• We love Jo Peel’s time-lapse video of her mural Things Change in the Shoreditch area of London, in which the process shares the spotlight with the finished product.
• New old stuff from the New York City Municipal Archives: Check out these photos of New York taken throughout the 20th century, just released from the Archives’ collection of more than 2.2. million images. Particularly powerful are the images of construction on the great bridges between Manhattan and Brooklyn, with workers dangling from cables above the East River.
• Spain, where the unemployment rate is now 24.4 percent, is officially in recession. These images of protests, rallies, graffiti, and more record city life in a time of churning change.
• The works of art in the famed, Renzo Piano–designed Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas are under threat from a 42-story condo building that has gone up across the street. The glass skin of the condo tower reflects so much light that it risks damaging the art and thwarting Piano’s scheme for natural light in the Nasher.
• The new Green Park and Charge lot in downtown Boston plans to charge more for gas guzzlers to park. Drivers with vehicles that get fewer than 15 miles per gallon will pay 10 percent more on a $10 per hour rate, whereas hybrids and electric vehicles will get a 10 percent discount. The logic is not only that the SUVs are costly for the environment, but also that they need to pay up for the greater wear and tear that they cause on the lot.
• On OUT Traveler, our own curator David van der Leer selects 10 “architectural obsessions worth traveling for.” (And okay, we’ll admit it—the BMW Guggenheim Lab is one of them.) His international selection includes Seville’s Metropol Parasol (previously featured on Friday links), Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum, and the Kukje Gallery in Seoul.
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