Neighborfood. Check!

The Swedes seem to be on the sustainable go. Just as the dust has landed on last week’s news about switchboard artwork, another idea popped in the media yesterday by a student called Luong Lu for Vattenfall, one of Europe’s biggest energy providers. It’s about a simple way of saving energy by sharing food with a…

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On Seditious Cities

The big word these days seems to be ‘sedition’. In India, the right wing political organisations and a part of the national media are asking for ‘sedition’ charges to be clamped on Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Arundhati Roy in the context of an apparently anti-national speech at a meeting on justice for Kashmir, while a Fox News editorial argues for…

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iPad Graffiti

Along with their colleagues of new media agency BERG, communication office Dentsu London has developed a way to draw moving three-dimensional typographies and objects with an iPad similar to light graffiti, a theme we covered earlier on this blog. In dark environments, they played movies on the surface of the iPad that make 3D light…

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London’s Cycle Super Highways Get Barclays Blue

Worldwide governments have to economize, which generally means there will be less money to spend on the city’s public spaces. Here on Pop-Up City we are very much interested in new financing strategies concerning public space. Would it, for instance, be possible to give world-leading brands the opportunity to invest in public spaces while giving them some brand visibility in return? Usually only talking about such an idea leads to angry faces and automatic defending mechanisms. Generally, brand involvement is considered something bad in the urban planning community. It seems to be completely normal that local governments sell all empty walls for advertisement space in order to earn some extra money, while at the same time it is not done to ask brands to get involved in public space design… even when the community could get something worth-full in return.

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Sometimes Making Something Leads To Nothing

With the Conflux Festival recently taking place in New York City, and the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art currently happening here in Toronto, I can’t help but note the incredible rise in popularity that location-based performance art and psychogeographic art interventions have enjoyed over the last decade. I’m also reminded of the first project…

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Welcome To Tora Bora Inn

Some of you may remember the fuzz about Manhattan’s highly contested Ground Zero Mosque a month ago. Some frustrated Tea Party types considered the Islamic community center too close to Ground Zero. To add some fuel to the fire (yeah baby), Saudi Arabian architecture firm Stealth Architects has proposed a controversial but brilliant Terrorist Motel as an…

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