The Story of Place: “The Story of Place is a short film that takes us deep into the unprotected territory of the Greater Canyonlands region alongside Craig Childs, Ace Kvale and Jim Enote, who narrate the story of this grand landscape, how it has shaped each and every one of us. This region of southeastern Utah is a veritable well of human spirit, an endless supply of recreation, solitude, wonder and history. This place and its story are irreplaceable. This land is worth protecting.”

A Coloring Book for the Map-Obsessed: The adult coloring book fad is not allowed to be dead, not until you’ve gotten your hands on Gretchen Peterson’s delightful little project, City Maps. (And actually, the trend seems to show no signs of abating, if the global colored pencil shortage is any indication.)

Come July, the L.A. River Will Become a Public Art Museum: “Mayor Garcetti announced the roster of artists that have been tapped to create work for Current:LA Water, the city’s first ever public art biennial. As it’s explained concisely on the organization’s website, the project will stage “large-scale art commissions next to bodies of water, both man-made and natural, including some alongside the Los Angeles River as a way to support the city’s broad and long-term goal of creating the river as a rehabilitated public corridor for art, culture and community engagement.”

The Lousy Urban Design Of America’s Most Innovative Companies: “Today’s tech campuses, which The New York Times describes as “the triumph of privatized commons, of a verdant natural world sheltered for the few,” are no better, having done nothing to disrupt the isolated, anti-urban landscape favored by mid-century corporations.”

What the World Would Look Like If Humans Hadn’t Killed All the Animals: “In a recent interview, Faurby told me that his paper, published in Diversity and Distributions, affirmatively “showed that the results strongly suspect a human causation of the extinction of the megafauna. As part of this paper me and [co-author] Jens-Christian Svenning attempted to figure out where these extinct species would have been today if they did not go extinct.”


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