1. "Walking into the city, you found narrow alleys between the buildings with dripping pipes overhead, discharge flowing in gutters, people stripped to the waist in their underwear working in tiny factories, the sound of metal pounding metal, butchered animals, unlicensed dentists, a two-man rubber plunger factory, carts stacked with steaming food, everything mixed together. It felt unreal (especially in the early days), and yet totally normal to everyone living and working there." —Photographer Greg Girard, on life inside the City of Darkness. 

    "Walking into the city, you found narrow alleys between the buildings with dripping pipes overhead, discharge flowing in gutters, people stripped to the waist in their underwear working in tiny factories, the sound of metal pounding metal, butchered animals, unlicensed dentists, a two-man rubber plunger factory, carts stacked with steaming food, everything mixed together. It felt unreal (especially in the early days), and yet totally normal to everyone living and working there." —Photographer Greg Girard, on life inside the City of Darkness. 

  2. Crowd-sourced urbanism.

    Developed by dozens of volunteer architects, scientists, and designers on three continents, Taiwan Strait Atlas is a comprehensive manual for a sustainable future.

    Based on years of research by CHORA, an architecture practice based in London, Berlin, and China, the book will propose a master plan for a low-carbon “smart region” in the Taiwan Strait.

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  3. Doc hits The World.

    Somewhere Between is a documentary that explores the question: “Who am I?”

    Following the lives of four teenage girls adopted from China and growing up in the US, the doc portrays each of these young women as they negotiate the tricky terrain of adolescence while simultaneously working through the experience of being trans-racial adoptees in today’s America.

    After running a successfully funded Kickstarter project last spring, creator Linda Goldstein Knowlton is currently receiving a wave of attention for her project. She recently updated her backers with a slew of cities where her film will be playing (as seen in the map above). She also announced an exciting feature spot on Public Radio International’s flagship program, The World.

    Take a listen and catch a screening in the coming weeks!

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