Which is the world’s most vertical city?

You might think of Hong Kong, given its famous skyscraper skyline, but by different measures of verticality other cities come out on top Looking out from sky100, Hong Kongs highest observation deck on the 100th floor of the citys tallest building, the 494-metre-high International Commerce Centre, you get a 360-degree view of one of the worlds most famous skylines an urban jungle framed by mountains and the gleaming Victoria harbour, with endless clusters of high-rise buildings packed so closely together they resemble a game of Tetris. Its little wonder a city of such visible density has more skyscrapers than anywhere else in the world. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Hong Kong has 355 buildings …

Devendra Banharts cultural highlights

The musician on his favourite neighbourhood gallery, Cate Le Bons incredible new album and a heroic meditation podcast 1. AppWeCroak This app looks quite cute with its frog icon, but five times a day it puts a banner on your phone saying: Dont forget, youre going to die. When I first saw it, I thought it was going to be dark and intense and a source of anxiety, but what it actually serves to do is disengage me from identifying with my ego and the source of tremendous stress that is this entire existence. It helps me realise that the things that Im concerned about are pretty much insignificant. And if you click on the app, you get a quote …

Ford and Volkswagen team up on self-driving and electric cars

New York (CNN Business)Volkswagen and Ford announced plans Friday to work closely to develop electric- and self-driving vehicles, the latest automakers to partner in the face of massive changes rocking the auto industry. “We stand at the precipice of biggest shift in transportation since [the one] Henry Ford initiated over 116 years ago,” said Hackett speaking to analysts and media. “Our industry and the world is being upended by technology and innovation.” Traditional automakers are worried they could be left behind by changes in the market brought about by tougher environmental regulations in Europe and elsewhere, as well as new players such as Uber (UBER) and Tesla (TSLA) and potentially deep-pocketed tech companies such as Google parent Alphabet (GOOG) and …

Why New Orleans is vulnerable to flooding: It’s sinking

(CNN)New Orleans was built above sea level, but over time, it’s been sinking. Settlers who got the best land were able to build only about 10 feet above sea level. Even from the beginning, the city was fighting an uphill battle as it expanded. New Orleans is mostly flat, and areas around the French Quarter are just a little lower. But in this situation, every foot counts. “Even during its very beginnings, New Orleans’ residents understood the value of land elevated above the flood-prone land they had chosen to call home,” the US Federal Emergency Management Agency says in its History of Building Elevation in New Orleans. 2. It was built on loose soil As the city grew, architects chose …

David Chipperfield’s Berlin temple: ‘Like ascending to the realm of the gods’

Twenty years in the making, this dazzling synthesis of the classical and modern takes Museum Island to new heights Friedrich Wilhelm IV described his vision for James Simon Gallery stands as a 134m (120m) Parthenon-on-Spree, forming a handsome new entrance to one of the worlds most important repositories of cultural treasures. We were quite nervous, says Chipperfield, standing in the lofty new ticketing lobby, where stripes of sunlight flood in between the row of slender white columns outside. The challenge was how to create something that was of its context and also of our time, in this incredibly sensitive location. He had good reason to be anxious. His first design, unveiled in 2006, was slammed by German critics as grossly …

Punk hellraiser Lydia Lunch: ‘I’m chronically misunderstood but I get off on it’

The runaway, singer and counter-culture icon is hitting 60 and is as incendiary as ever, touring and raging against polluters and politicians in a rip-roaring book Lydia Lunch turned 60 this year, but age has done little to dim this counterculture icons lust for life. Decades after her start as the nihilist 16-year-old frontwoman of 1970s no-wave band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, the New York-born apocalyptician is a revered veteran of the US underground: a writer, spoken-word performer, musician, actor and artist. Lunchs style is raw and incendiary, all sex and death and taboo-busting feminist rage. And in 2019, the sexagenarian is as unapologetic and active as ever still writing, touring, collaborating and performing. Lunch is in Colchester when …

30 Times People Traveled To Japan And Realized Theyre Too Tall For It

On the other side is Japan; 126 million people squeezed on to four main islands, with a total area 26 times smaller than the USA. The Japanese have learned to be economical with space – whether it be technology, houses or dioramas – which can be an issue when tall people visit the country. Heads are bumped on low doors, showers are too short, and train seats… well, it’s cozy put it that way. #2 Tall In Japan #3 6’3” Lived In A Traditional Japanese House In Japan For Two Months. There Were Lots Of Exposed Wooden Beams Things don’t fit: Many things won’t fit you. At my size, it is not that hard to find fitting clothes or shoes. …

Melania Trump Gets Wooden Statue In Hometown; Not Everyone Warms To It

Melania Trump has been carved from a tree near her hometown in Slovenia — and some are complaining about it. Brad Downey. It was created by local sculptor Ales “Maxi” Zupevc, who used a chainsaw to create a rough-hewn, peasant-looking character in a blue dress with a flat, nearly featureless face and waving. The statue, its creation and Zupevc will be featured in a documentary by Downey. It’s not to everyone’s taste. One resident told ITV that it “doesn’t look anything” like Melania, adding: “ But another told Reuters she liked that Melania was perched up high. “You know what makes her resemble Melania? Look at how high she climbed to the top,” the woman said. “Just like real Melania, …

How severe is overcrowding at some US migrant facilities? Very

Report found that 88 men were held in a cell with a maximum capacity of 41 or less than 0.3 sq meters of space for each man Overcrowding is so severe at some US migrant detention facilities that adult detainees are held in cells where they each have less than 0.3 sq meters of space. A report released Forensic Architecture that is based at the University of London. The researchers began with a photograph that was included in Tuesdays standards published by the American Correctional Association which are 25 sqe ft (2.32 m2) for multiple cell occupancy (the International Committee of the Red Cross maintains even more space is required for the dignity and safety of prisoners; 37 sq ft …

Nico in Manchester: ‘She loved the architecture and the heroin’

She had been a top model, then sang with the Velvet Underground, and in 1981 Nico moved to Manchester. Her friends there share their touching, alarming memories of a true bohemian An imperious blond German ex-model with a voice once described as like a body falling through a window, Nico was already extraordinary by the time she leant her vocals to songs including Femme Fatale and All Tomorrows Parties on the Velvet Undergrounds classic first album, produced by Andy Warhol. Soon after that, she embarked on a solo career, and made records, such as The Marble Index, that were even darker, with despairing lyrics and a wheezing harmonium accompanying Nicos Teutonic tones. By this time, she was no longer blond …

Charles’ 50 years as Prince of Wales

Former Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan Sir Norman Lloyd Edwards, who went on to know the prince well, also recalled the excitement at Cardiff train station, where he was at the time of the announcement. “It didn’t have a roof, but if it had had a roof it would have come off,” he said. “There was enormous excitement on the platform and in the railway station.” Among the guests invited to the investiture 50 years ago was Sir Nicholas Soames, a lifelong friend of the prince. Image caption Dafydd Iwan said the investiture “came out of nowhere” amidst political turmoil In the late 1950s, Welsh nationalism was yet to spark into life. Eleven years later, when Charles was crowned, it …

Thousands of mourners attend funeral of UAE prince, 39, who died in London apartment following alleged drug-fueled party

Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi walks the runway at the Qasimi show during London Fashion Week Men’s June 2019 on June 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/BFC/Getty Images for BFC) Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi was seen in pictures praying at the King Faisal Mosque as his eyes remained closed. This is the second son he has had to lay to rest, with his other son dying in 1999, according to the National. Mourners entered the house of worship in silence while more prominent figures, including his other fellow Emirates and top government officials, had a separate entrance, Following the funeral ceremony, the body of the man was buried in an unmarked grave at Al Jubail …

Vandals spraypainted the ‘Bean’ sculpture at Chicago’s Millennium Park

(CNN)Seven people were arrested after the famous “Bean” sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park was vandalized. “We will send out more details when charges are finalized,” she said. It’s 33 feet high The Cloud Gate was created by Anish Kapoor, a British sculptor known for his large-scale works of stone and reflective steel. The Cloud Gate was completed in 2006, according to the Millennium Park Foundation’s website. One hundred and sixty-eight stainless steel plates were cut using computer technology and assembled together like a puzzle to create the sculpture. It’s 33 feet high, 42 feet wide, 66 feet long and weighs 110 tons. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

This Is How 8 Different Locations Around The World Look Across The Four Seasons

Nature’s extraordinary ability to change shows it’s alive and always ready to surprise. Each season is painted with fascinating contrasts, vivid colors and magical atmospheres, and although there are four official seasons, none of them look the same in different corners of the world. If you don’t have to change wardrobe every quarter of the year, you can only recognize two – wet and dry – seasons or your surroundings look a bit monochromatic, this is a perfect opportunity to experience, explore and compare the four seasons across the world! #1 Bethesda Terrace (New York, USA) You may think of New York as back-to-back buildings and hustle, and that’s certainly part of the appeal for New Yorkers and visitors alike. …

Replay: Welp, We Might Be Getting a Final Fantasy XIV TV Show

Welcome to Replay, where you can catch up on a week's worth of videogame news in just a couple of minutes. This week, Sony is looking to make a Final Fantasy XIV show, and also, uh, there's Budweiser-related news? It's a weird one; strap in. Sony's Making Use of Their TV Division to Make a … Final Fantasy XIV Show? As we reported recently, Sony has opened up a wide-ranging TV division to develop, produce, and distribute television adaptations of their videogame properties and, presumably, the properties of their partners. Their first choice, though, is an odd one. As PC Gamer reports, Sony's working on a live-action television show about the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Final Fantasy XIV. The …

Tiny Robobee X-Wing powers its flight with light

We’ve seen Harvard’s Robobee flying robot evolve for years: After first learning to fly, it learned to swim in 2015, then to jump out of the water again in 2017 — and now it has another trick up its non-existent sleeve. The Robobee X-Wing can fly using only the power it collects from light hitting its solar cells, making it possible to stay in the air indefinitely. Achieving flight at this scale is extremely hard. You might think that being small, it would be easy to take off and maintain flight, like an insect does. But self-powered flight actually gets much harder the smaller, which puts insects among the most bafflingly marvelous feats of engineering we have encountered in nature. …