The film Art in the City, shown above, was made by Spirit of Space, a firm that films architecture and landscapes to highlight their impact on viewers, in collaboration with Phil Enquist of Skidmore, Owings& Merrill. The film reveals that Chicago’s vast collection of public art has played a defining role in creating the city’s identity. Art in the City juxtaposes compelling quotes alongside the city’s most famous public artworks—such as Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate in Millennuim Park, or Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain—in a visual display that captures how the viewer’s interaction with public art successfully transforms the city into a dynamic, engaging environment.
Farmery, located in Durham, North Carolina, is a hybrid farm and grocery store that aims to alter the current model for growing, transporting, and distributing local food. The project began as the topic of Ben Greene’s thesis project while in design school because he thought that there was a lack of focus on agriculture in the design field. The Farmery—made of two levels of stacked shipping containers and will ultimately become a 7,000-square-foot-aquaponic powerhouse—will eliminate long-distance food distribution and food refrigeration by growing and selling food in the same place. “I’m kind of like an agricultural DJ. I’m taking all these disparate components and remixing them,” Greene said.
Check out this article about the top five benefits that make migrants an economic and social asset to vibrant cities. Research from a study titled “The Economic Value of Cultural Diversity: Evidence from US Cities,” By Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano and Giovanni Peri, proves that cultural diversity is not only valued most by people in cities, but that it also spurs positive economic impacts. In an effort to compete in the global economy, some cities reform immigration policies to be more welcoming to highly skilled migrants who can contribute their knowledge to the local economy. Migrants also invest a tremendous amount of capital into their countries of origin. Their international connections and ability to make investments could potentially have a profound affect on global socioeconomics, especially in developing countries.
Elon Musk, a South African inventor and entrepreneur, recently announced that his latest venture, Hyperloop, will be an entirely new mode of transportation without the flaws of existing systems such as trains, planes, cars, and boats. The vision for Hyperloop emerged in reaction to California’s high-speed light rail plan, which Musk described as “a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world.” It will take two hours and 40 minutes to travel from San Francisco and Los Angeles at $150 for a one-way ticket. But according to Musk, Hyperloop will travel the same distance in only 30 minutes by carrying passengers in low-pressure tubular pods at a cost of $20 for a one-way ticket.
Todd Gross is a New York-based street photographer who captures moments of humor and darkness of life in New York City. Gross discovered his passion for street photography when he created an image-based sci-fi blog about a TV show called The Outer Limits. That led him to explore the work of street photographers such as Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr, Boogie and Cary Conover, all of whom have heavily influenced his work. Gross describes his recent photographs as a reflection of elements of his personality. He stated, “I want [my pictures] to be darker, more mysterious, more brooding, because that’s part of my personality, too.”