Francis Kéré’s New Evolving Playground in Kampala, Uganda

On 14 October, a new playground in Kampala, Uganda from Burkina Faso-born, Pritzker Prize-winner Francis Kéré will open. Like all of the architect’s work, the playground weaves the needs, desires, hopes and life of the community within its design. The project—which began as a simple place to play—is now a multipurpose complex with space for workshops, night classes, open-air areas, a gym, internet café, music …

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Sounds from Stingrays Recorded for the First Time A recent study has reversed the commonly held belief that stingrays are silent. For the first time, the creatures’ sounds were captured in a video depicting two mangrove whiprays and a cowtail stingray making clicking noises. Prior to the study, the only evidence that they are vocal came from research published in 1970 that saw a cownose …

Heatherwick Studio’s Kinetic Glasshouse Blooms Like a Flower

The unfurling structure merges engineering, horticulture and history

Nestled at the edge of National Trust’s Woolbeding Gardens, part of a historic estate in West Sussex, lies a majestic marriage of structural and horticultural design known as the kinetic Glasshouse. Created by British firm Heatherwick Studio, the Glasshouse emulates a Victorian terrarium with a pyramidal 10-sided form of glass and aluminum. In the span of four minutes this facade unfurls like a flower, much …