Sci-fiction writer Bruce Sterling about smart cities: urban intelligence design should originate from the desire to solve social issues. But it doesn’t. And that’s not smart at all…
The Fuorisalone at BASE in Zona Tortona will be a critical investigation of Smart Cities and City Making. Among the initiatives, Trouble Making by Raumplan: on how mass phenomena and the web are redesigning cities. Bottom up.
A week end visit in Athens with Costas Voyatzis, aka Mr Yatzer, to discover the Greek capital’s contemporary twist.
In 2002, Richard Florida had imagined cities becoming forges of prosperity through talent, technology and tolerance. They did. But inequality also came along. In this interview he explains how to restore fairness, and where to start.
The Italian city has changed, and not just in the looks. Milan is rewriting its future: by giving space to small digital manufacturing, to places for open discussions and to citizen’s engagement.
In Eindhoven, the new digital IoT public services made possible through a city-wide grid are being co-designed by citizens. A good example of how cities can keep the driving seat when it comes to Big Data.
The Dutch philosopher Rutger Bregman is convinced that we can design a more just society, without revolutions or “strong men”: to do so we need a utopia for realists, a dream that makes the hearts beat but also the world. To be proposed as the system will collapse.
Ideas change the world. And Danish city Aarhus is using them to bring out a new Europe. The reportage published on D – with pictures by Giuliano Koren – on Aarhus European Capital of Culture 2017, where art, architecture, design, music and technology are used as agents of social change.
Rich and bourgeois, welcoming and underground: Hamburg’s full rebirth – architectural and social – is as beautiful as unpredictable. Despite the spurring of great, glamourous buildings, for instance, its citizens have managed to impose an anti-gentrification approach.
FabLab and 3D printing are fundamental tools for Design For All, especially when it comes to disabled children. There is in fact a social side of these practices that often escapes, forgotten behind the myriad of objects that digital manufacturing allows to create and sell at a good price. A project by TOG and OpenDot shows it in Milan: Enrico Bassi tells it.