Touching Portraits of Mothers with Their One-Day-Old Babies

For the past few years, photographer Jenny Lewis has been documenting those precious moments when a mother and her newborn first bond. In her book, One Day Young, she shares five years’ worth of portraits of mothers and children in East London—taken within 24 hours of the child’s birth.

A Single Day on the London Tube Condensed Into a 2-minute Visualization

Everyday an average of 3.5 million people ride the London tube. Where is everyone going, and when are the busiest times? Developer Will Gallia was curious to see it visualized, so he gathered a day’s worth of data and created a timelapse visualization. 

One of These 4 Radical Bridges Will Be Built in London

In the center of London is the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge, a pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the River Thames that is in desperate need of a redesign. Calling on famous and emerging architects alike, a lively competition has been created to solicit ideas for the redesign. Four semifinalists have now been selected, and their designs are quite out of this world.

Slinkachu’s “Miniaturesque”: More Miniature People Take Over the Urban World

London-based artist Slinkachu (featured previously) has been hard at work creating some of the smallest street art we’ve seen. That’s not to demean its importance (though you might just miss it walking down the street). His tiny miniatures have been cleverly installed all over the city and parklands of London, creating humorous and surprising scenes of tiny figurines interacting with the larger world.

“Me & You”: A Love Story Told From Above the Bed

This new short film from London-based director Jack Tew has us looking down on a love story as it plays out in the bedroom. That’s where all the action happens anyway, right? The charming and realistic short was filmed entirely on a set, allowing for complete control of lighting. See the making-of video or head to meandyoufilm.com for more.

What to Wear in 1906: A Street Fashion Photographer From Edwardian Engand

Over a century before The Sartorialist was stopping fashionable people to capture their unique sense of style, photographer Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910) was documenting the street fashion of Edwardian England. Sambourne worked as chief cartoonist for the English magazine Punch, and as an illustrator. When he first picked up photography, it was to use as reference to improve upon his other arts, but soon it turned into an obsession.

It’s Official: London Is Getting Thomas Heatherwick’s £175 Million Garden Bridge

London has no shortage of iconic bridges, but it’s now getting one that could top them all. Approved this morning by Westminster Council, Thomas Heatherwick’s design for the fantastic £175 million ‘Garden Bridge’ will cross the River Thames between Temple Station and the South Bank. After construction it will provide a lush green escape from the bustling city, suspended high above the river’s waters. It will also earn the distinction of being the “most expensive footbridge in the world.”

Take a Guided Tour of the Crowded Airspace Above the UK

At this time of year nearly everyone is winging off to see their family, and in the UK that means seriously busy airspace. Welcome to a typical day in the UK, where 6,000 flights, from commercial to military and general aviation, share the skies over the country. Air traffic control company NATS has created a beautiful, near immersive, visualization detailing all that traffic. The complex work they do is impressive.

Bringing the Spirit of the Burning Man Temple to Northern Ireland

Every year since 2000, the Burning Man gathering has featured a massive wood structure called the “Temple”. Since its introduction, the ornately designed buildings have become one of the most special places for those who attend. In an environment that celebrates all kinds of radical free expression, the temple inspires reflection, contemplation and honoring. It is a sanctuary where those that come can heal, grieve loved ones or just sit in peace. After one week of its existence, it is gracefully burned, a symbolic “letting go” for some. Now, in its last day seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign, the spirit of the Temple could be flying all the way to the Northern Irish town of Derry for March 2015.

Grab Some Very Literal “Soft Drinks” At This Convenience Store

This east London corner store sells ordinary products, with one exception: they are all made of felt. For her “Felt Cornershop” installation, designer Lucy Sparrow recreated over 400 typical convenience store items–ranging from cookies to condoms–out of the familiar, kid-friendly fabric. She added logos and other details with brightly-colored puffy paint, then stocked her products at an abandoned market at 19 Wellington Row.