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Setting New Values

We have to acknowledge that we – human beings – are here on the planet and we make our mark.…

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Next Nature: Defining Economology

Discussing the need to connect ecology with economy, Koert van Mensvoort talks of a new notion of nature and the…

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Layered Landscapes Lofoten: A History of Extremes

Lofoten is a history of extremes: extreme nature, extreme weather conditions, extreme natural resources and extreme survival. The islands of…

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Physiological Atmospheres

urbanNext interviews Philippe Rahm on technology, climate and how architecture aims to cater human’s physiological needs. (more…)

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Espai Natura Haus Concept: Improving the Lives of People and the Environment

The health and wellbeing of people and their surroundings are the keys to HAUS – a responsible, creative way of…

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Lleialtat Santsenca Civic Center: Defining an Intervention Strategy

There were three starting points to the design: understanding the historic value of Lleialtat Santsenca (1928), an old working class…

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Charter for Ecosystemic Planning of Cities: Urban Ecology

The fact that quality of life is deteriorating in numerous cities all over the world and urban systems are having…

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Strategies Against Climate Change: Getting Ready for the Inevitable

urbanNext interviews Dan Lewis on the Cities Adapting to a More Extreme Climate, within the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017.…

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Kokkedal Climate Adaptation: Improved Urban Living

The challenge of the project was to develop a climate adaptation which could also promote improved urban living: connecting fragmented…

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Resilient Boston Harbor Vision: Access and Open Space Along the Waterfront

SCAPE is working with the City of Boston on a comprehensive and transformative vision that will invest in Boston’s waterfront to guide…

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Reinforcing Social Infrastructure

In my opinion the city should not be a corporate infrastructure; the city should be a social infrastructure. It is…

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New Economies: Reinforcing Social Infrastructure

Discussing the constantly evolving meanings of ideas such as the 'smart city' and 'start-up', Willem Velthoven went back to the…

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New Natures: Ábalos+Sentkiewicz’s Intermodal Station in Logroño

The field of freedom shrinks with speed. And freedom needs a field. When there is no more field, our lives…

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High-Speed Train Station in Logroño: Park and Urban Design

Overground railway stations constitute a brusque interruption of urban continuity, leaving an empty space in the city that often brings…

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Enhancing Liveability in the City: Towards More Sustainable Transport

urbanNext interviews Marijke de Roeck on “Smart Ways to Antwerp”, a programme that combines urban planning and mobility to encourage…

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Nature, Your Neighbors, and You

A tangle of highways splits neighborhoods and parks throughout Queens into disjointed fragments impeding safe travel by foot or bicycle. Joby Jacob,…

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New Passenger Terminal at Franjo Tudman International Airport

In 2008, an international architectural design competition was held to select the best project for the New Passenger Terminal at…

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The Next Frontier: The Houston Spaceport

Reiterating Houston’s long-standing relationship with space travel, Ellington Airport is now home to the Houston Spaceport. The Spaceport is within…

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Napoli Afragola High Speed Train Station

The new rail station at Napoli Afragola is designed as one of southern Italy’s key interchange stations, serving four high-speed…

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Central Axis of the Multimodal Hub in Nice Grand Arénas

Development is currently starting on the central axis of the new multimodal hub, which will channel all the flows of…

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Speed & Technology

urbanNext interviews Juan Carlos Sánchez Tappan on Paul Virilio's thoughts about the impact of speed and technology in cities. (more…)

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Migration & Ecology

urbanNext interviews Juan Carlos Sánchez Tappan on Paul Virilio's thoughts on migration and ecology and its impact on the urban…

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Office Building: Adding Flexibility, Optimizing and Modernizing

This project is about the integral remodeling of Aura’s insurance company building, located in the urban center of Santa Coloma…

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Laborde: Fostering Collective Intelligence

The creation of the new headquarters of Gide, the top French international business law firm, is one of the most…

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Shenzhen Energy HQ: A Sustainable Landmark

The 96,000m2 office development for the state-owned Shenzhen Energy Company is designed to look and feel at home in the…

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Universal Design Quarter: Sustainable, Simple and Inclusive

Currently the world’s largest residential building in modular timber construction, “Woodie” offers micro-appartments for 371 students. The building is part…

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CUBE: Self Study Center at Tilburg University

KAAN Architecten has designed “CUBE”, the new Education and Self Study Center at Tilburg University (Netherlands). This compact and ostensibly…

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Aalto University New Campus Block: Boosting Creativity and Commercial Fields in Finland

If the United Nations are right and Finland is the happiest nation in the world, architecture plays at least a…

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LocHal Public Library: An Intensive Redesign

Visitors to Tilburg’s newly modernized station district will notice an exciting addition to the city: the new public library which…

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Maya Somaiya Library: A Place to Study and Play

The site chosen for this small addition of a children’s library to a school in rural Maharashtra was a sliver…

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Building Memory: Ontology in Architecture

What is the ontology of architecture? One way to understand this question is to take it as asking after the…

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On Paul Virilio: Space-body Relationship

urbanNext interviews Juan Carlos Sanchez Tappan on Paul Virilio and the space-body relationship. (more…)

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Mapleton Crescent SW18: A Distinctive Tower

Mapleton Crescent SW18 neighbours Wandsworth’s River Wandle and was completed in 2018. This distinctive slender tower is clad in 3…

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Wohnen Ohne Auto: Facilitating More Sustainable Behavior

Wohnen ohne Auto (or “Living without a car” in English) is a co-housing project, developed in a process of participatory design…

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Housing Greencity: A Comunally-oriented District

The aims of Greencity are set very high. With the completion of the cooperative housing development a basic part of the…

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49 Dwellings: Social Housing in Paris

On Avenue de Clichy Avenue, at the corner with rue Bernard Buffet, the architects Stéphane Bigoni and Antoine Mortemard recently…

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Aqua Tower: Mixed-use High-rise

Totaling over 1.9 million sf, Aqua Tower is an 82-story mixed-use high-rise that includes a hotel, apartments, condominiums, parking and offices.…

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Behind the Design of Aqua Tower

Spirit of Space captures the story behind the design of Aqua Tower. (more…)

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The Silo: From Storage Container to Urban Focal Point

As the centrepiece of Copenhagen’s redeveloped Nordhavn (North Harbour), Danish architects COBE and clients Klaus Kastbjerg and NRE Denmark unveil…

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Wind Tower: Vertical Housing

Wafra Vertical Housing introduces a new concept in urban living that adapts to the evolving lifestyle of 21st-century Kuwait. Considering…

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Non-Neutral Technologies: Toward Open Systems

I think the starting point is that technologies are not neutral. Technologies are systems, instructions, algorithms that are based on…

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Critical Making and Hacking: The Demystification of Systems and Structures

Marleen Stikker discusses the professionalization of language and how the Waag Society aims to bridge the gaps in this has…

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Jetavan: A Spatial Edifice

In Buddhist mythology, Jetvana is the name of one the Buddha’s most important spatial edifices which, when literally translated, means:…

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AI for Cities: The Digital Transformation

Renato de Castro, as Chair of the Session Digital Transformation Room - Artificial Intelligence, presents a speech presented at Smart…

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GUIDO: An Urban Self-Driving Cafe

International design and innovation office CRA presents GUIDO, a concept for a driverless robotic cafe. GUIDO has been developed for…

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Learning from Artificial Intelligence

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On Automation and Free Time

1. Dialectics of Living and Dead Labor In “Fragment on Machines,” Marx made the case that with investment in automated…

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AI Implementation in Cities: The Utility of Data

urbanNext interviews Antonio de Gregorio on his work at Mckinsey & Company, the utility of Artificial Intelligence in cities and…

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From the Digital Gap to the AI Barrier: Establishing the Guidelines for a Socially Engaged AI Based City Design

Most of the projects within which engineers and programmers prioritize ethics in their works are UK and US based and…

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Systemic Design: Defining Components

Systemic design can mean many things. The main idea is of a system, that encompasses everything from the body to…

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Systemic Design: A New Way of Building Knowledge

We sat down with Giulia to discuss the importance of collaboration and systemic design in operating in complex urban systems as well…

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European School Copenhagen: A Vibrant Space in a Historic Site

The new European School Copenhagen adds vibrant spaces to the historic brewery site Carlsberg City in Copenhagen. Tucked between Copenhagen’s…

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Parkings at the End of the Automobile Era

At the end of the 19th century, Paris became the cradle of the automobile revolution. The rapid and spectacular rise…

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Amos Rex: A New Museum in an Interesting Point

Amos Rex, formerly known as Amos Anderson Art Museum, brings contemporary architecture to the modernist Lasipalatsi. The connection between the…

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Tower of Bricks: Connecting the Past and the Present of a Place

The project began with an abandoned Hoffman brick kiln, which was located between Hengshui wetland park and the city proper…

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Red Cross Volunteer House: A Meeting Place

The Red Cross Volunteer House gives 34,000 volunteers a setting for the continuous development of their work in Denmark. The…

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Oodi Helsinki Central Library: Public Space in a Significant Site

Oodi occupies a hugely significant site in central Helsinki: facing the steps of the Finnish parliament building, the Eduskuntatalo across…

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Kanunnik Petrus Jozef Triestplein: An Unexpected Place

An open square was expected. A specific place was unexpected. What was to be expected. (more…)

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Covered Market and Exhibition Area: Regenerating the Urban Fabric

Schiltigheim is the third largest town in the Bas-Rhin département (eastern France) in terms of population and the most densely…

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Societal Consciousness

Consciousness is the way we connect the changing role of architecture, the presence of economies in transforming our environments, the…

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The Societal Metamorphosis: Reclaiming Power Through Consciousness

Luca Molinari has always been obsessed with the use and meaning of words. We examine this obsession through examples from…

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Going Deeper into Surface: A Network of Pieces

Rock. Nail. Time. A puzzle can be as simple as three seemingly unrelated words placed side by side. Their adjacency…

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Off the Cuff: Filtering the Sky and Capturing the Space

The courtyard of the Palazzo Litta historically has mediated between public streets and private lives; this fusion of collectivity and…

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Photo.Synth.Etica: A Bio-digital Urban Curtain

Photo.Synth.Etica is a large-scale installation designed in collaboration with Climate-KIC, the EU’s most prominent climate innovation initiative, which aims to…

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Formalizing Infinite Properties: Beyond Functionalism in Design

The world of advanced materials is a highly competitive arena, but there is one company that could never fail. (…)…

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The Form of Wander: A Tree-like Structure

Where the Riverfront Park recreational space extends onto the waterway, Form of Wander is situated to host new outdoor activities…

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Pergola in Luotuowan: Reuse of Wood Waste from Renovated Old Village Houses

Located at Longquanguan Town, Fuping County, Hebei, Luotuowan Village borders Shanxi Province, at the foot of the north side of the Taihang Mountains.…

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Bamboo Hostels: Traditional Materials in a Contemporary Way

In just three years (2011-2014), China consumed more cement than the US during the last century. Most of those people…

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Free-wheeling through Nature: On the Perception of a Material

A good litmus test for one’s perception of a material is to add the word “pollution” after it: “Air pollution”…

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Inclusive Cities Strategy

Inclusive cities represent a strategy that could involve local actors formulating new, shared objectives together that could go along with…

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Inclusive Realities: The Shared Construction of an Immaterial Values’ Future

Fanzini & Celaschi discuss the importance of adopting an anticipatory approach to design as well as the need to think…

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Sublimation (Footbridge Transition)

For some time now, footbridges have been a contemporary design phenomenon due to both the unimaginable proposals born from a…

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Affordable Future

The key to building an affordable future must be education. (more…)

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Building Inclusive Cites for Everyone: Towards a Responsive World

urbanNext interviews Dr. Victor Pineda on his work at World Enabled to build cities that are inclusive to everyone. (more…)

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Friendship Park: An Accessible and Inclusive Playground Model

Beit Issie Shapiro’s award winning Friendship Park, Israel’s first inclusive playground, provides children with and without disabilities with the opportunity…

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The Exclusive and Inclusive Role of Design

urbanNext interviews Georgeen Theodore and Tobias Armborst, from Interboro Partners, on their book The Inclusive and Exclusive Role of Design.…

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The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion: Signs of the Times

In the storefront window of an otherwise unremarkable real estate office a few blocks from our office in Downtown Brooklyn,…

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Making Inclusion More Inclusive

Cities across Africa reveal a pressing need for more inclusive approaches to urban development. Despite growth rates averaging 5 per…

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On Detroit, Architecture & Race

urbanNext interviews Jean Louis Farges on Detroit, race and how architecture should be more inclusive. (more…)

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Interdisciplinary Sciences : The Place of Innvovation and Solutions

It's becoming more and more a common conception that interdisciplinary sciences are going to be the places where actual innovation…

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The Ethical Values of Human Resources: Looking for Diversity, Interdisciplinarity and Societal Decentralization

Exploring the potentials and drawbacks of a new vocabulary with Mathijs de Bruin, we discussed over-rationalization, the value of nonhierarchical…

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Reinvention and Resoluteness: A Brief History of Detroit

For a casual observer, one who blithely follows the news, the mere mention of the city of Detroit evokes images…

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On Beauty & Uplifting Narratives

urbanNext interviews Bryce Detroit on uplifting narratives in Detroit by designing beautiful environments. (more…)

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Detroit Cultivator: A Civic Commons Site

In Detroit’s historic North End, local studio Akoaki, led by Anya Sirota and the French designer Jean Louis Farges, is…

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Report-ness Detroit

In his curatorial text for the Shrinking Cities[1] conference in 2004, Kyong Park used Detroit as the main case study…

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Detroit East Riverfront Framework Plan: More Land for Public Use

Building on a ten-year initiative led by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, in collaboration with the City of Detroit Planning &…

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On Detroit: Local Initiatives

urbanNext interviews Mitch McEwen on Detroit, its local initiatives and her practice. (more…)

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Detroit, US: The Making of a New Era

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The City is a Space of Conflict

The city is a space of conflict, but not in a traditional sense. They are very fragmented conflicts that arise because of…

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Spaces of Conflict: The Need to Reinvent Relationships for The Future City

Villani discusses the need to avoid a dualistic vocabulary, the shifting nature of public space and the notion of the peripheral as the location for forging…

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The Public Machinery Multiprogram Ship: Sport and Cultural Platforms

Hybrid infrastructure. Sport and cultural platforms. This Project takes part on a series of interventions on urban reengineering, focalized into…

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The School Grows: In Need of Extra Space

A Need as a Starting Point The School Grows is a project launched at the Madrid School of Design [Escuela…

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Thinking in an Integrated Way: The Future of Urban Settings

urbanNext interviews Sarah Murray on new technologies and sustainability in urban settings and the urge to think in an integrated…

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The Business Value of Design

How do the best design performers increase their revenues and shareholder returns at nearly twice the rate of their industry…

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Floodplain Marsh Recovery: A Critical Ecosystem

Jahangirpuri Marsh typifies the landscape that used to make up Delhi’s floodplain before these natural ecologies gave way to urban…

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Skyshelter.zip: Foldable Skyscraper for Disaster Zones

More and more natural disasters happen annually across the world. When dealing with forces so powerful, standard means of crisis-management…

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Longfu Life Experience Center: Space and Functional Repurposement

1. Use vs space Real estate sales centers are a kind of temporary architecture that can only last several months,…

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From Architectural Practices to Arch Tech Firms. Digital Strategies for the Built Environment

When people inquire about my profession, I say that I am an architect who studies how digital strategies are applied…

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