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The best hostels in Europe

An expert guide to the best hostels in Europe, including the top places to stay for backpackers and those looking for cheap hostels, in locations including London, Paris and Amsterdam.<p><b>London</b><p>Safestay Holland Park, Kensington<p>Located midway between Holland Park Road and bustling Kensington - it’s rare …

Along London’s ‘other river,’ an art walk brightens the scenery

The mighty Thames cuts through the center of London, but the city’s second river, the Lea, remains mostly hidden from view. And by its banks, in the borough of Newham, far from the well-heeled streets of Chelsea and Hampstead, some of the city’s most deprived residents live.<p>Megan Piper decided she …

Visual arts: Public art along Ste-Catherine St. emphasizes the need for empathy

Empathy is a much-needed quality in a world in which fear of the “other” is used to divide and control us. So having empathy as the theme of the …

'Culture': Leading Scientists Explore the Social Purpose of Art

We've already ravished <i>The Mind</i> -- the first in a series of anthologies by Edge.org editor John Brockman, curating 15 years' worth of the most provocative thinking on major facets of science, culture, and intellectual life. On its trails comes <i>Culture: Leading Scientists Explore Societies, Art,</i> …

Garage Fills A Gap in Moscow's Contemporary Art Scene

The contemporary art landscape in Moscow made major progress last month with the opening of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Not only is it a new place for Muscovites and the tourists who go there to learn about contemporary art that is significant both globally and locally, its network, …

Erewhon Venice Will Feature Bike Racks, Local Art, and More

Following our exclusive reveal that Erewhon is set to open in Venice, the wildly popular natural foods market has officially confirmed the news—and they're spilling additional details. We're told that the store will be located at 585 Venice Boulevard—a huge space formerly occupied by Quiksilver's …

Ellsworth Kelly changed the face of art. At 92, he's still not done

The colours are always brilliant in Ellsworth Kelly’s world – even in the garden. Two hours north of New York, outside a studio built to his own design, is a lawn of such intense and blazing green it could be one of the American painter’s own monochromes. For more than 50 years, Kelly has been …

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Maori culture and modern art come together at the Len Lye Centre by Pattersons

The recently inaugurated Len Lye Centre is not just a gleaming new landmark for New Zealand's seaside city of New Plymouth; even though its shimmering mirror-effect steel facades ensure it states its presence with panache. The new project, designed by architects Pattersons, is also the country's …

Favorite new art project: A computer that emotionally sings '90s ballads

Watch your back karaoke masters, this art installation is about to steal your thunder. And you might just like it.<p><i>Jezebel</i> tipped us off to Martin …

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The Art of Being Alive Series: Interview With the Innovative Artists Behind the Open Space Project

<b>TO "MAKE" IS TO CREATE, THROUGH INVENTION AND DESIGN, FROM CONCEPTION TO COMPLETION. - Open Space Project</b><p>Open Space is a project space that strives to facilitate new, emerging and innovative makers, artists and cultural enthusiasts. The pop up will feature a range of makers whose crafts include …

“Rakugo” (The Art of Storytelling)

Inspiring Audience Imagination<p><i>Rakugo</i>, the traditional Japanese art of storytelling, developed as a form of entertainment for ordinary citizens during …

Art exhibit watches you breathe and builds you a light show

Tucked into a small gallery space in downtown Manhattan, there’s a big ball of light that knows how you breathe.<p>A product of international creative …

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Edinburgh art festival 2015 review – a great year for sculpture

The most beautiful gallery in Britain launches this year’s Edinburgh art festival with a coup. Inverleith House has the first show by the US pioneer <b>John Chamberlain</b> ever held in this country. Chamberlain (1927-2011) made his name by transforming trashed car parts into strange new sculptures that …

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Whitney White Linen Night: An art and society scene uncovered | NOLA.com

It was a hot and sticky night, as the story unfolded on Julia and Camp streets at the annual <b>Whitney White Linen Night</b> on Saturday (Aug. 1). The event …

Israel's modern Arab art museum opens to glow of love

Israel's first museum of Arab contemporary art opened on Wednesday with a mission to promote peace and with one exhibit literally featuring the glow …

Facebook Built an Actual Plane to Bring the World Internet Access

Facebook wants to bring people Internet access from the stratosphere.<p>It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … Facebook?<p>The tech behemoth has built an actual plane — a 140-foot, solar-powered, unmanned Aquila — to serve as a flying Internet hub that will provide Wi-Fi access to parts of the world where …

New York City Is Turning Smart Garbage Bins Into Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

Solar-powered Bigbellies offer enough bandwidth to power a startup.<p>Garbage cans may no longer be just for junk. Bigbelly, a Massachusetts-based waste management company, is hoping to turn its trash and recycling bins into wireless hotspots throughout New York City.<p>The project began in downtown …

A Trippy Visualization of 24 Hours of Flights Over London

Watch more than 3,000 flights compete for space on only six runways.<p>Not that any exasperated air passenger will attempt this exercise, but the next time you’re waiting on a nonexistent plane at Heathrow Airport, think about all the flights that <i>aren’t</i> delayed.<p>That’s what air traffic-control company …

How Prefab Honeycomb Homes Could Help the Affordable Housing Problem

These customizable hexagons from U.K.-based Hivehaus offer the promise of fast, cheap density.<p>Every county in the U.S. needs more affordable housing, and that calls for fast and cheap construction of living space. A new company promises just that, with help from the architectural principles of …

Inhale Booze at London's New Walk-In Cocktail Cloud

“Breathe responsibly.”<p>Humanity, in its insatiable quest for weirder and weirder methods of intoxication, has now turned to the steam room for inspiration. An installation called “Alcoholic Architecture,” coming soon to London’s Borough Market, dispenses booze in the form of a “walk-in cloud of …

Even North Korea Is Building Bike Lanes

The thoroughfares of Pyongyang feature the greatest amenities for the convenience and efficiency of the socialist worker.<p>Pyongyang, the capital city of revolution, is a world-class city! Its thoroughfares feature the greatest amenities for the convenience and efficiency of the socialist worker. …

Forget Tiny Houses—It's Time for Tiny Artist Studios

It may also be the future of affordable creative workspace in big cities.<p>The little building with corrugated tin siding and brown wood accents sits on a trailer hitch in the shadow of the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, right near the magnificent World’s Fair Unisphere. The door is …

Meet WNYC's Newest Reporter: This Old Pay Phone

It’s asking New Yorkers, “What does Eric Garner mean to you?”<p>When news of Eric Garner’s death went viral, people had a lot to say: about the New York police department’s use of chokeholds, about racial profiling, and about police brutality in general. Some went to Facebook and Twitter, others to …

In Vivid Animation, the Shapes and Sounds of Planet Earth

Crop fields are computer chips and rivers are lightning bolts in this new short film.<p>“Powers of Ten,” the 1977 short film by Charles and Ray Eames, begins with an idyllic shot of a picnic in Chicago, captured from one meter away. As a narrator talks, the camera pulls back 10 meters, revealing a …

Is Urban Planning Having an Identity Crisis?

Some planners are calling for a shift away from rigid, conventional approaches toward more complex, flexible ones.<p>PRAGUE—Call it post-planning, planning 2.0, or maybe un-planning. And the crazy thing is, this revolt against traditional approaches to planning is being conducted by planners …

Tokyo Scraps Its Intergalactic Olympic Stadium

While Japan is bent on blaming the architect, Zaha Hadid, the dynamic at fault is global and corrupt.<p>On Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that Tokyo will not move forward with the stadium at the center of its plans for the 2020 Olympic Games. The $2 billion venue—a great cosmic …

Millennials Are Creating Their Own Cities: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.<p><i>Tweet us your favorites with #CityReads.</i><p>“Millennials Will Live in Cities Unlike Anything We've Ever Seen Before,” Alissa Walker, <i>Gizmodo</i><p>It’s actually hard to know what to believe about millennials, the …

Where and Why Walking or Biking to Work Makes a Difference

An active commute matters, wherever you live.<p>It’s been more than seven years since Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett put his entire city on a diet and invested in wider sidewalks, better bike routes, and a larger park to encourage fitness. For politicians and urbanists alike, the connection between …