Ten thousand images went into photographer Rob Whitworth’s time-lapse video of the intricate dance of traffic in Ho Chi Minh City.
• With big architectural commissions on the wane, Allison Arieff sees the rise of innovative temporary structures as “an apt response to a civilization in flux.”
• “Opportunistic Urban Design” is the theme of the 5th International Urban Design Conference, to be held in Melbourne in September 2012. The conference is accepting abstracts for papers and workshops now. “The conference will focus on ideas and projects that are visionary despite, or maybe because of, the current context,” say organizers.
• Lab | log contributors and renowned slideshow makers Jon Cotner and Claire Hamilton take to the streets of New York to survey people’s wishes for the holidays. The photos and answers bring to mind one of the Lab themes—”a need to promote emotional cityness.”
• If you’re feeling bombarded by holiday advertising, you may want to take a trip to São Paulo. In 2006 Brazil’s largest city banned all outdoor advertising. The Center for a New American Dream reports on how the city is faring five years later, including a beautiful but eerie photo series of the city’s empty advertising spaces directly after the ban.
• Per Square Mile reports on a fascinating comparison between the income distribution of the Roman Empire c. 150 CE and that of contemporary America. Guess which is deemed less equitable.