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City Unseen

City Unseen: New Visions of an Urban Planet
Karen C. Seto, Meredith Reba
Yale University Press, September 2018



Hardcover | 9 x 10 inches | 268 pages | 188 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0300221695 | $35.00

Publisher Description:
Seeing cities around the globe in their larger environmental contexts, we begin to understand how the world shapes urban landscapes and how urban landscapes shape the world. Authors Karen Seto and Meredith Reba provide these revealing views to enhance readers’ understanding of the shape, growth, and life of urban settlements of all sizes—from the remote town of Namche Bazaar in Nepal to the vast metropolitan prefecture of Tokyo, Japan.

Using satellite data, the authors show urban landscapes in new perspectives. The book’s beautiful and surprising images pull back the veil on familiar scenes to highlight the growth of cities over time, the symbiosis between urban form and natural landscapes, and the vulnerabilities of cities to the effects of climate change. We see the growth of Las Vegas and Lagos, the importance of rivers to both connecting and dividing cities like Seoul and London, and the vulnerability of Fukushima and San Juan to floods from tsunami or hurricanes. The result is a compelling book that shows cities’ relationships with geography, food, and society.
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Jay Osgerby: "Design is the Answer to a Very Difficult Question"

Oxford-born designer, Jay Osgerby has achieved virtually everything there is to achieve in the world of design. Together with his partner Edward Barber, Osgerby runs the internationally renowned Barber & Osgerby design studio. From diverse designs for well-known manufacturers such as Vitra and B&B Italia to the official torch for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and a two-pound coin commemorating the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, Osgerby and his partner have been almost restless in their creation of numerous icons. “I find it quite difficult to not think about work. I’m always thinking about what’s next. I’m terrible at stopping and just thinking.”

Architecture is a Corporate Product - and We're All Buying

Google Dublin. Image © Peter Wurmli Google Dublin. Image © Peter Wurmli

Architecture, unlike other aspects of culture (such as fashion or music), can only really be experienced and understood in person. For highly branded companies, designing a new building can be a prime opportunity to signal taste and values - but also creates an interesting architectural conundrum. While the buildings will be inhabited (nearly 24/7) by company employees, they’re also very much populated by the imaginations of people across the globe. What is it like to be in these places?

Everything You Need In Your Kitchen

Do you plan on cooking at lot of meals at home? If the answer is yes, you’ll need to realize that you cannot do everything on your own. Without the right tools, appliances and supplies, you’ll never be able to cook those delicious foods. Unfortunately, there are plenty of items that you need. The good news is that some are more important than others. Some of the most important will be explored below for your consideration.

Dishes And Utensils

Once you’ve prepared a delicious meal, you’ll want to make sure that everyone will be able to enjoy it. Regardless of the size of your family, you can guarantee that you’ll need dishes and utensils. If you want to think outside of the box and save yourself some many, you may be able to solve this problem with plastic forks and paper plates. Just make sure you get good plates or your food might end up in your lap.

Glasses And Mugs

While you’re at it, you need to make sure that your guests will be able to enjoy their meals with beverages. This is why you’ll need some glasses and mugs. There are plenty of options out there. You can buy plastic cups and save yourself some cash. Either way, it is pertinent to make sure that you have enough to meet and exceed the needs of everyone.

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National Trade Center / Aedas

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas
  • Architects: Aedas
  • Location: Taichung, Taiwan
  • Lead Architects: Andy Wen
  • Area: 52924.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas

Text description provided by the architects. Aedas-designed National Trade Center is a 165-metre tall office building prime located in Taichung city, within the emerging central business district and adjacent to the Opera House and City Hall.

Greenery Engulfs WOHA's Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore in New Photographs

© Infinitude via AGROB BUCHTAL © Infinitude via AGROB BUCHTAL

New photographs released by ceramics manufacturer AGROB-BUCHTAL show nature beginning to claim the Oasia Hotel Downtown in Singapore. WOHA Architects’ 30-story scheme was designed to be a “verdant tower of green” in the heart of the city’s financial district.

The tower’s red aluminum mesh cladding has begun to sprout a lush landscaping, consisting of 21 different species of creepers. The colorful flowers and green leaves provide food for birds and insects, while the reaction of the creepers to different light, wind, and shade conditions come together to form a natural mosaic.

The footage also showcases the building’s rooftop tropical bower and series of sky gardens including a swimming pool with sweeping views across Singapore.

How The Digital Revolution Will Make Cities Produce Everything They Consume… Again

The Fab City Summit 2018 will be at Parc de La Villette in Paris © William Beaucardet - "Prairie du Triangle", via LaVilette.com The Fab City Summit 2018 will be at Parc de La Villette in Paris © William Beaucardet - "Prairie du Triangle", via LaVilette.com

This summer, July 11-13, the annual Fab City Summit will take place in Paris at the Paris City Hall and Parc de La Villette. The yearly event will gather the core team behind the Fab City Global Initiative together with city officials, innovation ecosystems from civic society and industry. Get your tickets with 30% discount using code FABDAILY30.

13 Beautiful Barns from Around the World

Cortesía de Ema Peter Cortesía de Ema Peter

This week we present a selection of the best photographs of barns, both still in use and converted for residential use, that we have previously published on our site. These 13 projects reveal the relationship of these agricultural areas with rural work, the storage of food and livestock, and the imposing natural landscape in which they are located. Read on to see images from prominent photographers including Erich Spahn, David Aebi, and Matthieu Gafsou.

Audrey Hall Photography

The Barn / Carney Logan Burke Architects

Fuller House: 15 Geodesic Dome Creations Pay Tribute to Bucky’s Classic

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ]

Architect, engineer and inventor Buckminster Fuller developed the world’s most infamous dome structure while searching for the most efficient housing solution possible during the 1940s. The dome structure finds the shortest paths between two points on a sphere, and its structure is modular by nature and practically infinitely scalable. That makes it an ideal basis for all sorts of projects, from interactive art installations and temporary theaters to prefab homes and gigantic greenhouses.

Dome of Visions Greenhouse by Metsä Wood

Japanese Waiter Exhibits 8,000 Chopstick Sleeves Left as Restaurant “Tips”

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ]

In a culture without tipping, one Japanese waiter began to realize that customers were expressing their gratitude in a subtle (and in some cases even unintentional way) by folding the sleeves in which their chopsticks came wrapped.

In 2012, Yuki Tatsumi began to collect these into a set he would come to display and call Japanese Tip. He started at the establishment in which he worked, then branched out to other restaurants around Japan to gather over 10,000 examples of all kinds.

Finally, half a decade later, he staged an exhibition of his collection in Tokyo. The variety is remarkable, from complex origami-style works to shredded and otherwise deformed sleeves.