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Oct 20, 2014 / 101 notes

pbstv:

Professor Gates’ team visited China to try to find physical traces of Chef Ming Tsai’s family line before the Communist Revolution. See the full story on Finding Your Roots, tomorrow (Oct. 21) at 8/7c.

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timemagazine:

Meet Harlem’s ‘official’ street photographer khalikallah. 
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architags:

Luciano Kruk. SV House. Valeria del Mar, Buenos Aires Province. Argentina. images (c) Luciano Kruk

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Oct 19, 2014 / 959 notes

cubebreaker:

Located in Remsenburg, New York, the Barn House by D’Apostrophe Design is clad in 200-year-old wood salvaged from an outbuilding.

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Oct 19, 2014 / 5,730 notes

mymodernmet:

The proposed Kežmarské Hut by architecture firm Atelier 8000 reimagines the typical lodge as a cube that’s been rotated onto one of its corners. This concept was created for an international competition aimed at designing a building for the High Tatra Mountains of Slovakia. 

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moma:

This week on our Design and Violence blog, singer/songwriter and activist Angélique Kidjo writes about Amnesty International’s female genital mutilation awareness campaign. 
[Volontaire (est. 2009) for Amnesty International (est. 1961). Creatives: Malin Åkersten Triumf (Swedish, b. 1976), Yasin Lekorchi (Swedish, b. 1973). Photo: Niklas Alm (Swedish, b. 1986)/Vostro. FGM rose poster. 2009. Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of Volontaire. This poster was created for Amnesty International to use for free, worldwide, in campaigning against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)]
Oct 17, 2014 / 313 notes

moma:

This week on our Design and Violence blog, singer/songwriter and activist Angélique Kidjo writes about Amnesty International’s female genital mutilation awareness campaign. 

[Volontaire (est. 2009) for Amnesty International (est. 1961). Creatives: Malin Åkersten Triumf (Swedish, b. 1976), Yasin Lekorchi (Swedish, b. 1973). Photo: Niklas Alm (Swedish, b. 1986)/Vostro. FGM rose poster. 2009. Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of Volontaire. This poster was created for Amnesty International to use for free, worldwide, in campaigning against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)]

Oct 17, 2014 / 826 notes

Sky Garden House by Guz Architects

This house is located on a new housing estate on the island of Sentosa adjacent to Singapore. The plots are not large and neighboring buildings are built close to the sides of each house.

Photographs are by Patrick Bingham Hall.

Oct 17, 2014 / 538 notes

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Noah Addis

Future Cities

According to United Nations estimates there are more than a billion squatters living today—one out of every six people on earth. This number is expected to double to two billion by 2030. And by the middle of the century there will be three billion squatters.

 Future Cities is a series of photographs of informal settlements and unplanned developments in the world’s cities. These communities take on many forms, but they share a common history. People, mostly migrants from rural areas, came to the city in search of work. They were in need of affordable housing that could not be found on the open market. So they claimed a small piece of unused land and built a home. Other residents followed, and the result was a new community within the city.

 Although they face many challenges, these settlements are extremely creative and vibrant places and it would be a mistake to ignore them. Governments around the world have failed to take responsibility for this massive urban migration.  Many of the world’s squatters exist in a legal vacuum, working outside of the official economy and living with only tenuous rights to the ground on which they have built their homes.

 It is all too easy to look at the people who live under these difficult circumstances as victims. The reality is that the people living in informal communities throughout the world don’t need handouts or for people to tell them how to live. Instead, they have very specific needs. They need land tenure or a pathway to property ownership, which gives them a real stake in the new community they are building. They need access to credit and financial services, so that they can leverage their home ownership into capital that can be used to start businesses. They need education for their children along with basic utilities and city services, such as clean water, sanitation and electricity.

 Many of these needs are not currently being met as cities struggle with ways to deal with a rapid influx of rural migrants. Yet strong evidence suggests that when these basic needs are met, these new urban settlements can become thriving communities.

 My interest in photographing informal developments comes from the fact that these settlements grow almost organically to suit the needs of the people who live there. I am interested in looking at these communities to see what can be learned from them about urban planning and sustainable development. In addition, I hope to use the photographs from this project to raise awareness of the issues faced by the more than five million people each month who migrate from rural areas into the cities of the developing world. (artist statement)

aros:

Edificio Komachi / Key Operation
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fastcodesign:

In Praise Of Architectural Extravagance
Rotterdam-based MVRDV create the rare work of audacious architecture that doesn’t cater to obscene wealth.
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Oct 15, 2014 / 100 notes

fastcodesign:

In Praise Of Architectural Extravagance

Rotterdam-based MVRDV create the rare work of audacious architecture that doesn’t cater to obscene wealth.

See more>

Oct 15, 2014 / 46 notes

thingsmagazine:

The Packard Plant, then and now (via things)

Oct 15, 2014 / 1,587 notes

subtilitas:

Aires Mateus - House in Leiria, 2010. Photos (C) Fernando Guerra

harlemcollective:

The multifaceted, magical talent: Geoffrey Holder.Dancer, Actor, Painter, Costume Designer, Renaissance Man.Directed repertory choreography at Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Rest in Paradise.
Oct 15, 2014 / 14 notes

harlemcollective:

The multifaceted, magical talent: Geoffrey Holder.
Dancer, Actor, Painter, Costume Designer, Renaissance Man.
Directed repertory choreography at Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Rest in Paradise.

Oct 15, 2014 / 471 notes

newyorker:

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization projected that the number of new Ebola infections in the countries worst affected by the virus could increase from a thousand per week to ten thousand. View images from health-care workers’ efforts to address the disease worldwide.