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Burning Man Has Become A Testing Ground For Extreme Architecture

Designers descend to try their creations against the heat and wind of the Nevada desert.<p>French photographer Philippe Glade has been going to Burning Man for 20 years. But unlike many other photographers, who document the festival’s famous art installations or Black Rock City’s sometimes eccentric …

Science Is Proving Why Urban Design Matters More Than Ever

Benches and greenery may seem inconsequential, but a new study quantifies how deeply they impact the civic life of a city.<p>It’s easy to make our cities attractive. Plant a few flowers, pick up litter, put up a sculpture or two. But cosmetic improvements don’t necessarily translate to meaningful …

Hong Kong’s disillusioned youth feel they’re worse off 20 years after the handover

In the 20 years since Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule, the city has been able to count the numerous economic blessings it receives from being on the doorstep of the world’s second-largest economy. Yet many young people feel they haven’t reaped the benefits of those blessings, and that closer …

Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus

The ability to focus is an important driver of excellence. Focused techniques such as to-do lists, timetables, and calendar reminders all help people to stay on task. Few would argue with that, and even if they did, there is evidence to support the idea that resisting distraction and staying …

Thanks to a little-known airline hack, traveling around the world could be cheaper than you realize

I'll admit, I had nearly written off the possibility of booking an around the world trip and visiting a handful of countries in one fell swoop for fear that I'd never land on a total airline fare I could stomach.<p>Then I learned about the Round-the-World (RTW) ticket, a program offered by the major …

Bill Gates and investors worth $170 billion are launching a fund to fight climate change through energy innovation

Bill Gates is leading a more than $1 billion fund focused on fighting climate change by investing in clean energy innovation.<p>The Microsoft co-founder and his all-star line-up of fellow investors plan to announce tomorrow the Breakthrough Energy Ventures fund, which will begin making investments …

David Hockney and Martin Gayford on how pictures literally emerged from the shadows

In this edited extract from their new book, the celebrated painter and art critic discuss the evolution of pictures from the cave to the computer screen<p>David Hockney: It is a kind of joke, but I really mean it when I say Caravaggio invented Hollywood lighting. It is an invention, in that he quickly …

The real value of urban farming. (Hint: It's not always the food.)

During World War II, millions of Americans planted "victory gardens" in their backyards, eventually supplying a hungry nation with 40 percent of its homegrown fruits and vegetables. Once the war was over, those urban farms withered away, supplanted by increasingly efficient large-scale rural …

Urban Agriculture

Porto city guide: How to spend two days in Portugal's second city

Why go now?<p>Porto is a city on the rise, tempting travellers with its pretty old town, excellent wine bars and golden rooftops. This isn’t a …

European Travel

How to watch movies and read books more intelligently, according to New York’s most powerful critics

Sometimes it seems we’ll never get back to the blissful college days of doing nothing but reading, thinking, and discussing. (Or drinking while discussing. Or drinking while not discussing.) The farther you get along in career and family, the more you wonder: Will I ever find time to finish (or …

The new Super Mario Run game will take on Pokemon Go later this year but our writer goes one better – dressing up as the gaming icon for a go kart tour of Tokyo<p>Tyres screech. Children scream. Men cry … I’m causing a scene on the streets of Tokyo. Perhaps it’s my shiny modified ride, all flashing …

Retrogaming

In India, A Rich Food Culture Vanishes From The Train Tracks

Much like armies, train travelers in India march on their stomachs. And this was certainly true when I was a child, growing up in the 1980s, in the southern city of Chennai. My most vivid memories of summer vacations are of overnight train journeys to Hyderabad, to visit my maternal grandparents. …

Family Travel

How I traveled to 8 countries in Europe and Asia with only $2,700

As someone who's spent the past three years traveling on a shoestring budget, nothing has taught me more about budget travel than getting my wallet stolen three days into a six-week trip.<p>Using a little flexibility and innovation, I visited Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, the Czech …

The 21st Century’s 25 greatest films

This landmark recipe book, a horrified reaction to postwar rationing, introduced cooks to the food of southern Europe and readers to the art of food writing<p><i>A Book of Mediterranean Food</i>, written and published in an age of postwar rationing, when food coupons were still in force and the national diet …

Books

The Myth of the Sustainable City

<i>Excerpted from</i> America’s Most Sustainable Cities and Regions: Surviving the 21st-Century Megatrends<i>, by John W. Day and Charles Hall (with</i> …

15 islands that are totally underrated

6 stunning European islands where you can find the luxury of Capri without the price tag

With its stunning coves, fine dining restaurants and luxurious hotels, Capri is one of Europe's most desirable vacation destinations -- the only problem is the exorbitant price tag that often comes along with it.<p>Fortunately, Europe is dotted with alluring destinations that are more budget-friendly …

European Travel

Tokyo-based illustrator Ryuto Miyake's work is full of warmth and wit

Tokyo-based illustrator and graphic designer Ryuto Miyake has a refined style and an eye for detail. Ryuto’s illustrations are painted with acrylic …

Guide Books

From colonialism to Soviet brutalism, Daniel Shea captures Havana's unique landscape

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Cuba

From midnight road movies to small-hours rave: the best culture for night-owls

Mark Kermode’s top five night films<p><b>Before Sunrise (1995)</b><br>Hopping off a train in Vienna, American Ethan Hawke and Parisian Julie Delpy spend a night-time wondering whether they were made for each other. Along with <i>Before Sunset</i> and <i>Before Midnight</i>, this is part of that rarest of things – the perfect …

Edward Hopper

What Anime Architecture Teaches Us About the Future of Cities

The Museum of Architectural Drawing in Berlin hosts an exhibition on the architecture of anime.<p>Within the world of animation and the subculture of anime, <i>Akira</i> and <i>Ghost in the Shell</i> stand apart as iconic and highly influential. Released in the late 1980s, both animated films featured dystopian …

With the Launch of the Impossible Burger, Veggie Burgers Are Officially In

If sushi was the health food of the 90's, and the early aughts brought low-carb, high-protein diets, then we’re now officially in the era of eating vegan. On Tuesday, the previously scorned veggie burger entered the foodie vernacular, when David Chang announced he’d be adding an animal-free patty …

'Secrets of the NYC Subways' Explores History and Artwork of Every NYC Station

Author and transit expert Oscar Israelowitz unfolds historical and modern-day facts about all 469 of NYC's subway stations in his latest book<p>Author and transit expert Oscar Israelowitz knows a thing or two about the New York City transit system, and in his latest book, <i>Secrets of the New York City</i> …

New York City

Everyday Environmentalist

Baking soda and vinegar can clean and deodorize your home – no need for conventional cleaners!<p>"I haven't had to replace anything yet!"<p>Stephanie Wear, …

An X-Ray View of Tokyo's Complex Architecture

Tomoyuki Tanaka renders the intricacies of some of the world’s busiest train stations by hand.<p>From the outside, Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station is sleek: geometric, and rendered in cool grays.<p>Inside, it’s a labyrinth. One of the world’s busiest and biggest transit hubs, over 3.64 million people pass …

Rendering The Complexity Of Tokyo By Hand

Just navigating Tokyo’s dizzying Shinjuku Station is a challenge. Drawing it is even harder.<p>For as long as rendering software like AutoCAD has existed, architects have debated the merits of computer-aided design over the tradition of drawing by hand.<p>Lucky for us, Japanese architect Tomoyuki Tanaka …

One of the best culinary schools in the world is about to award the Nobel Prize of food

In recent years, several high-profile chefs have sought to use their craft and stature to improve the world around them. José Andrés and Tom Colicchio have done advocacy work for hunger relief. Alice Waters has morphed her farm-to-table movement into a campaign to improve the health and …

When traveling abroad, follow these three credit card rules

Using credit cards while traveling abroad doesn't have to be a hassle. Here are three credit card rules that'll make your trip a little easier.<p>When I …

13 Amazing Things to Do in India

<i>As crazy as it sounds, I’ve never been to India. I know, right? It’s high up on my list of places to visit but, with so much to see, I’m just saving</i> …