Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Log In Log In Today’s Paper Travel | Where Libraries are the Tourist Attractions Advertisement Supported by In the past few years dozens have opened across the world, resembling nothing like the book-depot versions from the past. ByAlyson Krueger Aug 10, 2019 About a decade ago libraries across the world faced a dilemma. Their vital To fight for their survival, said Loida Garcia-Febo, president of the American Library Association, libraries tried to determine what other role they could play. “They invented these amazing new initiatives that are finally launching now,” she said. It took them this long to raise money and build them. In the past few years dozens of new high-profile libraries have opened close to home and across the world. And they certainly don’t resemble the book-depot vision of libraries from the past. To attract … [Read more...] about Where Libraries are the Tourist Attractions
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NEW YORK (AP) — I.M. Pei, the versatile, globe-trotting architect who revived the Louvre with a giant glass pyramid and captured the spirit of rebellion at the multi-shaped Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died at age 102. Pei’s death was confirmed Thursday by Marc Diamond, a spokesman for the architect’s New York firm, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. One of Pei’s sons, Li Chung Pei, told The New York Times his father had died overnight. Pei’s works ranged from the trapezoidal addition to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., to the chiseled towers of the National Center of Atmospheric Research that blend in with the reddish mountains in Boulder, Colorado. His buildings added elegance to landscapes worldwide with their powerful geometric shapes and grand spaces. Among them are the striking steel and glass Bank of China skyscraper in Hong Kong and the Fragrant Hill Hotel near Beijing. His work spanned decades, starting in the late 1940s and … [Read more...] about I.M. Pei, architect who designed JFK Library, dies at 102
Like a couch still wrapped in plastic, much of Doha, the capital of Qatar, is so new that it feels like touching it could ruin it. That’s not to say there aren’t traces of the past. Wandering through Souk Waqif, a 100-year-old marketplace, I was blissfully lost amid tiny shops selling spices, souvenirs and live birds. Down one dark alley, five men stared at their glowing cellphones, hookahs in hand. Around a corner, three cobblers stitched in unison. A left turn brought a burst of color and the scent of sandalwood. A woman, covered head to toe in black chiffon, sat behind a table filled with perfumes and incense. Then, just a block north of the market, I hit the wide, waterfront Corniche. The skyscrapers of West Bay glittered, as if to say, “Not that. This.” Doha, where dust and sand meet the electric blue of the Persian Gulf, feels improbable. Over the last four decades, the city — which began as a fishing and pearl-diving settlement — has … [Read more...] about What’s new in Doha, Qatar? Virtually everything
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Travel | What’s New in Doha? Basically Everything. Advertisement Supported by The 52 Places Traveler At his latest stop, our columnist found a desert pearl-diving settlement transformed into a gleaming vision of the future, with the help of A-list architects. BySebastian Modak April 9, 2019 Our columnist, Sebastian Modak, is visiting each destination on our 52 Places to Go in 2019 list. He arrived in Doha from New York City, where he walked from Lower Manhattan to Harlem. Like a couch still wrapped in plastic, Then, just a block north of the market, I hit the wide, waterfront Corniche. Above me, the skyscrapers of West Bay glittered, as if to say, Doha, where dust and sand meet the electric blue of the Persian Gulf, feels improbable. Pritzker Architecture Prize and invited them all to town. … [Read more...] about What’s New in Doha? Basically Everything.
Barack Obama isn’t the only one in his family making some strong post-White House style moves. While the former POTUS was lauded last week for his Rag & Bone black “44” bomber jacket, Michelle Obama has been experimenting with bold, runway-ready looks of her own: a pair of gold thigh-high Balenciaga boots here, a sexy metallic Sachin & Babi jumpsuit for the Grammys there.Even her manicure is getting into the mix.To promote her memoir, Becoming, the former first lady devoted her Instagram Stories on Wednesday to answering questions from readers. She wore a classic black suit as she spoke about parenting and her career, but it was impossible to not be distracted by her bright blue nail polish as she gestured with her hands. Behold, the ultimate Blue State beauty move.Michelle Obama, Becoming $19.49 Buy itObama’s bold nail polish choice isn’t completely out of left field. At the 2012 Democratic National Convention she lacquered up in a softer, … [Read more...] about Why everyone is staring at Michelle Obama’s hands