Check out this video taken by Los Angeles-based parkour artist James Kingston, who captured the footage of his journey through Cambridge University in the UK with a video camera strapped to his head. The film documents Kingston’s daredevil stunts as he jumps across building facades, scaffolding, and rooftops, revealing an entirely different view of the urban landscape.
The Fez River Project, by architect Aziza Chaouni of Aziza Chaouni Projects, is restoring the natural public infrastructure of Fez, Morocco to rediscover the river that runs through the city. Due to years of contamination, the body of water was previously covered up by authorities. As reported, some efforts included in the plan’s three phases of development are benches constructed with recycled wood and riparian plants to provide oxygen to run-off water; a playground with terraced wetland plantings; and a newly designated industrial zone for the relocation of historic leather tanneries.
The Communication Hut, designed by architecture firm Herreros Arquitectos, is an illuminated public space in Gwanju, South Korea that provides users with both 24-hour access to WiFi and a safe social environment at night. At first glance, the design looks like an inviting gathering space beneath an abstract halo providing light to those below. The concept is meant to emulate an “outdoor living room” where visitors can lie on benches and lounge on chairs with others, thus allowing users to appropriate the design for their own needs.
As the New York Times reports, ethnic foods are having an increasing impact within the American consumer marketplace as the country’s demographics change. Research shows that sales of ethnic foods increased 4.5 percent between 2010 and 2013, which generated $8.7 billion dollars in sales. These trends are fueled both by acculturating ethnic groups and the exposure of the “millennial” generation to everything from sushi to Mexican cuisine in suburbs and cities alike.
A recent study published in the journal Race and Social Problems revealed that people with the lowest incomes care more about maintaining their neighborhoods than those with higher income. The research—obtained through surveys administered to residents and compared against local crime data—supports the theory that those who have more income tend to have the freedom of mobility to leave a crime-ridden neighborhood, while people without those options are more proactive within their community.
Take a look at this interview with author William Hunter, who recently collaborated with Camillo Boano and Caroline Newton to publish their book Contested Urbanism in Dharavi: Writings and Projects for the Resilient City. The book focuses on Dharavi, one of the world’s most famous informal housing settlements, and presents a collection of research on the politics surrounding housing and infrastructure within extreme urban poor communities. The book’s focus is on the origin of social issues experienced in Dharavi, and understanding the dynamics of power in making improvements to the area as a means to “inform a participatory design process.”