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Inspiration: Contemporary Design Methods In Architecture

Inspiration: Contemporary Design Methods in Architecture

Today, the link between architecture and digital software is so strong, it’s easy to forget that it hasn’t always been this way. Architecture’s reliance on digital design programs has lead to the spread of a homogenous ‘global-style’ architecture — buildings made from the same material, designed by the same methods, using the same software, all over the world.

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Create GB Volume 1: Celebrating Great British Creativity

Create GB Volume 1: Celebrating Great British Creativity

Last year we met We Heart’s James Davidson in Helsinki during the city’s fantastic series of World Design Capital events. A few weeks ago he sent us his recently published book Create GB Volume 1: Celebrating Great British Creativity. Looking back on the celebration of UK culture during London’s 2012 Olympic games, the book highlights the best of British creativity, exploring the country’s cutting edge design, and the significance of being in the UK to the creative process.

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  • Indie Brands: 30 Independent Brands That Inspire And Tell A Story

    Indie Brands

    Having its main roots in the music ‘industry’, indie culture has spread its philosophy and influence in the entrepreneurial world as well. In her book Indie Brands: 30 Independent Brands that Inspire and Tell a StoryAnneloes van Gaalen seeks to shed a light on the mechanisms and features that make a business independent. The author, who draws her inspiration from the creative world, has interviewed 30 entrepreneurs who decided to make the big leap and lift the challenging and exciting weight of a business on their own shoulders. The characteristics that differentiate an indie brand from other brands are the independent spirit of the creatives, the story behind it and the marketing.

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  • Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities

    Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities

    Torre David is an unfinished skyscraper in the heart of Caracas’ former central business district. 45 floors high it’s the third tallest building in Venezuela. For some reasons the tower has been under construction for over 21 years, and it is unlikely that the building will ever be finished. Nevertheless, the uncompleted tower gives house to over 750 families that squatted the building since 2007 and made it into a huge vertical informal community. The self-organized ‘vertical slum’ that arose is a one-of-a kind urban phenomenon that shines a very interesting light on urban development and its social aspects. Urban Think Tank has written an amazing book about Torre David, one of the world’s largest vertical informal Communities.

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    Factory Towns Of South China

    Factory Towns of South China

    Big names like Rem Koolhaas and John Friedmann give it up for the book Factory Towns of South China, written by the Dutch architect and urban designer Stefan Al. We’ve read it and couldn’t find anything to disagree on. This one-of-a-kind illustrated guide book opens a window on the massive factory towns in China. It provides a cross-disciplinary approach to understand the process of rapid urbanization and industrialization, and delivers unique insights in how life runs from the perspective of the factory worker.

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