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The Secret of Happy Cities
The Secret of Happy Cities
by Charlotte Malz | 01 September 2014

What kind of urban realm makes you feel good? Scientists have developed different methods to demonstrate the psychological impact of cities on their inhabitants.

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What lodged in   NKBAK´s minds:
What lodged in
NKBAK´s minds:
31 August 2014

Architects and designers naturally have their own view on houses, people and exhibitions. So we asked a few of them for their photographic impressions of the 14th Architecture Biennale. And for their related comments of course.



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Hot Spots:  The ideal summer for architects
Hot Spots:
The ideal summer for architects
by Adeline Seidel | 29 August 2014

Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam presents architects’ drawings of summer dreams – and escorts us sweetly into the balmy late summer.

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Arnout Meijer
Arnout Meijer
27 August 2014

: takes suns and planets out of orbit and puts them in our apartments.

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Learning from elevators
Learning from elevators
by Martin Lewicki | 26 August 2014

The elevator manufacturer Schindler develops intelligent transport systems. Dr. Paul Friedli, an expert in transit management, examines those systems for traffic management.

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Nature does not remain nature
Nature does not remain nature
by Ralf Wollheim | 25 August 2014

In the spaces of Louisiana Museum Olafur Eliasson has created a rough, Nordic landscape made of scree. It changes with anyone moving in it.

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What lodged in   Ateliermob´s mind:
What lodged in
Ateliermob´s mind:
24 August 2014

Architects and designers naturally have their own view on houses, people and exhibitions. So we asked a few of them for their photographic impressions of the 14th Architecture Biennale. And for their related comments of course.



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Hot spots: The Bridal Veil of Sancy
Hot spots: The Bridal Veil of Sancy
by Sara Bertsche | 22 August 2014

Architect Louis Sicard has installed a shower in the Auvergne for elves, fairies, dwarves and hikers.

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Caroline Olsson
Caroline Olsson
20 August 2014

: dreams of an opulent garden and gives a new twist to Bambi.

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The city is blind, deaf, and dumb
The city is blind, deaf, and dumb
by Carlos Gershenson | 18 August 2014

The Mexico City Team: If we regard Mexico City as an organism, then the metropolis will need eyes, ears and a brain in the future.

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What lodged in   Ross Lovegrove`s mind:
What lodged in
Ross Lovegrove`s mind:
17 August 2014

Architects and designers naturally have their own view on houses, people and exhibitions. So we asked a few of them for their photographic impressions of the 14th Architecture Biennale. And for their related comments of course.



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Hot spots: Water over wine
Hot spots: Water over wine
by Martina Metzner | 15 August 2014

Enjoy the hot summer in the cool world of wine cellars: The architecture of the VIK vineyard Smiljan Radić designed in Chile’s Millahue valley truly refreshes the senses.

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Aust &  Amelung
Aust &
Amelung
13 August 2014

: form a small powerhouse that folds concrete and works with counterweights.

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Please swarm out
Please swarm out
by Max Schwitalla | 11 August 2014

Team Berlin: The city as a nervous system requires a different kind of swarming behavior.

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What lodged in   Amandus Sattlers mind:
What lodged in
Amandus Sattler's mind:
10 August 2014

Architects and designers naturally have their own view on houses, people and exhibitions. So we asked a few of them for their photographic impressions of the 14th Architecture Biennale. And for their related comments of course.



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Hot spots: In the shadow  of the giant mushroom
Hot spots: In the shadow
of the giant mushroom
by Sara Bertsche | 08 August 2014

In the inner courtyard of the MoMA PS1 David Benjamin’s installation provides welcome shade in the summer heat, thanks to a weave made of thousands of microorganisms.

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Lex  Pott
Lex
Pott
06 August 2014

: sandblasts Douglas firs to create objects of a silent elegance.

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Hot spots: a Modernist dip
Hot spots: a Modernist dip
by Adeline Seidel | 04 August 2014

Guaranteed no “themed giant flumes” or “hot whirlpool” at Álvaro Siza’s “Piscinas de Marés”. Here you can immerse yourself in Portuguese Modernism.

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What lodged in   Something Fantastic´s minds:
What lodged in
Something Fantastic´s minds:
03 August 2014

Architects and designers naturally have their own view on houses, people and exhibitions. So we asked a few of them for their photographic impressions of the 14th Architecture Biennale. And for their related comments of course.



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Trade off
Trade off
by Reinier de Graaf | 01 August 2014

May 28-30, 2014: Attending the third “Global Infrastructure Initiative” in Rio de Janeiro, organized by McKinsey & Co. The gathering is dominated by an almost limitless optimism about the blessings of technology and the belief that innovation by the infrastructure sector (coupled to extravagant funds) will eventually cure all the contemporary city’s ails…

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Hot spots: A pool in the desert
Hot spots: A pool in the desert
by Thomas Wagner | 30 July 2014

Life is pretty hot in the desert, at least during the day. So what could be more handy than a pool to cool off in. Or to lie in pondering life, the universe. Just be sure to remember the key.

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The new Henninger Turm   remains a landmark
The new Henninger Turm
remains a landmark
28 July 2014

For the architects Meixner Schlüter Wendt planning a high-rise is normally a fascinating task. In designing the new Henninger Turm in Frankfurt/Main they show how living in a high-rise can be both personalized and attractive.

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Respelling Bauhaus
Respelling Bauhaus
by Martina Metzner | 25 July 2014

The Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin has announced a new corporate design along with a new font. “bayer next” by L2M3 borrows from the Universal font designed by Herbert Bayer in 1926 at the Bauhaus – carefully transposing it into the present.

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A building must help define its surroundings
A building must help define
its surroundings
23 July 2014

Not that long ago the label “residential high-rise” brought to mind images of cheap tenements and social flashpoints. Thomas Wagner talked to Claudia Meixner and Florian Schlüter of Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten about new, attractive and high-quality projects.

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A new Nordic perspective
A new Nordic perspective
by Martina Metzner | 21 July 2014

And we continue our explorations at "3DaysofDesign" in Copenhagen to find out if it's really true the Danes produce their wares sustainably and in their own country.

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Hot Spots: swimming in   the city or in the river
Hot Spots: swimming in
the city or in the river
by Thomas Wagner | 18 July 2014

Is there anything nicer than having a cool dip on a scorchingly hot day? Best of all downtown.

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In the good-life lab
In the good-life lab
by Martina Metzner | 16 July 2014

As regards design, Denmark certainly has its finger on the pulse of things. Is this anything more than a re-edition of Danish Modernism? Are objects being made sustainably inside Denmark? A trip to “3DaysofDesign” in Copenhagen provides the answers.

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Hot Spots: The One-Man Sauna
Hot Spots: The One-Man Sauna
by Thomas Wagner | 14 July 2014

Forget about the mixed sauna! In Bochum, people not only analyze urban interstices, they also get in a sweat all by themselves.

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The thing inside the sawmill
The thing inside the sawmill
by Franziska Horn | 11 July 2014

Madrid’s architect duo of Langarita Navarro is among the emerging young representatives of the “Movida Madrileña”: Their latest work, the Medialab building for Prado, stands for an unpretentious and ironic take on history.

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Great fake tortoiseshell
Great fake tortoiseshell
by Martina Metzner | 09 July 2014

Acetate was invented about 150 years ago as the first bio-plastic. Today it is primarily used for spectacle frames. Young designers such as the likes of Jean Baptiste Fastrez, Joséphine Choquet and Virgile Thévoz also create frames, tables and luminaires from it.

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A prize for the  wrong decisions
A prize for the
wrong decisions
by Dark Horse | 08 July 2014

The Berlin company “Dark Horse” consists of 30 partners who all have equal status – and has done so for five years. Can a hierarchy-free enterprise really succeed?

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The right Kit(t)
The right Kit(t)
by Martina Metzner | 06 July 2014

Take a backrest, a seat and four legs, add a touch of Scandinavia, pack it all in a box, and you’ve got “Kitt”, the breezy chair Stefan Diez designed for Hay.

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Bauhaus, the digital muse and a pearl
Bauhaus, the digital muse and a pearl
by Sophia Walk | 04 July 2014

During the “Digital Bauhaus Summit” in Weimar there was much discussion of creative collaboration in a digitized world of work.

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Cosmopoverty
Cosmopoverty
by Reinier de Graaf | 02 July 2014

Urban hurrah or unhappy rural exodus? People who live in the city are considered cosmopolitan. And yet: The flipside of this humungous influx to the cities reveals quite a different kind of international living: poor cosmopolitans, deprived of urban benefits.

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Lively, spontaneous, Brazilian
Lively, spontaneous, Brazilian
by Ralf Wollheim | 30 June 2014

The “Lina Bo Bardi: Together” exhibition at Deutsches Architektur Zentrum (DAZ) in Berlin focuses on an architect who came to fame as a passionate champion of subsidized building in Brazil. Yet she remained an outsider at the “Escola Paulista”.

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Fast tube to enjoyment
Fast tube to enjoyment
by Uta Abendroth | 29 June 2014

Astonishing things are happening on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein. Anyone climbing Carsten Höller’s “Slide Tower” will find not just an amazing view beckoning, but a slide with a great ride down. Added to which, grand master Álvaro Siza has created a new promenade that offers a novel route round the campus.

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