Adam Nowek

What’s In A Bench?

Social benches by Jeppe Hein

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

World's tallest LEGO tower

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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  • Meet Vancouver’s V-Pole

    Vancouver-based author/artist/luminary Douglas Coupland recently released the V-Pole at the New Cities Summit in the French capital city. The V-Pole (that’s ‘V’ for Vancouver, of course) a utility pole design that combines LED street lighting, a wireless Internet access point, multi-frequency telecommunications antennas for multiple carriers, and, coolest of all, inductive charging for electric vehicles….

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    Plant Tags For Urban Objects

    This is for all the urban gardeners out there. No, I don’t mean actual gardening in the city: Carmichael Collective (yes, the insect memorial folks) have been placing their Urban Plant Tags around Minneapolis lately. As tipped off by the fine folks at DesignBoom, the Urban Plant Tags are just like those tiny tags you…

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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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    #WDCD: ‘Architecture Is Where Life Happens’

    It’s a lovely line, isn’t it? It was uttered towards the end of the first day of What Design Can Do at Amsterdam’s Stadsschouwburg by Cameron Sinclair, a co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organisation that provides on-the-ground architectural solutions for communities in the wake of crisis situations. As we recently wrote in reaction…

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    We’re So Electric: Humanistic High-Voltage Pylons

    High-voltage electrical pylons. While electrifying, they are not exactly the most exciting and inspiring pieces of architectural design on the urban or rural landscapes. That is, until Landsnet, one of Iceland’s energy suppliers, commissioned an international design competition to yield some new designs. The most striking submission came from the folks at Choi + Shine….

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