Tag: life

James Turrell: Gathered Sky

An introspective James Turrell invites you to surrender under the immateriality of light with “Gathered Sky,” a spellbinding permanent installation in Beijing’s Temple Hotel.

How to Grow a Forest in Your Backyard

Forests do not have to be far flung nature reserves, isolated from human life. Instead, we can grow them right where we are even in cities. Eco-entrepreneur and TED Fellow Shubhendu Sharma grows ultra-dense, biodiverse mini-forests of native species in urban areas by engineering soil, microbes and biomass to kick start natural growth processes. Follow along as he describes how to grow a 100-year-old forest in just 10 years, and learn how you can get in on this tiny jungle party.

Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles (1972)

Architectural critic Reyner Banham explores Los Angeles in this 1972 BBC documentary.

How Megacities are Changing the Map of the World

“I want you to reimagine how life is organized on earth,” says global strategist Parag Khanna. As our expanding cities grow ever more connected through transportation, energy and communications networks, we evolve from geography to what he calls “connectography.” This emerging global network civilisation holds the promise of reducing pollution and inequality and even overcoming geopolitical rivalries. In this talk, Khanna asks us to embrace a new maxim for the future: “Connectivity is destiny.”

Deciding to Live with Less

Decluttering and living with less is clearly having a moment, with books like The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up hovering at the top of bestseller lists for the past six months and blogs like The Minimalists boasting four million readers.

Humans are Awesome

In his video “Humans Are Awesome” YouTube user Gerry B. put together his favourite GoPro action shots in a dazzling tribute, showing the lengths to which people will go to have fun and live life to its fullest.