Where do the cryptic designs on manhole covers come from? What is the meaning of those spray-painted neon symbols in the street? With this field guide in your pocket, the answers are close at hand. Ingrid Burrington’s Networks of New York: An Internet Infrastructure Field Guide is sure to change the way you look at the concrete jungle. (And the internet.)
For the architectural historian and Modernism enthusiast, the quasi-abandoned beachfront resort of Futuro and Venturo structures just north of Taipei is an essential and little-publicized pilgrimage. Located in the picturesque coastal Wanli district, the complex offers a glimpse into a bygone era’s optimistic futurism all the more bittersweet considering the site’s current dilapidated condition.
Image courtesy of Varvara Degtiarenko
Something special is underway at the Strelka Institute in Moscow. As evening falls, the courtyard of the Strelka becomes a venue for presentations with titles like “Learning Without Teachers” and “Libraries as a Situation.” The social currency is intangible—ideas, philosophies—all rooted in urban design, however circuitously. But it’s on the roof that the institute’s secret to success resides: an open-air bar that offsets the cost of the programs and workshops while simultaneously acting as a gathering place for the cities’ young creatives.
Artfully composed cocktails facilitate late-night conversation, while subtitled documentaries splash and ripple against the far wall. The atmosphere is youthful, creative and hopeful. From this rooftop, Moscow looks somehow different, even promising—a troubled metropolis undergoing a slow-motion metamorphosis.