Architectural projects are often a means to an end: they fulfill a need, provide shelter, create space. Beyond the blueprint, buildings have to speak, at least in part, to the people who use them; the job of the architect, then, is to communicate well. MASS Design Group, a nonprofit architecture firm, specializes in building environments for underserved populations. The designers’ new book Justice Is Beauty showcases the range of their international projects that have been completed since the firm’s founding in 2008. The monograph includes a forward from global health advocate Chelsea Clinton, and explores the ways in which a more equitable society is achieved through thoughtful–and intentional–design. advertisement advertisement “We’ve come to believe that architecture is in the realm of human rights. Access to a well and purposefully designed environment is, in our minds, in the realm of rights,” says book coauthor and founding … [Read more...] about The world’s most beautiful architecture is also the most equitable
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“You’ve heard that Louis CK bit about how people these days have everything they want from their computers but nobody’s happy?” asks Toronto musician Daveed Goldman. “Well, when people come to choir, they’re having this experience that they could never ever, ever get on their phone or their laptop. You can download many things in this world but it would be very hard to download the experience you get by interacting with strangers and singing a beautiful song.” advertisement advertisement It’s a cold December night, and Goldman is huddled in a parked car with his friend and colleague, Nobu Adilman, sharing a smartphone as they try to explain the effect that Choir! Choir! Choir!, the community singing project they started three years ago, has had on their fellow Torontonians and on themselves. “We took a field trip with Choir,” Goldman recalls, “up to Canada’s Wonderland [an amusement park, north of … [Read more...] about Choirstarters: Toronto’s Choir! Choir! Choir! Sings The Praises Of A (Social-Media-Assisted) Real-World Experience
2020 looks like it will be your year to get 5G—but only in the sense of having that signal on your phone, not in the sense of knowing quite what it’s supposed to be or using it to its full potential. advertisement advertisement A new report from the network analysis firm Opensignal advises that while this revamp of mobile broadband is poised to reach far more of the U.S., it will do so in ways that may leave both carriers and their customers feeling some wireless whiplash. The former won’t be able to provide it at the speed and over the coverage area they’d like; the latter will have to puzzle through wildly varying versions of 5G available to them that might not solve today’s hangups with streaming video. The first caution indicator light in the report concerns wireless spectrum: U.S. carriers don’t have enough of the right kind for fast but far-reaching 5G. They have plenty of high-frequency, ultra-high-speed millimeter-wave spectrum that … [Read more...] about 5G’s rollout is confusing, uneven, and rife with problems
Hamish Fraser first encountered Babylon Health in 2017 when he and a colleague helped test the accuracy of several artificial intelligence-powered symptom checkers, meant to offer medical advice for anyone with a smartphone, for Wired U.K. Among the competitors, Babylon’s symptom checker performed worst in identifying common illnesses, including asthma and shingles. Fraser, then a health informatics expert at the University of Leeds in England, figured that the company would need to vastly improve to stick around. advertisement advertisement “At that point I had no prejudice or knowledge of any of them, so I had no axe to grind, and I thought ‘Oh that’s not really good,'” says Fraser, now at Brown University. “I thought they would disappear, right? How wrong I was.” Much has changed since the Wired U.K. article came out. Since early 2018, the London-based Babylon Health has grown from just 300 employees to approximately 1,500. The … [Read more...] about Should you get medical advice from a bot? Doctors aren’t so sure
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is on a two-day visit to India and was welcomed by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with an embrace of course.The reason for his visit is the strengthening of bilateral ties in various sectors, including energy and defence. If it’s a run-of-the-mill visit by a foreign dignitary, then what makes it controversial, you ask? Well, like in a David Fincher film, the timing.Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (popularly known as MBS) visit to India comes within five days of the terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama, which killed 40 jawans and infuriated the entire nation. After the attack, PM Modi had vowed to hunt down the perpetrators and avenge each drop of the martyrs' blood.Close The responsibility of the attack was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a banned terrorist organization which reportedly operates from Pakistani soil. JeM chief Masood Azhar, one of the most notorious terrorists in … [Read more...] about Should India really embrace Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit?