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The train is not a means of transport
The train is not a means of transport
by Thomas Wagner | 21 August 2010

The future of mobility lies in a combination of various transport systems that dove-tail with one another. Train, streetcar and underground play an important role. Transport policy in this country, however, has not yet recognized the advantages of a customer-friendly train.

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The drapes and the Porsche
The drapes and the Porsche
by Thomas Wagner | 19 August 2010

Anyone who expects to find a book about cars between the covers of "The Porsche Book" will be wrong. The focus here is instead on the stagings by photo designer Frank M. Orel. The cars tend to play only a secondary role.

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“Save the traffic, so our cities can survive”
“Save the traffic, so our cities can survive”
by Annette Tietenberg | 17 August 2010

During the reconstruction period in West Germany. a new control instrument entered the political landscape: urban planning. Its objective was to make a strict division between labor and living . People should work in the city, and live in the country. The fact that commuters were obliged to buy a car to cover the distance between the city center and the periphery merely boosted the economy. And produced slip roads, city highways and traffic jams lasting for kilometers. The car-friendly city - an unsuccessful historical concept or bitter-sweet reality?


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The Senior Leisure Nomad and the temporary city
The Senior Leisure Nomad and the temporary city
by Deane Simpson | 14 August 2010

As part of the Audi Urban Future Award, New York architects Diller Scofido + Renfro devoted some thought to the issue of mobile dwellings, responding to changes in residential patterns. Many older people above all in the United States have cut their ties with conventional notions of domesticity.


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The pig and the racing car
The pig and the racing car
by Thomas Wagner | 12 August 2010

In the media age racing cars not only have to be fast, they also have to look fast and stand out on the racing track thanks to colors, lines, numbers and logos. In "Go Faster" Sven Voelker illustrates that this was not always so and shows what characterizes those models with particularly successful styling.

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Raumlaborberlin and the revival of the urban style
Raumlaborberlin and the revival of the urban style
by Katja Szymczak | 07 August 2010

The projects by the artists' and architects' collective "Raumlaborberlin" are far from being conventional. The group of eight, which is at present developing the exhibition architecture for the "Audi Urban Future Award" that is curated by Stylepark, is currently presenting a very special kind of installation at Kunsthaus Bregenz.

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The City as a Labo for Future Mobility
The City as a Labo for Future Mobility
by Thomas Wagner | 05 August 2010

The "AUFA Audi Urban Future Award 2010", which is curated by Stylepark, has set itself the task of thinking about the city of tomorrow as regards the issue of mobility. We are running a series of articles in coming weeks on some aspects of automobility and urban planning as relating to the AUFA - the latter will culminate on August 25 with a presentation of the findings in Venice in the form of an exhibition and the selection of the first prize winner.

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Return of the grid
Return of the grid
by Markus Frenzl | 03 August 2010

System furniture was long considered the epitome of no-fun and über-rational design, but now it is undergoing a revival. The new items of system furniture are proof that functionalist Modernism is being seen in a new light and mark the end
of the heyday of design art and limited editions.

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The return of the curved
The return of the curved
by Nora Sobich | 01 August 2010

Be it purses, chairs or roofs: Wickerwork, one of the world's oldest construction methods is experiencing a revival.

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Late summer and design in Paris
Late summer and design in Paris
31 July 2010

"Maison&Objet" is taking place in Paris from September 3 through 7, 2010.


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Just plans!
Just plans!
by Mathias Remmele | 29 July 2010

Hardly any other metropolis has been subjected to such radical upheavals in the last century as the German capital. The exhibition "Das ungebaute Berlin" (Unbuilt Berlin) shows the projects which never saw the light of day. Who, for example, remembers Max Bill's suggestions for expanding the New National Gallery in 1981?

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Comfort in the bathroom
Comfort in the bathroom
by Bastian Prillwitz | 27 July 2010

Brothers Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec have realized their bathroom vision for Hansgrohe's Axor design line. The result of the six-year developmental study is a complex, 85-piece bathroom series. With their design approach, the Bouroullec brothers have opened up the bathroom into the living area.


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Lots of colorful building blocks
Lots of colorful building blocks
by Werner Lippert | 24 July 2010

Recently published, the "Container Atlas" provides evidence that a new age of container architecture has dawned. It follows the trend towards temporary buildings trend and is a kind of pop-up architecture that no longer lays claim to historical longevity.

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Vienna ain’t Paris
Vienna ain’t Paris
by Amelie Znidaric | 22 July 2010

Vienna has for years now been trying to establish itself as a capital of international fashion. And Austria's largest fashion spectacle, the "10 festival for fashion & photography", has just finished. But the country's most successful designers were not in on the act.

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The house as anchorage for the soul
The house as anchorage for the soul
by Thomas Wagner | 20 July 2010

The villas Richard Neutra built in the 1930s and 1940s, primarily in California, are regarded as icons of Modernism. However, the fact that he also completed projects in Europe has to date gone pretty much unnoticed. An extraordinary exhibition at Marta Herford Museum showcases Neutra's European villas, which were built in the last ten years of his life.

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From volcanoes to universe by spaceship
From volcanoes to universe by spaceship
by Nina Reetzke | 17 July 2010

Jerszy Seymour conjures up a society of amateurs, but not in the sense of "unprofessional", but rather of "lovers and friends". And when it comes to volcanoes, the designer himself becomes an amateur. A trip into a passionate and explosive world.

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Design in the heart of Serbia
Design in the heart of Serbia
by Nancy Jehmlich | 15 July 2010

The ambitious project "Belgrade Design Week" is a passionate attempt to establish the Serbian capital as a new design hub. However, the festival succeeds in creating something far more valuable, and that is bringing together like-minded people in an invigorating city.

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Feeling for design
Feeling for design
by Franziska Horn | 13 July 2010

For over ten years now, Eva Paster and Michael Geldmacher have been creating classic industrial design, whereby since 2005 the focus has been on furniture. What makes the designs by the Munich duo who go by the name of Neuland stand out: the profound and logical approach, yet with an easy feel to it, characterized by a strong sense of rhythm and clear structures.

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