• Theme: Public Buildings, Public Spaces

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    It’s 4pm at Manchester’s newest rugby stadium. The pitch is empty, but inside, a group of city planners, architects, local government officials and IT nerds have spent the day imagining a world where street lights turn off when no one is around, public services as branding opportunities, park benches as charging...

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    ZGF Architects is a hot name these days after being recognized at the top of the 2016 “Architect 50,” Architect Magazine‘s top 50 list of architecture firms. The award is evaluated based on three categories: business, design and sustainability. Along with its position for overall competency, the firm topped the list...

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    The end of the year is upon us and before the next year begins, enjoy the fun holiday moment when we can get away with sniffing a tree. For all those celebrating Christmas, for all those who enjoy the smell of pine, for all those who simply love art and decorations: British artist Alex Chinneck trapped a...

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    The i-Novo design awards for Orgatec 2016 have been awarded this week. Zero1 by Karboxx, designed by Alessio Princic & Roberto Righi, placed 3rd. Its suspended LED ring lights up a translucent fiberglass shade. The slogan for TOOaPICNIC by TootheZoo, “Work was never so beautiful,” is honest marketing as the product...

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    Among many attractions at the London Design Fair, the renowned Japanese firm Takram held a presentation about the secrets of radical innovation and showcased several projects at an interactive exhibition. The company’s director, Kotaro Watanabe, began the talk by describing how his team employs “pendulum thinking” to...

    A footpath weaving through ancient vineyards and orchards might not seem like the most obvious place to exhibit art, but that’s exactly the setting for the thought-provoking project 24 Stops. The Rehberger-Weg is a 5-kilometer cross-border path linking one of the world’s finest modern art museums Fondation Beyeler in...

    The Smestad Recycling Centre in Oslo marks the beginning of a new era: It is one of the first recycling centers for the public in which waste management takes place entirely indoors. Longva Arkitekter, the firm responsible for the center, chose low-impact materials for the building’s construction, composing facades...

    “I am going to spend the next couple of minutes talking about poop,” the New York City-based architect Ate Atema told his audience at the New York Times Cities for Tomorrow Conference, which took place in early July. According to Atema, more than 700 cities have “major poop problems” because they depend upon...

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    On the eve before the London Design Festival kicked off, guests entered the Molteni&C Dada flagship store on Shaftesbury Avenue for a discussion on “How design is communicated,” led by Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, and the journalist Marcus Fairs, founder and editor-in-chief of Dezeen. A former reporter...

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    Hospitals and other healthcare-focused buildings are typically conceived as cold, uniform, joyless places. Faced with numerous challenges, those designing such spaces often seem focused on purpose rather than feeling, on function rather than form. Yet today, as patient-centric design is prioritized, a new type of...

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