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The shapes of the city are often translated into printed and surface elements of fashion garments, such as Fendi’s AW15 collection or even PATTERNITY’s very own Chinti + Parker collaboration. Graduate designer Yuri Pardi’s ‘Monument’ collection has taken this one step further by creating pieces that take on the forms of the city, referencing the sculptural geometry of buildings…

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The sweltering heatwave in India has become so extreme that the streets are beginning to melt and warp. Over a thousand people have died and countless more are struggling in the sweltering temperatures. Hot dry weather patterns emerging from winds from the desert states are said to have caused the unusually high temperatures. Many people don’t have access to air conditioning, making the 48 degree temperatures unmanagable. The National Disaster Authority Government has issued advice in order for people to stay safe in the heat, including avoiding tea, coffee and alcohol, which can be read here .

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Marcus Lyon captured the settlements and structures of human travel and recreation in his aerial photography studies.

Lyon states “Timeout explores mass behaviours in a world where the search for safety and shelter has taken on a secondary role. As the billion planet dwellers that no longer need to satisfy their basic needs search for meaning they turn to another human instinct: exploration. Indeed, as our desire for escape intensifies, we unleash an unstoppable quest for release through consumption and adventure. Whether through budget air tourism, industrial food production or the mega rich’s super yachts, a systemically significant part of the human race defines its modern existence through endeavouring to conquer the natural rhythms of the earth through recreation and travel.”…

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The London Underground was captured from unique perspectives by photographer Huw Penson, who used kaleidoscope and mirroring techniques to present the transport network in a new way.

The aim of the project was to highlight the ‘strange surroundings most of us walk through everyday’, presenting them from an altered point of view. The spaces and textures in the piece create almost science-fictional scenes, elevating the mundane to the magnificent…

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Today, seven cities around the world released a crowdsourced collection of data, where dwellers across San Francisco, Geneva, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Bangalore, Singapore, and Boston collected information measuring air quality, noise, pollution, light, and temperature using DIY ‘hacking’ techniques.

Over 100 sensors tracked the cities’ environments, and it is hoped the data will be used by creatives, universities, hackers and makers alike to create new innovations and ideas, and to create a greater awareness about the urban spaces around us.

Find out more about the Data Canvas Sense Your City project as it goes live today…

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There is a mutually influential relationship between the patterns of human behaviour and the patterns of our urban landscape. Throughout the 20th century, widespread use of cars became one of the dominant influences on town planning, and many cities around the world sacrificed character for automotive efficiency asa result, creating wide, impersonal streets, vast industrial buildings and lengthy blocks that are tedious to traverse by foot.

San Francisco’s not-for-profit urban-planning think-tank, SPUR, has launched an initiative to reclaim the lost human element, turning cities into more welcoming spaces for pedestrians and ‘retrofitting’ suburban spaces with a more engaging and characterful built environment. The ‘design for walkability’ initiative provides guidelines, case studies and inspiration for city planners looking to effect changes aimed to provide a positive benefit to the community – not just improve traffic flow…

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The intersection of the man-made and the natural can be seen all over the modern world. Sometimes this creates moments of conflict or discord – and sometimes, unexpectedly harmonious patterns.

Here, tree roots have come into collision with concrete and, through the slow, exploratory force of their growth have found a way to navigate the built environment, leaving networks of rooted channels in the stonework of our cities…

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