It’s been a few weeks since I last shared a Sunday Selection so I’m excited to be back this week with a bundle of interesting content for your perusal.
Between blogging events, work events and a weekend in Ghent (city guide coming soon) I’ve spent a lot of time on public transport reading a range of articles. Scrolling through my favourites it has become clear that my obsession with America is back; if there’s been an article published about Hillary or the CIA recently then I’ve probably read it over the last few weeks. Here’s the best of the bunch:
How Hillary’s logo is helping her convey her values
The story of a young single father in Milwaukee
One for bloggers: life after (mommy) blogging
The Robby Mook playbook
Saturday’s RAF flypast in London
Have a great week ahead!
P.S. Thank you to everyone who has followed me on Pinterest. I’ve become a lot more popular this weekend! (It’s all those barcarts I’m pinning, right?)
Thanks to Timehop I realised today marks one year since I broke my leg. Timehop reminds you what photos you took this time last year, and it seems that whilst I was in a morphine induced haze alone in A&E I took photos of the drip, the cannula and my ripped leggings. Because that’s what society today is about folks. I’m going to blame the morphine for my snap happy attempt at documenting life that day, and just be grateful that I had enough clarity to resist sharing the moment with you all on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook.
It’s not been a bad weekend for an anniversary. The mighty Spurs beat A****** in the London derby, I had a lovely gin cocktail at book group yesterday (& an even lovelier time catching up with friends) and today I managed to eat half a platter of smoked salmon bridge rolls at tea time so you can’t ask for a better weekend than that.
Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:
The food politics of Los Angeles
This takes micro homes to a whole new level (h/t @whampstead)
The old pastry shops of downtown Tehran
The role design can play in empowering sustainable actions
How to digitally restore vintage maps
Challenge of the year – who fancies it?
Have a great week ahead,
And just like that, it’s February. How are those New Years resolutions going for you? As usual I haven’t followed through with mine (yet) but I have this hopeful feeling that January was an anomaly in general and that 2015 is going to be an amazing year.
Anyway, enough of the philosophising and over to the really interesting bunch of stuff I’ve read this week:
The best songs about cities
Why can’t public transport be free?
Helpful layout maps of Kings Cross stations
Cities and their fonts
Talk of the week: City, Country, Suburb? at the Royal Academy
Read anything interesting about cities this week? I’d love to take a read too.
Have a great week,
Yesterday I truly geeked out at the Mapping the City exhibition at Somerset House, so much so that you’re getting a full on review this week. Then, because it’s January and nobody seems to have any money, we spent our fourth consecutive Saturday night in watching House of Cards. Stuff is actually going to happen in February, right?
On the plus side it has been an excellent week for content. I’ve read thousands of words and most of them have made a great read when placed together. So go and make yourself a strawberry tequila cocktail and settle down with a selection of good links:
Slumburbia, cities and the American dream
Winners and shortlisted candidates for the RICS Infrastructure photography competition (love the winning entry, Rita Testa’s Double Travel)
Fascinating look at the Alaskan town living under one roof
When it’s three o’clock in New York
Tiny home of the week
Another I hate to love love letter to London
Shelter take a look at the role of digital in housing advice
Book of the week: A love letter to the city. Anybody read it?
Have a great week,
P.S. You might like this post about street art in San Francisco
No messing around this week folks, I’ve read a ton of interesting articles this weekend that I want to share with you so I’m cutting the waffle and going straight in with the good stuff:
Typography and cities – can you identify a city from a subway sign?
The importance of libraries with Ferguson as a case study #saveourlibraries
Pay it forward with pizza
In London we all talk about being within half a mile of a train station. But how much does being close to ‘transit’ shape our cities?
How to seek revenge – ship your enemies glitter of course (via swissmiss)
A narrow shop becomes a beautiful tiny home
The politics of urban planning in Cairo
Diamond Geezer researches the Evening Standard’s Homes and Property supplement
Talk of the week: How to build better, more resilient cities
Have a great week,
P.S. I’ve had a busy week on the blogging front. I shared this quote about London being a bad habit, finally posted my Downtown LA guide, posted a few thoughts about the Oscar nominated Birdman and asked you where to find London’s best bookshops.
It’s been a weird week, and last night I saw Birdman which didn’t exactly normalise things. Then today we drove to an old town in what I’d call the country, where the sky was blue and the air was fresh, which wasn’t quite normal either. I always find it weird that just half an hour from home I feel like I’m in a different world.
Here’s a few relatively normal things I’ve read this week:
Sweden cities will be cashless by 2030
What Central Park looked like in the 1980s
Mapping small businesses – how much damage does digital invisibility do?
Los Angeles typefaces
Have a great week,
2015 hasn’t started quite as planned, but where’s the fun in that? I spent New Year’s Eve in bed unwell, and bar a little outing to work on Friday I’ve mostly been confined to the house.
It’s getting a little boring and I’ve found nothing interesting to watch on Netflix. I’m sure there’s tons of good stuff on there I haven’t seen so if you can recommend anything please do! I’d love a good documentary or otherwise it’s back to Jonathan Creek…
I’ve also been reading Marina Keagan’s The Opposite of Loneliness. Marina died five days after graduating Yale and her family, friends and tutors compiled her best essays and short stories for this book. There are a couple of essays that will stick with me and it’s a book I’ll be recommending to many of my friends.
No cooking, no exploring, no new exhibition openings (Wellcome Collection I’ll see you soon) but here are a few things I’ve been reading this week:
The geography of melancholy
Canberra is yet again named the most liveable city in the world – but would you want to actually live there?
This advert for luxury London flats is really getting on everyone’s nerves. The Independent quote Martin Amis talking about “sudden eschatology of the streets” in London Fields while all I can think about is the lead character in Don De Lillo’s Cosmopolis.
Not reading material per se, but I’m looking forward to this exhibition on homelessness in Victorian London.
Have a great week,
I had no desire to visit Las Vegas. I hate gambling and I’m not in to that excessive lifestyle. Then my friend suggested we drive to Vegas for a weekend whilst we were in California… and it seemed like the best idea in the world.
Here’s a few interesting reads about Las Vegas / Nevada:
In a little while I’ll be flying to Los Angeles! I’m looking forward to touching down in the City of Angels and exploring what the area has to offer. I’ve never had a burning desire to visit LA but the more I read about the city the more I want to see and do. Blogs like Cupcakes and Cashmere have shown me that there’s more to being a local than a desire to work in the film industry and I’m totally addicted to Curbed’s LA mansion tours.
Like New York, Los Angeles is a city I have learnt about and experienced through film and television. From The OC to Californication I’ve always wondered whether the reality lives up to the fantasy.
Popular opinion states you need a car to get around LA, but we will be exploring the city how we explore London; on foot and by public transport. Everyone I’ve spoken to thinks we’re mad, but then everyone I’ve spoken to doesn’t spend much time on foot or on public transportation in the UK either. I’ve done a bit of research and it seems LA is more accessible by public transport than ever before, so I’m hopeful we will get around just fine.
For now I’ll leave you with a few interesting articles about Los Angeles that I’ve read recently:
- A fun push to highlight that the LA metro system has the second best transit coverage in the nation
- Restaurants like AXE make me think I’m going to love LA (we’ll save the burgers for Vegas)
- How the Mojo Robot created a place a fun public space in Los Angeles
- Political street art in LA
- Guess what I’ll be doing in LA? A ‘Clueless’ map guide to Los Angeles
As ever, any tips about what to do in LA (or California in general) would be most welcome. Thanks for all your suggestions so far!
Happy Sunday all! This weekend has been spent planning my trip to California. It’s been a long time coming and I’m so excited to spend some quality time with great friends. We will be visiting San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County, Las Vegas and driving the Pacific Coast Highway, so if you have any recommendations please let me know.
This will be my last London(ish) related Sunday Selection for a month; over the next few weeks I’ll be focusing one by one on LA, Las Vegas and San Francisco, sharing interesting content about each of the city’s infrastructure and culture.
For now though I hope you enjoy this week’s selection:
I’m not convinced knowing the answers are a sign you’ll pass The Knowledge, but it’s a fun quiz to see how well you know your way around London nonetheless (I got 73% – how did you fare?) *no pun intended
If the Statue of Liberty was a condo
The Bridge exhibition at Museum of London Docklands closes shortly – it looks great
Housing policy failures