California and the American West are not the only places suffering from drought—in fact, there are several places in the world right now where overtaxed aquifers, severe pollution, and lack of rainfall are creating extreme water insecurity for residents. In some places, water is so scarce that municipal supplies are…
São Paulo is Brazil's largest and wealthiest city, a bustling concrete jungle of 11 million people. Now imagine the city going for days without water for drinking, bathing, or cleaning—it's a dystopian scenario not far from São Paulo's reality thanks to a water crisis made worse by drought.
It's like that horrifying scene in World War Z when zombies are just on top of each other. It's like a mosh pit that never ends for all of eternity. It's a human traffic jam with absolutely no room to breathe. It's the subway system in Sao Paulo after a bus strike. And the World Cup hasn't even started yet.
Paris is a bloodshot eyeball, São Paulo spreads out like a watercolor, and L.A. is a glorious mess. You can see how three very different metropolises expand and sprawl in these gorgeous animations produced as part of NYU's Stern Urbanization Project, examining the growth of cities.
It's one thing to make a product using aluminum or plastic recycled at a plant. But recycling cans into chairs—on the same street they were found—is something else. That's exactly what the resourceful designers at Studio Swine did on a recent trip to São Paulo.
Every time I see an spectacular modern home like this House in Sao Paulo—with huge glass panes and ultra-tall ceilings—I always ask myself the same question: How do they keep it clean? Do they hire climbers or call Spider-Man?