Virgil Abloh: the red-hot renaissance man shaking up fashion

Virgil Abloh is fashions hottest designer. We meet the man whose orange brick has people queuing round the block On an early summers evening on the outskirts of Basel a city almost certainly in Switzerland, but sometimes in France and occasionally Germany hundreds of well-heeled men and women stand in line, giddily, champagne flutes in hand, waiting to buy a 140 brick. It is, naturally, no ordinary brick. Its flag-down-a-passing-aircraft orange, and prominently branded in an edition of just 999. But, crucially, the brick or ceramic block as its parents have christened it has been designed by Virgil Abloh, a 38-year-old from Chicago, in conjunction with the timeless Swiss furniture company GQLouis Vuittons first African-American artistic director, and a rare …

Jackie Kennedy’s Martha’s Vineyard estate is on sale for $65 million

(CNN)Looking to buy property in Martha’s Vineyard and have $65 million laying around? “Forty years ago, my mother fell in love with Martha’s Vineyard,” Onassis daughter, Caroline Kennedy, said in a statement. “When she found Red Gate Farm, it was a perfect expression of her romantic and adventurous spirit. The dunes and ponds and rolling hills of Aquinnah gave her the chance to create a world where she could be so close to nature, close to her family and friends, and, most importantly, close to her beloved books. Kennedy said her mother even had a “fairy treehouse” built on the property for her grandchildren. “Those grandchildren are grown so now it is time for us to follow my mother’s example …

Theatre photos bring backstage world to life

Image copyright Fraser McGee/Birmingham Rep Image caption “The Rep is more than a theatre. It’s an icon of the city, with its distinctive Brutalist architecture and its role in the history of Birmingham’s arts and culture scene dating back over a century,” said Mr McGee Image copyright Fraser McGee/Birmingham Rep Image caption “The theatre is unique in the city in that it’s our only producing theatre. Thanks to an incredible team of skilled crafts people, the theatre designs and creates its own sets and costumes, which makes its productions really special” Image copyright Fraser McGee/Birmingham REP Image caption Of the 100 exhibition photographs, one of Mr McGee’s favourites is a shot of a welder in the workshop. “Taken during the …

‘Marmite’ bus station up for Riba prize

Mr Quick, the University of Central Lancashire professor of public art practice, said he was not surprised the refurbishment of the station had received recognition, as it was “really sympathetic and brought it into the 21st Century”. ‘Marmite building’ He is helping to organise events this year to mark its 50th anniversary including an exhibition opening in September called ‘Beautiful and Brutal: 50 Years in the life of Preston Bus Station at Preston’s Harris Museum’. James Arnold, who is co-curating it, said the building certainly got people talking. “It has been described as Marmite, people love it or loathe it but it always gets a reaction,” he said. Other buildings on Riba’s list include Battersea Arts Centre in London, which …

I Live In The Borough Where The Chernobyl Mini-Series Was Shot

Life is full of surprises. It happens that I currently live in a micro-district of Vilnius where parts of HBO’s miniseries “Chernobyl” were shot. Though my friend worked in the production of this movie and I knew about the project for more than a year, I never connected the dots. Personally, I’m not a big fan of watching series and my friends need to get really creative trying to persuade me into watching any. It literally took one of them pointing it out to me that I live in the location where it was shot, therefore I need to watch it. I think I got convinced, but before that, I’ve decided to go out and look around where it was …

Join raises $4M seed round to build a better construction planning platform

Startup Join wants to modernize the back office for an industry that’s everywhere, but maybe not top of mind, especially when it comes to project management software: Commercial construction. The company has raised a $4 million seed round, co-led by Signalfire and Building Ventures and including participation by existing investor Bolt. The startup’s core product is a collaborative decision-making platform designed to facilitate more effective working relationships between everyone involved in the preconstruction phase of a building project, including owners, contractors, designers, tradespeople and suppliers. The platform includes visualization tool, including timeline and budget planners, along with trend predictions so that you can see how changes to the plan will affect the project overall. It also includes permission-based account access …

Grapple with grotesque legacy in The Sinking City

Detective Charles Reed is plagued by apocalyptic visions. Reluctantly, he finds himself traveling to Oakmont City, a destitute metropolis whose people reportedly suffer the same phenomena. Oakmont, reeling from a natural disaster, has been partially lost to the sea. Bloated whales wash up on shore. City streets are flooded with fetid, brackish waters. And the townsfolk seem to have been put under a frightening, violent curse. So begins The Sinking City, the latest adventure game from noted developer Frogwares. While this may sound familiar (possibly generic) to even the most uninitiated reader of H.P. Lovecrafts fiction, thats the intent. Frogwares previous work has directly adapted Sherlock Holmes stories, bringing them to life with delightful detective mechanics and solid audiovisual presentation. …

Creandum closes $300M fund for early-stage investments out of Europe

As one European VC raises a fund to double down on bigger growth rounds in Europe, another has closed a fund to continue focusing on early-stage investments. Stocklhom-founded Creandum, an early backer of companies like Spotify and iZettle, has closed a fifth fund €265 million ($300 million). The plan is to use the money to continue investing in European startups and startups with European founders (Creandum also has offices in San Francisco and Berlin) with a focus on seed and Series A rounds. European venture capital has closely mirrored the trajectory that the startup ecosystem has taken in the region. A strong culture of research in technical fields in public universities has meant no shortage of interesting ideas and talent …

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite goes live in Canada, Germany, and 23 other countries

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (think Pokémon GO, but with wands and giant spiders instead of pokéballs and Pikachus) officially launched earlier this week, but with a catch: it was only available in the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Why? Amongst other reasons, a country-by-country rollout helps Niantic ensure that their servers stay stable. By spreading the launch out over time, they’re (hopefully) able to figure out where potential server scaling issues might be before half the world is yelling on Twitter. Niantic used a similar rollout strategy with Pokémon GO — even still, their servers had trouble staying up. The viral popularity of the game smashed headfirst into its unproven first draft network architecture, and outages were widespread for …

Lets Build a Global Skyscraper Network to Save the Planet

When New York City passed an aggressive set of greenhouse-gas-limiting laws in April, the buzz was, rightly, about the ambition of America’s biggest city putting a lid on its climate-changing ways. New York state has picked up the banner, too, putting into law this week a downslope to zero carbon emissions by 2050—the only other state to have a goal like that on the books is (you can guess) California. The Oregon legislature is dancing with the idea, too, assuming the governor can coax back to the capitol all the Republican legislators who are literally hiding so they don’t have to vote. Arguably the most interesting part of the New York City package isn’t the cap. It’s the trade—or, rather, …

Take me to the Boom Boom Room! Inside the risqu hotel for 24-hour party people

Americas raciest hotel chain has turned a boring British office block into an Austin Powers-style crash pad complete with retro reception, leftie library and rooftop baths. Groovy baby! When the clerks of Camdens highways department were issuing parking fines from their gloomy office in the 1970s, little can they have imagined that jet-setting hipsters would one day be supping cocktails in the public library below them before taking an al fresco dip up on the roof. Maligned for years as the concrete egg box of Euston Road, the Shawn Hausman, the Los Angeles-based designer behind the Standards flamboyant interiors, who started out creating film sets for live models in a vitrine behind the reception desk, part of an art installation …

Five great Interrail itineraries across Europe

Interrailing is an easy way to see the continent. We plot itineraries that cover the Med, the Alps and an affordable version of the Orient Express Lakes and mountains Suggested duration 15 days Stops Lausanne, Annecy, Chamonix, Zermatt, Lucerne, St Anton, Zell am See, Innsbruck, BernShortcut Head straight to Zermatt to make it an 11-day tripBest Interrail pass 15 days within two months (337 youth/439 adult/395 senior/under 12s free) or the tighter 10 days within two months (274/357/321/free). Plus train reservations The sight of a gleaming railway snaking over an Alpine pass or hugging a lake has long inspired travellers, and both are well served by rail routes. This itinerary weaves from France through Switzerland to Austria, with spectacular views …

Ethiopia coup attempt leaves regional leader dead reports

General reported as being behind armed attempt to seize power in Amhara state The chief of staff of Ethiopias army was shot dead in his own home by his bodyguard and a regional governor was killed when a general tried to seize control of a northern state in an attempted coup, the prime ministers office has said. The Amhara state president, Ambachew Mekonnen, and his adviser were shot dead and the states attorney general was wounded in Amharas capital, Bahir Dar, on Saturday evening, according to a statement from the office of the prime minister, Abiy Ahmed. In a separate attack on the same night, Ethiopias army chief of staff, Gen Seare Mekonnen, and another retired general were shot dead …

The 150-year-old ‘soul’ of a seaside town

Image copyright Illustrated London News Image caption The pier opened in 1869 to great fanfare Image copyright Science & Society Picture Library Image caption It was constructed using surplus rails from Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s South Wales railway Image copyright Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust Image caption Thousands came out to celebrate the pier’s reopening on 27 May 1989 Image copyright Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust Image caption Another ceremony was held when a new pier head and landing stage for steamer ships was added A new visitors’ centre and restaurant opened in 2016, with visitor numbers topping 100,000 for the first time in 147 years. In April, it came third behind Worthing and Clacton in the National Piers Society competition …

Apollo 11 is paving a path from the moon to Mars

(CNN)Fifty years after humans first stepped on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission, NASA has created a goal of landing the first woman and next man on the moon’s South Pole by 2024. NASA has dubbed this path back to the moon Artemis, after Apollo’s twin sister from Greek mythology. Cernan and Schmitt, the only scientist to ever walk on the moon, landed in the Taurus-Littrow valley on December 11, 1972. “America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow,” Cernan said as they departed. “As we leave the moon and Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.” Forty-seven years later, NASA announced the Moon to …