When Malls Saved the Suburbs From Despair

The Garden Court at Southdale Shopping Center, Edina, Minnesota, circa 1965Minnesota Historical Society by IAN BOGOST Like it or not, the middle class became global citizens through consumerism—and they did so at the mall. “Okay, we’ll see you in two-and-a-half hours,” the clerk tells me, taking the iPhone from my hand. I’m at the Apple Store, availing myself of a cheap smartphone battery replacement, an offer the company made after taking heat for deliberately slowing down devices. A test run by a young woman typing at a feverish, unnatural pace on an iPad confirms that mine desperately needed the swap. As she … Continue reading When Malls Saved the Suburbs From Despair

Google’s Guinea-Pig City

Sidewalk Labs / Ian Bogost / The Atlantic Will Toronto turn its residents into Alphabet’s experiment? The answer has implications for cities everywhere. by MOLLY SAUTER Quayside is a nondescript, 12-acre chunk of land on the southern edge of Toronto’s downtown. It’s just three miles from my apartment, but getting there takes almost an hour by subway, bus, and foot. When I finally arrive at 333 Lake Shore Boulevard East on a windy day in early January, I find a vacant parking lot full of snow. The abandoned Victory Soya Mills silos loom at its edge—a remnant of the city’s industrial … Continue reading Google’s Guinea-Pig City

Spiritual Japan: Photos by Nune Karamyan

by Jason Jose  Long exposure photos of temples, bridges, and monuments in Japan treated with a sepia tone by photographer Nune Karamyan. The warm tone adds a timeless quality to the images as if they were shot a long time ago and are just being discovered. The series recently won 1st Place in the Architecture/Historic category at the 2017 International Photography Awards. Long exposure photography delivers the enchanting spirit of sacred traditions of Japan. When the never ending colorful crowds of tourists and pilgrims alike turn into the moving ghosts in the long exposure photograph, serenity and piety fills the air. Monochrome … Continue reading Spiritual Japan: Photos by Nune Karamyan

Minimalistic Tiny Tokyo Apartment by Hiroyuki Ogawa Architects

   by Trendland Team Japanese Studio Hiroyuki Ogawa Architects recently renovated a room inside a reinforced-concrete building in Tokyo to create a 34-square-metre studio apartment that can be divided up with sliding wooden screens. The serene ambiance of the Shibuya Apartment 402 is a breath of fresh air and calm, compared to the fast-paced world that awaits outside. Photography by Kaku Ohtaki https://trendland.com/minimalistic-tiny-tokyo-apartment-by-hiroyuki-ogawa-architects/ Continue reading Minimalistic Tiny Tokyo Apartment by Hiroyuki Ogawa Architects

A new book unlocks the enigma of the Japanese garden

‘The Japanese Garden’ by Sophie Walker explores the history of the unique Asian art form and its contemporary relevance. Pictured here, the Daikaku-ji in Kyoto, which dates back to 814, during the Heian Period in Japan. Photography: Travellinglight/Alamy Stock Photo ‘The Japanese Garden’ is published by Phaidon BY HARRIET THORPE Insight into the enigmatic nature of the Japanese garden is revealed beneath a dark green fabric covered book written by garden designer Sophie Walker and published by Phaidon. ‘The Japanese Garden’ covers the history, design and concepts behind this unique Asian art form through a charmingly detailed narrative that varies in pace from thematic chapters, to intimate essays … Continue reading A new book unlocks the enigma of the Japanese garden

Your City Has a Gender and It’s Male

iofoto / Shutterstock Why city designers are increasingly thinking about the female perspective. BY FOUAD KHAN Ihave a secret to tell you about my city,” she says. “It has to do with what Eve Ensler calls the feminine cell.” It was the autumn of 2016. I’d met her in Quito, Ecuador, at the United Nations’ Habitat III, the biggest global urban development conference in two decades. After a week spent pondering cities, we found ourselves talking to each other like strangers often do in the tired, busy evenings that follow a day’s hustle. “What’s the feminine cell?” I ask. “It’s … Continue reading Your City Has a Gender and It’s Male

Are Algorithms Building the New Infrastructure of Racism?

SOCIAL ENGINEER: Robert Moses stands next to a model of the Brooklyn-Battery Bridge in New York City (which was never built). How we use big data can reinforce our worst biases—or help fix them. BY AARON M. BORNSTEIN We don’t know what our customers look like,” said Craig Berman, vice president of global communications at Amazon, to Bloomberg News in June 2015. Berman was responding to allegations that the company’s same-day delivery service discriminated against people of color. In the most literal sense, Berman’s defense was truthful: Amazon selects same-day delivery areas on the basis of cost and benefit factors, such as household … Continue reading Are Algorithms Building the New Infrastructure of Racism?