50 Ideas for a New City

Posted on | April 10, 2013

Design studio Civic Center created a poster and on­line cam­paign for the Ar­chi­tec­tural League of New York’s Urban Omnibus for the Fes­ti­val of Ideas for the New City. The posters appeared on fences, scaf­folds, and other pub­lic spaces through­out NYC to in­spire passersby to think about how they can make their cities bet­ter.

  

   

  

 

 

 

INNOVATING BY REPURPOSING

Posted on | February 7, 2013

Looking at thousands of faceless containers has inspired 2 Canadian enterpreneurs to repurpose these utilitarian objects: a restaurant concept based on modified shipping containers. A push-button device opens the solar powered box, making it ready to serve customers within minutes. On-site water management allows independency from where it’s located.

Inspiration for places that lack infrastructure. www.muvbox.ca

  

 

 

 

Athens prepares for a brighter future

Posted on | January 31, 2013

‘Like being in your living room’. That’s the idea of a young designer collective in Athens who asked their fellow citizens to illuminate a neighbourhood in the Greek capital. They asked them to bring their chandeliers, kitchen and bedroom lamps, whether trendy or retro, broken, dusty, old or new, had them cleaned, repaired and then hung them in the middle of the road. The result of the urban experience initiative were over 150 colorful lamp objects that lit up Monastiraki, an old and abandoned street in the heart of Athens. Moving people’s interior lighting from their privacy to the anonymous city ambience conveyed a feeling of warmth and sociability among residents and visitors.

   

  

In the words of a contemporary Greek philosopher, the artists might agree to the deeper meaning of this invention, “If you had a girl, her name would certainly be Athens. It had a rich past and uncertain but bright future.”

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration Trip 2013 #1: Berlin

Posted on | January 29, 2013

2013’s early days and it was time to hit the road again.

5 days in BERLIN: 7 meetings, 3 exhibitions and lots of inspiring networking and catching up with friends.

 

After very inspiring talks with Carsten Fillinger and Gerald Hensel from Scholz & Friends, Stefan Schmidt from Dieckertschmidt, Karsten Warrinck from Ambermedia, Brand Experience Expert Christian Vatter, Photographer and Public Space Curator Gregor Frotscher and Josef Lentsch and Ulf Brandes from the RSA that will feed some new piece of city research which I am currently working on, I was already more than content. It’s the so-called ‘cherry on the cake’ when you get the chance to absorb all kinds of impressions from walking the streets with your camera, talking to friends, taxi drivers, and anyone keen to express themselves in the city whose residents call it ‘a place where you feel free’. Freedom to express one’s opinion – on house walls, in their daily work, in the way people dress and how they express – whatever it may be.

  

   

The downsider was some noticeable frustration about the much-discussed topics of ‘gentrification’ and ‘the hate against the Swabians’ that passed every meeting and dinner table.

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Urban Canvas in São Paulo

Posted on | October 9, 2012

No better example for an urban canvas than this one. Especially from a city that forcefully had to focus on art when São Paulo’s mayor passed the ‘clean city law’, forbidding any form of communication outdoors. With no advertising around, artists started to occupy walls and threw colour and contemporary shapes at spaces in Brazil’s megasized city.

  

This is what São Paulo looked like in 2005 when I spent a few weeks there. It seriously felt like the most cluttered place of all cities I had ever travelled to:

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