- I Am a Mad Scientist. “Confronting that system will take work. We need to build things: wind turbines, solar panels, public transportation, denser cities, fairer societies. We don’t need purification. We don’t need absolution. We need to get to work.”
- 🇯🇵 🚶🏼♂️ Ise-ji: Walk With Me. One of those crazy long and insightful pieces Craig Mod has the secret of. 15K words about his walk on the coastal pilgrimage route in Mie Prefecture, Japan. I’ve only breezed through it, have a read or a look for the walk, Japan, the slick layout, the gear, the map, or all of the above.
- 🇷🇺 🤯 A one-take journey through Russia’s iconic Hermitage museum. “Experience a 5 hr 19 min 28 sec cinematic journey through one of the world’s biggest museums in St. Petersburg, Russia. Take in 45 galleries, 588 masterpieces, and live performances, shot in 4K on iPhone 11 Pro in one continuous take.” (Via things magazine)
- 🇮🇹 🚲 (and 🇫🇷) The Cities Rethinking Urban Mobility Post-Pandemic. “Milan is going big on cycling and walking. Over the summer, the city core will be partly remodeled to give over 22 miles (35 kilometers) of road space previously used by cars to bikes and pedestrians. Those cars that are allowed into the center must adhere to a new reduced 30 kilometers per hour speed limit. The aim is to make traffic more fluid and give pedestrians more space to spread out safely.”
- 🇰🇷 💚 South Korea to implement Green New Deal after ruling party election win. “The plan includes large-scale investments in renewable energy, the introduction of a carbon tax, the phase out of domestic and overseas coal financing by public institutions, and the creation of a Regional Energy Transition Centre to support workers transition to green jobs.”
- 🧵 by Jason Hickel 🇳🇱 This is remarkable: 170 Dutch academics put together a 5-point manifesto for economic change after the C19 crisis, building on #degrowth principles. It has gone viral in Dutch media. In this thread I’ll summarize the points in English.
- 🇳🇴 Melting Ice Reveals a “Lost” Viking-Era Pass in Norway’s Mountains. “Archaeologists working along the ancient, high-altitude route have discovered hundreds of artifacts that indicate people used it to cross a mountain ridge from the late Roman Iron Age and through the medieval period.” (Via Thought Shrapnel.)
- A lockdown reading list. “Last week we asked our newsletter subscribers to nominate a favourite design-related book that they’ve turned to for inspiration in these strange and stressful times and would recommend to others.” (Lots of old books you probably can’t find but gorgeous covers! Via Meanwhile.)
Note — Apr 26, 2020