The forgotten borough?

  New York City conjures up an image of Manhattan’s skyscrapers, and the great lawns of Central Patk for most people. If you’re somewhat famillar with the city, chances are you’ll know about Brooklyn, and maybe even Queens and the Bronx. But what about the other borough, the fifth one. The one that only has one road connection to the rest of the city. The … Continue reading The forgotten borough?

Could America have the model transportation network of the future?

A new conpany of Elon Musk’s, Hyperloop One, wants to build a system of vacum tubes with train-like capsules traveling in them near the speed of sound around the country. The trains could go, on average, 700 mph, while airplanes generally travel at about 500 mph. That is quite a feat, a new method of transportation faster than the plane. Travel times between major US cities … Continue reading Could America have the model transportation network of the future?

Book Review: Never Built New York

The book Never Built New York is extremely fascinating. Once you start reading, you will find yourself flipping from page to page, reading about failed concepts to transform the city. From skyscrapers to new street grids, this book is filled with ideas on how architects, urban planners, and mayors were planning to leave their mark on the Big Apple. Some plans dating back to the late 19th century, … Continue reading Book Review: Never Built New York

The Great Wall of America? A Mexican architecture firm’s plan for Trump’s wall

A Mexican architecture firm, Studio 3.14, has envisioned a concept for President Donald Trump’s controversial border wall with Mexico. The gigantic wall, stretching across all 1,954 miles of the US-Mexico border, would be painted bright pink, becoming an attraction, with possibly a shopping center inside, and lookout points on the top, for US citizens to look down on Mexico. However, inside the wall, there would … Continue reading The Great Wall of America? A Mexican architecture firm’s plan for Trump’s wall

Film Review: Urbanized

Genre: Documentary Urbanized is a fascinating documentary, highlighting what is important about cities and what draws people to them, while calling attention to the issues they face in the 21st century. The film starts off, with experts and urban planners explaining what makes a city a place people want to be. People are drawn to cities for opportunity for a better life. Throughout the film, many … Continue reading Film Review: Urbanized

New words and slang in the dictionary?

On the Merriam-Webster open dictionary, you can find many new words, some that you’ve never even heard of, and probably some words you’ve heard used. Honestly, some of the entries seem completely ridiculous to me, but I find it amusing to look at the list. On the other hand, there are some useful new words on the list that are probably worthy of being used more often. … Continue reading New words and slang in the dictionary?

The surprisingly long history behind pizza

  Pizza today is one of those, perhaps few, things that are popular around this world. So many of our differences divide us, yet if you ask a child in New York, London, Paris, or Rome, what is their favorite food, many will say pizza. How did this phenomenon happen? Has it always been this way?   Perhaps you would be surprised if I told … Continue reading The surprisingly long history behind pizza