Here’s a look at what the Untapped Cities staff is reading and sharing this week, ranging from the world’s smallest museum, the architecture of cults, “parkcycles” (yes, it’s what you think it is), forgotten WWII barriers in NYC, and the architecture of cults.
World’s Smallest Museum, dubbed The Mµseum in Somerville, MA
This new museum in Somerville, Massachusetts may be the smallest in the world at 10 inches tall, 16 inches wide and 8 inches deep. Called “The Mµseum” (the Greek letter meaning ‘micro’), it’s built into an unused wall between a Subway and a bar. It’s got an adorable mini neoclassical pediment and fluted doric columns as a nod to the architecture of full-sized museums. Fast Company writes that “While it would be easy to dismiss the Mµseum as a trifle, [curator Judith] Klausner’s work deserves more credit. It’s a museum that, by virtue of being small, is designed to be accessible. [Fast Company, The Mµseum’s official website].
If I could pick one Scandinavian city to call home, it’d be Copenhagen. From a history of Kings and colorful buildings, to well-dressed Danes and a culture of bikes, the city has it all. I fell in love with Copenhagen on my first day there, during the Royal Boat Tour that took me through the canals. As I cruised on the water, I snapped photographs furiously from the boat, not wanting to miss any of the city’s picturesque sights.
It didn’t take me long to feel at home in Denmark. A few days after my arrival, I managed to grab one of the city’s cheap rental bikes and explored the capital on two wheels, blending in nicely with the locals. I began north, at the Little Mermaid and the Danish Resistance Museum. As the day wore on, I made my way down to the canals to take in the cheerful atmosphere of Nyhavn, sunbathe in front of the Black Diamond, observe preparations at the Royal Stables, and finish the night at the beautiful Tivoli Gardens.