The captivating time-lapse video shown above—created by filmmaker Alessandro Della Bella—conveys the essence of Zurich’s bustling urban landscape through the lens of its public transit system.
In Palestine, the Gaza Parkour Team practices parkour as a way to peacefully subvert the everyday realities of conflict. The team aspires to create a different vision of their environment by using their bodies to physically break through the confining political borders within the urban landscape.
Real-estate development firm Macro Sea recently launched New Lab, a 220,000-square-foot green manufacturing and prototyping studio at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The goal? To provide an incubator-like environment for entrepreneurs, designers, and engineers to test their ideas and launch businesses that will stimulate rapid job growth in the local community.
Neal Gorenflo of the online publication Shareable is leading an effort to conventionalize the “sharing economy”—a movement that aspires to establish a community-centered approach to consuming products and resources. Similar to the open-source approach exemplified by platforms like Wikipedia, this type of lifestyle shift makes resources more accessible to the community as a whole.
Italian architect Paolo Venturella has proposed a design for a solar-powered mosque in Prishtina, Serbia that radically modernizes Islamic architecture. Structurally, the design abstracts the two main architectural features of traditional mosques—the qiblah wall and the dome—while applying a thin photovoltaic film and tiled panels to the exterior to maximize energy efficiency.
“Story”—a Manhattan-based experimental storefront created by Rachel Shechtman—operates conceptually as a gallery and physically as a retail space that changes its design and merchandise to respond to a specific theme. Come check out its tenth installation, which poses the question, “What is Design?” For this iteration, creative leaders such as designers Donna Karan and Stefan Sagmeister will visually compose a narrative about design.Have a suggestion for Friday links? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your link, first name, and where you’re from. We’re excited to hear from you!