How the other half live – this is awesome. My dream location would be on the roof top of NY in a beautiful little house – green and self sufficient through Urban farming. This incredible collection of aerial photographs taken above New York gives a rare glimpse of a hidden rooftop world.
Just a few stories above the non-stop hubbub of city life exists an incredible oasis of lush gardens, restaurants, swimming pools and even tennis courts. Thanks to Mayor Bloomberg’s eco-friendly ‘roofscaping’ initiatives, the tops of dozens of buildings have been transformed into amazing outdoor living spaces and models for green-city living.
Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean captured the stunning images for his new book Up on The Roof: New York’s Hidden Skyline Spaces.
Over the years MacLean has flown his plane over large areas of the United States, documenting the landscape from beautiful agricultural patterns to geometric city grids.
In the book’s introduction architecture critic Robert Campbell writes: ‘Rooftops will be the lungs of the denser city of the future. ‘As the world urbanizes, the rooftops will connect us with nature, with wind and sun and rain and snow, with the natural processes of growth and decay.’
Why would you want to leap out of a perfectly good aircraft? To fly a winged jetpack over the city of Rio de Janeiro, of course – It sounds nuts, but it’s just a day in the life for Yves Rossy, the self proclaimed “Jetman”.
Yves Rossy took to the skies around the Corcovado mountain, topped by the world-renowned statue of ‘Christ the Redeemer’, and landed on Copacabana beach.
The BBC said the 11-minute flight began after he was dropped from a helicopter over Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, and took him over Ipanema, Copacabana, and past Sugar Loaf Mountain.
According to his website, the 52-year-old Swiss became the first and only man in the history of aviation to fly with a jet-propelled wing in 2006. He was first a military pilot and then worked as a captain with Swiss International Air Lines on commercial flights.
His website said he ‘has always dedicated all his free time to flight and experimented all its forms’, creating a harness with inflatable wing panels that he subsequently developed into a rigid wing with four engines.
That’s my dream – would love to go to the US and live the American College dream e.g. play American Football, Cheerleaders etc…
Within four years, a quarter of sixth formers at a leading UK independent school will be heading for universities in the United States. That’s the prediction of Anthony Seldon, head of Wellington College in Berkshire. Dr Seldon, one of the UK’s most prominent head teachers, says that ambitious teenagers are looking further afield than ever before in their university choices.
The lure of well-funded US universities, with more broad-based course options, is proving increasingly attractive to youngsters in the UK, he says. At a recent talk with pupils, he said that about 40% claimed to want to go to US universities, with the expectation that many of these will actually go on to enrol.
This surge in academic wanderlust reflects the experience of the Fulbright Commission, which promotes educational links between the US and UK.
The level of interest is “rising sharply” this year, says commission director Lauren Welch. They were taken aback when 4,000 students turned up for a US university recruitment fair in London last month – double previous years.