The Chinese firm Broad Group just announced that Sky City, a 220-story skyscraper, will open its doors in Changsha, China in December. The skyscraper—which is thirty feet taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai—may not be just another new power symbol. In the video above, Broad Group shows how Sky City will be a “self-contained metropolis” with an emphasis on affordability and efficiency (for instance, it has the potential to minimize dependency on mass transportation). The mega-skyscraper will also be another product of the company’s application of modular construction—a practice that could revolutionize the architecture, building, and planning industries, as it requires less labor, time, and expense.
A group of international scientists recently shared their findings on environmental science to help the United Nations establish a series of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The purpose of the SDGs is to emphasize that the future of human development requires a shared vision for environmental policy and economic equality. According to ArchDaily, the SDGs “address six main issues: thriving lives and livelihoods, food security, water security, clean energy, healthy and productive ecosystems, and governance for sustainable societies.”
Check out this article on Manila’s $1.2 billion mandate that will relocate 104,000 families from outer city slums into inner city on-site housing developments. Manila’s local and national governments have joined forces with NGOs and others in the private sector to finance and build a number of pilot housing projects, varied in their approach to land use, design, and ongoing maintenance practices. One pilot in particular is a high-density, mid-rise building (MRB) that is planned to rehouse 900 families. If the government can successfully reduce construction costs enough so that the inhabitants can afford to maintain it, the plan will be used as a template for other developments.
The students of MINDDRIVE, an alternative education program for inner-city students in Kansas City, Missouri, have invented the first electric car that transforms social media activity into power. The students recycled an old Volkswagen Karmann Ghia to create the model car, which they plan to drive from Kansas City to Washington D.C. as part of the Social Fuel Tour.
If you are in London between now and June 16, stop by the Peace Pavilion in Bethnal Green’s Museum Gardens. The pavilion, designed by Paris-based firm Atelier Zündel Cristea, aspires to evoke the essence of peace: “harmony, silence, pureness, kindness, happiness, appeasement, calm, reconciliation, serendipity, and tranquility.” The piece conveys these principles through the exploration of a continuous, undulating, geometric form made of inflated PVC tubing.
Following the revolution in Tunisia, several grassroots public art initiatives have emerged—including festivals, urban art, and performances—and are attempting to find their place during a time of social and political uncertainty. Some efforts recognize and celebrate local Tunisians—such as Artocratie en Tunisie, a collaboration between French-based photographer JR and Tunisian photographers Sophia Baraket, Rania Dourai, Wissal Dargueche, Aziz Tnani, Hichem Driss and Hela Ammar, where they posted photographs of local men and women at emblematic locations across Tunisia. Others aspire to explore ways of merging traditional art practices within a contemporary context to reflect on Tunisian history, while also expressing their visions for the future.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!