Photos of Chinese homes gain attention - Chinese homeowners that are standing up to property developers and refusing to sell in a ‘David and Goliath’ style battle, have been documented in a series of striking photographs that have gained widespread attention. The photos depict homes throughout the country starkly surrounded by construction sites and vast spaces as they refuse to make way for shopping malls and roads, reports VICE.
Is sound being ‘weaponised’ in cities? - Noise in cities is a new battleground. By playing loud music, annoying jingles or high-pitched frequencies, authorities and businesses are seeking to drive out homeless people or stop young people from congregating outside shops in an increasingly hostile manner, reports CNN.
A day without cars in central London – The British capital is gearing up to go car-free for a day in September. The streets will be closed to vehicles in a bid to reduce emissions, champion greener methods of commuting including walking, cycling and public transport and experiment with how a major city could live without traffic, reports My London.
Churches become divine working spaces - Many cities are full of historic churches that have a dwindling flock. Churches in the United States are finding a new source of enlightenment and income by transforming into co-working spaces at certain times of the week for start-ups and freelancers to work in, reports the Guardian. The move is bringing in much needed revenue and rejuvenating communities.
Uncontacted tribes threatened by Amazon fires - Rare uncontacted tribes of indigenous people are under threat from the fires ravaging the Amazon forest in Brazil. The groups, who do not generally engage with other human beings and of which very little is known, are being displaced and are at risk of harm on their ancient lands as a result of the blaze, reports charity Survival International.
Can Paris help cities with their digital infrastructure? - The French capital has created an open source platform, Lutece, for digitizing city services such as an online inventory of social housing, transport issues and other digital services. The platform has been a success and now Paris is seeking to share its knowledge in Lyon, Nice and other cities abroad including in the United States, reports GovTech.
And finally, after 50 years has Sesame Street become gentrified? – The popular American children’s television show is celebrating its 50-year anniversary, with experts tracking how much the street has gentrified and changed since it began in the 1970s. The famed street has become much more diverse with a shifted demographic of characters, said researchers, with the local store now offering free wifi internet and more up-market apartment blocks, reports Current.