Helsinki s City Wall, a collaborative social space.
With the rise of the knowledge-based economy, fab labs, maker spaces and more, cities are being transformed into production centres. This dynamic movement is ripe with promise, but also has risks.
In France, research on local indicators’ inadequacies led a group of stakeholders and researchers in Grenoble to develop an alternative that focuses on social well-being and sustainability.
A living room rented by the minute and another room shared for sleeping – the age of the ‘distributed’ home is upon us.
So you're having to room share to live in the city. What if you need more than a place to sleep? Well, now you can rent a living room by the minute. Welcome to the world of distributed living.
Movies from the “neo-noir” genre offer a darker and bleaker vision of the city, in stark contrast to the world of the TV sit-com.
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Movies often portray the city as a dystopia, particularly in the 'neo-noir' genre, which explores postmodern themes. TV shows and ads present an altogether sunnier picture of life in the city.
Swartberg House in the Karoo, designed by Jennifer Beningfield, Open Studio.
Buildings, thinkers, books, films and works of art can ask central questions about how to live on this planet and its consequences.
Place-making: a seasonal beach in Campus Martius Park, Detroit 2014.
Big ideas and big dollars have been invested in making 'memorable' places. Paradoxically, as similar solutions are adapted in diverse settings worldwide, this can lead to an uneasy new placelessness.
Johannesburg Civic Centre.
'Up Up: Stories of Johannesburg’s Highrises'
Taking stock of modernist buildings and their potential for reuse is a necessary public project in Johannesburg. A new book that tells the stories of reuse in this African metropolis can help do that.