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  • "Copenhagen’s openness and accessibility, along with its inviting landscapes, create an unmatched environment to foster urban life..."
  • "One of my favorite encounters was witnessing an 80-year-old Danish man relive his youth by playing the air-guitar while bouncing on these lovable play structures."
  • Copenhagen’s urban design captures the essence of hygge, as it encourages residents and visitors of the city to play.
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“Hygge,” the Secret to Copenhagen’s Much-Admired Livability

As a study-abroad university teacher in Copenhagen, I am often asked by students how, as an American, I was able to find myself living and working in this wonderful city. I tell them that I am fortunate to teach American study-abroad students the tricky topic of Urban Livability.

 

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Uncovering The Future of Rail and Transport Design in Australia

With the densification of cities and environmental demands, the need for reliable public transport has become more crucial than ever. In many major cities, it is the main means of transit, and experience has shown that communities with good transport networks prosper. Transport hubs such as railway stations have become destinations in their own right, which provides interesting opportunities for development.

 

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  • Ole Scheeren
  • CCTV Beijing by OMA and Buro Ole Scheeren
  • The Interlace by Buro Ole Scheeren and OMA
  • The Interlace by Buro Ole Scheeren and OMA
  • Collaborative Cloud by Ole Scheeren
  • Archipelago Cinema by Buro Ole Scheeren
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Ole Scheeren: “Architecture should tell a story”

45-year-old German architect Ole Scheeren, in his riveting TED talk, explores the new potentials in architecture that can be achieved by implementing unexpected but thoughtful solutions to design challenges. Prior to launching Büro Ole Scheeren in March 2010, Scheeren was Director and Partner along with the legendary Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (Ole was responsible for the office's work across Asia).

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  • Ivan Harbour
  • Antwerp Law Courts by RSHP
  • 8 Chifley by RSHP
  • International Towers Barangaroo by RSHP
  • Ching Fu Group by RSHP
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Tall Storeys Seminar – Ivan Harbour

Ivan Harbour, the lead architect on two Stirling Prize-winning entries—for Terminal 4 of Madrid-Barajas Airport (2006) and Maggie's Centre, London (2009)—shared his perspective on architectural design competitions during the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s “Tall Storeys” talk in Sydney.

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  • Dublin, the author says, is a city of distractions filled with the loud metallic "cha-ching" sound of cars driving over an unsecured grate.
  • If employees at Facebook are anything like most of us, they already have a myriad of distractions right at their fingertips.
  • "Distractions lead to poor performance, which adds to one’s stress levels."
  • "[We] can’t stand to be alone for a second and need the distraction of cat videos to heal ourselves."
  • Philosopher Matthew Crawford recommends we re-engage with reality and the physical world by participating in extreme activities such as motorcycle racing.
  • Neurologist Anjan Chatterjee coined the term “cosmetic neurology” to describe the practice of taking drugs to strengthen ordinary cognition.
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Smart Pills

I met my love by the gas works wall
Dreamed a dream by the old canal
Kissed a girl by the factory wall
Dirty old town, Dirty old town

 

These lyrics from The Pogues song "Dirty Old Town" is the unofficial anthem of Dublin and can be heard bellowing out of the many pubs in the Temple Bar area. It was written by Ewan MacColl and is, in fact, about Salford, Greater Manchester England, not Dublin. Nevertheless, after spending several weeks in Dublin, I understand why it’s been adopted: Dublin is a dirty old town.

 

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  • Centre de Santé et de Promotion Sociale in Laongo, Burkina Faso by Kéré Architecture.
  • Centre de Santé et de Promotion Sociale in Laongo, Burkina Faso by Kéré Architecture.
  • Eko Atlantic project on reclaimed land off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria by MZ Architects and AR+H ARCHITECTS.
  • David Adjaye has been selected to design the centrepiece of the largest redevelopment project in Africa’s history, the Naguru/Nakawa project in Uganda.
  • One of the greenest schools in the entire world, Waterbank School in Kenya by PITCHAfrica.
  • One of the greenest schools in the entire world, Waterbank School in Kenya by PITCHAfrica.
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THE AFRICAN AWAKENING

Africa is rising faster than most think. The once proud and illustrious continent is breaking free from the shackles of poverty, indignity, corruption, and even genocide. It is shaking off the perception that it is a hopeless cause—the child who eternally needs propping up, a forever charity case. 

 

Thanks to (mostly mobile) technology, millions of Africans now have the tools to keep themselves continuously informed, run small businesses with sophistication, and report corruption through social-media channels with less fear of retribution.

 

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  • Guangzhou Airport City by Woods Bagot
  • Guangzhou Airport City by Woods Bagot
  • Guangzhou Airport City by Woods Bagot
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City airport or airport city

The ‘aerotropolis’ is an urban environment that is anchored with an airport. Over the past few years, its popularity has been rapidly gaining momentum over the globe.

 

But while most cities have historically been planned around a river, a port, or an intersection of trade, the aerotropolis is a city designed around an airport.

 

Is this possible? Is this sustainable? Can a city be planned around an airport, or will airports always be designed around a city?

 

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  • A prominent example of the Taylorist Office is the Larkin Administration Building by Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • In the Bürolandschaft (Office Landscape) model, staff from all levels now sat together to enhance communication.
  • The Action Office by the Herman Miller Research Corporation allowed workers to personalize their workspace.
  • A Virtual Office offers communication and address services without providing dedicated office space.
  • The Networked Office—technology brought about the growing uncoupling between the workplace and the work itself.
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The Evolution of the Workplace

Throughout modern history, the design of the office has had to contend with rival aspirations—management supremacy vs. employee empowerment, privacy vs. interaction, the demand for ever-increasing productivity vs. the long-term corporate benefits of a happy workforce. As in all major shifts in design, the advances were led by strong-willed visionaries whose ideas challenged the status quo and continue to influence the space where we spend nearly half of our lives.

 

 

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AN INTERVIEW WITH GIUSEPPE FARRIS

Studio Farris Architects is an architectural practice based in Antwerp, Belgium, and founded by Italian architect Giuseppe Farris in 2008. The studio's stated goal is to discover the intrinsic potential in every project—questioning the obvious, and exploring the surroundings and cultural heritage. This while always looking for harmony between sustainability and innovation, functionality and experience, ratio and feeling. For Giuseppe, the building's users always play a fundamental role in the conception of the architecture.

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