Fun and Games

While 2020’s Summer Games were a year late, the 2022 Winter Games are right on schedule. But not missing a beat means surprises—especially for the athletes. (Surprise number one: Their events are already complicated by politics, with the U.S. staging a diplomatic boycott—athletes will still attend; dignitaries will not—in protest of China’s human rights record.) Ski slopes that are being groomed at this moment on Xiaohaituo Mountain, in Yanqing National Park, about 60 miles north of Beijing, were originally scheduled to host a 2021 trial run. That was canceled, due to the pandemic. This month, skiers will be meeting the mountain for the first time. “None of us know it,” says Mikaela Shiffrin, 26, the alpine ski racer who has won two Olympic golds, “but what I’ve seen from the videos,…

Fun and Games

THE DIY GUIDE TO RELEASING YOUR MUSIC

Your track is finished, the I's have been dotted and the T's have been crossed. The mastering engineer has done their thing, and you've even changed the track's name from “Crazy Idea 8”. Your piece of sonic art is nearly ready to be flung out to an unsuspecting public, but hang on, is it really so simple? Of course not. Here, another huge job is starting – and it's not one about dynamic range compression, EQ or synth programming; it's one about sample clearance, artist bios and press kits. Without the proper packaging and marketing groundwork, your unsuspecting public might be so unsuspecting that they miss you entirely. So what on earth should you do now? Or in other words, what should you have started in the days and weeks prior…

THE DIY GUIDE TO RELEASING YOUR MUSIC
ONE OF A KIND

ONE OF A KIND

The first thing you will notice about the watches this month is that they are a little, well, unusual looking. An analogue watch face has a number of essential elements. An hour hand and a minute hand are bog standard. Generally there’s a seconds hand too, and possibly a date. You might add a stopwatch, a calendar or even go crazy and add a little indicator that tells you what mood the moon is in. But you need an hour hand and the minute hand, as this is how the time has always been told, right? Wrong, actually. A quick glance at the ornate clock on the north tower of Westminster Abbey might tell you that it has two hands. But on closer inspection it in fact has just one long…

Waiting to be important

Waiting to be important

I DIDN’T “GO” TO WORK ON THE morning of March 17, meaning I didn’t get up, brush my teeth and place myself at my desk in the living room. I stayed in bed, made a cave out of the covers and watched the text messages roll in. “Thinking of you.” “Sending love.” “No need to respond.” It had been a strange and terrible night. I had watched an uplifting talk by a writer and friend, a survivor of sexual assault and a proud Asian-American activist. I’d added a few entries to the list she’d recently encouraged me to make, gathering moments when my biracial Asian identity has been used to make me feel different or small. Just a few days before, we’d laughed about my first item: At the sushi go-round…

Are We Living in an MMT World?

Are We Living in an MMT World?

In the pandemic, the U.S. government has spent money on a scale not seen since World War II—without worrying too much about how it would pay the bills. That looked to some people like the triumph of Modern Monetary Theory. A newish school of thought that wants to rehabilitate budget deficits—and get policymakers thinking more boldly about what they could achieve with public money—MMT burst out of obscurity a few years ago. It’s now regularly name-checked by top officials and big-name academics, though disapprovingly more often than not. Yet when those same people set out their own ideas about the economy, they often sound a bit more MMTish than they used to. Wall Street, meanwhile, has put out plenty of reports arguing that governments are practicing some form of MMT, for…

COME AT ME

COME AT ME

“RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU THINK YOU’VE HAD A HARDER week than I’ve had.” It was Feb. 14, 2019, in the early afternoon, and for perhaps the first time in the 25-year history of Amazon.com Inc., Jeff Bezos was prepared to explain himself to his employees. Bezos was a master compartmentalizer; his ability to keep the intricate threads of his personal and professional lives separate was unrivaled. This talent had allowed him to build Amazon while also running a space company, Blue Origin LLC, and reviving the Washington Post—all while keeping his family life private. But those threads had gotten tangled. Bezos, a father of four, was the subject of tabloid stories in the National Enquirer about his relationship with a married former television host. Rather than doing what most billionaires do under…

Best Friends Forever

Best Friends Forever

As the tech industry has matured, people in Silicon Valley have become obsessed with developing ways to stop the human aging process. It started with really long bike rides and intermittent fasting, but some venture capitalists and startup employees have moved on to taking dozens of pills every morning, or injecting stem cells into their brain, or infusing their body with the blood of the young and virile. This brand of life-extension experimentation remains fringe, probably because it’s weird and there’s not a ton of evidence any of it works. But Celine Halioua has a plan to take the field mainstream, and it involves dogs. Her startup, Cellular Longevity Inc., is developing treatments that extend the life span of dogs while also making them more active in their later years. Should…

China’s Boozy Work Culture Fuels a #MeToo Reckoning

China’s Boozy Work Culture Fuels a #MeToo Reckoning

Erine joined the Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Global Inc. in 2020, she says, attracted by the opportunity to work for one of the world’s hottest tech companies. That July she had one of her first assignments in a small town—a client meeting that ended with a banquet, the food washed down with many bottles of red wine and the Chinese liquor called baijiu. That wasn’t unusual: Chinese business dinners often involve lots of alcohol, not unlike the boozy work meetings of 1960s New York featured in Mad Men. Erine, now 33, was the only woman at the table, and she says she felt obligated to join the heavy drinking and keep going when the party moved to another restaurant. The next thing she says she remembers is the client groping her…

Support Whose Troops?

Support Whose Troops?

Super Bowl flyovers, TV commercials celebrating veterans, yellow-ribbon bumper stickers: It’s long been reflexive for Americans of all political persuasions to “support our troops.” Following Sept. 11 and the deployment of troops to Afghanistan and Iraq, pride in the U.S. military and gratitude for troops’ service ran high, even among people opposed to those conflicts. In the years since 2000, multiple surveys have shown the public trusts the U.S. military more than any other public institution—more than organized religion and the Supreme Court, and vastly more than Congress. But the increasing politicization of the military, a string of sexual assault scandals, the role of dozens of enlisted troops and veterans in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, and other factors have shaken that trust. According to a Reagan Institute survey conducted in…

All that glitters

All that glitters

Surely this is the most nerve racking, yet exciting time for F1 design teams in years? The long-awaited new breed of Formula 1 cars being revealed as I write do, actually, present quite major differences in appearance, even if camouflaged to some extent by the launch liveries and acknowledging the desire for retention of secrecy concerning some features. The ridiculous and hugely costly to develop bargeboard arrays have been banned, and the 2022 cars look sleeker and less bizarre as a result, if not quite as stunning as the futuristic images doing the media rounds a couple of years back. Ironically, however, the most radical and important design features – bearing in mind that these are responsible for at least 50 per cent of the overall car downforce – are the…

Is the Future Of the Internet In This Van?

The ideal way to connect people to the internet is to run a fiber-optic cable into their homes. When that’s impractical, there are various options to use wireless networks as a substitute. The entire global telecommunications industry is focused on building 5G networks, which promise speeds rivaling those of broadband. The world’s two richest men are backing competing efforts to beam down signals from tens of thousands of orbiting satellites, while Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. have mothballed their plans to build networks of internet-transmitting balloons and drones, respectively. Tarana Wireless, based in Milpitas, Calif., is working on another approach, with a novel way to direct wireless signals around obstacles. With sufficient computing power and the right algorithms, Tarana’s antennas can send multiple signals to each customer, rapidly hop among…

Is the Future Of the Internet In This Van?

Get ’Em While They’re Hot

Buoyed by a rush of locked-down homeowners investing in high-end barbecue gear, grill makers are taking advantage of soaring sales to go public. Within a week of the traditional U.S. barbecuing holiday, July Fourth, two companies filed paperwork for initial public offerings. Traeger Inc. and Weber Inc., the biggest American manufacturers of barbecue grills, will tap public investors for the first time this summer after decades of being closely held. And BBQGuys, an online retailer of grills, outdoor kitchens, and other accessories, whose investors include football greats Eli and Peyton Manning, is in talks to go public through a merger with Velocity Acquisition Corp., according to people with knowledge of the matter. The combined company is set to be valued at about $900 million, including debt, they say. So-called stay-at-home trades…

Get ’Em While They’re Hot

THE BEGINNING IS NIGH

The first techno-futurist bestseller, published in France in1795 and quickly translated into English and other languages, envisioned not only longer life spans, increased agricultural productivity, and more efficient use of resources but also wiser citizens and better governance. Lending poignancy to this last prediction, the author of the Sketch for a Historical Picture of the Progress of the Human Mind, the Marquis de Condorcet, wrote it while he was in hiding from the Jacobin radicals who seized control of the French Revolution from mid-1793 to mid-1794. Condorcet, a mathematician-turned-scientific-administrator who’d briefly risen to political power in the middle stages of the revolution, died on the run not long after finishing the book. It was “a singular instance of the attachment of a man to principles, which every day’s experience was…

THE BEGINNING IS NIGH
A Pop-Up Store Hits the Road

A Pop-Up Store Hits the Road

A new type of store is popping up at a California mall on June 10. It looks a lot like a regular shop, full of handbags, small leather goods, and jewelry. Oh, except it’ll be outside, and the floors, counters, and racks all fit on a flatbed truck, to be transported and remade anywhere—some assembly required. Cuyana, a San Francisco-based premium fashion label, is taking its traveling showroom on a summer road trip. The portable pop-up presents retailers and malls with a new way to sell goods, gather data, and try out locations without committing to a larger lease or paying repeatedly for major renovations. Just load the whole thing onto a truck and plop it down somewhere. “Retail’s not going away,” says Shilpa Shah, co-founder of Cuyana. “It just needs…

Crypto’s Regulation Fix: We’ll Handle It

Crypto’s Regulation Fix: We’ll Handle It

The cryptocurrency industry suddenly found itself in the crosshairs of a host of U.S. state and federal regulators this fall, facing millions of dollars of fines, threats of lawsuits, and warnings of rules to come. Crypto executives say the abrupt—and sometimes overlapping—spate of enforcement could chill innovation, especially in areas where it’s not clear which laws apply. Their solution? Let the industry help regulate itself. Major exchanges including Coinbase and Gemini and prominent investors such as Andreessen Horowitz have floated the idea of a crypto self-regulatory organization (SRO), arguing it could be better suited to oversee the new and complex industry on some issues than traditional agencies, which have struggled to apply decades-old rules to the new market. Supporters say an SRO could be more agile in deciding on rules around…

Ransomware HQ

Ransomware HQ

The crown jewel of Moscow’s business district, a 97-story glass tower known alternately as Federation Tower East or Vostok, is a tribute to Russia’s post-Soviet economic influence and national strength. Promotional materials for the building, which was the tallest in Europe when it was completed in 2017 and is now No. 2, boast of its highly paid staff and its supposed fortification against “missiles and explosions.” Its apartments are rented and owned by high-ranking government officials and C-suite executives. Residential units sell for upwards of $36 million. The building has also been home to more than a dozen companies since 2018 that convert cryptocurrencies to cash, judging from the addresses listed on company websites. Although there’s nothing inherently illegal about this, such businesses can enable criminals to cash out profits from…

Good Night, Bond Vigilantes

Good Night, Bond Vigilantes

At 10:10 a.m. most workdays on Wall Street, officials at the Federal Reserve wade into the Treasury bond market. For the next 20 minutes, they proceed to snap up bonds of all shapes and sizes. They’re impervious to price moves, and they never sell. An indiscriminate bond-buying machine, they’ve now amassed a $5.5 trillion stockpile of the debt. This is a staggering sum, equal to more than 10 times what the Fed owned before the Great Recession and quadruple the amount held by any other investor. All of this buying comes in the name of injecting money into the economy and driving down interest rates to ward off collapse, first in 2009 and again after the pandemic hit. Which is a reasonable and noble endeavor—central bankers all over the world have…

There Is No Free Parking

There Is No Free Parking

Over a Zoom call from sunny Los Angeles, Donald Shoup—sporting a big white beard, a brown cardigan sweater, and a marketer’s telephone headset—was yelling at me. “Oh, how terrible, you have to move your car, so they can sweep the road. I think that’s just awful,” he said, with audible italics. “To overcome the base desires of people like you”—people like me?—“you have to give the money back to the neighborhood.” I’d made the mistake of griping to the bona fide king of parking reform that owning a car in New York City was annoying. Twice-weekly street sweeping forces a large group of people to fight for a small number of free curbside spots that they must then vacate frequently. It’s the rare game of musical chairs that requires insurance. And…

Will a Strongman Relent?

Will a Strongman Relent?

It’s 11 a.m. on a Saturday in early June, and I’m in Caracas, Venezuela’s capital, on the 10th floor of the finance ministry. One side of the building overlooking the dilapidated downtown has enormous portraits of Simón Bolívar, South America’s great liberator; Hugo Chávez, the socialist revolutionary who won the presidency in 1998; and Chávez’s successor, Nicolás Maduro, who rules Venezuela today. The presentation I’ve been summoned to see starts with a PowerPoint slide in Spanish. It reads: “The Attack on Venezuela.” I’ve been in the country less than 24 hours. Let the propaganda begin, I think. A few weeks earlier, in mid-April, I’d received a WhatsApp call dangling the possibility of an interview with Maduro. It was from Hans Humes, a New York-based hedge fund manager whose specialty is investing…

Can You Run Win 11?

Can You Run Win 11?

AS YOU DON’T live under a rock, you’ll know we are to be graced with Windows 11 shortly. And as this is a Microsoft launch, you know that somewhere something didn’t go quite to plan. The shiny new OS may be just the job, but the hardware specifications you need to run it haven’t exactly been easy to follow, causing headaches and anger as it appeared that a lot of relatively new rigs weren’t going to make the cut. The first thing that caught people’s eye was the requirement for TPM 2.0. What is TPM? It’s a Trusted Platform Module, a chip (or integrated into the chipset or firmware) used to authenticate hardware devices. It includes a unique security key, and can generate encryption keys among other things. The Department of…

Windows 11 is here, and we’ll just have to like it

Windows 11 is here, and we’ll just have to like it

Take former Maximum PC editor, Alan Dexter. His attempt to upgrade from 10 to 11 ended up with a non-functional chimera, a blend of two operating systems that was far from ideal. It had Windows 10’s taskbar, but Windows 11’s rounded-cornered windows, and we dread to think what Geiger-esque blasphemy the Start menu would have presented had he been able to pop it up. If ever there was an argument that Windows 11 is just Windows 10 with a facelift, that’s it right there. Windows 10.5 is possible, you just wouldn’t want to try to use it. Elsewhere, the wisdom of carrying out a clean installation rather than an in-place upgrade has been borne out. Known issues include compatibility problems with Intel’s Killer network drivers; a memory leak in the File…

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic

About iFixit iFixit is a global community of tinkerers dedicated to helping people fix things through free online repair manuals and teardowns. iFixit believes that everyone has the right to maintain and repair their own products. To learn more, visit www.ifixit.com. BACKGROUND Samsung recently unveiled two updates to its smartwatch line in the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic. Though externally similar to last year’s Watch3, there’s a good chance of internal differences, and we’re here to sniff them out. Time for a teardown! MAJOR TECH SPECS • Exynos W920 1.18GHz with dual ARM Cortex-A55 cores, Cortex-M55 display processor, Mali-G68 GPU, and integrated LTE• Circular Super AMOLED always-on display—1.19-inch or 1.36-inch sizes (both models) 330 PPI• 1.5GB RAM and 16GB internal memory• 361 mAh battery, Watch4 Classic (46 mm). 247 mAh battery, Watch4 (40 mm)•…

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic
LAB NOTES

LAB NOTES

Running hot and heavy Does power consumption matter? tested. reviewed. verdictized. INTEL’S NEW Alder Lake chips are undoubtedly a big step forward. But do they have a fatal flaw? I speak, inevitably, of power consumption. Not in a global quasi-environmental sense, that’s not my remit. What I’m talking about is the extent to which power consumption is a problem from a performance and usability perspective. Last issue, we had the 12900K in the labs and, boy, does it like a drink. It’s a 240W-plus chip. This month, the compact 12600K is in the house and, at first glance, it’s a more efficient chip, topping out at around 150W in heavy multi-threaded workloads. Depending on how you look at that, the 12600K seems to solve Alder Lake’s power problem. After all, 150W is manageable on the…

In-between Space Between City and Architecture; Nature and Architecture

In-between Space Between City and Architecture; Nature and Architecture

In-between Space Created by Substantial Rainfall Due to seasonal winds, the eastern area of the Eurasian continent experiences frequent heavy rainfall and a significant level of precipitation throughout the year. In contrast, the west receives less than 1,000mm of rain per year. This disparity in rainfall prompted different architectural methods and approaches between the two areas. Since the first Mesopotamian civilisation, western civilisations chose to build buildings by constructing walls, whereas eastern civilisations faced difficulties when employing heavy walls in construction as the terrain would become soft and unstable during the rainy season. This eventually led to those in the east to select lightweight materials such as wood in construction. In the west, large windows were typically not used because large windows tended to make the buildings susceptible to collapse. In…

A SNIPER IN AN ALLEY

SPACE (NON)FICTION 2 (non)Fiction, serialized by novelist Jung Jidon. When we talk about space, we swiftly discover is that we know nothing about it. This article is a hypothetical non-fiction work that explores how the opportunities afforded by space exist in different ways. Jung Jidon studied Film and Creative Writing. He published a collection of short stories, novels, critics, and essays such as Like I Fight, We shall survive in the memory of others. 1. Letʼs conduct a simple thought experiment. You are staying abroad for a project. One day you watch the news; a war has broken out in South Korea. Bombing and fighting have overtaken Seoul, and the borders are blocked. Your passport is now just a piece of paper, and you are a refugee. The Institute for Human Rights of International…

Question 3: Can Planting in the Built Environment Become a Lung for the City?

Question 3: Can Planting in the Built Environment Become a Lung for the City?

Plants and the Climate Crisis Unlike life in the natural realm which is predicated on self-resilience, the urban environment created for human convenience has become a fitting but unhealthy space that has lost its need for resilience. How can we restore this environment to one beyond human control? Buildings emit carbon throughout the processes of being erected, existing, and dying. One alternative solution to reducing carbon emissions, which is the main culprit in the climate crisis, is to restore and preserve our damaged natural world. That is, to increase the area of urban green space. As it is not easy to create green spaces in the centre of cities where land prices have already reached peak levels, the proposed method is greening using existing buildings. Starting with Germany in the 1970s,…

Towards a Common Goal

Towards a Common Goal

In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had already given a special report announcing the dangers of irreversible damage to the earth’s ecosystem if the average rise of the earth’s temperature was not curbed by 2100 to 1.5 degrees relative to the age pre-industrialisation (1850 – 1900). In the sixth report, announced on the 9th of August 2021, however, the IPCC announced that the earth’s temperature had already risen by 1.09 degrees within 2011 – 2020 and that it is now expected to reach the maximum limit of 1.5 degrees a decade sooner. They also added that this acute rise in temperature was predominately caused by human activities. Of human activities, architecture contributes heavily to the promotion of our quality of life. One might even speak of the growth…

The Foundations and Variations in a House

House Kim Jeoungeun (Kim): Beginning with your Dumulmuri House (1998), you have designed a total of 25 houses thus far. These houses all have their differences in terms of their locations, scales, family members, and specific remits, but I assume that they also have a connecting theme. What do you focus on when designing a house? Jeong Jaeheon (Jeong): I first reflect on the more fundamental things rather than the visual and physical things. It is not about designing a house, but about narrating a life. As such, the most important thing is to understand the users. From the moment I receive a design request, I observe the client carefully until the final phase of construction. I ask myself why the client wants a new house, what kind of life the client…

The Foundations and Variations in a House

THE ANGLE AT WHICH CATS AND HUMANS LIVE TOGETHER

A Land Lacking in Context The site in Dongcheon-dong sits on a hill with a gentle slope and was developed as a collective housing area through a civil engineering project. When I first visited this place, the engineering works were already in progress. In a chaotic atmosphere, through various heavy machinery comes and goes, I could see the shape of the site had just been revealed. The principles we hold towards land throughout our design practice can be more vexing when on ground and when contemplating a newly developed housing complex. Fortunately, the construction of other housing areas in Dongcheon-dong had already been completed, and so it was possible to predict how the neighbourhood we were going to build would change or evolve after one year. Nevertheless, completing a building in…

THE ANGLE AT WHICH CATS AND HUMANS LIVE TOGETHER

SHINSABLUES

Architect poly.m.ur (Kim Homin) Design team Lim Hyunju, Lee Jaeman Location 32, Dosan-daero 49-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea Programme neighbourhood living facility Site area 184m2 Building area 105m2 Gross floor area 455m2 Building scope B1, 5F Parking 3 Height 20m Building to land ratio 58% Floor area ratio 199% Structure RC Exterior finishing exposed concrete (pine board) Interior finishing water paint on plasterboard Structural engineer THEKUJO Construction poly.m.ur Machanical and electrical engineer Jinwon Engineering & Consulting Design period July 2017 - Dec. 2019 Construction period Jan. 2020 - May 2021 Construction budget 1.15 million USD Client poly.m.ur With the notion that ‘architecture is ultimately about establishing order’ in mind, ShinsaBlues is the kind of project that privileges pattern, in the envelope that integrates structure and space, in function and ornament, in circulation and skin, part and whole. Since the arrival of the Gothic Cathedral, which was made of stone capable of withstanding compressive force, ornamentation, circulation, and spatial configuration could be naturally integrated into one overall structural system. On the other hand, modern architecture…

SHINSABLUES

SCRUBBING AT THE BOUNDARIES: HWANG DONGWOOK

I AM AN ARCHITECT ʻI am an Architectʼ was planned to meet young architects who seek their own architecture in a variety of materials and methods. What do they like, explore, and worry about? SPACE is going to discover individual characteristics of them rather than group them into a single category. The relay interview continues when the architect who participated in the conversation calls another architect in the next turn. It Divides into Two Choi Eunhwa (Choi): Your work occupies a broad spectrum in terms of fields and forms. The fields encompass architecture, technology, and art, and the forms are diverse, from space-based work to virtual images, videos, and research. I’m curious about how you embarked on your practice. Hwang Dongwook (Hwang): In 2016, I began a one-person office called ‘Building Laboratory Architecture’. The…

SCRUBBING AT THE BOUNDARIES: HWANG DONGWOOK

GANGNAM RETRO DIA Architecture

Architect DIA Architecture (Chung Hyuna) Design team Shin Secheol Location 43, Dosan-daero 37-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea Programme neighbourhood living facility Site area 195.8m2 Building area 111.3m2 Gross floor area 394.74m2 Building scope B1, 4F Parking 3 Height 13.35m Building to land ratio 56.84% Floor area ratio 181.61% Structure RC Exterior finishing glass block, tile, exposed concrete Interior finishing paint Structural engineer THEKUJO Co. Construction DASAN Constructing Engineering Mechanical engineer JUNGIN MEC Electrical engineer SUNGJI ENC Design period July – Dec. 2018 Construction period Mar. – Dec. 2019 Client Sheen’s Design House Aldo Rossi argued that the type of architecture derived by analogy within the context of the city could create a new city. The context of the city may also appear in the materiality or programme of architecture, but fundamentally, the physical characteristics of the permanent relationship between architecture and the city is in the form of architecture. The urban context may…

GANGNAM RETRO DIA Architecture

What Would Donny Do?

I HAVE ONE SIBLING, A BROTHER NAMED DONNY. Because he’s seven years older, our childhood worlds rarely overlapped. When he was a high school senior, preoccupied with girls and Guns N’ Roses, I was in the fourth grade, building Lego pirate ships and mastering Super Mario Bros. 2. I was the good student; I liked school and got mostly A’s. Donny was the music guy, the fashion guy, the car guy. He drove an orange ’74 MG. The one time he helped me with homework, I was sixteen and reading The Great Gatsby. My American Lit teacher had assigned us a short paper on a Jazz Age–related topic of our choosing. The topic Donny suggested: the martini. You might say I was Donny’s student. He taught me to drive stick. Made me…

What Would Donny Do?

Elliot Page

ELLIOT PAGE DOESN’T REMEMBER EXACTLY HOW LONG HE HAD BEEN ASKING. But he does remember the acute feeling of triumph when, around age 9, he was finally allowed to cut his hair short. “I felt like a boy,” Page says. “I wanted to be a boy. I would ask my mom if I could be someday.” Growing up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Page visualized himself as a boy in imaginary games, freed from the discomfort of how other people saw him: as a girl. After the haircut, strangers finally started perceiving him the way he saw himself, and it felt both right and exciting. The joy was short-lived. Months later, Page got his first break, landing a part as a daughter in a Canadian mining family in the TV movie Pit Pony.…

Elliot Page
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The new 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be a force to be reckoned with when it reaches American shores in both S 500 and S 580 forms sometime in the first half of 2021. The new platform extends the Benz’s wheelbase by 2.0 inches, most of which translates to additional rear seat space. The S-Class’ body is stretched 1.3 inches in length and gains 0.4 inch in height. Mercedes recommends every driver create a profile to automatically load preferences for everything from audio levels and frequent navigation destinations to climate settings and seat position. You can activate yours by a fingerprint swipe, facial or voice recognition, or a PIN, and up to seven profiles can be stored, with the car’s owner able to restrict how much access other profiles have to vehicle settings. All…

Crime unleashed

Crime unleashed

FOR YEARS, ROOSEVELT RODRIGUEZ and his dog Chanel had a routine. The Houston heating technician would get home from work, swing open his front door and greet his French bulldog, who’d spin and dance in excitement as he repeated her name over and over again. Then, Rodriguez would quickly change out of his work clothes while Chanel sat by the open front door, waiting for him to come outside with her. But on Feb. 22, when Rodriguez stepped out of his house to walk the 25-lb. dog with the cream-colored face, his yard was empty. Puzzlement turned to panic when an elderly neighbor waved him down and uttered five words: “Someone just snatched your dog.” “It hit me hard,” says Rodriguez, 30. “I didn’t want to believe it.” It’s the reality many animal…

One Nation, Packing Heat

One Nation, Packing Heat

The high-profile legal troubles of the National Rifle Association may suggest a powerful organization on the ropes, but in statehouses, the pro-gun movement it helms is racking up victories. New laws are giving millions of Americans increasingly unfettered access to firearms even as gun violence rises across the country. So far this year, five states—Iowa, Montana, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah—have passed permitless-carry laws, bringing the total number of states with such laws to 21. These statutes typically eliminate the need to complete training and obtain a license before carrying a concealed firearm in public, making it easier to carry a gun around than to cut hair or drive a car. Texas became the latest state to go permitless in June when Governor Greg Abbott, NRA boss Wayne LaPierre, and others gathered at…

Chained To Trump

Chained To Trump

On a brisk Saturday morning in mid-April, grassroots Republicans gathered in county conventions across Georgia to begin deciding their party’s future. The day ended with Donald Trump firmly in control of the state Republican Party, in a microcosm of the national struggle for the GOP’s soul following the November election and the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. In the state’s biggest Republican strongholds, conventions that were supposed to last a few hours dragged into the evening as insurgent delegates—many of whom had never participated in party politics before—booted longtime leaders in favor of Trump-embracing newcomers. They attacked the party’s top officeholders, passing resolutions condemning them for not supporting Trump’s false claims of a stolen election. They dissed former GOP officeholders, too, flouting a tradition of giving them votes at…

Nasdaq. NYSE. SushiSwap?

Nasdaq. NYSE. SushiSwap?

Money manager Vladimir Vishnevskiy can earn a negative interest rate for holding a European government bond. Or he can pocket the annual equivalent of a 20% yield for locking up money in one of the wilder corners of the cryptocurrency market, known as decentralized finance, or DeFi. He decided to go for the 20%. “You can’t get those yields in the traditional space,” says the co-founder of Swiss-based St. Gotthard Fund Management, which runs a portfolio designed to squeeze income out of crypto assets. The strategy is so new that even Wall Street pros may have trouble wrapping their heads around it. Take what you might know about Bitcoin—that it’s a digital currency that exists only on an online ledger governed by computer code. Now make it even more mind-bending, and…

The Guggenheims Of NFTs

The Guggenheims Of NFTs

A few months before nonfungible tokens exploded into the public consciousness, the field was already pretty big, with some 75,000 buyers in 2020, according to a report by market researcher NonFungible and L’Atelier BNP Paribas. But it was also still sleepy. The term “NFT” is often used as a shorthand for a certain kind of blockchain-linked artwork, but it really refers to the digital certificate of authenticity to which these artworks are attached. The first ones were conceived as early as 2012, as digital coins that represented coupons, subscriptions, or company shares. An NFT can be created for anything, whether a century-old painting or a tweet, attesting to the blockchain’s guarantee that it’s the original, no matter how many free JPEG replicas you can dig up on Google Images. Half of…

Peak Pallet

Peak Pallet

After carrying the weight of the global economy since World War II with little fanfare, the lowly shipping pallet is finally commanding some respect. Demand for the platforms used to haul consumer goods and industrial materials is soaring amid a surge in e-commerce, forcing retailers and manufacturers to expand warehouses or pile inventories higher. At the same time, two key production inputs—cheap lumber and low-wage labor—are scarce, and even nail costs are rising. The result: Pallet prices have hit record highs, according to a U.S. Labor Department index, while European gauges show big jumps from the U.K. to Germany. The market may stay hot through the peak home construction season in the springtime and as Covid-19 vaccines help revive restaurants and event venues—adding to inflationary pressures rippling across supply chains. “Supply is…

How TikTok Makes a Hit

When Megan Thee Stallion took off her bright orange mask and walked onstage to accept her Grammy on March 14, she fought back tears and thanked God, her mother, and her managers for helping her become the first female rapper to win the award for best new artist in two decades. But the rapper, whose real name is Megan Pete, made no mention of another entity that helped turn her song Savage into a No. 1 hit: the mobile app TikTok. TikTok, a social network where people post short videos, often set to music, has become this generation’s hit machine. Like many TikTok sensations, Savage appeared to bubble up spontaneously from the enthusiasm of its users, who choreographed their own dances for the song, introducing it to other fans who watched…

How TikTok Makes a Hit

The Inflation Guy Is Feeling Pumped

Michael Ashton, who styles himself “Inflation Guy” on Twitter, has been preparing for this moment for almost 20 years. In the early 2000s, he was a derivatives trader at Barclays Capital in New York when he was tapped to build a business around inflation swaps, contracts that let traders bet on a rise in consumer prices. Ashton says he was a “good enough” trader—the real job was to build a market by being “an evangelist for the product.” He became one even though, until recently, he expected inflation to be low and stable. Correctly so: In recent years, the U.S. consumer price index has often grown by less than 2% annually. Ashton says his measured outlook irritated his bosses at Barclays, who viewed it as an impediment to drumming up business.…

The Inflation Guy Is Feeling Pumped
Culture(d)

Culture(d)

Few foods are simultaneously able to raise feelings of delight and repulsion quite as deftly as foie gras. A fatty duck or goose liver that’s so buttery it’s both delicate and rich, foie gras is considered by many as one of the most luxurious foods. In France its consumption is a ritual deeply rooted in the country’s tradition and culture—no holiday, from Christmas to Bastille Day, is complete without it. But its decadence makes the brutality of how it’s farmed all the more acute: A controversial process known as gavage, where birds are force-fed several times a day through metal tubes until their livers swell, is often considered savage. Animal welfare concerns have spurred more than a dozen countries to ban production. Next year, New York City will follow California in…

Seated Bliss

Seated Bliss

2021 Mercedes-Benz S580 TECHNOLOGY The new seats’ mechanical air bladders are closer to the surface than in prior years, allowing for better contact from the 10 massage programs. The car also features the world’s first series production rear-seat airbag. COMFORT The pillow inserts on the front- and rear-seat headrests support your head with the care (and warmth!) of a masseuse. MATERIALS Quilted leathers in the new S-Class are as soft and stylish as a high-end handbag. BONUS Mercedes’s famous “Energizing Comfort” program offers refresh, vitality, warmth, joy, and comfort settings that adjust lighting, screen displays, sound, and seat inputs such as temperature and massage strength. It’s so effective that the car feels like it transforms into a day spa on four wheels. MSRP $116,300 2022 Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus TECHNOLOGY Along each door, fiber-optic lighting peeps through tiny…

Where HA Is No Laughing Matter

Where HA Is No Laughing Matter

Zhao Yan built most of her $11 billion fortune selling cosmetics giants a chemical they can’t live without. Now she hopes to become even wealthier by going directly to the masses with the compound—hyaluronic acid, or HA—in her own line of skin-care products. “We can compete with the top brands in the world,” says Zhao, 54, chair of Bloomage Biotechnology Corp., which makes about half the global supply of HA. While the human body naturally produces the compound, cosmetology pros say an extra dollop a day can do wonders for skin tone, texture, and firmness. For years, the likes of L’Oréal, Estée Lauder, and Shiseido have used HA in moisturizers that can cost $100 or more for a tiny jar, but recently the stuff has started popping up all over the…

Laura Miele Is Listening

One of the first things Laura Miele did when she became chief studios officer of Electronic Arts Inc. three years ago was to gather 19 video game influencers in a conference room. “What do you want me to hear? Lay it on me,” she recalls asking them. “One guy sitting at the corner of the table, he just said, ‘I don’t understand why you don’t give players what they’re asking for.’ ” It’s something many gamers have wondered about EA for years. The $40 billion company, one of the biggest in gaming, is responsible for Battlefield, Madden NFL, and other megahit franchises. But many gamers have long seen EA as a necessary evil, resenting the direction in which it took some games and bristling at its aggressive attempts to extract money…

Laura Miele Is Listening

Now Crypto Is Barking at Me

With virtual life increasingly indistinguishable from everyday reality, it makes sense: Just as the price of dog-inspired cryptocurrencies Dogecoin and Shiba Inu coin have exploded, so has demand for—what else?—living, breathing shiba inus. While Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency created from a meme back in 2013 using the image of a shiba inu, enjoyed a burst of popularity this summer, it was recently overtaken in market value by the slightly less creatively named Shiba Inu coin. In classic crypto style, it sounds like a joke but is immensely valuable, with investors pushing up its price almost 800% in the past month, even though a coin still costs a tiny fraction of a cent. At the same time, shiba inu breeders across the U.S. say they’re seeing more business than ever since cryptocurrency trading brought…

Now Crypto Is Barking at Me
The Political Perils of the Carless City

The Political Perils of the Carless City

On Milan’s long list of pandemic-era public initiatives, remodeling Piazza Sicilia is a strange one to get worked up about. The city built the tiny park in just a few weeks last autumn, at an estimated cost of €20,000 ($23,600). The strip of land had been a right-turn lane at the intersection of busy Via Sardegna and four residential streets, jammed every morning with honking commuters and every afternoon with parents double-parked to pick up their kids from school. Now, with cars forced to divert around the piazza, one of Milan’s myriad traffic nightmares has become a place where children play soccer, food delivery riders perch on their bikes awaiting calls, and residents of nearby apartment blocks face off at the pingpong table. But people are worked up. Covidera urban planning…

When Morecambe Beats Mallorca

The English town of Morecambe, a hodgepodge of fish-and-chips shops, burger joints, and penny arcades lining a beachfront promenade, is far past its peak. On a summer Sunday in the 1950s, as many as 100,000 visitors from Manchester, Bradford, and beyond might have flocked to Europe’s largest outdoor swimming pool, the Miss Great Britain beauty pageant, and two wooden piers stretching out into the Irish Sea. But the pool and pageant are long gone, the West End Pier succumbed to a vicious 1977 storm, and 14 years later the Central Pier—once dubbed the “Taj Mahal of the North”—was destroyed by fire. In recent decades, even 10,000 visitors was considered a roaring success as Britons have increasingly jetted off to sunny Mediterranean locales. This summer, Morecambe is booming. Almost all of its…

When Morecambe Beats Mallorca
Animating Africa

Animating Africa

Super Sema features all the tropes typical of a superhero story—a greedy villain, a futuristic setting, and a do-good warrior who saves the day. But there are a few key differences: The hero is a 10-year-old girl from a village in Africa, and to defeat the robot villain and his minions, she taps into courage and empathy—not superhuman strength—as well as her understanding of science, technology, and the arts. The series is the creation of Kukua Education Ltd., a startup in Nairobi that aims to build the first media franchise based on an African animated superhero. On YouTube, the 20 episodes plus extras featuring dance instruction, science experiments, and craft-making have garnered 15 million views—“massive, for a new channel,” says Kukua’s founder and chief executive officer, Lucrezia Bisignani. The company expects…

LETTERS

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INTEL CONCLUSION

PG. 71 STEP-BY-STEP Average frame rates reported for games. All tests were performed at 1080p on the indicated graphics preset. Zero point consists of an AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, 16GB of DDR4 @3133, and a 1TB WD SN750 M.2 PCIe 3.0 SSD. WHAT A RIDE this whole build process has been! If you skip to page 68, you can read about how our Intel build went “pop” during the photo shoot, taking out a power supply. We don’t know why, a fault somewhere along the line, maybe? But one fresh PSU later and we’re good to go. Fortunately, unlike our Team Red competition, the Intel build’s install process went a lot smoother. As we don’t technically rely on high-speed memory in anywhere near the same capacity, what you get with this build is…

INTEL CONCLUSION
The empire strikes back

The empire strikes back

INTEL HAS released the best of its new Alder Lake chips first, the headline-grabbing performance models. But what about the more affordable CPUs, the chips we stand a better chance of buying? Thanks to a slip up at Dell, among others, details of further Alder Lake SKUs went online well before the official launch. As expected, we have Core i7-12700, i5-12600, 12500, and 12400, and at the bottom the Core i3-12100. Curiously, the low-end chips don’t appear to have any efficiency cores. An early benchmark of the i5-12400, with six performance cores using Adobe Premiere Pro, shows it stands toe-to-toe with a Ryzen 9 5600X. Alder Lake is proving to be a match for Zen 3 across the range. What’s next? Alder Lake mobile comes first, which has entered production, ready…

DOCTOR

DOCTOR

> Reuse components> Win11 sleep issues> Convert to GPT Cannibalizing old components I’ve been a subscriber since 1998 and have some components lying around I’d like to reuse. I would like to consider utilizing some or all of the following components: a Rocketfish RF-FULLTWR Aluminum Full-Tower Case (huge, great reviews and modable), a barely used 700-watt OCZGXS700 PSU, and a new A8-7670k CPU I bought as an impulse buy four years ago (along with a mobo I can no longer find). Alternatively, I have a new ASRock 775Dual-Vista 775 MB mobo I could build a system around, but my first thought is to use the A8 CPU, case, and PSU for a server build. I also have an ASUS U3S6 PCIe4 x4 card that offers USB 3.0 ports. I found a review from 2016…

Icheon Manwhajae

Architect Soltozibin Architects (Cho Namho) Design team Choi Sooyoung Location Jinsangmi-ro 1453, Wondu-ri, Moga-meon, Icheon-si, Gyunggi-do, Korea Programme single house Site area 1,532m2 Building area 173.09m2 Gross floor area 173.09m2 Building scope 1F Height 4.5m Parking 2 Building to land ratio 11.29% Floor area ratio 11.29% Structure traditional Korean timber structure, light weight timber structure Exterior finishing stucco, wood siding (red cedar) Interior finishing water based paint on gypsum board Structural engineer LAIM Information Technology Co., Ltd. Construction SUPIA Construction Mechanical & electrical engineer Codam Technical Group Design period Aug. 2017 – Jan. 2018 Construction period Apr. 2018 – Jan. 2019 Client Song Sunggyu Contemplation of Icheon Manwhajae began in spring 2017, when I received a mail from a client who was a professor facing retirement in two years’ time. Having…

Icheon Manwhajae
REWRITING THE NARRATIVE OF AN EVANESCENT EVENT: ‘OLYMPIC EFFECT: KOREAN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN FROM 1980S TO 1990S’

REWRITING THE NARRATIVE OF AN EVANESCENT EVENT: ‘OLYMPIC EFFECT: KOREAN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN FROM 1980S TO 1990S’

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon (MMCA Gwacheon) opened the exhibition ‘Olympic Effect: Korean Architecture and Design from 1980s to 1990s’ on the 17th of December, 2020. The exhibition observes the transformations undergone and the legacies left by Korean cities, and their architecture and design, as called forth by the national mega-event, the Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics (hereinafter the Seoul Olympics). The exhibition, composed of four sections with an additional epilogue and prologue, draws on archival evidence to amplify the breadth of an event that had been dismissed as a one off event in a multi-dimensional way, and attempts to fill gaps in knowledge with new interpretations by young artists. We toured the exhibition, which illuminates the internal and external developments across the fields of architecture and…

Question 1: How Deep and Wide Are We Digging?

Question 1: How Deep and Wide Are We Digging?

Kim Yeram (Kim): The required excavation process for building structure stabilisation and for the creation of underground space produces large quantities of carbon emissions, but its environmental pollution impact often goes unnoticed because this process is not as visible. Is there a method by which we can measure the amount of carbon emissions produced during excavation work? Tae Sungho (Tae): Most of the excavation or construction equipment such as bulldozers, excavators, and rollers use diesel as their energy source. As such, the carbon emissions produced as a result of excavation work can be calculated by measuring the amount of energy consumed by the equipment at the construction site. By multiplying the amount of energy used in the excavation work per carbon emission unit, it is possible to measure the amount of…

Architect Collectives for the New Era

The tentative title that I chose at the beginning of this project was ‘The Appearance of Architecture Groups of the 1980s’. As I was pondering the name and means of discerning the architects of this generation, I decided not to classify them under a commonly-shared theme but to focus on the common characteristics that were uniting members of his generation, and therefore I chose to go along with the original title. I admit. This project hopes to provide a description of the reality faced by the architect groups of the new generation as they embarked upon their work, and to also offer a glimpse of the possible worlds that these individuals will establish. Additionally, instead of rushing to give an account of their architecture and their achievements, I merely want to…

The Language of Modernism and the Sense of Tradition

The Language of Modernism and the Sense of Tradition

Introverted Architecture is the constructing a place in which users can remain in a meaningful way. As most architecture is placed in a communal living environment (or natural environment), such as a city or town, it implies relationships between public and private spaces, community and individual, and inside and outside. Gestures made in accordance with this idea serve as the foundations for a society’s conception of architecture. The monumental architecture of the past served to overwhelm the surroundings, to express itself alone, and enforce societal consensus. Houses in ancient cities established more intimate environments with their courtyards for sitting with their backs to the street. In Renaissance cities, the façade of a building on the edge of the street was a means of communication by elevating urban space as public space.…

THAT DARING THING KNOWN AS INNOVATION: FLYKNIT

THAT DARING THING KNOWN AS INNOVATION: FLYKNIT

THING Everyone has something that they care about. This article is about the things that protect and brighten the everyday lives of architects. Kim Hana received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Seoul National University. Since 2013, she has been running the social venture company, Seoul Social Standard (3siot). In order to create infrastructure for urban renting, the company carries out multidimensional work such as urban research, real estate development, rental management and operation, and policy research and proposal. My favorite pair of sneaker is the Flyknit. To be specific, it is the Nike Free Flyknit 5.0. Inspired by the shape and flexibility of socks, the shoes aspire to forming a second skin for a cool muscular body. In spite of their strong structural support, ventilation and flexibility backed by their super light fabric, which…

When Reactions Become Action

When Reactions Become Action

Cho: The last pair of projects are residential projects in Daejeon and completed around the same time. One is the home to a family of five, and the other is a 600-person dormitory. Although contrasting in scale, they have exciting commonalities as a system of relationships created by public and private spaces. Both systems have been distilled from reactions from various challenging given conditions, yet they seem to have acquired a kind of autonomy as if they emerged from pure action. Cho: The House of 20,000 Books ▼30 is located in a single-family zoning area in Daejeon, close to the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), where the husband, a professor, teaches. The wife, a high school teacher, and their three daughters lived in Seoul, and the client’s family, dispersed…

LOWER IS MORE

Choi Eunhwa: What are the specific conditions of the site? Kang Woohyun: The site was located at a level 3 – 4m lower than the road. It was possible to achieve an open view of the sea due to the relative absence of surrounding high buildings, and moreover, the clifftop setting allowed one to experience the pleasant sound of lapping waves when nearing the sea. The site was on a slight slope, used as a field to cultivate barley. Choi Eunhwa: Unlike neighbouring buildings which have poped up along the coastal road, the site is located under a sloping hill, lower than the traffic route. What did you consider when setting up the relationship between the site and the building? Kang Woohyun: According to the Urban Planning Ordinance Of Yeonggwanggun, newly legislated in…

LOWER IS MORE
SERENE AND WHITE: GRAPHIC

SERENE AND WHITE: GRAPHIC

A building with an exterior that resembles a stack of books, known as Graphic, now occupies a place on Hoenamugil in Itaewon-dong. The exterior material was formed in collaboration with the Chinese ceramic artist Wen Ping, and the building’s concept is a comic book rental store-cum-bar. Traces of Kim Jong-u’s (principal, OONN) work can be found in the use of materials and lighting that have been designed to satisfy users in their experiences drinking and reading a graphic novel within the space. Kim Jong-u opened his office OONN in 2021 after managing his spatial design studio U.lab for about 15 years, and Graphic is OONN’s debut project. I had a chance to ask him about how he came to build Graphic and to hear more about his thoughts on interior…

Novation FLkey Mini and FLkey 37

from $125 novationmusic.com Strengths + Quality controllers with immediate access to important FL Studio functions + FLkey 37 users will benefit from the larger size; FLkey Mini users will like the portability + The control layout is as clearas could be, and we like the brutalist square case + The pads are great- sequencing is a real breeze Limitations - Not keyboards that you'd use for multiple DAWs - Would love to shoehorn a display onto the Mini! Given how long FL Studio has been around in its various forms (Fruity Loops came out in 1998, can you believe it?), the question is really ‘why didn't this happen sooner?’. Akai's Fire gave FL users their first dedicated controller, and now Novation bring us the FLkey 37 and Mini keyboard controllers. We had both the FLkey…

Novation FLkey Mini and FLkey 37

SPECTATOR SELECTIONS

Highly Recommended The issue’s most impressive wines. Includes top-scorers and wines that represent optimal purchases based on their combination of score, price and availability. 96 Fontanafredda Barolo La Rosa 2016 $125 ITALY On the savory side, this red opens with freshly mowed grass, hay and eucalyptus aromas before revealing cherry, strawberry, rose and mineral flavors. Fleshy, with a matrix of dense tannins flexing their muscles on the finish. Shows excellent potential. Best from 2023 through 2042. 1,000 cases made, 250 cases imported.—B.S. 96 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2018 $120PORTUGAL Remarkably harmonious already, with a beautiful display of unadulterated blueberry, blackberry and plum sauce flavors that fan out, while anise, ganache and cassis accents fill in. So lush and seductive through the finish, it’s nearly drinkable. But just wait. Best from 2030 through 2050.…

SPECTATOR SELECTIONS

ТИМУР И ЕГО КОМАНДА

“Ясобираю современное искусство уже больше десяти лет, и сейчас коллекция такая большая, что в квартиру все не влезло и часть находится в хранилище, – рассказывает Тимур Юнусов. – Но, может, я открою галерею, чтобы показать свои сокровища широкой публике”. Его новая квартира площадью 650 м2 занимает два этажа, соединенных лифтом: внизу находятся спальни детей, а сам он живет на верхнем. Оформлять резиденцию артиста взялись Артур Шарф и Артем Зверев из YoDezeen, которые познакомились с Тимати через общего друга. “Тимур попросил сделать для него ультрасовременное пространство, которое будет наполнять его энергией и подзаряжать, – говорит Артур. – Здесь все спланировано непривычно: например, на верхнем уровне площадью почти 400 м2 всего > две спальни, а большую часть пространства занимает гостиная”. Дизайнеры придумали сделать что-то вроде лофта, но не небрежного, а проработанного до…

ТИМУР И ЕГО КОМАНДА

Seeds of change

When architect and designer Patricia Urquiola debuted her ‘Serena’ table lamp for Italian lighting brand Flos at 2015’s Euroluce, the Salone del Mobile’s biannual lighting exhibition, it was an instant classic. Though the industry attention seemed to indicate otherwise, it was not, in fact, the only work of hers on display. Suspended from the ceiling of the stark white Ron Gilad-designed booth was another design, a prototype that never made it into production. It was an experimental lighting system that played with the same aesthetics as ‘Serena’, which resembles a petal curving around a well of light, reflecting and diffusing its glow. But instead of the table lamp’s short vertical body, the hanging light was formed of willowy branch-like stems that hovered over the exhibition floor like the canopy of a…

Seeds of change

11 Things I Never Knew About Disney World Until I Worked There

In the 1960s, Walt Disney had a dream: He’d turn a San Francisco-size swath of swampland and orange groves in central Florida into a version of utopia where childhood fantasies could spring to life. The Magic Kingdom opened on Oct. 1, 1971—50 years ago last week—beginning a fairy tale that’s panned out just as intended. Over the decades, Walt Disney World has lured millions of pilgrims to a place where dreams come true, not just for visitors but for employees, too. In fact, there are no fans more devout than the people working at Disney’s four theme parks. Called “cast members,” they are ambassadors of happiness who delight in perpetuating a mythology that never breaks the fourth wall of the Cinderella Castle. In their minds, Tinkerbell is real, there are actual…

11 Things I Never Knew About Disney World Until I Worked There
Can Climate-Friendly Eggs Bring Home The Bacon?

Can Climate-Friendly Eggs Bring Home The Bacon?

On a recent sunny day, 13,000 chickens roam over Larry Brown’s 40 windswept acres in Shiner, Texas. Some rest in the shade of a parked car. Others drink water with the cows. This all seems random, but it’s by design, part of what the $6.1 billion U.S. egg industry bets will be its next big thing: climate-friendly eggs. Over the past decade, producers have skillfully persuaded consumers to pay four times the price for a dozen eggs that are marketed as good for you (organic) or as much as seven times the cost for eggs raised under conditions considered better for the animals that laid them (pasture-raised and hand-harvested). That’s no mean feat, given that a carton of conventional eggs can still be had for less than $1. But savvy marketing…

Florida’s High-Stakes Mask War

Florida’s High-Stakes Mask War

Fear and anger were palpable at the school board meeting in downtown Miami on Aug. 18. A virulent strain of the coronavirus had ravaged the state for most of the summer. Since early July the delta variant has sent 1,900 children to hospitals in Florida—more than in any other U.S. state. Within days of classes beginning, at least 20,000 kids and teachers in the state’s five largest school districts had contracted or possibly been exposed to the virus. Dozens of parents had signed up to speak about a proposal to mandate face masks in school. During the meeting, Franzella Guido Chacon held up a petition supporting a mask order, signed by 11,000 people. “We do not want the start of school in Dade County to become a superspreader [event] like we…

Stopping the Race to the Bottom on Taxes

When I interviewed Kimberly Clausing in 2017, she was an economics professor at Reed College in Portland, Ore., with intriguing but seemingly unachievable ideas for how to make multinational corporations pay taxes. I wrote that her plan was worth studying “if only to see how much better things could be if politics didn’t get in the way.” Well, look at her now. In January, just five days after starting a new job at UCLA School of Law, she was offered the position of deputy assistant Treasury secretary for tax analysis. She took a leave from UCLA a month later to make the move to Washington. Her boss, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and her boss’s boss, President Joe Biden, have embraced international cooperation in fighting tax avoidance. And the long-shot agenda that…

Stopping the Race to the Bottom on Taxes
Champions!

Champions!

FIA World Endurance Championship Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez took victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship, opening the Hypercar era of endurance racing with their second title together. Driving the Toyota GR010, which also dominated the overall results from the start, the trio started the season third at Spa after Kobayashi went off, finished second at Portimao in June, and then won at Monza as their team mates Brendon Hartley, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi hit problems with debris blocking a fuel filter. They then followed that with a further win at Le Mans despite a similar fuel filter system problem. The trio powered to victory in the first of two races in Bahrain and finished five points clear of their team mates. The Hypercar regulations mean the…

India thought it had the virus beat. The virus had other ideas

India thought it had the virus beat. The virus had other ideas

The snaking queue outside Maasaheb Meenatai Thackeray Hospital terrified Mariselvan Thevar. More than 200 people were in line, sagging in the heat as they coughed and wheezed. Some had come hoping to find a dose of coronavirus vaccine, which remains a scarce commodity in India. Others were trying to get their hands on medication, a bed, oxygen—anything. A 21-year-old engineering student with a tall, lean frame and a patchy beard, Thevar thought he had little choice but to join the growing crowd outside the hospital, a small public facility in suburban Mumbai. His father, Kannan, had been ill for days. At 49, Kannan was far younger than the people who, for most of the pandemic, have experienced the worst outcomes from Covid-19. Yet Thevar grew increasingly anxious as they waited to…

Big Tech’s New Vision

If you’re squinting a bit to read this—whether on a screen or on paper—you’re not alone. The pandemic has taken a terrible toll on our eyesight. Almost a third of Britons told the College of Optometrists their vision had deteriorated during lockdowns. In China shortsightedness tripled among 6- to 8-year-olds, and some 80% of high school students there now suffer from myopia. Eyewear maker Warby Parker Inc. told prospective investors in its September initial public offering that increased screen time was fostering more demand for its products. But what’s a bummer for you and the three-fourths of Americans who use corrective vision is a big opportunity for the tech industry, which has its eye on those precious inches around the bridge of your nose. The Silicon Valley companies working on smart…

Big Tech’s New Vision

THE GOBLIN IN THE BATTERY

Late in August, at a precisely specified point in the low Arctic, a geologist named Dave Freedman stood in a raw wind and a limitless expanse of tundra and began to thwack with a sledgehammer at a rock outcrop jutting up from the soil. Freedman, 29, works for a company called KoBold Metals, and the process that had brought him to this pair of GPS coordinates in Quebec’s far north was complex. But the rock had had its own journey. Before it was rock, it had been magma in the Earth’s mantle, part of a molten tongue tens of meters wide that had welled up as two tectonic plates spread apart 1.85 billion years ago. At first the magma had melted and eaten the layers of crust it flowed through,…

THE GOBLIN IN THE BATTERY
Korea’s ‘Overnight Beggars’

Korea’s ‘Overnight Beggars’

Grasping her mobile phone, Jang Mi-kyung flicks past South Korea’s latest news on Covid-19 infections and social distancing restrictions and begins anxiously scrolling through the real estate listings. The 48-year-old private tutor has spent the past few years hunting for an apartment in Seoul so she, her architect husband, and their two teenage daughters can move out of their cramped rental. Her frustration at being priced out of one of the world’s frothiest real estate markets has crystallized into seething anger directed at the president she helped vote into office four years ago. “I’m nothing but the butt of a joke for believing in him and his government’s promise to cool home prices,” she says. “It feels like being stabbed in the back.” Jang’s sentiments are shared by millions of middle-class…

A Four-Night Stand

A Four-Night Stand

Amid the flashing lights, blaring house music, and gyrating dancers at a sea-goddess-themed bash on the 2,770-passenger Scarlet Lady, single mom Kylie Story felt so uninhibited that she jumped into the pool. She didn’t even pause to remove her long crimson dress or butterfly wings. Story, 32, and a friend had booked a cabin on Richard Branson’s first Virgin Voyages ship, which began adults-only sailings in October after 18 months of delays. “This is living life a little on the wild side,” she said, dripping wet, somewhere between Miami and Nassau. Branson says Virgin goes “where no other cruise company has gone before.” With that, he’s challenging the industry’s sleepy reputation. On Scarlet Lady, the first of three ships setting sail by the end of 2022, Broadway revues are swapped for…

BUILD A BUSINESS ON …

ETSY KATE ANTESBERGER (PLANNERKATE1) For seven years, Antesberger and her husband, Karl, have run a business making stickers and sticker tape for day planners. They did $2.5 million in business in 2020. I’ve always loved planners. I’d posted a picture of my calendar on Instagram—I’d made some stickers that popped. People said, “You should sell those.” That day, I started an Etsy shop. In six months, I left my job at IBM to do Etsy full time. I have an accounting degree and an MBA. My dad was like, “You’re foolish.” The sticker industry has blown up. We make everything ourselves. There are stickers for things like a doctor’s appointment that’ll just say doctor, or it’s a stethoscope. There are stickers to make your planner look cute for birthdays, paydays. Others are for therapy…

BUILD A BUSINESS ON …
The Chip Shortage: It’s Complicated

The Chip Shortage: It’s Complicated

When Apple Inc. reported its most recent quarterly earnings, it said that revenue was $6 billion less than it could have been because it couldn’t get all the chips it needed and that the current quarter would be even worse. In doing so, it was revealing not only that the global semiconductor shortage was affecting one of the world’s most valuable companies, but also how it did so. Apple’s devices famously use cutting-edge chips that the company designs for its own needs. Those weren’t the problem, according to Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook—it was the simpler chips that carry out mundane functions such as managing power and data. “On legacy nodes, we compete with many different companies for supply, and it’s difficult to forecast when those things will balance,” he told…

Tuning In to a Happier City

Tuning In to a Happier City

Before the pandemic, the London street where I live was a rare patch of calm in a noisy city. When the lock-downs of 2020 arrived, that situation flipped like a switch. Riding into central London on my bike, I saw that many streets were deserted and quiet. My own road, by contrast, seemed to get much louder, even without the usual hum of cars and planes. It wasn’t just the weekly “clap for carers” session—when people applauded on doorsteps to show support for the National Health Service—or the occasional ambulance siren. With most residents now always at home in their 1920s row houses, I couldn’t help hearing a teenage boy screaming at his computer games beyond my living room wall, while our upstairs neighbors compensated for missed social opportunities by dancing…

Remaking the Future

SANDHYA SRIRAM CEO and co-founder of Shiok Meats, a lab-grown seafood meat company based in Singapore Why make cell-based shrimp? Crustacean meat is one of the most consumed proteins in the entire world. Making shrimp, crab, and lobster this way means far less greenhouse gas emissions. It’s health-friendly because we don’t use any harmful chemicals or antibiotics or fungicides. And it’s animal-friendly because we don’t slaughter animals at large scale. Your product has cost as much as $3,500 per kilogram. How much is it now? Right now it’s in the upper three digits. We’re aiming to be at about $50 per kilogram this year. Is it good for space travel? We’re hoping it will be. I can imagine our meat being grown in the International Space Center or on Mars when we go there. HENRIETTA MOON CEO…

Remaking the Future
LETTERS

LETTERS

> Maximum PDF Archive > Router Reliability > Data Scientist 2.0 Magazine Back Catalog Zak, Back before you were born, Maximum PC offered the “PDF Archive” as an alternative to maintaining a physical library. While I realize that a digital subscription is offered (and I am a subscriber to it, plus the print version), there’s no way to really “save” a copy other than take screenshots (ugh). I don’t know how much revenue is generated from sales of past issues, so perhaps Future could make older issues available? For example, maybe issues older than a year or two could be posted somewhere. Keep up the good work! –B. Brabson EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, ZAK STOREY, RESPONDS: Hey there! Firstly: rude. I’m not that young, ha-ha! Secondly, I absolutely 100-percent agree with you, we definitely need a PDF archive (again), and…

THE BUILDS

THIS MONTH’S STREET PRICES. Sponsored by BUDGET SO INTEL’S BUDGET BUILD this issue has seen quite the shakeup. With props to some recent sales, we see three initial swaps. Thanks again to a Samsung sale, we can slot in a Samsung 980 500GB SSD into the budget machine here, which is always a nice sight. At just an extra $6 from last time, we feel it’s certainly worth it at this price. Another change is our mobo, we switched this out from ASRock’s B460M Steel Legend to MSI’s B460M PRO-VDH WIFI model. This change is a whole $1 more, but because the ASRocks B460M Steel Legend is back up to $119, it is still technically cheaper. CPU stocks for Intel are more stable so, thankfully, we have no shortage for our budget Intel build again.…

THE BUILDS

Asuswrt Merlin vs Netgear Nighthawk

ROUTERS HAVE COME a long way in the past 20 years, each year brings better features, new designs, and bigger wireless ranges. But for the enthusiast, a good router stretches beyond just “how quick is it?” And quickly moves on to “how easy is it to configure?” Today, we’re pitting two behemoths against each other. Netgear vs Asus, US vs Taiwan, in a battle of the networking giants. Which router’s onboard UI comes out on top? What features do you get? And which is easier to set up? But there’s a twist. Instead of running on the stock Asus firmware, we’ll be comparing the third-party Asuswrt-Merlin variant instead. Identical in almost every way to the stock config, the Merlin features an expanded feature list, while retaining the look, feel, and features…

Asuswrt Merlin vs Netgear Nighthawk
MSI MEG Z690 Unify

MSI MEG Z690 Unify

ANY COLOR so long as it’s black. So it goes for MSI’s mid-range MEG boards and the new MSI MEG Z690 Unify is no exception. While the look is familiar, the specifications have had a major overhaul to support Intel’s new Alder Lake CPUs, not to mention no fewer than five M.2 sockets, dual 2.5 GbE LAN, Wi-Fi 6E, plus DDR5 and PCIe 5.0. It’s quite a package. If that’s true of the feature set, it also applies to the board’s physical bearing. The heatsinks have a lot of mass, as the structure reaches out over the IO area. The sheer scale of the cooling and the surface area connected via a heatpipe bode well for keeping the high-end MOSFETs running well within their specified range. Speaking of cooling, for the CPU…

UNE VICTORIENNE REDESSINÉE

Transformer une maison semi-mitoyenne dans le quartier londonien de Dartmouth Park, sans vrai parti pris mis à part un jardin bien structuré, en une demeure contemporaine, à la beauté classique et discrète, telle a été la mission confiée au cabinet d’architecture Finkernagel Ross. Le point de départ de la rénovation était d’ouvrir l’habitation sur ce petit jardin d’exception. L’ancien propriétaire, jardinier de son état, est à l’origine de ce microcosme merveilleux animé par de nombreuses espèces de plantes et d’arbres arrivées à maturité. La serre, d’époque victorienne elle aussi, achevait ce tableau charmant. Les architectes, spécialistes des quartiers classés et des contraintes de rénovation afférentes, se sont attelés à redessiner ce lieu qui ne manquait pas de caractère, riche du point de vue architectural. En travaillant la pénétration de la…

UNE VICTORIENNE REDESSINÉE

BECOMING GROWN-UPS: KIM JINHYU, NAM HOJIN

I AM AN ARCHITECT ʻI am an Architectʼ was planned to meet young architects who seek their own architecture in a variety of materials and methods. What do they like, explore, and worry about? SPACE is going to discover individual characteristics of them rather than group them into a single category. The relay interview continues when the architect who participated in the conversation calls another architect in the next turn. We Are Working on a Building of Our Own Design Kim Yeram: You have settled down in Sinsa-dong. Kim Jinhyu: Most of my family lives nearby, so naturally I came to Sinsadong and to this neighbourhood. Kim Yeram: You stay in a building you designed yourself, Quad (2019). Was this originally planned as a residential space? Nam Hojin: Right. The fifth floor, where we work, was…

BECOMING GROWN-UPS: KIM JINHYU, NAM HOJIN

STACKED SPACES: ‘PLATEAU BEAUBOURG ART CENTER PLAN’

RE-VISIT SPACE 2 SPACE has documented the Korean architectural scene over the past 55 years. To shine a new light on its huge collection of past articles, the architecture historian Hyon-Sob Kim, critic Park Junghyun, architect Suh Jaewon, and architecture and art historian Cho Hyunjung were invited to conduct a discussion about SPACE’s impressive legacy. We hope that the material shared at this meeting will present a productive new genealogy and direction to today’s architectural debates. Park Junghyun received his doctorate from the department of architecture, University of Seoul. He has produced several publications, such as Modern Architecture in the Developmental State of Korea, and is the co-author of Korean Architecture in the Transitional period and 4.3 Group, Experiment of Architopia, and Design Culture in the Middle Class Age. He translated…

STACKED SPACES: ‘PLATEAU BEAUBOURG ART CENTER PLAN’
Question 1: How Much Carbon is Emitted in a Comfortable Thermal Environment?

Question 1: How Much Carbon is Emitted in a Comfortable Thermal Environment?

Carbon = Energy Many measures are being developed and implemented to reduce the amount of carbon emitted by buildings from low-carbon to carbon neutral approaches. According to statistics, architecture accounts for 23% of the total energy consumption, and 42% of all carbon emissions. And more than 70% of the emissions occur in the operation and maintenance stages. Making reference to the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), the most commonly used assessment tool, provides an estimate of where and how much carbon a building generates throughout its lifetime. The measurement of carbon emissions in the operation and maintenance stages are subcategorized into cooling, heating (hot water supply), cooking, and electricity. The quantitative criterion for all subcategories is to measure energy consumption. This is the method of calculating carbon emissions for each energy source based…

PERMEATING LITTLE BY LITTLE: LEE HAEDEUN AND CHOI JAEPIL

I AM AN ARCHITECT ʻI am an Architectʼ was planned to meet young architects who seek their own architecture in a variety of materials and methods. What do they like, explore, and worry about? SPACE is going to discover individual characteristics of them rather than group them into a single category. The relay interview continues when the architect who participated in the conversation calls another architect in the next turn. We Live in an Old House in an Old Neighbourhood Choi Eunhwa: You are use a hanok in Seochon as both your office and home. When did you settle down here? Choi Jaepil: The first time we came to Seochon was when we were working at Samuso Hyojadong, an architectural firm. Then we went to Japan to study, and when we came back to…

PERMEATING LITTLE BY LITTLE: LEE HAEDEUN AND CHOI JAEPIL
EMPTY AND FULL, LIGHT AND DARK, BIG AND SMALL: ARR

EMPTY AND FULL, LIGHT AND DARK, BIG AND SMALL: ARR

Arr is a spatial design studio led by Namkoong Kyo and Oh Hyunjin. They have been dealing with spaces on large and small scales, across projects designing a single piece of furniture to building renovation projects. They have broadened the spectrum of their work through collaborations with various subjects. We heard more about the background to the vast and diverse range of work that arr's hands have reached and the particular characteristics they pursue in their spaces. Park Semi (Park): Although arr was founded in 2018, each of you had previously worked on spatial design. I am curious about your academic or work history. Oh Hyunjin (Oh): I majored in architecture, and after graduating, I began my career at junya.ishigami + associates. I studied architecture separately from interior design at school,…

EXPLORING THE IDENTITY OF THE ARCTIC CITY

EXPLORING THE IDENTITY OF THE ARCTIC CITY

Bang Yukyung (Bang): The House of Knowledge (Kunskapshuset) is an educational centre built as the city of Malmberget was relocated to Gällivare as a consequence of mining development. Please tell us about the background to and procedures informing this project. Lars Olausson (Olausson): It was decided that the iron ore held within the local mountains was of far greater economic value than the mining town of Malmberget. As a result, all of its residents and a lot of the old timber buildings housing them had to be moved to another site. The larger-scale facilities such as the high school, the swimming stadium and housing developments had to be replaced, as they were too substantial to simply relocate. Accordingly, the Gällivare Municipality devised a plan to phase two-thirds of Mamberguet out to…

IN DIALOGUE WITH THE RHYTHM

Park Jiyoun (Park): Transforming this educational facility in Santiago, Metropolitan Lyceum, into a Community Center and CESFAM through extensions and renovation, you’ve created a project roughly twice the existing area, which is about 5,499m2 . What made you decide to work on such a huge extension project? Luis Vidal (Vidal): We are a practice accustomed to working on large-scale healthcare projects, of which the Matta Sur Community Center + CESFAM (hereinafter Matta Sur Complex) is one. To our mind, the bigger the intervention, the bigger the challenge and opportunity to demonstrate a responsible attitude towards a given urban context and heritage. The result here was an unprecedented building refurbishment that gave something back to the city of Santiago, Chile, existing now as one of its most iconic structures. Past, present and…

IN DIALOGUE WITH THE RHYTHM
WHERE EVERYDAY AND NON-EVERYDAY, DAY AND NIGHT, OUR STORIES LIE: LCDC SEOUL

WHERE EVERYDAY AND NON-EVERYDAY, DAY AND NIGHT, OUR STORIES LIE: LCDC SEOUL

Towards the end of last year, another historic factory in Seongsu-dong was given new life as a new spatial platform. While this is no longer something new, LCDC SEOUL exudes a certain different atmosphere in comparison to the commercial complex spaces that came before. The difference may come from its linguistically-weaved meticulous planning, the architecture that acts as its dependable background, and its particular view toward the neighborhood. I had the opportunity to interview the project management team composed of Kim Jaewon (principal, Atelier Écriture), Chung Kangwha (professor, Konkuk University), and the architect Seo Seungmo (principal, Samuso Hyojadong). Park Semi (Park): I’d like to know how the LCDC SEOUL (hereinafter LCDC) project came about. What brief did you receive from the client and what was your approach? Kim Jaewon (Kim): At first, SJ…

POSCO CHANGEUP GROUND Jang Yoongyoo + Unsangdong Architects + POSCO A&C

Architect Jang Yoongyoo (Kookmin University) + Unsangdong Architects (Shin Changhoon) + POSCO A&C (Chung Hoon) Design team Unsangdong Architects – Kim Mijung, Yang Wonjoon, Ko Eunsol, Lee Changgeun, Han Narye, Cho Seoyeon POSCO A&C – Kim Donggeun, Kim Daeone, Kim Munhwan, Kim Hyeyoung, Lim Sungmook, Choi Hyeon, Lee Chungmi, Jung Dongjin, Choi Gwangyeol Location 77 Cheongam-ro, Nam-gu Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbukdo, Korea Programme education and research Site area 8,195.5m2 Building area 6,359.25m2 Gross floor area 28,372.62m2 Building scope B1, 7F Height 38.6m Parking 225 Building to land ratio 77.6% Floor area ratio 290% Structure steel structure, RC Exterior finishing insulated glass, steel pannel Interior finishing metal, stone, carpet tile, rember board Structural engineer Maar Structural E&C Construction POSCO E&C Mechanical and electrical engineer SIN IL E&C Design period June 2019 – Sep. 2020 Construction period Mar. 2020 – June 2021 Construction budget 70 billion KRW Client POSCO I hailed a cab from the train station to drive me to the Pohang University of Science and Technology. I was going to find my own way there…

POSCO CHANGEUP GROUND Jang Yoongyoo + Unsangdong Architects + POSCO A&C
Recent Interests and Methods

Recent Interests and Methods

I’m attracted to the word ‘practitioner’. It sounds more approachable than a professional and more down-to-earth than an architect or artist. I feel that it is more human than broaching the field of the humanities, and I think that it reflects our lived experience more accurately. It is the practitioner’s calling to be able to distinguish between things, and yet I have never wondered to myself, ‘what should I do to define things more closely?’ For most of my career, I have followed my interests in the manner best suited to me. That would explain why my work does not stay the same. What interests and methods am I following and working with at the moment? Min Wusik, after receiving his MArch at Cranbrook Academy of Art in the US and…

Track Saw Jig

If you do your woodworking in a small home shop without space for a full-size table saw, a track saw can be the best answer for making precise rips and crosscuts on plywood panels or even on hardwood. (I can’t count the number of times my Triton Plunge Cut Track Saw has saved me from hiring help or calling a friend over to assist in exchange for pizza and cold ones, once the work is done.) The only downfall is that, due to the positioning of the track/fence on top of the workpiece, you need to reset angles and measure each and every cut. That can make precision a challenge. With this jig, I wanted to create a solution that allowed for swapping out material without moving the track, and hence…

Track Saw Jig

IT LIST 2021

DENVER Life House Lower Highlands IF WES ANDERSON were to make a western, the set would resemble Life House Lower Highlands. Period details—opulent Louis XVI bergères upholstered in floral patterns; leather headboards and sofas—transport guests to the late 1800s, when industrialists were moving west to frontier outposts like Denver. Today Lower Highlands, known as LoHi, is the city’s hippest neighborhood, home to stylish bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries—and Life House finally gives the area its first boutique stay. The American West narrative continues in the 16 rooms, each decorated with Navajo-style pillows and botanical paintings. Some rooms come with bunk beds inspired by 19th-century Pullman sleeping cars; they don’t skimp on comfort, thanks to full-size mattresses and corduroy privacy curtains. The hotel restaurant, Wildflower, pays homage to the city’s Mexican and…

IT LIST 2021

BEAUTY BY DESIGN

THE CITIES THAT most enchant me wear their histories on their sleeves. I once visited a fashionable boutique in a hidden courtyard in Berlin, its façade pockmarked with bullet holes from World War II. In Jerusalem, I had an epic multicourse meal at a throbbing café with all-white décor, then ended the night watching black-clad pilgrims rock back and forth in front of the Wailing Wall. It was an exhilarating and disquieting experience, like finding a portal that could transport me between centuries. This fascination with places where the past rubs provocatively against the present is the reason I couldn’t wait to see Beirut, an ancient port city that has survived centuries of violent conflict and destruction. I was told that it was a place where you might walk by a…

BEAUTY BY DESIGN