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Samo Pedersen

This City Socks… And Shoes!

Less than a three-hour high-speed rail trip away from Shanghai, 90% of Walmart’s socks are produced. So if your feet are cold this is the place to go. The county level city of Yiwu is not only the birthplace of many socks, it is also the production and trading place for a great number of…

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Social Container Architecture

Being the main facilitator of global exchange of commodities, hereby an important trigger of globalization, the ISO container has had an immense impact on transnational relations. Introduced for cargo handling in the shipping industry, containers have later grown increasingly popular as elements of architectural design. As construction material, their history of travels across the world might…

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  • Artistic Portraits Of Turbulence

    We are used to popular media portraying society and occurring events. Sometimes, however, pieces of art are produced before a specific event has happened and under some newly occurring conditions regain its significance. During the last days of turbulence in London I came across the poetic apocalyptical world of London based FACTORY FIFTEEN, a studio…

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    A Bench Is For Sitting?

    More fresh ideas from Copenhagen. If you associate a traditional bench in the Danish capital with kissing teenagers, a sleeping homeless guy, or an old lady feeding pigeons, it is about time for you to go exploring. It seems like times when benches were only benches and just had the function of providing people an…

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    One City, Nine Ghost Towns

    Today I went to Sweden, yesterday to England, and tomorrow I will go to Germany. My mode of transport? Metro! While China’s one child policy is preventing uncontrolled population growth, its megacities are still facing an ever-ongoing expansion. The obvious reason is migration of workforce to cities as China undergoes transformation from a rural to…

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  • Hacking The Market

    Transmediale.11 is on! If you are in Berlin this week there is no excuse but to visit the Haus der Kulturen der Welt! Remember to bring your party mood as the place becomes Club Transmediale (CTM) at night. For those unfamiliar with Transmediale, it is “a festival aiming to define the contours of contemporary digital…

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    Hollywood Space Police

    In recent years city branding seems to have reached new heights in China, with prestigious events such as the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2010 Shanghai EXPO and recent 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games paving the way. City branding strategies aim at improving reputation and making a city appear more interesting and attractive. It is often based on…

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    Designer Homes For Bats

    Often the discourse of providing sustainable urban developments is solely on reducing CO2 emissions with the focus of a shift towards renewable energy supplies. This is important enough, but unfortunately, the severe impact of built environment on the world’s biosphere and eco systems is often marginalized. However, it seems like the topic is gaining some…

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