October 6th, 2013
I'm trying (and failing) to imagine a version of this that would work on Newcastle's Quayside on a Saturday night:
Perhaps we've been getting this nighttime noise thing all wrong. Cities don't need more police on the streets or tougher licensing laws to keep nightlife manageable. What they really need is a bunch of silent clowns to hush people with their fingers as they creep by on stilts. This is the approach being tried by Paris' Pierrots de la Nuits, at least.
Patrolling the city since March last year, this group of mute, sad-faced, black and white-clad mediators stalk the city's busy bar strips on weekend nights, gently encouraging people to drink, smoke and chat at a lower volume. Usually never uttering a word (though followed by leaflet-distributing "mediatisers"), the Pierrots work under a slogan not easy to translate snappily: "Create atmosphere without turning up the volume."
[Via feeling listless]
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June 25th, 2012
Why Aren't Cities Littered With Dead Pigeons? It turns out that the answer, in part, is … turtles.
Yes, there's a video. A deeply unsettling video, the memory of which is likely to keep me from getting to sleep tonight.
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January 22nd, 2009
Joey deVilla has been visiting the city of Fogcouver.
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April 6th, 2008
This orbital tour of the world's cities was created by stitching together still images taken from the International Space Station.
The narrator, astronaut Don Petit, put together a motorised mount that compensated for the motion blur induced by the ISS's orbital velocity and permitted him to produce some breathtaking results. The fishing fleet off to the north-west of Japan is a particular favourite of mine, but the entire ten minute film is well worth a look.
[Via Neil Gaiman]
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