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. and I have been thinking about Beijing's warped sense of scale. All our friends who visit get confus…
theory  beijing  pedestrian  comfort  city  urban  metro  transport  comparison  map  digital 
5 weeks ago by aries1988
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RT : Transports, médiathèque, piscine… voici quelques exemples de ce que coûtent vraiment les…
nantes  2019  numbers  budget  city 
february 2019 by aries1988
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We know China is ageing rapidly, but this from our emerging cities report shows how pace differs significantly betw…
region  aging  numbers  comparison  city  future  china 
january 2019 by aries1988
作为一个中产阶级,我对国家有哪些不满意
我的文章,很多上面的人都能看到,有的在内部刊物发表,有的被相关领导批示过,也有政府部门联系过我,还有智库针对我的文章发表过评论。所以这一篇,我也希望能被看到。这一篇讲下,作为一个看好国家前途的中产阶…
opinion  city  middle-class  comparison  usa  china  lifestyle 
august 2018 by aries1988
我们的这个邻国,比朝鲜还神秘的多(上)
说起蒙古国和内蒙古的区别,就要从蒙古帝国灭亡后分化为的三部分开始。在明末清初,蒙古分化为三部:漠北、漠南和漠西蒙古。这三部是以蒙古国和我国内蒙边界一带的戈壁沙漠做的空间划分。漠西蒙古后发展为准噶尔帝国,被清朝乾隆所灭,现在只留下新疆北部准噶尔盆地这个名词。而漠北蒙古主要为蒙古喀尔喀部,在清朝灭亡后独立,成为外蒙古。

漠南蒙古各部落——科尔沁、察哈尔等,则成为我国的内蒙古自治区。

乌兰巴托原名“库伦”,这座城市的历史并不长。1778年,乾隆降旨喀尔喀蒙古领袖在北京到恰克图商路上的驻地设立城防,取名库伦。建城后,库伦逐渐成为在漠北地区最大的城市和商业和宗教中心。1911年末,八世哲布尊丹巴(博格达汗)宣布外蒙古独立,并定都库伦。接着在1924年,蒙古人民党在苏联支持下,建立了苏联之后的第二个社会主义国家——蒙古人民共和国,并将“库伦”改名为“乌兰巴托”,意为“红色英雄城”。

对国内来的游客来说,漫步在乌兰巴托市区,强烈的陌生感会扑面而来。大街上没有一个汉字,我们印象中的蝌蚪状的蒙古文也几乎没有,映入眼帘的都是像俄语一样、西里尔字母拼写的蒙古文。与我们同行的一个内蒙的蒙古族朋友,也看得晕头转向。

近些年,越来越多的韩文出现在乌兰巴托街头。韩国借助和蒙古国语言同为阿尔泰语系的缘故,加强了与其经贸和文化往来。蒙古国的许多大巴,都是大宇提供的援助。而韩国游客也成群结队的出现在乌兰巴托街头。在乌兰巴托甚至出现了一个韩国街区,整条街都是各种韩国料理的馆子。而韩国范的打扮更是在女性之中风靡开来,经常能看到穿着俄式和西式皮草大衣的女人,画着韩式的精致妆容。

在西方,蒙古人被称为最不像亚洲人的亚洲人。粗犷的游牧文化,再加上近现代苏俄的熏陶,让他们神情举止、举手投足,都颇似西方人。他们外向、直率,完全没有东亚国家的内向和拘谨。长期的俄化和最近的西化,让路上的女士们,都是欧美范的打扮。她们着浓妆,穿着俄国的皮草、靴子和丝袜,甚至还有人在这么冷的天穿着低胸的上衣。游牧基因造就了她们的高挑的大骨架,如果不看脸,还以为她们和俄国大妞没有分别。

在蒙古国家博物馆里,你会看到蒙古帝国崛起的历程。和我们从学校里学到的历史观不太一样,这里的人把匈奴、鲜卑、柔然、突厥、契丹等各时代的草原民族,看作是不同时期他们的先辈。就像我们看汉、唐、宋、明这些朝代一样。
mongolia  city  buy  photo  mongol  museum  history  china  travel  book 
july 2018 by aries1988
China is trying to turn itself into a country of 19 super-regions - A tale of 19 mega-cities
The concept of city clusters is grounded in the theory of agglomeration benefits, which holds that the bigger the city, the more productive it is. A large, integrated labour market makes it easier for employers to find the right people for the right jobs. As companies gather together, specialised supply chains can take shape. Knowledge also spreads more easily.
city  china  future  project 
june 2018 by aries1988
经过30年的努力,我们的城市终于被建设得充满危险!

我让他们去读的一本书,这本书是百年以前一位美国牧师写的,叫《中国人的性格》。
city  urban  china  beijing  photo 
june 2018 by aries1988
Letter of Recommendation Escape Rooms

Like dreams and traffic disputes, escape rooms are scandalously dull to summarize. But try it once, and everything else will suddenly pale in comparison.

Escape games are a natural emetic for all your bad qualities. Are you bossy? An escape game will turn you into a sickening tyrant. Are you meek? You’ll cower. Anxious? You’ll freak. If you have a grain of self-awareness, the emotional purge will occur within the first minute of the game, and you’ll spend the rest of the time actively compensating for your worst instincts, surfing them like a wave and relishing the conquest.
game  city  moi  self  character  team 
april 2018 by aries1988
Letter of Recommendation Fatbergs
A hideous collective self-portrait rendered in oil and wet wipes.
explained  city  trash  underground  sewer  home  kitchen 
march 2018 by aries1988
Xian Offers Terracotta Warriors, Stunning Food and Plenty of Bargains
One of the oldest cities in China proved to be one of the less expensive trips our columnist has taken in the past year.
xi'an  list  bestof  food  city 
march 2018 by aries1988
How Digital Maps Have Changed What It Means to Be Lost
I was curious if others felt the same way, so I set about collecting more of these moments—memories of the last times people felt really, truly lost.

“I can sympathize with that romantic notion that wandering in an unfamiliar place is great because you never know what you might stumble on,” Mathis says. “But in practical terms, as a woman who often is out walking alone, I do have my guard up. I have my city face on. And the technology that we have now does make me feel like I can be self-sufficient almost anywhere. And that’s something I value.”

There are many ways to be lost. Some have declined due to technology; others are newly born. But in every situation, to be lost is to be vulnerable. Vulnerability is frightening, often dangerous, but it also breeds connection—with people, and with places. The maps people carry in their pockets can be a barrier to that connection, but they are also safety nets. And it’s easier to take a leap if you know there’s something at the bottom to catch you.
russia  story  travel  GPS  discovery  safety  street  city  night  lost  female  stranger 
february 2018 by aries1988
异乡人—胡清心:香港,我和你,在最美好的时间点相遇|异乡人|深度|端传媒 Initium Media
这是我第一次直观地明白了何为一国,在中央集权大一统的秩序之下,竟可以将地理的自然分布与地域之间的文化差异几近抹杀,统统都打造成一个模样。北方城市与南方城市、沿海城市与内陆城市、平原城市与高原城市……国家教育我们为中国的地大物博、文化源远流长与丰富而自豪,确实无论是祖源、语言还是风俗之多样性,一直是国人津津乐道的。然而,却少有人意识到,这些多样性在党国深入基层的控制与集体主义思想这个大背景下,就像蛋糕上的裱花,主菜旁的配菜,不过是用来装点门面的细枝末节。只有经过比较,我才体会到,当你踏入大多数中国城市,首先感到的并不是本地的文化特色,而是社会主义中国的无处不在。
story  gaijin  hongkong  student  city  china 
november 2017 by aries1988
Excavating Food Waste in Nashville, Denver, and New York - CityLab
Denverites trashed the most edible food—about 7.5 pounds per household each week—followed by New York (5.4 pounds) and then Nashville (4.6 pounds). Overall, these sums are lower than previous estimates from ReFED, a consortium of food-centric organizations, which placed the weekly figure around 11.6 pounds per household.

1 pound = 0.453 kg
city  usa  trash  food  numbers 
november 2017 by aries1988
In the Tonnara
In these buildings, every scrap of the tuna was used, even the blood and the fat, just as my people butchered their hogs in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The choice cuts are obvious, and the dried roe (bottarga) is especially prized, but in the tonnara, the fish’s entrails and offal also were salted or preserved in oil for various uses, and difficult portions such as the joints and buzzonaglia were accorded care. Even the lattume, the male Bluefin’s sac of seminal fluid, was kept for the table.

I was drawn again and again to the tonnare. Only now do I realize I was fatigued by the endless palazzi and cathedrals of the rich that one is pointed to in Italy. It was refreshing to encounter a place where typical people—workers—lived and made a living.

For all we romanticize the notion of “work” in America, and as much as the politicians shill for it, the daily life of a laborer is the first thing to slip the collective memory. Instead, our children are taken to visit the mansion, the cathedral, or the art museum where the dirty money was poured. The factories corrode. The roof falls in. The weather comes. I remember bored teenage friends throwing rocks at the high windows of Dalzell-Viking Glass—their people had surely worked there blowing glass, but no one had a sense that it was of any importance. I didn’t either, not at the time. I probably would have thrown a rock had I any athletic ability.
sicily  italia  factory  renovation  city  village  gentrification  local  life  region  essay  love  fish  sea 
october 2017 by aries1988
What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution?

Now I’ve traveled enough in Russia that my affections are more complicated. I know that almost no conclusion I ever draw about it is likely to be right. The way to think about Russia is without thinking about it. I just try to love it and yield to it and go with it, while also paying vigilant attention—if that makes sense.

My way to travel is to go to a specific place and try to absorb what it is now and look closer, for what it was.

The Decembrists were young officers in the czar’s army who fought in the Napoleonic wars and found out about the Enlightenment and came home wanting to reform Russia.

Lenin informed his listeners that they had pioneered the international Socialist revolution, and would go forth into the world and proselytize the masses. It was an amazing vision, Marxist and deeply Russian simultaneously, and it helped sustain the despotic Bolsheviks, just as building St. Petersburg, no matter how brutal the cost, drove Peter the Great 200 years before. After Lenin, Russia would involve itself aggressively in the affairs of countries all over the world. That sense of global mission, soon corrupted to strategic meddling and plain troublemaking, is why America still worries about Russia today.

Rumor and street culture—jokes, postcards, sayings, bawdy plays performed in saloons—changed the image of the czar and the czarina, desacralized them, before and during the war. Empress Alexandra’s dependence on Rasputin, the so-called crazed monk, had catastrophic consequences. Tales of the czarina’s debauchery with Rasputin (completely untrue), and rumors of the czar’s impotence, and her supposed sabotage of the war effort because she was born in Germany, all undermined the Romanovs, until finally nobody could be too sad when the monarchy went away. People sent each other erotic postcards of the czarina with Rasputin, audiences howled laughing at plays about his supposed sexual power. It resembled modern defamation by social media, and it did great damage. I call it the ‘tragic erotics’ of Nicholas’ reign. If you loved Russia you were obliged to love your czar. People were saying, ‘I know I must love my czar, but I cannot.’

Tourists came through in a constant stream. Nearly all were holding up their phones and taking videos or photographs. Sometimes a tourist would stop in the middle of the room, hold the phone up with both hands in the air, and slowly turn in a circle so the video could pan the entire room. This slow, unself-conscious video-making rotation in the room’s center with arms upstretched happened over and over, a new century’s new dance.

In 1967, a New York Times editorial titled “Russia’s Next Half-Century” congratulated the Soviet Union for becoming “one of the world’s foremost economic, scientific, and military powers.” The Times said it looked forward to a prosperous future for the country, but added, “Russia’s leaders, surveying the changes of fifty hectic years, surely understand that the vision of a monolithic, uniform world—whether Communist or capitalist—is a fantasy.”

Whoever wrote it must have known that as an adjective to describe the Soviet half-century, “hec­tic” did not suffice. But you can also see the problem the editorial writer faced. What could be said about such horrors? The United States had never known what to make of its cruel, sly, opaque World War II ally turned Cold War enemy. America even tried to like Stalin for a while. He appeared on the cover of Time magazine 12 times.

Russia, the country itself, inhabits a spirit as well. The visible location of this spirit’s existence in the world used to be the czar. The United States is a concept; Russia is an animate being. I think Nicholas II understood this, and it’s why he believed so strongly that his countrymen needed the autocracy. Nicholas not only ruled Russia, he not only signified Russia, he was Russia.

Today, on Victory Day, marchers show up in the hundreds of thousands in every major Russian city bearing portraits of their relatives who served. These portraits, typically black-and-white photographs, keep to a single size and are attached to identical wooden handles like those used for picket signs. As a group the photos are called Bezsmertnii Polk, the Deathless Regiment.

The portraits in their endless numbers evoke powerful emotions as they stream by, especially when you glimpse a young marcher who looks exactly like the young soldier in the faded photograph he or she is carrying.

Individuals change history. There would be no St. Petersburg without Peter the Great and no United States of America without George Washington. There would have been no Soviet Union without Lenin. Today he might feel discouraged to see the failure of his Marxist utopia—a failure so thorough that no country is likely to try it again soon. But his political methods may be his real legacy.

Lenin showed the world how well not compromising can work. A response to that revolutionary innovation of his has yet to be figured out.
russia  travel  interview  city  tourist  history  today  revolution  communism  instapaper_favs 
october 2017 by aries1988
Le « monstre » de graisse qui bouche les égouts de Londres pourrait finir au musée
Quelle meilleure façon d’interpeller sur les conséquences de la pollution que d’obliger le visiteur à regarder la boule de graisse et de lingettes qui obstrue les égouts sous leurs pieds ?
wc  london  museum  city 
september 2017 by aries1988
« Débaptisons les collèges et les lycées Colbert ! »
A l’initiative de Louis-Georges Tin, président du CRAN, et du philosophe Louis Sala-Molin, plusieurs personnalités signent une tribune afin que le nom de Colbert, ministre de Louis XIV et acteur de la légalisation de l’esclavage, soit retiré de l’espace public.
france  history  city  memory  slavery 
september 2017 by aries1988
Cities Aren't Smart Enough to Stop Rat Infestations. But That's About to Change.

To start, the team turns to the city’s records on 311 calls about rodent sightings—for now, that’s the most reliable insight for finding rodent hotspots. Then they compare those calls with other city data, including the number of registered businesses (particularly food businesses), apartments (an indication of human density), and the breakdown of the area’s landscape (concrete versus penetrable Earth like parks). They’re looking for patterns that signal favorable conditions for rats, highlighting places where Brown’s team could soon find an infestation.

The result was impressive: Neill’s model could predict a spike in rodent complaints a full week before it happened
model  city  rat  hygiene  management  animal 
august 2017 by aries1988
D.I.Y. Artificial Intelligence Comes to a Japanese Family Farm
The Koikes have been growing cucumbers in Kosai, a town wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the brackish Lake Hamana, for nearly fifty years.

For his project, he used TensorFlow, which Google released to the public in 2015.

He began by building a custom photo stand, which allowed him to photograph each cucumber from three angles. Then, to analyze the images, he adapted a popular piece of TensorFlow software used for recognizing handwritten numerals. Before he could turn the A.I. loose, though, Koike had to train it. He captured seven thousand photos of cucumbers that his mother had already sorted, then used the data to teach his software to recognize which vegetables belonged in which categories. Finally, he built an automated conveyor-belt system to move each cucumber from the photo stand to the bin designated by the program.
agriculture  ai  business  city  countryside  engineering  example  family  japanese  story 
august 2017 by aries1988
街头摄影师刘涛的前半生:为了等一只猫跳到窗框上

刘涛此前的拍摄都是在合肥,他在这里出生、读书、工作。除此之外,他对世界的认识都来自书籍和网络,他每天在自家的电脑上浏览大量摄影作品,看玛格南大师,看Flickr上国外摄影师刚出炉的作品,看森山大道的摄影集—— 拍照都是一回事儿,跟日本新宿比起来,合肥的区别也不大。他最喜欢的摄影师是Alex Webb,刚出名时接受记者采访,刘涛说,Alex把城市里的建筑、栏杆、街上的行人都拍得很有味道,这些元素合肥也有。

回到合肥,刘涛带回来了德国的毛病,更格格不入了。刘涛也开始像德国人一样,买一罐啤酒边走边喝,别人就觉得我这人有点……合肥街头很难找到不吃菜,一个人光喝酒的。

去年6月份开始,我们单位搞了一个步数比赛,到现在正好一年。我去年平均每天走2万5千步,周末不拍照步数少一些。街拍时一天走15公里,肯定胖不起来了。
hefei  photography  life  city  street  germany  story  refugee  moi 
august 2017 by aries1988
Pourquoi y a-t-il autant de ronds-points en France ?
Le Monde.fr version mobile - Pour le savoir, il a fallu interroger celui qui a été le discret pionnier de leur développement au début des années 1980 : l’ancien premier ministre Jean-Marc Ayrault.
video  explained  france  français  driving  city  nantes  moi 
july 2017 by aries1988
The Great Hanoi Rat Massacre of 1902 Did Not Go as Planned
A vintage photograph of Rue Paul Bert (now Trang Tien Street), Hanoi. Public Domain In 1897, Paul Doumer arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam. A 40-something French…
animal  death  killing  city  vietnam  story  français  health  economy 
june 2017 by aries1988
Why the ‘happiest’ cities are boring
The most intriguing studies of the determinants of happiness are those of psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. The moments at which people are happiest are when they are in “flow” — when they are engaged in a challenging task and doing it well: the lecture in which you realise the audience is hanging on your ever word, the tennis game in which every shot takes the ball where you want it to go. For many people, bringing up children is a source of endless demands and frustrations, but taken as a whole it is one of the most satisfying experiences of their lives. There is more to the good life than clean water and trains that arrive on time.
city  list  world  comparison 
may 2017 by aries1988
How to make cities more child-friendly
Raising children in the city is stressful. However, most parents now do it. For the first time ever, a majority of humans (including children) live in urban areas. Even dense metropoles such as New York and London are filling with kids. These cities were designed by men who didn’t do childcare, and it shows.

Throw into this mix another lethal piece of tech: the iPad, the robot babysitter. Instead of spending your afternoon chivvying your kids, you can now just let them zone out to the video game Clash Royale. This is especially attractive when air pollution (largely car-induced) makes it, at times, officially unsafe for them to go outside. That’s a common event in London, and standard in the children’s dystopia (and therefore failed city) Beijing.

Cities also need to use their spaces more. Civic buildings could house play centres on evenings and weekends. When offices and supermarkets are closed, their car parks should be used for football or skateboarding. School playgrounds should stay open at weekends, and floodlit parks after dark. Already, schemes such as London Play allow residents to request that their streets be briefly pedestrianised, typically on Sundays, letting locals go outside and meet each other. “We invite the elderly neighbours, and make sure there is tea and cake out,” says Sam Williams, a landscape architect at Arup who studies child-friendly cities.
parents  children  play  city  opinion  future  kid 
may 2017 by aries1988
Pollution de l’air : Paris va tester une colonne Morris dépolluante
Des microalgues présentes dans ces puits de carbone sont à l’origine de la décarbonisation de l’air. Elles seront aussi recyclées en énergie verte.
environment  idea  city 
april 2017 by aries1988
Is your commute worth the pain? The real cost of getting to work
https://www.instapaper.com/read/885035373

Xinzhuang

When suburbs sprawl out too far and fail to stay compact, he says, then “even if [the authorities] wanted to provide good public transport services, it will end up more and more costly.”

Urawa
city  life  moi  analysis  data  shanghai  tokyo  work  comparison  world  time  immobilier  price  commute 
march 2017 by aries1988
北京为何要严控城市规模? - 万金油的回答 - 知乎

如果有人觉得大城市生活不好,跑到一块儿空地上,向土地主人买了这块地盖起来房子,这样的人达到一定数目就可以向州政府申请成立一个新的城市。市政委员会由居民选举产生,为居民提供包括治安、交通、医疗、教育、水电气等各种市政服务。城市运转的资金由居民交的房产税来提供。如果城市运作得好,那么就会有大量的居民迁入,抬高当地的房价,产生更多的房产税,有了更多的财政收入,市政府就可以投入更多钱来改善交通、建立医院学校等等,使得城市变得更好,吸引更多的人迁入,最终实现良性循环。因此市政府千方百计做好服务吸引更多的人口流入而不会简单地设置人口规模。这样的制度设计才会带来题主所希望的样子。

回到北京的问题,北京政府不需要向住在北京的人负责,而是要向上级政府负责。北京占有了全国太多的资源,而这些资源并不是由市场配置,不能受价格影响流入流出,因此必然吸引外来人口流入。外来人口多了又不能给政府提供相应的财源必然让政府不堪重负。影响到了身在北京市内高于北京的中央政府的运行。因此北京政府必须减少外来人口无序流入,来保障已有的存量人口特别是其中的中央人口正常生活。
beijing  today  future  city  china  policy 
march 2017 by aries1988
The Destruction of Baishizhou

In other words, they were in a fine position to participate in Shenzhen’s capitalist experiment. As waves of migrant workers flowed into the city to fuel the manufacturing boom, the villagers put their money into maximizing rental space: building residential buildings that went as high as tenants were willing to climb, and then partitioning them into ever smaller units and crowding them closer and closer together. In the process, they gave Shenzhen a backbone of affordable, albeit poorly regulated, housing that was vital to the city’s rise.

A leather and household repairman tends his stall in a passageway, next to chatting residents. The density of the neighborhood makes for an occasional blurring of private and public spaces.
shenzhen  village  city  photo  quartier  life  china 
october 2016 by aries1988
Man v rat: could the long war soon be over? | Jordan Kisner | Science | The Guardian
Why? How is it that we can send robots to Mars, build the internet, keep alive infants born so early that their skin isn’t even fully made – and yet remain unable to keep rats from threatening our food supplies, biting our babies, and appearing in our toilet bowls?

Rats have the same taste preferences as humans – they love fat and sugar – though Dyer’s experiments with various flavour profiles indicated that their appetite for both exceeds ours.
biology  animal  ecosystem  city  human  trash  food  scientist 
september 2016 by aries1988
北京折叠-墙外楼
作者:郝景芳 (1) 清晨4:50,老刀穿过熙熙攘攘的步行街,去找彭蠡。…
scifi  chinese  beijing  city  society 
august 2016 by aries1988
‘Pool to table’: on the leisurely challenge of indoor shrimp fishing in Taiwan | Aeon Videos
Taiwan is one of the most densely populated islands on Earth: its 36,000 square kilometres are home to more than 23 million people. Historically, fishing and seafood have been central to Taiwanese culture, but with the country’s economy and population increasingly urbanised, many in Taiwan have sought a new, leisurely and convenient way of connecting with the sea: indoor shrimping. In this short video, the director Tim Cheng visits one of Taiwan’s many urban shrimp pools, where patrons go to catch their next meal – or just for the relaxation of it all.
fun  urban  city  leisure  animal  sea  taiwan 
august 2016 by aries1988
Who Is Polluting Rio’s Bay?
A major part of Rio’s winning Olympic bid was a plan to capture and treat 80 percent of the sewage that flows into Guanabara Bay, something organizers now admit will not happen — certainly not by August, if ever.

Guanabara Bay was discovered by Portuguese explorers on Jan. 1, 1502 — hence the name Rio de Janeiro, or River of January, for the settlement that grew on its shores.

As it slows and widens, the Rio Sarapuí passes thousands more homes and several factories and refineries, all of which see the river not as a waterway for beauty and enjoyment but as a back alley, a channel to carry away their unwanted waste.
rio  brazil  2016  river  nature  city  crisis 
august 2016 by aries1988
From Pokémon Red to Pokémon Go, How Nintendo's Video Game Franchise Captured the Experience of Leaving Home - The Atlantic
The original Pokémon (first released for the Game Boy in 1996) is a bildungsroman, or coming-of-age-story, disguised as a bug-collecting challenge.

It works because it captures the original game’s spirit of exploration, even if its players said goodbye to their childhood home years ago.

The way Tajiri describes his childhood in that interview alludes to the game’s bildungsroman quality, that of a child learning about the world around him by physically grappling with it. “If I put my hand in the river, I would get a crayfish. If there was a stick over a hole, it would create an air bubble and I'd find insects there,” he said. “In Japan, a lot of kids like to go out and catch beetles by putting honey on a piece of tree bark. My idea was to put a stone under a tree, because they slept during the day and like sleeping under stones. So in the morning I'd go pick up the stone and find them. Tiny discoveries like that made me excited.”

it’s still managed to turn its fans into a nation of Dr. Bugs, even if we aren’t turning over stones or baiting trees with honey. At its best, it can evoke a little wonder in the mundane world around us—or force us to realize the world we live in was never mundane in the first place.
game  children  iOS  animal  insect  discovery  nature  nostalgia  city  essay  neighborhood 
july 2016 by aries1988
20 of the most beautiful libraries in the world
A library can be a second home for a bibliophile.

They come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of embellishment. The nearly 300-year-old State Hall in Vienna, Austria, boasts carved wooden galleries, baroque-style statues, and frescos, while Taipei's Beitou Branch resembles a treehouse more than a shelter for books.

We scoured the internet and found 20 of the most beautifully designed libraries around the world.
list  library  book  moi  city  europe  usa  taiwan  architecture  travel 
july 2016 by aries1988
Alternative guide to Euro 2016 - FT.com
The French took a long time to fall en masse for football. In other countries, professional football started out as the sport of the urban working classes. But most of France never became very industrialised, and so the French working class stayed relatively small. The Parisian elite long had contempt for the sport, while in rural France football teams rarely became a strong source of local communal identity. Only in France’s few traditionally proletarian towns — notably Lens, Marseille and Saint-Etienne — did workers, uprooted from their ancestral villages, find belonging by supporting the local football team, much as they did in Manchester or Milan or the German Ruhr region.

The “black, blanc, beur” (black, white, son of Arab) team was a picture of a unified, multicultural nation. It was probably France’s happiest communal moment since Liberation in 1944, with the difference being that in 1998 all French people were on the same side.

French complaints about les Bleus provide a way for the nation to debate immigration. Whereas the French rugby team incarnate rural France, with many white players from the south-west, the football team are drawn more from non-white suburbs of big cities. Many of today’s players grew up in poor immigrant families (often Muslim), then emigrated as teenagers to grow rich playing for foreign clubs. In short, they have never lived in the French mainstream.

The French hope is that this summer will be a rerun of 1998. Thuram says: “I think that people only ask for one thing: to love the French team. Football has the power to create a certain communion of emotions. You can go up to another person you don’t even know and share that joy. For me, that’s what football is above all.” And it’s just what France now needs.
france  2016  football  race  city  sports  analysis  instapaper_favs 
june 2016 by aries1988
香港碎片 | 最好金龟换酒
香港人多路窄,婴儿车在闹市往往寸步难行。因此灵活方便的婴儿背带颇为盛行,在餐厅常见几家朋友一道聚餐,末了爸爸们一人一个背带将小小人儿兜在胸前起身离去,场面蔚为壮观。小朋友们似乎也很享受从这个角度打量世界,招摇过市时总是一副神气活现的样子。

离开青岛时正是苦寒冬日,在香港过年让人大松一口气。走出机场的那一瞬间很可能是小毛衣几个月来最开心的时刻,连这里的风都是温暖的,被包裹在厚重羽绒服里连小手都露不出来的憋屈日子终于结束了。

外佣撑起了香港职业家庭的半边天,令更多香港女性摆脱了家务的羁绊。每次在维多利亚公园看到带着孩子的外佣,我都深深觉得,无论港人和外佣之间是如何地相爱相杀,你都不得不承认这群透明人实际上是香港社会最坚实的后盾,用低薪与汗水浇筑着香港的经济奇迹。

每次来香港我都抓紧一切机会吃吃吃——烧腊、云吞面、鱼皮饺、钵仔糕、豆腐花、菠萝油。。。在它们沉沦之前,做得一年得一年,吃得一顿是一顿。

二十年前我第一次去香港,觉得那里的人们友善而愉快,是那种无忧无虑了不起的盖茨比的愉快。如今的香港人却都在紧张地生活,想法如钉子一般尖锐,语言像一颗颗子弹随时准备伤人。

电影《麦兜,菠萝油王子》中,麦太不断地给麦兜讲着那个故事:从前有一个王子.。。。有一日,佢变左个佬。这是世界上最悲伤的菠萝油,这是只有香港人才能听懂的故事。
blog  hongkong  story  baby  parents  city 
may 2016 by aries1988
London is set for driverless car roll-out – so what comes next?
What's the difference between a guardian angel and a chauffeur? That's just one of the things you need to know about the robot-on-the-road revolution

“If you look at what a full autonomous experience would be, it offers many more possibilities of what a car’s interior can be,” says Dominique Taffin at Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, one the world’s leading suppliers of car interiors, such as the panelling and instruments that adorn the inside of a vehicle.
explained  robotics  automobile  automation  transport  future  city  chinese  car 
may 2016 by aries1988
What New York can learn from London - FT.com
British people are less earnest about religion than many Americans. But, more importantly, in such a diverse city-state as modern London, identities are similarly fluid.

Londoners live in a world where cultural strands are constantly blended in surprising ways. You can see that in day-to-day matters such as cuisine — this is a country where curry became a national dish long ago; today Londoners queue for ramen, bao buns and barbecue. But what is truly striking in the London city-state is the high proportion of mixed-race families.

But when my family moved to New York a few years ago, we found ourselves in a world where identities tend to sit in boxes rather than on spectrums. Yes, America is an amazing melting pot and New York an incredibly diverse city. Yet President Barack Obama is hailed as the first black president, even though he is actually mixed, and universities run special entrance programmes for minorities. On US television, romantic dramas usually match couples along ethnic lines, like a modern Noah’s ark. And when bureaucratic forms require you to identify your ethnic origins, there is sometimes a mixed box on the list, but often there is not.

The fact that Khan has been elected mayor makes me very proud of my London origins — not because he is a Muslim, but because most voters do not particularly care that he is.
race  comparison  multiculturalism  city  uk  usa  election  metropolis  instapaper_favs 
may 2016 by aries1988
Uber is at the heart of China’s oversharing economy - FT.com
Uber-chatting, she adds, can also be an antidote to the isolation of the connected society. Offline communication is getting less and less. Many people have nothing to say to colleagues — they spend all their time on WeChat [China’s wildly popular chat app] and Facebook but that can’t replace human contact.
story  uber  china  city  life 
may 2016 by aries1988
Canadian teenager 'discovers ancient Mayan city lost in jungles of Mexico'
Telegraph News The Descending God's Temple which is on the Mayan site of Tulum. It is located on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Credit:…
civ  discovery  maya  teenager  stars  city  map  archaeology 
may 2016 by aries1988
老书虫:中国最活跃的外文书店
B:你心目中美好的书店是什么样的?

P:我去任何一个地方旅行都会去当地的书店,那种特别小特别老的书店。在里面工作的店员会问我对什么感兴趣,喜欢看什么,然后他会在那个堆了一万本书的角落里找出来我要看的书,他清楚地知道每本书放在什么地方,了解他店里的每一本书。有时候我是漫无目的地在翻书,他会问我说你最近看的三本书是什么,然后他会从店里挑出几本书给我,你甚至可能从未听过这些作者,但是当你看了,你就知道这就是我要看的。

B:像今天这样,坐在自己的书店里,你在想些什么呢?

P:我经常一边喝酒,一边看着在书店里进进出出的人,像在看一部部电影,每个人都带着故事进来,带着新的故事离开。如果有一天我不开书店了,或许会把这些故事写下来。
city  beijing  bookstore  gaijin 
may 2016 by aries1988
北京为什么这么脏?_土摩托_新浪博客
北京春天多风,一刮风空气中就充满了灰尘,把整座城市弄得脏兮兮的。其实我们本可以不这样,只是因为政府环卫部门管理理念的落后,才让北京,乃至整个中国的城市居民不得不生活在肮脏的环境之中。
environment  city  beijing  explained  opinion 
april 2016 by aries1988
Studio City - The New Yorker
Hengdian’s lot is eight thousand acres and includes a replica of the Forbidden City.
tv  entertainment  story  china  city  instapaper_favs  reportage  movie  industry  actor 
april 2016 by aries1988
Savagely malled: Why 'smart' cities aren't so smart | New Scientist
Today, national governments appear both distant from their citizens and ineffective in the face of global markets and other forces. So thinkers, policy-makers and activists are turning their attentions back to the city, that enduring polity within which the progress of the populace can be both imagined and realised, street by street, public arena by commercial district.
city 
april 2016 by aries1988
As Beijing Becomes a Supercity, the Rapid Growth Brings Pains - NYTimes.com
YANJIAO, China — Every morning at 5:30, Liu Desheng joins a dozen retirees waiting for the express bus to central Beijing from this small city in Hebei…
city  beijing  tianjin 
july 2015 by aries1988
(7 条消息) 丹麦是怎么丢掉汽车成为自行车之国的?中国若往这方面“努力”,要有哪些政策与规划? - dustette 的回答 - 知乎
所以归根结底,能让自行车成为生活方式的一部分,是因为丹麦/荷兰人的生活方式和基础设施建设/城市设计形成了互相促进的良性循环。基础设施好,人们觉得骑车出行方便,于是骑车出行的人越来越多。骑车出行的人越来越多,市政部门就有动力投入更多的钱和精力促进自行车友好型的城市设计。对于哥哈居民来说,选择自行车的最主要原因是快捷(56%),而不是环保这种高大上的原因或者便宜。 不过对于政府/社会而言,选择自行车是有很明显的cost-benefit优势的。好吧其实我也不知道他们怎么算的,不过丹麦人估算,自行车走的每一公里,社会会赚到1.22克朗;而汽车走的每一公里,社会会赔1.13克朗。
scandinavia  city  life  biking 
july 2015 by aries1988
甘肃兰州怎样? - 马琨的回答 - 知乎
我心里的兰州就是这样一座城市。你可以说他落后,粗粝,贫瘠,甚至是野蛮,被酒精浸泡的城市,但是也不能否认了兰州的另一面:我们有兰炼兰化,那里可是新中国石油工业的摇篮。中科院全国十二个分院,兰州占一个,我们还有兰州大学,西北师范大学。我们有兰州国际马拉松,也曾举办斯坦科维奇杯这样的国际赛事。我们有祖国七大军区之一,战略意义不言而喻。从兰州也算走出了不少国家领导,主持人,演员,作家,歌手,乐评人,科研工作者等等各行各业的翘楚人物。

这一点单说。兰州吃的绝对不单调。春天的苹果,夏季的白粉桃,白兰瓜,秋天的籽瓜,冬天的冬果梨。还有很多吃的我曾经在一个问题下回答过。我知道浙江的饭菜,都很清淡。兰州的一些吃的多口,吃完会上火。你也可以买百合,土豆,兰州这些特产,自己在家做饭,泡玫瑰水喝。
city  local  temoignage  food  impression 
may 2015 by aries1988
Reclaiming the Age-Old Art of Getting Lost - NYTimes.com
Lost in the Latin Quarter, I ended up, literally, at the foot of Michel de Montaigne.
A bronze statue of this French Renaissance philosopher — balding, with a…
travel  europe  map  city  serendipity 
april 2015 by aries1988
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