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Sharmilee Mahadew

Bringing New Life Into A Slaughter­house

NDVR

Antwerp-based urban design office NDVR (pronounced as ‘endeavor’) is working on the redevelopment of the Slaughterhouse site in the city’s Damwijk district. Their continuous search for a new role of the urban planner in contemporary society got them involved with Stadsklas, a spring school on DIY urbanism hosted by Stroom The Hague. We spoke with Tim Devos and Seppe De Blust, both from NDVR, about how you could use problems to make a change.

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On Kebab Foxes And The Urban Wildlife

Urban Nature

Did you know that the average domesticated cat eats around sixteen birds a year? Your cat is not that innocent as it may appear — it’s still a wild tiger, only now living in a forest of houses instead of trees. The oyster-catcher used to reside in coastal areas, but now lives on the roofs of our cities. Crow’s nests made out of cable ties, string and pieces of wire — meet the urban nature of today.

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  • The Church Of The 21st Century Is Not A Church

    Yourtopia

    Imagine your own utopia, a quiet and peaceful place where you can lay back and relax. With its Yourtopia pavilion, Amsterdam-based architecture office SeARCH wanted to create such a place. The structure, officially called Het Nieuwe Paviljoen, represents a utopian view on living in the early 21st century, answering the question: What is minimally needed to achieve an optimal quality of life?

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  • Clean Me A River

    Clean River Soon

    Tired of the numerous throw-it-away-immediately handouts you get and the many annoying commercials on your phone or television? Beauty brand Shokubutsu HANA introduces a more interesting way of advertising: a purifying water billboard floating on a river. This billboard, made out of grass, actually cleans the polluted water of the river, conveying the message “Clean River Soon”.

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