Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Architecture from Manhattan to Svalbard, protest art, artificial intelligence, cannabis laws and more from around the web

Yaara Nusboim’s “Alma” Therapy Toys Israeli designer Yaara Nusboim created these wooden therapy toys in collaboration with child psychologists for kids to work through various struggles (including trauma) during play therapy. This kind of treatment was developed by psychoanalyst Melanie Klein some 80 years ago, and encourages children to express themselves through play rather than conversation—offering a comfortable distance for them from whatever issue they …

Extinction Rebellion’s Sinking House Protest

Coinciding with Extinction Rebellion hunger strikes, a partly submerged home—symbolizing where rising water levels could reach if they were to go unchecked—floated down the Thames in London on 10 November. Using the collective’s trademark “non-violent civil disobedience,” the single-family home is an “SOS to the government on climate inaction,” the group states. Though the placement was chosen as a central spot to attract views and …

Justkids + Camille Walala’s Colorful Gas Station

The corner of Grand Ave and 11th St in Fort Smith, Arkansas has been transformed by women-led global creative house Justkids and French artist Camille Walala. Named Walala Pump & Go, the ’50s-era gas station is now a bright, bold and playful piece of public art. The colorful patterns that now cover the structure were inspired by the artist’s “travels, the Memphis movement, optical art …