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Trend 1: Crowd-Funded Urbanism

Crowd-funding has become extremely popular over the last years. Lots of cultural, artistic and design initiatives have already been made possible thanks to platforms like Kickstarter. But will this work for urbanism too? Yes, it does! The idea of paying together for those things we really like, starts to win popularity in the urban profession in 2012. The first crowd-funded urban projects have been realized in cities around the United States and also in the Netherlands we have encountered some great examples. In these times of financial crisis with a lack of confidence in financial institutions and governments, this kind of funding will gain importance in urbanism. Urbanism will be paid by the crowds, which will mean that the crowds will be having influence as well.

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Trend 3: Paint The City!

Paint has proven to be a great way to spice up boring, ugly and unsafe cities. Over the last years we’ve seen a remarkably high number of urban color injections at a remarkably wide range of places in the world — from bus stations in Bratislava to favelas in Rio de Janeiro. Many of these…

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  • Trend 4: Brands Love Future Cities

    Last year the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels was signed to introduce Audi to the world of urbanism and architecture. Audi, that launched the Audi Urban Future program, needed a key figure in the world of architecture to help the brand explore this discipline. Audi is not the only company. The car brand competes with loads of other…

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    Trend 5: Modular Hospitality

    The next hotel is modular. In 2012 people want to sleep in the middle of the woods, float in the sea or relax in a snowy landscape. Good ol’ hotels that consist of one solid piece of concrete with rooms in it connected by a central hall just don’t do it any more. Over the…

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    Trend 6: The City As An Interface

    Apple launched its intelligent software assistant Siri in August last year. Resulting from decades of research at SRI International’s Artificial Intelligence Center, Siri uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of web services. The service is even able to adapt to a user’s individual…

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  • Trend 7: Design For Animals

    Increasing numbers of designers and artists seem to be concerned with animals. Over the last years we’ve encountered loads of projects that extend design principles to the world of animals. Sometimes to improve living conditions for animals or help to preserve a species, sometimes because a designer bird house is prettier to look at. Several…

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    Trend 8: The Peer-To-Peer Economy

    Don’t we all have loads of stuff we don’t use most of the time? Why not share it with others and make a little money? Over the last years we’ve seen the launch of lots of initiatives that aim to stimulate people to rent out their temporarily unused assets to others in return for a…

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    Trend 9: The Revival Of Psychogeography

    Psychogeography is hot. Guy Debord, founding member of Situationist International and the man who coined the term in 1955, defined the phenomenon as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals”. In fact, psychogeography is the art of strolling, or just about…

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