What We Love This Week, Volume CXLV

Published October 23, 2015
China Striped Mountains

Landforms at Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Zhangye City. Danxia, which means “rosy cloud,” is a special landform formed from reddish sandstone that has been eroded over time into a series of mountains surrounded by curvaceous cliffs and many unusual rock formations. Image Source: The Atlantic

The Surreal Beauty Of China’s Rural Landscapes

China Sand Dunes

Tourists climb the Singing Sand dunes near the Crescent Moon Spring in Jiuquan. Image Source: The Atlantic

While many of China’s rapidly industrializing urban landscapes are blighted with unceasing pollution, its rural landscapes tell a different story. Situated northwest of the country’s most developed and densely populated areas, the Gansu province reveals the China of an earlier time–hillside monasteries, terraced rice fields, even remnants of both the Silk Road and the Great Wall of China. Furthermore, Gansu reveals China at its most stunning and singular: striking rock formations that burst forth from the ground, lush valleys covered in blossoms, honest-to-goodness rainbow-striped mountains. See more at The Atlantic.

China Terraced Fields Green

Terraced fields in Dingxi. Image Source: The Atlantic

A Stark Look Inside The Poorest Places In America

Girl Shadow Covering Face

Alpaugh, California. 55.4 percent of the population lives below the poverty level. Image Source: The Washington Post

“To grow up poor is to grow up in a world that tells you that you don’t matter,” wrote photographer Matt Black. A recent recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Fund’s $30,000 grant in humanistic photography, Black has made it his mission to demonstrate, through Instagram photography, that poverty isn’t just something that happens to other people, far away. As Black states, “There are 46 million people living in poverty in the U.S. Since the year 2000, the number of people living in communities of ‘concentrated poverty’ has doubled.” Black’s photo project, “The Geography of Poverty” takes us on a heart-rending tour of 70 of the American cities where the poverty rate is above 20 percent. For more, visit The Washington Post.

Abandoned Tower Dead Trees

Buffalo, New York. Shuttered train terminal. 30.7 percent of Buffalo’s population lives below the poverty level. Image Source: The Washington Post

Man Leaning Against Pole

El Paso, Texas. 21.5 percent of the population lives below the poverty level. Image Source: The Washington Post

These Japanese Houses Are Basically Slightly Oversized Washing Machines

Inside Japanese Cube House

Image Source: Slate

When you hear a room’s measurement in square feet, it’s often difficult to imagine how large or small that room actually is. In the case of these concrete Japanese houses, the measurement is 100 square feet and, to be sure, that is very, very small. The 140 removable capsules of Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower demand that their residents make the most of these tiny homes. For over four decades now, the building’s residents have done just that. But over the last decade or so, the building has often been close to demolition, with many claiming that a newer, more conventional apartment building should take its place. Is this bold experiment in urban architecture worth saving? Just how small is 100 square feet? Ponder these questions at Slate.

Japan Tiny Cube Houses

Image Source: Slate

Japanese Cube House Cabinets

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John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society of history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.