Artists installed seesaws at the border so kids in the US and Mexico could play together

(CNN)It may seem like an ordinary scene: Children and adults playing on pink seesaws, carelessly laughing and chatting with each other View this post on Instagram Ten years later, their conceptual drawings became reality. Rael and his crew transported the seesaws to Sunland Park, New Mexico, separated by a steel fence from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. People from both sides came together Monday to play in a “unifying act,” the University of California said in a statement. Participants on the Mexico side had no planning, it said. In an Instagram post, Rael said the event was “filled with joy, excitement, and togetherness at the borderwall.” “The wall became a literal fulcrum for U.S -Mexico relations and children and adults were connected …

Seesaws Built Across The U.S.-Mexico Border To Let Children Play Together

Ronald Rael, an architecture professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Virginia San Fratello, an associate professor of design at San Jose State, unveiled the three pink teeter-totters on Monday in an Instagram post. The installation was built in a slatted border fence that separates Sunland Park, New Mexico, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, “The wall became a literal fulcrum for U.S.-Mexico relations and children and adults were connected in meaningful ways on both sides with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side,” Rael wrote in an Instagram post Monday. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ronald Rael (@rrael) on Jul 28, 2019 at 11:22pm PDT …

Its a superpower: how walking makes us healthier, happier and brainier

Neuroscientist Shane OMara believes that plenty of regular walking unlocks the cognitive powers of the brain like nothing else. He explains why you should exchange your gym kit for a pair of comfy shoes and get strolling Taking a stroll with Shane OMara is a risky endeavour. The neuroscientist is so passionate about walking, and our collective right to go for walks, that he is determined not to let the slightest unfortunate aspect of urban design break his stride. So much so, that he has a habit of darting across busy roads as the lights change. One of lifes great horrors as youre walking is waiting for permission to cross the street, he tells me, when we are forced to …

If You Care About Cities, Apple’s New Campus Sucks

The new headquarters Apple is building in Cupertino has the absolute best door handles. The greatest! They are, as my colleague Steven Levy writes, precision-milled aluminum rails that attach to glass doors—sliding and swinging alike—with no visible bolts. Everything in this building is the best. The toroid glass of the roof curves scientifically to shed rainwater. And if it never rains again (this being California), well, an arborist selected thousands of drought-tolerant new trees for the 175-acre site. Not every Apple employee will get to work in the new building—ouch!—but 12,000 will. Of course, it only has 9,000 parking spaces, but that’s supposed to encourage people to take an Apple shuttle to work. And once they arrive, they’re not going …

Theme parks, pubs and ‘human zoos’: how the Victorians invented leisure

Entrepreneurs came up with increasingly elaborate ways to part Londoners from their money, inventing many staples of the modern leisure industry Whether it was visiting a human zoo, taking a bull on a hot-air balloon ride, or singing risqu songs about rhubarb, Victorian Londoners loved to have fun. As entrepreneurs and impresarios came up with increasingly elaborate ways to make money from the capitals huge potential audience, Victorians effectively invented the modern leisure industry including theme parks, pubs and professional football. As a new book by historian Lee Jackson explains, the hunt for profit took place against the backdrop of typical Victorian concerns surrounding morality, class and empire. So where did Victorians go for fun? And what still exists today? …

‘Doctors knew my son had HIV, but didn’t tell him’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘I feel guilt that we allowed it to happen’ Paul Summers was five when he was diagnosed with the blood disorder haemophilia in 1969. His parents Pat and Tony were shocked, but also relieved. They had spent their son’s early years ferrying him from their home in Llantwit Major to Bridgend hospital with unexplained bruises and bleeding problems. A knock or cut could see the active little boy in hospital for weeks. When a revolutionary new treatment called Factor VIII was proposed by doctors in the late 1970s, a teenage Paul was thrilled he could inject himself at home, freed of regular trips to the haemophiliac unit at Cardiff’s Royal Infirmary for …

Artist Crochets New Life Into Fallen Leaves

Susanna Bauer (featured previously) works with found natural objects like leaves, wood and stone; incorporating them with crochet in unique and unconventional ways. Born in Germany, the artist studied landscape architecture at Munich’s Technische Universität and art at London’s Camberwell College of Art. She currently calls Cornwall, UK, home. On her website she explains: “I just work very carefully with very small hooks and needles… It took me a very long time to get to know the limits of the materials I work with. When I start a piece of work I have a fairly clear idea what a particular leaf or piece of wood will allow me to do, so thankfully breakages are very rare these days.” Scott Rothstein …

You Can Fly Round-Trip To Florence, Italy For $397, So Pack Your Bags

Irina Ozhigova Dollar Flight Club’s July 25 Deals To Italy Will Save You Up To $578 On Your Dream Vacay By Lizzy Rosenberg 5 hours ago It’s always been a major dream of my to take a trip that’s solely focused on eating. And luckily, dining your way through the country of pizza and pasta won’t put a major dent in your bank account right now, as long as you book with Dollar Flight Club’s July 25 deals to Italy. While you’ll still have to save up a decent amount of cash (as it is — in fact — a trip to Europe), round-trip airfare to Italy is priced at about half of the usual fare with DFC’s current finds. …

The Future Lunar Space Station Will Be In A Halo Orbit Around The Moon

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the Moon, given the recent 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. But lunar exploration is not just in our past, it’s also in our future. NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) plan to go back to the Moon and place a space station in lunar orbit. This station is known as the Lunar Gateway and after months of analysis, the space agencies have finally announced the orbit that the station will take around our natural satellite. The teams of experts selected the “near-rectilinear halo orbit” or NRHO, which will send the Gateway in a 7-day elongated path around the Moon. The NHRO will take the station as close as 3,000 kilometers …

Announcing the agenda for TC Sessions: Enterprise | San Francisco, September 5

TechCrunch Sessions is back!agenda, overflowing with some of the biggest names and most exciting startups in the enterprise industry. And you’re in luck, because Throughout the day, you can expect to hear from industry experts and partake in discussions about the potential of new technologies like quantum computing and AI, how to deal with the onslaught of security threats, investing in early-stage startups and We’ll be joined by some of the biggest names and the smartest and most prescient people in the industry, including Bill McDermott at SAP, Scott Farquhar at Atlassian, Julie Larson-Green at Qualtrics, Wendy Nather at Duo Security, Aaron Levie at Box and Andrew Ng at Landing AI. Our agenda showcases some of the powerhouses in the …

Slack speeds up its web and desktop client

Slack is launching a major update to its web and desktop today that doesn’t introduce any new features or a new user interface. Instead, it’s almost a complete rebuild of the underlying technology that makes these two experiences work. Over the course of the last year or so, Slack worked on shifting the web and desktop clients (which essentially use the same codebase) to a modern stack and away from jQuery and other technologies it used when it first introduced these tools in 2012. “We want people to be able to run Slack alongside anything else they’re using to get their job done and have that be easy, uncumbersome, delightful even. So we took a look at the environment we’re …

London Bridge makes Riba Stirling Prize shortlist

The nominated buildings, he said, “could hardly be more diverse” yet had “ground-breaking innovation, extraordinary creativity and the highest quality materials” in common. Previous winners of the prize – first presented in 1996 – include Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre, Hastings Pier and the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh. Image copyright Ricky Jones Built almost entirely from cork and designed to be assembled by hand without mortar or glue, this private house in Eton emits next to zero carbon. The Riba Stirling Prize jury said it was “a structure of great ingenuity” that “harked back to a time when humans and nature were more intertwined”. Image copyright Tim Crocker This development of 105 energy-efficient homes in Norwich is the first council housing …

30 Hilariously Unsuccessful Travel Photos

We celebrate amazing travel photography and rightly so, but what about the times when it all goes wrong? Those hilarious occasions when people have traveled across the world and completely failed to share its beauty in a photograph, times when they would’ve found more culture in their local supermarket than that blurry pic of the pyramids. This list of disappointing travel photos is funny for its self-awareness; these people understand the irony of traveling thousands of miles to see something that just happens to be cloaked in fog or undergoing repairs. #2 Traveled Thousands Of Miles To See The Big Ben #3 Not Mount Rushmore, But I Woke Up At 3am And Hiked Up Machu Picchu To Be There At …

Mayor rejects plans for Tulip tower

The design did not constitute the very highest quality of design required for a building in the location The proximity, height and material would have a negative impact on the Tower of London World Heritage site The space around the proposed building was insufficient to be safe and to prevent overcrowding A lack of new cycle parking spaces failed to comply with the London Plan for transport Image copyright Foster + Partners Image caption The proposed skyscraper would have been the second tallest in London after the Shard The London Review Panel concluded The Tulip “does not represent world class architecture, it lacks sufficient quality and quantity of public open space, and its social and environmental sustainability do not match …

Artist Creates Mind-Bending Photographs By Blending Drawings With Reality (30 New Pics)

#2 Cataudella has trained his eyes this way totally on his own. “I have never studied illustration or any other art discipline. I learned everything I know by myself with a lot of practice, patience, and passion driving my endeavors.” “My current pieces begin with an object, typically a building. After I find something that intrigues me, I try to think about a link between the object’s shapes and something that I’m already familiar with. This step might take up to a few hours. After that, I start creating the image, combining all of the pieces.” #25 #26 #27 #28 #29 #30

New cities in the sand: inside Egypts dream to conquer the desert

Four decades ago Egypt embarked on the most ambitious new cities building programme in the world. Their boom shows no sign of stopping Seen from space, Africa. This week Guardian Cities meets the 90-year-olds who built the Bulgarian city of Dimitrovgrad after the second world war (many still live there) and visits the bizarre Bahria Town development promising Karachi residents protection from terror attacks and violent crime. We look at Hong Kongs plan to build artificial islands for 1.1 million people and examine Egypts dream to conquer the Sahara. We remember past visions of future cities and ask, is there ever a good reason to start a city from scratch? Nick Van Mead Was this helpful? Thank you for your …