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A living map split by very real divisions… made of nothing but air.
‘A team of ‘human probes’ traverse Shenzhen and Hong-Kong to detect urban air pollution. Sensor data reveals atmospheric boundaries between the two cities: very real divisions… made of nothing but air.’ one country, two lungs.
Super interesting project which visualises pollution flows at the human level between two neighbouring cities, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The project in interested mapping exactly what people breathe and absorb, showing the dynamics of air pollution and then thinking about how can these results empower citizens to transform the urban space around them?
Shenzhen has higher levels of air pollution, particularly small aerosol particles which are especially damaging to human health. This is an inequality which the team play on. The Chinese Beijing coined coined ‘One Country, Two Systems’ in 1980s when Hong Kong’s sovereignty was transferred. Persisting in 2014, ‘One country, Two Lungs’ explores how this divide continues to mark urban life, even that which is invisible.
Guy Garvey and the gang deliver, sticking to what they do best – it’s nothing revolutionary but it’s beautifully put together and happy listening.
Female Muscovites are 4.6 times more likely to be female selfie snappers than male snappers!
Bangkok is officially the smiliest selfie city!
In Sao Paulo the average head tilt for females selfie takers is 16.9°!
Investigating the style of self-portraits (selfies) in five cities across the world, selfiecity is the contemporary social scientist’s dream! The project presents findings on the demographics of the selfie takers, as well as their pose and expression, these patterns are then visualised through imageplots which you can navigate through the selfiexploratory. You can also read about the process in their essays and scrutinise their methodology!
‘The form of this building was inspired by the vaults of Seville’s expansive cathedral – I wanted to create a “cathedral without walls” that would be “democratic” – and also by the handsome trees already in the square.’’ Jürgen Mayer H
The 18,000 sqm waffle-esque crown that towers above medieval seville is the work of a group of artists and architects headed by Jürgen Mayer H. I came across this short film clip from Arup which explains how this huge structure has come to blend and form Seville’s identity as a major culture capital. Transforming an old farmer’s market, the structures form with multiple canopies and walkways has become a hub for various social and economic activities.
Originally posted on Municipal Dreams:
In 1889, a report by Dr John Thresh on 36 acres lying off Oldham Rd detailed 25 streets, many less than 17ft wide, and housing, mostly over 70 years old. The area contained over 50 courts; one third of houses were back-to-back. A death rate of over 80 per 1000 led to his dry statistical conclusion that ‘3000 to 4000 people [were] dying annually here in Manchester from remediable causes. (1)
Although not a new structure, I have only just come across Hovenring, a circular cycling roundabout in the Netherlands.
‘Hovenring’ stands for ‘Ring of the Hovens’… hovens being the localities which surround the roundabout (Eindhoven, Veldhoven, and Meerhoven). Designed by Ipy Delft, this roundabout is made of a thousand ton steel circular bridge deck! Hovenring is illuminated with aluminum lamellas, translucent sheeting, and tube lighting, giving it a beautiful ring of light at night.