Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The UK's first interfaith charity shop, a Star Wars-inspired observatory, Marty McFly's Nikes up for auction and more in our look around the web

1. The Genius of Walter Becker Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker, who passed away last weekend, was widely regarded as one of music’s greats—though not as a brilliant guitarist or vocalist, but rather a genius when it came to melodies. Both Steely Dan co-founders were jazz nerds, but beyond that they were groove masters who managed to craft left-of-center pop songs that appealed to just …

Star Wars-Inspired Observatory in Cyprus

Set to track celestial phenomena from India to the Mediterranean, a new observatory will be built in Cyprus. Most excitingly, the structure (which was designed by Kyriakos Tsolakis Architects) draws inspiration from the Star Wars films. The Troodos Observatory—as it’s known—will be the first purpose-built facility of this type in the country, and will boast a large dome along with a slim wedge at the …

Hélène Binet Captures a Hidden Architectural Gem in Cyprus

The Swiss photographer explores the untouched family home of modernist designer Neoptolemos Michaelides

The modernist work of the late Cypriot architect Neoptolemos Michaelides fuses Brutalism, ancient architecture and the leisure of Mediterranean living. Michaelides studied under great architects like Gio Ponti and Bruno Zevi in the 1940s, but his distinctive style remained relatively unknown to the international public. An exhibition at Nicosia’s Point Centre for Contemporary Art is changing that. “We wanted to focus upon the outstanding work …