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September Issue #57

September Issue #57

Urban Innovations

In this issue, we focus on smart cities and other innovative projects and designs found in cities around the world, all with the goal to improve city life. Urban innovations as our focal point, we interviewed Guillaume Rio, manager of technological tendencies at Echangeur by BNP Paribas Personal Finance, from which we learn more about current tendencies and the future of Artificial Intelligence for smart cities.

Don’t miss our coverage of Cersaie and Maison & Objet.

Erin Tallman, Editor-in-Chief
September 26, 2019

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Once upon a time, all we asked of our buildings was that they shelter us from the elements. As we enter a new era of building design and construction, those days have been left far behind.   Thanks to rapidly advancing technology—encompassing everything from sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT) to new materials...

Photo courtesy of Moelven Limtre.

A sleepy town in central Norway seems an unlikely hotspot for architectural innovation, but Brumunddal has shot to fame—thanks to the groundbreaking Mjøstårnet project, officially the world’s tallest timber building. Opened in March, the 85.4m mixed-use tower contains 18 stories which house 33 apartments, a 72-room...

DreamHomes, courtesy of property developer Story-world

In this interview with Life Research Wellness founder Dr Michael Tan (N.D.), we learn about the importance of bringing optimal health and peak performance into the constructed world and we learn how to do it with the exemplary project of DreamHomes, a cooperative community development project which integrates...

Herringbone Pillows. Courtesy of Vitra.

September 2019—The interior design fair in Paris, Maison & Objet featured new products from top designers and brands. We’ve gathered an ensemble of our favorite designs, both new and outstanding, and give you a glimpse of them here. Enjoy! Dangling Delight: Lighting Interiors in Style Concept Verre displayed its...

In spring 2019, the construction site for the future Table Square, a venue dedicated to gastronomy and bistro-style dining on the Paris La Défense Esplanade, became an open-air art gallery. Festin, an exhibition which ran from March 26 to June 17 featured original works by 32 contemporary French artists along with...

Periwinkle Estate. Courtesy of Czar Projects.

Lagos, Nigeria, welcomes the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ)—a $25 billion project with presence of over 64 global companies—and other major projects as the city government supports its transformation into a smart city, modeled after the Smart City Dubai. That’s the plan and it’s underway. Except thousands of citizens...

Thermo Up. Courtesy of Cristina Rubinetterie.


September 2019—The place to discover the latest ceramic and other surface coverings and bathroom furnishings, Cersaie hosted exhibitors presenting high-quality products while seamlessly mixing fun with maturity. We put together a list of top new products and offer insights into a few key elements of the fair. The...

Following the 4th edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)  Asia last June 2019, Echangeur held an important meeting in Paris to discuss the major tech players in the market. In a phone conversation with Guillaume Rio, manager of technological tendencies at Echangeur by BNP Paribas Personal Finance, we learn...

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What happens when a 20-year-old student introduces Virtual Reality to an architecture school that hadn’t been aware of its existence or potential? It’s an experience Clovis Flayols, now 22, studying at the architecture school ENSA in Marseille, France, understands well.    Following an interview with architect Yann...

Renowned British industrial product designer Sir Kenneth Grange, in his 90th year, designed the new Anglepoise Type 80 Collection for Anglepoise, now available for purchase. The collection provides a lighting solution for domestic and commercial spaces; it can be fixed to tables, walls and ceilings.  According to the...


An initiative that combines 3D printing, recycled plastic and citizen participation? That’s Print Your City by The New Raw. We’ve been hearing architects and designers question how to get citizens involved in urban development, how to put them at the center of the projects. We’ve also been hearing a lot about 3D...

As we look to reduce our consumption of energy, professionals such as architect Alessandro Scandurra and engineer Umberto Zanetti are implementing solutions. They are behind the living concepts for the first Italian zero-impact neighborhood whose energy provisions are 100% derived from geothermal sources or district...


Frederick Bernas

Frederick Bernas is a journalist, filmmaker and photographer living in Latin America.

Erin Tallman

American artist Erin Tallman is a journalist for various online publications and is the Editor in Chief of ArchiExpo e-magazine. She has published three books, including her first novel.

Hilary Edesess

Hilary Edesess is a freelance journalist based in Marseille, France. She blogs about culture, art and urban design.

Daniel Allen

Daniel Allen is a writer and a photographer. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including CNN, BBC, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, Discovery Channel.

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