Catch up with our highlights from this week’s digital travels…

Modernism in the moonlight

Midnight Modern
Photography: Tom Blachford

Think of Palm Springs and you typically picture Modernist homes basking in the sunshine. Australian photographer Tom Blachford has turned that image on its head, capturing the desert city’s architecture under the glow of the moonlight in a series called Midnight Modern. Head to Fubiz to see more.

China’s indestructible glass bridge

Remember China’s 3,500-ft-high glass walkway that cracked? Well there’s a similar contraption called the Zhangjiajie on the way – and it’s higher and longer than any bridge in the world. To reassure future visitors about its stability, Zhangjiajie bosses invited a BBC hack to dare to smash through its surface with a sledgehammer… And it turns out the bridge is a lot sturdier than we might have expected. Read more on Gizmodo or watch the BBC video.

The sounds of London

Architecture is one of the more immediate ways we identify different places in a city, but the sounds of a space can also be a signpost. Over the past few years, Londoner Ian Rawes has been recording the background noise of locations, from Smithfield meat market to Soho’s longstanding Bar Italia, for his London Sound Survey. QZ spoke to Rawes about the project.

Go for a ride at New York’s Penn Station

Penn Station halo
Credit: AE Superlab and Brooklyn Capital Partners

New York’s Penn Station is in line for a much-needed overhaul and the city is in the midst of reviewing proposals from interested parties. One developer wants to build a 1,200 ft ride called ‘The Halo’ on top of the station as part of their plan, according to the New York Daily News. Reaching a speed of 100 miles per hour, it would certainly inject some fun…

360-degree views on coffee cups

A video posted by Adrian Hogan (@adehogan) on

Coffee makes the world go round, but for illustrator Adrian Hogan, the world goes round on coffee (cups). The Tokyo-based Australian sketches 360-degree panoramas of the settings around him on these old vessels, and puts them up on Instagram for our enjoyment. CityLab spoke to Hogan this week.



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