Another mind-numbing terrorist attack, this one a special flavor of horrible as it wasn’t a surprise. An attack that aimed straight for the physical and emotional infrastructure of the city. More than thirty people dead and the rest trapped in lockdown, the shared spaces of their city deemed hostile. Public transit was closed, streets sealed, and art institutions – places of nuance and cultural history, extremely useful tools in the face of extremism – shut.
As we saw in Paris, a recovering city’s collective healing take place largely in public spaces; this principle seems to bear out in Brussels as well despite the lockdown. Residents have been gathering to pay giant outdoor tributes in chalk, while others have been rallying online to provide the public services that were closed (namely transportation).
Anyway, my handful of sentences on the Brussels attacks really don’t do justice to the more than 100 people who have been murdered by terrorists across the globe this month alone. If you haven’t heard about Ankara and others, CityLab has a good, though obviously deflating, roundup.
In the meantime, you may be glad to hear that our regularly scheduled programming is considerably more light hearted than this cold open, and culminates in some deliciously hideous architectural renderings that you won’t be able to take your eyes off of. So – now to the roundup:
A Bustle writer took a self-guided historical feminist tour of Upstate New York.
The World Monuments Fund is worried for the future of Moscow’s Shukhov Tower.
The un-branding of a corner shop in a small U.K. town.
This Harlem brownstone will soon be surrounded on three sides by a new, 11-story development.
A pushcart museum featuring work by local makers in Dharavi, India.
The Port of Long Beach in California says it’s “cost prohibitive” to save a mural on one of its buildings, but isn’t saying what that prohibitive cost is exactly.
An artist has requested that her own sculpture be fenced off amid vandalism concerns.
New York City will soon see seven giant, illuminated rabbits installed near the World Trade Center, two of which will be “extra giant,” Gothamist reports.
CityLab has a cathartic piece on the (imagined) tackiest architecture in the entire world.
Featured Image: “Top Sexy Tower NYC,” Rendering. Vasily Klyukin. Source: vasilyklyukin.com.