Frida Escobedo’s 2018 Serpentine Pavilion

Mexican architect Frida Escobedo’s Serpentine Pavilion courtyard opens in London’s Hyde Park on 15 June, and the anticipation is high for several reasons. First, Escobedo is the youngest architect tapped for the prestigious project. The material—a British-made, gray cement—maintains her love of locally sourced components. And it certainly brings a powerful display of Mexican modernism to the park for its 18th pavilion commission. Every year …

The Panic Button App

Futuristic workwear in Milan, London's new Serpentine Pavilion, electronic sign language and more in our weekly look at the web

While there’s been an increase in personal safety apps like Kitestring and bSafe, the Panic Button app—from Amnesty International—is the first safety tool that’s aimed specifically for activists and journalists on the brink of danger. Simply press the power button to send an alert with your location to pre-set contacts. Panic Button was a result of the Open IDEO challenge that saw over 300 designs …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Futuristic workwear in Milan, London's new Serpentine Pavilion, electronic sign language and more in our weekly look at the web

1. Painting Mutant Bugs Cornelia Hesse-Honegger is a researcher who is attracted to bugs—especially the malformed and mutated kind. Looking at the insects through a microscope, she takes days or even months to paint their texture, color and measurements as precisely as possible. As many scientists are quick to judge art as subjective, her piece for Nautilus discusses the unique perspective she’s had as an …