Take a look at Andreas Lamoth and Frederic Leitzke’s film, In the Belly of a Whale, above. The documentary paints a vivid picture of urban life in Berlin from the perspective of the artists, designers, and other creative people who are constantly redefining one of the most dynamic and vastly diverse art scenes in Europe.
A recent analysis shows that 33 percent of New Yorkers living below the federal poverty level are relocating to suburbs—a 4 percent increase over the past thirteen years. The analysis also reflects the rise in real estate prices most evident in Manhattan and Brooklyn—boroughs that were formerly home to the poor as the wealthy migrated to the suburbs.
Former New York advertising executive Shel Kimen has designed an innovative prototype for a hotel called Collision Works made of recycled shipping containers. The plan, which requires $4 million to build, has already raised $40,000 from donors around the globe as part of an ongoing Kickstarter campaign.
As expected, Citi Bikes, New York’s new bike-share program, has generated significant feedback from building owners and community members alike. There is, however, an unexpected stakeholder spurring an interesting debate about ownership of public space: street vendors. Sean Basinski, director of the Street Vendor Project—an advocacy group that accounts for 2,000 of the 20,000 mobile street vendors in New York City—asks the question, “What claim do we as vendors, as working people, have on public space?”
Check out this story on Fort Irwin, a U.S. army base located in the Mojave Desert in Southern California. Fort Irwin is a National Training Center that all military personnel are required to attend before deployment, and it’s also open to the public for tours. The test camp features mock Afghani villages where Iraqi and Afghani-American actors sell fake bread to visitors, alongside ongoing simulations of battlefield scenes that depict hypothetical conflicts.
In this interview, Mark Tercek, president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy, explains why preserving our environment is not only integral to the survival of our planet, but is also great for business. Tercek believes that partnering with local community stakeholders in environmental conservation efforts, while simultaneously building crucial infrastructure, is a successful business model.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!