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Joop de Boer

Wearables For A Modern Urban Lifestyle

Personal Space Dress

Personal space can be a rare thing in overpopulated contemporary cities. Metro systems in cities like London, Tokyo and Hong Kong can be so overcrowded that you’re forced to share that space with strangers. That’s why Hong Kong-based artist Kathleen McDermott created a dress that automatically expands when someone gets too close.

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Turning Street-Side Trash Into Nomadic Homes

Homeless Homes Project

The overload of dumped waste on the streets of Oakland has inspired Gregory Kloehn to create a series of tiny mobile houses. Created from all sorts of trash, the artist’s one-of-a-kind accommodations are meant to give the city’s homeless a modest accommodation. With the Homeless Homes Project, Kloehn wants to prove that building an own house is possible without money and with a lot of creativity.

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  • How Online Media Become City-Making Tools

    Stadsklas

    Together with The Hague architecture institute Stroom we’re organizing the Stadsklas, a spring school that teaches innovative and curious individuals interested in cities and design the ins and outs of DIY urbanism. The series will span six days of learning in May, with each day set in a different location. Trend-setting city-makers will take the participants on a…

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    Love Hotels: The Hidden Fantasy Rooms Of Japan

    Love Hotels: The Hidden Fantasy Rooms of Japan

    Some time ago I found a ten-years old book at some flea market called Love Hotels: The Hidden Fantasy Rooms of Japan. I really wanted to have it as the book uncovers and extensively documents one of Japan’s most remarkable urban phenomena: love hotels. Created by photographer Misty Keasler, Love Hotels shows you a glimpse of those places that you (probably) never enter, let alone know of.

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  • Sjors De Vries On Next-Level City-Making In The Netherlands

    Sjors de Vries

    Sjors de Vries is a Dutch urban planner and founder of RUIMTEVOLK (‘Space People’) a leading online discussion platform about planning and urbanism in the Netherlands. We spoke with him about the current state of planning in the Netherlands, the best ways to upscale cute and small initiatives to make them serious improvements to the city, about the power of online media in city-making and the role of their platform. “We see it as a very important task for urban professionals to establish connections and coalitions with other disciplines in order to solve the next big urban issues.”

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    The Architecture Of Peacekeeping

    The Nuclear Security Summit is the largest safety operation in Dutch history. Parts of The Hague have been turned into unaccessible security zones. — Photo #2 courtesy Denis Guzzo

    The Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) is the biggest safety operation in Dutch history. Almost 60 world leaders and over 5,000 delegation members are visiting The Hague, not to forget the 3,000 journalists that travel in their slipstream. Every day of the summit 13,000 police men have to control this temporary infiltration of diplomacy. An unaccessible, temporary city surrounded by fences, barriers, detours, cameras, and observations posts has occupied a large part of the usually quiet and peaceful city of The Hague, which is quite interesting in the context of pop-up urbanism.

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