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Celebrating 5 Years at Skateistan Kabul

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On October 29, 2009, the NGO Skateistan opened Afghanistan's first skateboard park. A group of 40 Afghan children, including girls and street-working kids, had been skateboarding for many months at an empty Soviet fountain in Kabul, and now had somewhere to call their own.

On November 9, 2014, the five year anniversary of Skateistan Kabul will be celebrated by hundreds of students, staff, alumni, families, officials, community members, and supporters. Local and international press are warmly invited to attend.

Built on land donated by the Afghan National Olympic Committee, the Skateistan Kabul "skate school" was designed to be much more than a skatepark, also featuring classrooms, offices, a library, and a multi-sport area. Its goal was to provide free educational and recreational programming to some of the most vulnerable Afghan girls and boys. Skateistan Kabul became a rare, safe space for children to play and learn.

Five years later, Skateistan Kabul has registed more than 1500 children into its award-winning sport and educational programming, and has more than 400 children attending each week. Dozens of Afghan youth have graduated from being Skateistan students to volunteers and staff, leading the next generation of Kabul skateboarders. More than 40% of Skateistan students are girls.

The 2014 anniversary event will include skateboarding demonstrations by the girls and boys of Skateistan, as well as various student performances (theatre, singing, film, speeches). The ten most iconic photos from the past five years will also be on exhibition.

Skateistan Kabul's success has since inspired replica projects in northern Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa.

Retrospective: 5 Years at Skateistan Kabul

2009 - Some of Skateistan's first students on a field trip to Bibimaru Hill in Kabul.

2010 - Skateistan girls do a skate demo during an event for International Peace Day.

2011 - Tamana (age 12) in front of Skateistan Kabul during Go Skateboarding Day.

2012 - Nawab, who was tragically killed that year, kickflips during 2012 Go Skateboarding Day.

> via skateistan.org


Professions Of The Future

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As technology evolves, what today seems science fiction may become the job market of tomorrow. Experts predict that 60% of employments in the next 10 years haven’t even been invented yet.Based on social, technological, economic, and environmental changes occurring today, companies such as Cana ...

’Frank Gehry is a really good dancer!’ Lily Jencks

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Phaidon speaks to the architect and landscape designer about her Maggie's Centre work with the Pritzker laureateLily JencksLilly Jencks has seen the detrimental effects bad architecture can have in delicate situations. Her mother, the garden designer Maggie Keswick Jencks, was diagnosed with can ...

San Fransokyo architects built a new world for Disney’s ’Big Hero 6’

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Concept art for “Big Hero 6″ showcases San Fransokyo during the day. (Disney)Before the directors of the new Walt Disney Animation movie “Big Hero 6″ settled on their story, they created the world in which it’s set: a jammed, vibrant place called San Fransokyo.A mash-up ...

What It Could Be Like to Live on Mars

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Plans Courtesy Of Blue Planet Research - Bryan Christie DesignI'd always wanted to visit Mars. Instead I got Hawaii. There, about 8,200 feet above sea level on Mauna Loa, sits a geodesically domed habitat for testing crew psychology and technologies for boldly going. I did a four-month tour at t ...

See the Destruction of the Domino Sugar Factory

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All photos by Max Touhey

Demolition has only just begun on the site of Two Trees' Domino megaprojectand the neighbors are already complaining and petitioning about the noise, so this should be a fun 10 to 15 years (assuming everything goes according to plan). In the meantime, check out these photos that photographer Max Touheytook of the carnage. The Syrup Shed, where artist Kara Walker had her installation, is currently being taken down, along with the Bin Structure, the Boiler House, and some of the smaller structures including the Wash House, Turbine Room, Power House and Pump House.

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Christopher Wren:Google erects a tribute to St Paul’s architect

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Sir Christopher Wren is the subject of the latest Google Doodle. Photograph: GoogleSir Christopher Wren would have celebrated his 382nd birthday today, had he lived to such a ripe old age, and Google has created a Doodle to mark the occasion.....Continue Reading> via The Guardian ...

Paul McCarthy’s XXXmas Tree Plugs Up Paris

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Artist Paul McCarthy’s gallery coos about the new public work. (via @HauserWirth/Twitter)American artist Paul McCarthy has erected his latest Christmas-themed work, “Tree,” and it has plugged up Paris’s Place Vendome for the FIAC Contemporary Art Fair. Regardless of how you f ...

Real Estate Representatives in Fortune’s 40 Under 40

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Airbnb’s Brian Chesky shares the top spot in this year’s Fortune 40 under 40 with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Both companies have faced their share of controversy, but are influential in the built environment and the “sharing” economy, particularly as both look to expand intern ...

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