Future Cities

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Which are the Future Cities of the world?

This is a five-part web documentary by Yvonne Brandwijk (photographer) and Stephanie Bakker (journalist)  that tries to answer which cities are looking to outstrip the current megacities in terms of growth, innovation and creativity.

The two creators examine 5 cities; Kinshasa, Lima, Yangon, Medellin and Addis Ababa. They look at the world behind the demographics and search what energy drives them change and innovation. All videos are incredibly interesting and refreshing to see. Check them out!

 

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Amsterdam edible roofs.

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We started at the Circl, with a delicious brunch. Then we visited Hopp, Zoku and Restaurant Vermeer.

The edible roofs initiative is managed by Hrbs and is a project in progress. Thanks to a innovative system of cultivation and watering, hotels and restaurants can grow their own herbs and maintain their own flower gardens to attract bees and butterflies on their rooftops. Our guide Kelai Diebel was amazing.

Best surprise of the day: the six course meal offered to us by chef  Christopher Naylor. It was exquisite! Thank you guys!

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Emoves Festival in Eindhoven will host AUJIK & STRP AR art installation

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AUJIK is a group of artists who work with AI and AR to produce artefacts “that are a crossbreed of organic and synthetic entity.”

AUJIK was invited by STRP (ne of Europe’s largest indoor festivals in the field of technology and art) to work on an AR project for the EMOVES graffiti festival in Eindhoven. From 30/06/18 to 01/10/18 visitors at Strijp-S will have an immersive experience as a spectacular virtual layer will be displayed on top of the physical environment through smartphones.

For those of you who don’t already know, Strijp-S is the former Philips Factory in Eindhoven, NL. According to its official site:

Philips sold Strijp-S to Park Strijp Beheer in 2004. The buildings that were still in use by Philips were hired back. Since 2006, the redevelopment of Strijp-S became a very serious plan. The first buildings had been demolished and new activities came to the area, particularly the creative industries and the annual Dutch Design Week.

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For those of you who are planning a trip in NL, don’t forget to visit!

 

Cover image from “Spatial Bodies” exhibition in Osaka is available here, Stijp-S image available here

‘Life Underground’ project

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Just got back from the WeMakeTheCity festival in Amsterdam and I have sooo many stories to tell! First post will be about Hervé Cohen and his “Life Underground” project.

Cohen has visited 16 cities and collected numerous stories from people who ride the subway. You can listen to their voices as they narrate and you can choose among different topics and cities worldwide. This was an extremely interesting presentation and we saw some very touching human stories. Beautiful.

A10 cooperative’s meeting in Amsterdam

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Last week many of the A10 new European architecture correspondents met in Amsterdam. It was our first meeting since the cooperative’s official establishment and naturally there was a lot to talk about. Interestingly enough, despite our diverse backgrounds we’ve discovered that we have a lot in common and that we share a common perspective on where we want to go with this publication in the near future. It was a real pleasure for me to be part of this process and I look forward to materializing our intentions.

In the meantime, we’ve already completed the first phase of the EU Survey on the culture of architectural competitions in collaboration with Architectuur Lokaal and a first volume of the work in progress is now available. The conference held on the 28th and the 29th of September for the EU Survey was a great opportunity for us to discuss our findings and elaborate on many concepts related to the architectural competitions’ tradition and practices. Many thanks to Walter Menteth and Cillie Jansen for showing us fulkrum.eu. Special mention to Antigone Katsakou and her book entitled ‘The Competition Grid: Experimenting With and Within Architecture Competitions,’ (soon to be published by RIBA) as well as to Jonas Andersson and Magnus Ronn for their book ‘Architectural Competitions-Histories and Practice,’ available here. Special mention also goes to Angel Borrego Cubero and his film “The Competition” which was screened during day II.

Other new undertakings will soon be announced as well. I’ll keep you posted.

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Second Image belongs to Tarja Nurmi