Best of the week: Sensory cities and beneath New York

    by Best of the Web
    Wednesday, 23 August 2017 12:09 BST

A Sikh man performs with a burning camphor tablet on his tongue during celebrations to mark the 413th anniversary of the installation of the Guru Granth Sahib, the religious book of Sikhs, in Amritsar, India August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Munish Sharma

Would San Francisco be the same city without the fog? 

California's daily mist has hung over the coast for hundreds of years, creating cool, humid conditions ideal for the growth of the state's famed, giant redwood trees and imbuing the city with its sombre ambience. 

But there is less of it each day. A study by University of California, Berkeley showed that since 1901, coastal California has lost three hours of fog a day.

In a new story in City Lab, architects Emily Schlickman and Anya Domlesky investigate how what we hear, eat, feel, see, and smell in our cities could change due to climate change, new technology, and urban redevelopment. 

“Fog is such an iconic part of the Bay Area, and the idea it could dramatically decrease in the future could really impact how we experience and sense the city,” says Schlickman.

The duo look to a future where Los Angeles sounds less like car horns and Houston smells positively fragrant - and ask what becomes of our cities when their characteristic qualities have disappeared? 

Discover more top stories from around the web this week. Have we missed anything? Tweet at @mjponsford or email


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