Adam Nowek

What’s In A Bench?

The bench: a hyper-common piece of street furniture that has been made polymorphic, transformed into a live-tweeting machine, and designed to be more like a chesterfield. Benches are everywhere, and it makes sense to try to re-invent it. This recent re-invention of the ever-present public seat comes from Berlin-based artist Jeppe Hein. The benches are designed in unconventional ways, not offering an immediately obvious sitting strategy for the passer-by.

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3Space Turns Empty Space Into An Opportunity

Re-using empty spaces is nothing ground-breakingly new: a country like our home base, the Netherlands, suffers from a staggering amount of underused public and private spaces, as recently highlighted in Rietveld Landscape’s exhibit, Vacant NL. Generally, re-use takes a typical form: young artists move in for a short amount of time in a way that generates interest in the area that briefly transforms a city block into hipster central. One new initiative bucking this trend in the United Kingdom is 3Space, an organisation that is taking temporarily unused properties and placing registered non-profit organisations in them for brief periods of time.

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LEGO Envy: School Children And Huge Toy Towers

When we’re not busy bees scouring the planet for cool things to share with you, our dear readers, we’re usually playing with our LEGO sets. We love when other people play with LEGO in creative ways, whether it’s at the bus stop, at the church, or on the sides of buildings. That’s why we’re in love with the world’s tallest LEGO tower, recently constructed in Seoul. 4,000 school children helped to build it to commemorate the company’s 80th anniversary.

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  • From Trash To Treasure: Raumlabor’s Recycled Home

    My mother always told me that recycling was a good thing to do for the environment (thanks, Mom!). Plenty of architects are catching onto the trend: we’ve written previously about a façade made from a thousand doors, recycled bus shelters in Uganda’s bustling capital city, and, of course, shipping container urbanism. There certainly isn’t a shortage of useable material on this planet that begs to be re-made into something new.

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