Faith, but fury too, for Donald Trump at home

The US president arrives this week from a split nation amid signs of a Democratic revival Reality. We all used to know what it meant. The world as it is. Objective facts that provide the foundation for rational not emotional judgments and actions. But the old definition of reality has taken a serious beating during the nearly three years Donald Trump, the reality-show president, has been in office. Partly because Trump himself seems to live in a reality separate from the one most of us inhabit. Partly because too many people still cant accept the objective facts of his presidency. This reality car crash will be on full display on Wednesday when his inevitable impeachment. Pictures of pomp and ceremony …

WeWork announces 2,400 employees to lose their jobs

Recently departed chief executive Adam Neumann in line for $1.7bn payoff as one worker says: No one knows what the hell is going on WeWork, the troubled office rental company, has confirmed it will lay off 2,400 employees globally, as it seeks to drastically cut costs and stabilize its business. A company spokeswoman said in a statement: As part of our renewed focus on the core WeWork business, and as we have previously shared with employees, the company is making necessary layoffs to create a more efficient organization. An all-staff meeting is set for Friday, and WeWork staff who have yet to hear about their positions said they were nervously awaiting more bad news. No one knows what the hell …

Arizona home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright before his death sells for $1.7m

Midcentury home, the last designed before the architects death, is nestled on the edge of a mountain preserve An Arizona house that was the last home designed by Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

New York’s Strand bookstore fights back over landmark status

Nancy Bass Wyden, the third-generation owner of the building and the business, warns its new landmark status could destroy the popular store In its 92-year history, the Strand, a New York institution and one of the worlds largest independent bookstores, has endured everything from the Great Depression to the explosion of Amazon. It is a cruel irony, then, that having survived against the odds, the latest potential threat to the third-generation family business comes from an organisation whose purpose is supposed to be to protect. The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) announced in June that it had granted the Strands home an 11-storey building between Manhattans Greenwich and East Villages landmark status, despite vocal opposition from its owner who warned it …

Blocked sidewalks: how boulders became a flashpoint in San Francisco’s homeless crisis

In a city with a $12bn budget and tech millionaires, more than 8,000 people are forced to sleep on the streets each night They appeared seemingly from out of thin air last month: two dozen knee-high boulders, at first glance, unremarkable, placed with remarkable precision along a sidewalk in a quiet alley in San Francisco. Within days, they became a flashpoint for a city in the midst of a homeless crisis. Residents of the Clinton Park alley, located to the north of San Franciscos trendy Mission District neighborhood, funded the rock installation to deter loitering after what they described as a year of flagrant drug-dealing and unpredictable behavior. Housing advocates and other civically minded critics were quick to call the …

Its a beacon for the city: inside the new New York library that cost $40m to build

The project earned criticism for its price tag, but it is being seen as a positive sign for the health of New York libraries Strategically positioned on the bank of the East River, across the water from the United Nations headquarters, New York city has a shimmering new addition to its skylines. Unusually for such prime real estate set among parkland, panoramic views of Manhattan and convenient transport links, this $40m development in Queens is neither an upscale apartment block, exclusive members club or the offices of a huge corporation. In fact, it is the site of the citys newest public library. Built from aluminium-painted exposed concrete that sparkles in the light and featuring two huge freeform cutouts for windows, …

Reconstructing a killing: exhibit challenges police narrative of Chicago man’s death

New art exhibit uncovers what appear to be missteps by police that led to shooting of Harith Augustus In the video that Chicago police released to calm outrage over another killing of a black man by a white police officer, Harith Augustus appears to be unholstering a gun as hes shot dead in the street. But a new art exhibit by the Invisibility Institute and Forensic Architecture, unveiled as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, reveals a more complex case, uncovering what appear to be a number of missteps by police and challenging the official narrative of the 2018 shooting. It is a seemingly unlikely medium for seeking social justice, but one that might become more common. I hope this …

Brave new world: the search for peace after the second world war

The United Nations was created out of the horrors of the second world war, writes the Observers chief political commentator At the end of the second world war there was no guarantee that it would not be followed swiftly by a third. Six years of the most intensely murderous and geographically spread conflict in the history of the human species had left unprecedented devastation. From Normandy to Ukraine, vast areas of Europe had been pulverised by aerial bombing and ravaged by savage ground fighting. The landscape was a ruination of flattened homes, wrecked factories and fallow farms. Great swathes of Asia, especially China, had suffered appallingly. Up to 85 million souls had lost their lives; more millions had been displaced. …

Firm behind San Francisco’s notorious sinking tower ordered to compensate residents

The 58-story structure has sunk and tilted 18 inches toward the north-west since it was built in 2008 A tentative settlement has been reached over San Franciscos most notorious luxury high-rise the 420 units eventually all sold, for a total of $750m. Prior to the publicity around the buildings tilt, a three-bedroom unit was listed for Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Global trade disruption is a symptom of a deeper malaise | Mohamed El-Erian

Resolving US-China trade war is not enough to ward off what many fear is a looming worldwide recession It is only a matter of time until the escalating tensions between China and the US prompt many more economists to warn of an impending global economic recession coupled with financial instability. On 5 August, Bloomberg News Larry Summers, a former US treasury secretary who was also closely involved in crisis-management efforts in 2008-09, recently The Only Game in Town, all of these recent developments and also, of course, the growing US-China tensions are related in a meaningful way to two basic and persistent features of the global economy since the 2008 financial crisis. The first is the prolonged period in which …

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 …

New York’s Four Seasons Restaurant to close less than a year after reopening

Managing partner says restaurant which opened in 1959 in the Seagram Building but left it in 2016 will close on Tuesday The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York is to close, less than a year after it reopened away from the Seagram Building, the masterpiece of modern architecture which was its home for almost 60 years and which it came to complement as a high point of 20th-century art, style and design. In a statement The architect Philip Johnson was responsible for the dazzling restaurant interior, in which he was often to be found. It was home at various times to art including Blue Poles, the pop artist James Rosenquist. A in Tate Modern in London. The Four Seasons served …

Now kids, help us to kill Bin Laden! The dark side of Washington’s spy museum

The bugged shoes and poison brollies are fun and fascinating. But why are the sections about state-sponsored torture and assassination so uncritical? Sitting in a glass case, standing out against a backdrop of deep red, theres axe that still bears a rust mark, the consequence of a bloody fingerprint left on it decades ago. One day in 1940, this axe was hidden inside Ramn Mercaders suit jacket, suspended by a string, as he walked into the office of Leon Trotsky, the Russian revolutionary living in exile in Mexico, having been sentenced to death as an enemy of the people in his home country. Mercader slipped behind Trotskys desk and brought the axe down with tremendous force, penetrating two-and-three-quarter inches into …

IM Pei: an audacious daredevil who built the impossible

From his provocative Louvre pyramid to his inverted wedge for Dallas, the Chinese-American architect was too modern for his time but his angular marvels look perfect now So bold were IM Peis designs, they were often regarded as wilfully controversial, designed to shock. But Pei himself never saw it like that. He was possibly the last living link to such founders of modernism as Bauhaus stalwarts Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, all of whom he met. He carried their torch, abiding by their principles and adding flourishes of his own usually too many for the general public. To those modernist foundations of proportion, simplicity, geometry, Pei added audacious angles and structural daring. The result is a body of work that …

Eco-friendly ending: Washington state is first to allow human composting

Legislation would let facilities offer natural organic reduction which turns a body into about two wheelbarrows worth of soil Ashes to ashes, guts to dirt. Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation Tuesday making Washington the first state to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains. It allows licensed facilities to offer natural organic reduction, which turns a body, mixed with substances such as wood chips and straw, into about two wheelbarrows worth of soil in a span of several weeks. Loved ones are allowed to keep the soil to spread, just as they might spread the ashes of someone who has been cremated or even use it to plant vegetables or a tree. It gives meaning and …

‘I see any dinosaur, I buy it’: at home with the embattled owner of the Flintstone house

Florence Fangs colorful home is a landmark for many in Californias Bay Area. But the town of Hillsborough is suing her, declaring the property a public nuisance When Florence Fang purchased a new house in Hillsborough, Details around the yard of the Flintstone house property in Hillsborough. Photographs by Cayce Clifford, The Guardian Fred and Dino are indeed here now, as are Wilma, Barney and Betty Rubble, giant letters reading Yabba dabba do, a backyard posse of 15-ft tall metal dinosaurs, and a second, larger Fred. Theres also an astronaut, a moon rover, a spaceship and the Great Gazoo (thats the name of the alien who crashed to earth during the final season of the classic 1960s cartoon). I wanted …