Every twelve years in India, the Hindu festival Maha Kumbh Mela gathers the largest number of faithful pilgrims in the world. This year’s eight-week festival brought together nearly fifty Harvard professors, students, doctors, and researchers to analyze the data they collected there—from 30,000 patient records at clinics, to water samples from the Ganges, to measurements of the city’s network and elevation—all of which the project’s coordinators hope to make available online. (Submitted by Fritzie R., Seattle, WA)
In celebration of spring, here are some of the world’s most innovative urban gardens, in Paris, London, Torshavn, Faroe Islands, San Francisco, and Mexico City. Our favorite? Alain Passard’s temporary rooftop garden at the Palais de Tokyo museum in Paris.
Next week, Philadelphia will host a truly massive Pong tournament using the twenty-nine-story Cira Centre building as a video-game screen. The classic video game will come to life via hundreds of embedded LED lights, allowing participants to play using the building’s 83,360-square-foot façade.
Every year, the Concurs de Castells gathers hundreds of people in Catalonia, Spain to collectively create human structural marvels. The castellers pile on top of each other to compete for the best human tower. Take a look at Spanish photographer David Oliete’s incredible images of the Concurs.
Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, the Seagram Building is one of the world’s best-known architectural icons. Still, there’s plenty left to learn about the Seagram. As the New York Times noted this week, the forthcoming book, Building Seagram, written by the building’s director of planning, Phyllis Lambert (also the daughter of Samuel Bronfman, founder of the Seagram distilling empire), delves into the story of the Seagram Building’s creation.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!