Three Development Scenarios for East Jutland

Boris Brorman Jensen

The three development scenarios for East Jutland 2040 were drawn up as part of a Realdania-funded project aimed at proposing a general structural vision for East Jutland. This structural vision is intended to serve as the basis for a coherent long-term regional development strategy for East Jutland – from the northern city of Randers to the southern city of Haderslev. The three scenarios point in different directions and illustrate different possible development paths and dynamics of growth, but they are all based on the goal of implementing the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals and complying with the Paris Agreement.

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Aretian Urban Analytics and Design

Jeremy Burke | Ramon Gras | SCEWC

Interview filmed within the Smart City Expo World Congress, Barcelona November 2019.
Interview by Marta Bugés.
Filmed by Chiara Cesareo.
Edited by Sara Traba.

urbanNext interviews Jeremy Burke and Ramon Gras on Aretian Urban Analytics and Design and how by analyzing quality of life in built environments they are developing tools that contribute to design urban intervention that can propel innovation in cities.

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Alejandro Zaera-Polo

The earth common addresses the organic resources which make up the biosphere. Earth processes in cities relate fundamentally to the synthesis and resilience of life—human and otherwise—within urban environments. Life on Earth would be impossible without incessant cycling of key elements that make up biomass. Three cycles – those of carbon, nitrogen and sulphur—are particularly noteworthy: carbon is, of course, the dominant constituent of all living matter (typically 45-50% of dry weight). These three cycles are remarkable because of their complexity, the importance of microbes in their functioning, and because the cycled elements are transported by both air and water away from their sources. How these cycles interact with urban cycles is the key to the perpetuation of non-human life in the city.

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Jericho: Soil Remediation

OFL Architecture

Jericho is a project by OFL Architecture/Francesco Lipari, displayed within the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021. The project, developed by an interdisciplinary team made up of architects, agronomists, landscape architects and engineers, including Giuseppe Milano as an expert in soil consumption, aimed to return urban environments that have been excessively densified and fragmented to a more balanced relationship with the biosphere through a soil remediation process.

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Air Purifying Eco Machine: Biotechnological Playground


Architects: ecologicStudio
Location: Glasgow, UK
Year: 2021
Photography: NAARO

On the occasion of COP26 – the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference, hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy, which took place from 31 October to 12 November 2021 at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow – ecoLogicStudio presented two projects related to air pollution and carbon neutrality: the Air Bubble air-purifying eco-machine and the BioFactory system.

Both on-going research projects, integrating the PhotoSynthetica technology, which was pioneered by the studio, were developed in accordance with some of the main goals of the event, such as reaching net zero emissions by the middle of the century, protecting and restoring ecosystems, and building resilient infrastructures.

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Human Nature, Bees and the City

And The City | Hagar Abiri | Prima Abdullah

Bees has been with us for a long time. We are consuming their literal fruit of their labor, not only in the form of honey, but also in the form their help in pollinating plants and flowers. Now some of the bees varieties have shrunk in population, due to the growth of our consumption and, of course, the city. Listen to this session from And the City, with interventions by Annika Engelhardt ( and Lorraine Haist.

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Architect as Advocate: New Frameworks for Practice

Joyce Hwang

Excerpt from Beyond Patronage: Reconsidering Models Of Practice by Joyce Hwang, Martha Bohm and Gabrielle Printz, published by Actar Publishers.

To be an advocate—to defend the cause of another or to support the interests of another—is a form of practice that we tend to associate with the realms of politics, law, and social activism. Debates surrounding human rights, civil rights, women’s rights, disability rights, and even animal rights might be the issues that first come to mind when reflecting upon notions of advocacy, but how might an architect operate as an advocate? How might we consider an architectural project as a form of advocacy?

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Mute Icons: Concept


This essay is an excerpt from Mute Icons by Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich from P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, published by Actar Publishers.

Mute Icons is, at its core, a book that interrogates images: historical, contemporary, and — more importantly — speculative. This examination concentrates on the increasingly dichotomic state of architectural practice, discourse, and contemporary culture at large. Through the analysis of images that exist and some that we propose, we aim to develop a language and a sensibility for discovering simultaneous, contradictory, and even unexpected readings of images in architecture.

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