Why is it always the urban authorities that decide how to brand a city, and not the local people, or the companies? The aldermen seem to have the exclusive right to shape its image and exclude “those parts of the city image that are not supposed to be enhanced”. This has also happened in Amsterdam, where the highly criticized ‘I Amsterdam’ marketing activities represent a city without its historical Unique Selling Points — the infamous Red Light District, shops selling marihuana. However… a new campaign asks tourists to explain (in video or writing) how they would spend € 1,000 in the Dutch capital. The most creative submission will be rewarded with € 1,000 pocket-money. Online video production agency Big Shots did a pretty good job with this short film that should attract people to participate in the ‘My1000′ campaign. At least they didn’t forget to include the Red Light District.
A temporary shelter of red Umbrella’s has been constructed in the centre of Talca, Chile. The project is done by students Jaime Latorre and Pablo Retamal of the 5th Year Architecture Workshop under the guidance of Professor Juan Román at the University of Talca’s School of Architecture. They created a landscape of 400 red umbrella’s…Read more →
We’re very interested in the developments of 3D printing and the possible impact of this revolution on the city, urbanism and architecture. Joris van Tubergen is lab manager at ProtoSpace FabLab in Utrecht and founder of Euro Per Minute Design. We dropped him some questions about the future of 3D printing and architecture. What is ProtoSpace…Read more →
What was supposed to be a temporary transformation looks to be a permanent change. The South Spanish town Juzcar was turned entirely blue for the latest Smurfs movie by Sony Pictures. After 141 days blueness, the inhabitants of the small town have voted to keep the façades of the buildings blue forever. The reason is…Read more →
The idea behind the Anteroom series is so brilliant and simple. Vancouver-based artist James Nizam projects a big size pinhole experience into rooms of abandoned, soon-to-be-demolished houses. He then made photos of the nostalgic sceneries. (By the way, check this nice pinhole photo series on Flickr.)Read more →