From Amy Kraft (The Week, 9 April 2015), renovations designed to make the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City a better building and habitat led to a significant decrease in direct bird collisions and deaths.
As far as bird deaths go, [Dr. Susan] Elbin, [NYC Audubon’s director of conservation and science], said that her data shows a 90 percent decrease in collisions with the Javits Center as a result of the renovations.
How A Giant Manhattan Building Learned To Stop Murdering Birds
Are artists the secret to revitalizing Main Street? (Matt Hansen of The Week)
Many city planners looked to the prominent example of Manhattan’s Lincoln Center, the arts complex built as part of an urban renewal program in the 1960s, as the gold standard for what arts could bring to a city.
“A building–no matter how stunning–is not just an object, and that’s something that always needs to be considered. And a street–even one lined with world-class museums–is not an object either.”
— Sam Lubell on the relationship between buildings and their surroundings
[photo via geoman56/flickr]
Artist Joshing Uno redesigned the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system map for Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. See the second image; the first image isn’t bad either as a redesign for Mario Kart.
And yes, you can buy the print version.
[link via ParisLemon]
If you need something to help store your bicycle inside your apartment/other cramped room/space, consider the Bike Valet for its simplicity and elegance. It also comes in six colors: black (coming soon), navy, red, white, green, and grey.
It’s somewhat pricey at $160, but its handmade from Reclamation Art + Furniture. The price might go drop in the future if designer Steven Tiller decides to scale production of the bicycle rack further. Hint: that might mean mass production (i.e., not artisan) and not made in the United States.
See Bike Valet for more photos.
[photo via Stephanie Birch/Bike Valet]