapted, disrupting the migratory, reproductive and feeding cycles of nocturnal creatures in potentially devastating ways.

light, for example, makes nocturnal animals easier prey, and acts as a magnet for birds, with the latter effect so powerful that scientists speak of some birds being literally “captured” by searchlights, circling in the thousands until they drop. the effect was notably observed in new york’s tribute of lights.

the effect on humans is just as profound. darkness is not only essential to our biological welfare (with links to breast and prostate cancer), but the light of the stars and the rhythms of day and night is part our collective evolutionary and cultural patrimony. yet, two thirds of humanity live under skies polluted with light, while one fifth of planet can no longer see the milky way.

photos by jim richardson from his series “death of night,” to consider during earth hour, which is saturday, march 29 at 8:30pm.

Learn more about light pollution, the conservationists of our Earthly skies - the International Dark Sky Association, learn about the Hidden Costs of Light Pollution, watch the PBS documentary ‘The City Dark’, and learn about/participate in the 'Globe At Night' citizen science campaign to preserve out night skies.

(via painterliness)

29 3 / 2014

greeneyes55:

New York 1966 
Photo: Bruce Davidson 

greeneyes55:

New York 1966 

Photo: Bruce Davidson 

25 3 / 2014

pimpmydirtywall:

Paris - France

pimpmydirtywall:

Paris - France

25 3 / 2014

25 3 / 2014

icancauseaconstellation:

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, anni ‘50. (Foto di Mario De Biasi)

icancauseaconstellation:

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, anni ‘50.
(Foto di Mario De Biasi)

(Fonte: facebook.com)

25 3 / 2014

uniteditions:

‘The Artist and the City’ in Caracas, Venezuala, designed by Cruz-Diez (1975)
Supergraphics – Transforming Space: Graphic Design for Walls, Buildings and Spaces

uniteditions:

‘The Artist and the City’ in Caracas, Venezuala, designed by Cruz-Diez (1975)

Supergraphics – Transforming Space: Graphic Design for Walls, Buildings and Spaces

(via urbnist)

21 3 / 2014

likeafieldmouse:

Ward Roberts - Billions (Hong Kong Reflections)

21 3 / 2014

parisparmetro:

Franklin D. Roosevelt: http://youtu.be/Wh5WsMR8rPE

parisparmetro:

Franklin D. Roosevelt: http://youtu.be/Wh5WsMR8rPE

(via bab1117)

21 3 / 2014

urbanplannerholic:

Seven Apps to Improve Quality of Life in Cities

It’s no secret that more and more people are using smart phones to get the most out of their urban experiences—at home or while traveling. Guardian Cities lists some of the best urban apps and launches a contest to find the best apps worldwide.

Alex Hern provides a list of apps that “the Guardian Tech Desk can’t do without, in our own cities and others.”

A few examples:

  • CityMapper “puts the combined efforts of four transit agencies to shame…” (i.e. New York, Berlin, London, and Paris). The app “uses public data to provide a best-in-class mapping app for getting you from A to B as quickly and cheaply as possible.”
  • London’s Best Coffee: “Blue Crow Media makes a number of apps that help very specific connoisseurs find their way around a city. As well as coffee apps for London and New York, it makes Craft Beer apps for the same two cities, and Burgerapp, which guides you to the best hamburgers in London.”

In a separate article, Guardian Cities announces the AppMyCity! competition to discover and “embrace any new app that improves your urban experience, connects people and makes cities more fun, vibrant and sustainable places.”

(via urbanfunscape)

18 3 / 2014

smartercities:

Seven urban apps guaranteed to improve the quality of city life | Guardian Tech
The Guardian Tech Desk offers an expert guide to some of the best mobile city apps on the market. Download and enjoy

smartercities:

Seven urban apps guaranteed to improve the quality of city life | Guardian Tech

The Guardian Tech Desk offers an expert guide to some of the best mobile city apps on the market. Download and enjoy

(via thisbigcity)

12 3 / 2014

publicdesignfestival:

Make_Shift City. Renegotiating the Urban Commons starts on the premise that public spaces are part of urban commons, today more than yesterday, as recent history has told us. With this consideration, the book presents a collection of the most mesmerizing design projects reshaping cities’ topography by means of art, imagination, civic participation and low resources.

publicdesignfestival:

Make_Shift City. Renegotiating the Urban Commons starts on the premise that public spaces are part of urban commons, today more than yesterday, as recent history has told us. With this consideration, the book presents a collection of the most mesmerizing design projects reshaping cities’ topography by means of art, imagination, civic participation and low resources.

12 3 / 2014

memory-bazaar:

San Francisco

memory-bazaar:

San Francisco

(Fonte: cachemireetsoie.fr)