Nineteen 84

To commemorate Earth Day, tonight at 8pm EST, MoMA curator Paola Antonelli and anthropologist Eduardo Kohn will be discussing how design and architecture can help us repair our relationship with the natural world

Did you know Robert Rauschenberg made the very first Earth Day poster for the very first Earth Day which was celebrated on April 22, 1970?

Google Earth will now show you our planet’s slow deterioration with new “time travel” feature

Ten ways in which architecture is addressing climate change

New book documents defunct shopping malls, parking lots and other obsolete suburban development patterns that are being retrofitted to address current urgent challenges they weren’t designed for

No, we shouldn’t 3D print the suburbs

Lincoln Center’s plaza will be transformed into a giant green lawn this summer

Green Block Flatiron: a vision for a new New York City

Architecture and speculative design as a catalyst for social good

Why are we attracted to places where the manmade abuts the natural?

Cities are now paying workers $10,000 to relocate

Floating co-working spaces in Krakow

Furniture icons Herman Miller and Knoll to merge in time for the return of the workplace

IKEA now makes sofa covers made from recycled denim

So you bought an NFT couch. Now what?

Welcome to Decentraland, where NFTs meet a virtual world

Does the metaverse need a zoning board?

This Paul Rudolph-designed house in New York is being sold as an NFT

With NFTs, renderings take on new currency, representing a fundamental shift

26-year old up-and-coming 3D designer Riccardo Fornoni

All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace is an amazing film series about how the culture itself has been colonized by the machines it has built

Artists’s graphite portraits distort and intertwine subjects to visualize metaphors of the body (see below)

Hybrid sculptures merge reclaimed industrial by-products with plant life

As museums spring back to life, here are the exhibitions to check out

At MoMA, African-American designers and artists envision an architecture of blackness

RISD continuing education launches 160+ online summer courses

A digital archive of graphic design related items that are currently on the Internet Archives

MIT is offering free online access to 34 major architecture books

AR+D specializes in research-based publications within the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism and design

The post-war brutalist architecture of Paris is captured in upcoming book

Room Journal is a new architectural publication that focuses on a different room each issue

This Saturday is Printed Matter’s sidewalk sale block party in Chelsea

Also in Chelsea, the Dia Art Foundation reopens after a two-year renovation

Modular stained-glass sculptures evoke art deco skyscrapers

Interdisciplinary designer’s London apartment is an ever-changing expression of her creative process

Russian designer creates interiors that are minimal and sleek yet exude sentiment, tradition and serene beauty

A designer couple’s dreamy family home in Melbourne

A two-story family dwelling in Australia designed to be light, open and flexible

A young couple’s vertical Mexican home sits on a tiny lot

This Brooklyn home features a dining room ping-pong table and an outdoor swimming pool

An underground garden filters water in this natural swimming pool in upstate NY

New Yorkers can now get vaccinated under the Natural History Museum’s iconic - now bandaged - blue whale

Researchers are using artificial intelligence to translate whale talk

Makes me think of this story about a young girl who swam next to a lost whale calf for five hours so it wouldn’t run aground

Lastly, I’m building a treehouse in my son’s kindergarten’s garden next month and will definitely be looking to this wooden jungle gym for inspiration

Thanks for being here and hopefully you liked some of the links this week. I’ll be back next week with more but until then here’s a helpful guide to spending less time on your phone. Now go outside for a walk.

Thomas