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Spacified: A Dating Website For Pop-Up Spaces

Spacified

Patrice Fleurquin is founder of Spacified, an online (and offline) matchmaking service for (empty) spaces and spaces that are available for temporary rent. Headquartered in Belgium, the network is currently expanding to cities in the Netherlands, France, and even outside of Europe. We spoke with Patrice about how matchmaking between spaces and people works, the latest temporary space concepts and the pop-up guide that Spacified will launch this week.

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A Niche Store For Discarded Urban Light Signs

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Commercial light signs in cities are often criticized. Many people claim they ruin the urban landscape and overload the urbanites with commercial messages nobody has asked for. However, the beauty of these light signs and the typical urban atmosphere they contribute to is hardly recognized. Designer Fabian Thiele found a gap in the market by presenting the urban light signs in a new context: a concept store.

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  • Sipke Visser On Doggies And Indie Publishing

    'Doggies' by Sipke Visser

    Sipke Visser is a fine art photographer working and living in London. He just published his second book called Doggies about the London’s dog subculture, which he crowd-funded at Kickstarter. His first book Return to Sender was recently shortlisted for the internationally acclaimed Aperture First Photobook Award. We talked to him about dogs, independent publishing and his ambitions as a photographer.

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    Edward Skidelsky: How To Live A Good Life?

    Robert and Edward Skidelsky

    The British economic philosopher Edward Skidelsky is one of the authors of the international bestseller How Much Is Enough? — Money and the Good Life (2012), which he wrote together with his father Robert Skidelsky. Skidelsky is currently working on a new book, The Language of the Virtues, which will be published by Princeton University Press. On Thursday 20 February, architecture and urbanism institute Stroom in The Hague will host a lecture by Edward Skidelsky in which he will focus on two main questions: what do we really need as humans? And how do governments create conditions for a ‘Good Life’?

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  • Neighbor.ly: A New Way To Let You Pay

    Neighbor.ly

    Lots of people wish their city to be better maintained, friendlier to bikes or prettier in general. However, cities do not always have the money to turn things around and invest in the best quality. The solution may be in your own wallet. Crowd-funding platform Neighbor.ly focuses on the financing issues of urban projects and services. On this newly launched platform everyone, including local authorities, companies and non-profit-organizations, can start a campaign to get money together for specific urban projects. Does this development pave the way for on-demand urbanism?

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    Next Generation Vending Machines Dispense Healthy Food

    Chef's Farm's vending machine for fresh salads

    The vending machine as an urban phenomenon has a strong traditional connection with candy bars, soft drinks and other types of junk food. But the good ol’ vending machine slightly starts to gain a position in the distribution of healthy food as well. A while ago we stumbled upon a couple of initiatives that aim to automatically dispense healthy food to urbanites.

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