Required Reading This week, a rise in nuclear fusion, the downfall of the “COVID billionaire,” holiday string lights with a twist, and how many people would actually return a lost wallet? Hrag Vartanian και Lakshmi Rivera Amin, δημοσίευση στο Hyperallergic [16/12/2022]Marilena Pateraki
Powerhouse Ultimo, a museum of applied arts and sciences in Sydney, Australia, just got a new look. The selected design was chosen after a competition held earlier this year and puts an emphasis on open public space and educational programming, while its materials and angular facade pay homage to the specific variety of sandstone that the city is known for. (renderings courtesy Powerhouse Ultimo)
- Emily Leibert aptly notes, “Lensa AI is full of red flags.” She delves into a few of them for Jezebel, including the technology’s racial and gendered undertones and skew toward Western beauty standards:
Not only is the proliferation of these images adding to already-existing misogyny; they’re also explicitly racist. One Jewish woman said her nose was made “so much smaller.” Black women said their skin was lightened, mixed race women said their racial nuances were all but erased, and some Asian American women found themselves looking like femme-bots. Given that Lensa AI bills itself as taking photos “to the next level” to “perfect the facial imperfections,” erasing and minimizing the features of women of color means the AI deems them undesirable.
- New York’s Central Park is naming one of its entrance gates after Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, and Korey Wise, three decades after their wrongful conviction in the Central Park Five Case. Shaye Weaver writes for TimeOut:
The historic names of Central Park’s entrances were meant to “be representative of the whole people” and “extend to each citizen a respectful welcome.”
It wasn’t until the Robert Moses area that entrances were actually inscribed. Around the park’s perimeter, you can find the “Artisans’ Gate,” the “Merchants’ Gate,” the “Scholars’ Gate” and the “Artists’ Gate.” Others include the “Farmers’ Gate,” the “Miners’ Gate,” the “Mariners Gate, the “Inventors’ Gate,” the “Pioneers’ Gate,” the “Women’s Gate,” the “Children’s Gate,” the “Girls Gate” the “Boys’ Gate,” the “Strangers’ Gate” and the “Gate of All Saints.”
The gate marked as “The Gate of the Exonerated” is not an original park entrance—it was added during the Robert Moses era but it is now a significant entrance because it’s near where the Five are from and is a popular entrance to the park for Harlem residents, the Conservancy said during the meeting.
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