Opinion: Ukrainians Who Fled To Russia, Notions Of The Sun, Economic Magic

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, what happened to the Ukrainians who fled to Russia, how the sun is both our creator and destroyer (27:56), and how magicians won the attention economy (34:32).

Previews: Architectural Record – August 2022

Architectural Record - August 2022

MAD Architects Creates a Volcano-Inspired Stadium in China

Quzhou Stadium. Image © CreatAR Images

For the past three decades, China has been furiously turning farmland into instant cities, transforming a heavily agrarian society into one with nearly 64 percent of its population now urbanized. In recent years, though, affluent Chinese have started to rediscover their culture’s deep roots in the countryside and the lure of the nation’s often dramatic landscapes. Architects like Ma Yansong, who founded MAD Architects in Beijing in 2004, are now busy exploring new ways of connecting the constructed environment to the natural one. Ma often talks of his notions of shanshui culture, referring to the Chinese words for “mountain” and “water” and to design inspired by a reverence for earth and sky. Yet his approach is anything but traditional. Instead, it aims to reinvent nature—for example, crafting an opera house in Harbin to look as if it were sculpted by wind and water and calling a 5 million-square-foot residential complex in Beihai with rolling roofs Fake Hills.


Tributes: Odessa, Ukraine In Tilt-Shift Timelapse

A tilt-shift timelapse short film in Odessa, Ukraine filmed in Summer of 2021 by Little Big World.

Odessa is a port city on the Black Sea in southern Ukraine. It’s known for its beaches and 19th-century architecture, including the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater. The monumental Potemkin Stairs, immortalized in “The Battleship Potemkin,” lead down to the waterfront with its Vorontsov Lighthouse. Running parallel to the water, the grand Primorsky Boulevard is a popular promenade lined with mansions and monuments. 

Preview: The New Yorker Magazine – August 8, 2022

A bike is parked at the entrance to a beach. A man and woman walk towards the water.

R. Kikuo Johnson’s “Double-Parked”

The artist on learning to love New York City beaches and balancing passion projects with his career as an illustrator.

By Françoise Mouly, Art by R. Kikuo Johnson