40 schneider+schumacher architects: Carpet of Light for Artworks
> An underground extension for the Städel Museum in Frankfurt establishes a discreete relation with the existent building, by cleverly integrating lightning, structural and climatic principles.
50 István Janáky & György Janáky: Elegy
Text: Péterffy Miklós
> The Cultural Centre in Hódmezovásárhely, Hungary
60 DOSSIER: Infiniski
> Four houses and a small shop based on prefabrication, bioclimatic design, recycled reused materials, flexibility, modularity, non-polluting constructive systems and integration of renewable energy.
60 Manifesto House
64 El Tiemblo House
66 House in Tarragona
68 Five Recycled Containers for One Shop
72 Modular Comfort
76 BIG, Topotek1 & Superflex: Superkilen
> A park in Copenhagen, with more than 100 different objects (genuine or copies) from more than 50 countries and with people of more than 50 different nationalities living in its immediate vicinity.
Arup’s Materials Consulting and Building Physics Team in Berlin developed a façade system for integrating flat panel Photobioreactors (PBR) as external shading devices. The key innovation is the development of a multi-functional façade component and its full integration into the energy concept and the services design of an energy efficient building.
Jet-Ville Company in Hungary turns transformer stations invisible, with the help of underground electrical and telecom systems, releasing the urban landscape from those embarrassing and dangerous vicinities of technical annexes.
Designing smart affordable offices as a response to recent global challenges: The Hub Bucharest offers an integrated model of a breaking social collaboration in our country. It is a network of co-working offices founded in London, in 2005, and now successfully extended worldwide. In Romania, there are initiatives based on workspace rentals. However, The Hub provides a long-range integrated concept and three basic principles: a creative space, smart communication and professional content.
Text: MIT SENSEable City Lab / Illustratiions: Jennifer Dunnam
As cities continue to grow in size and complexity with urban populations increasingly connected and mobile, there arises an opportunity to re-examine food distribution strategies and design the farmer’s market in a way that improves efficiency by enhancing communication between producers and consumers.
MIT SENSEable City Lab & BMW Guggenheim Lab la Berlin
Intro: Cosmin Caciuc / Texts & projects: MIT SENSEable City Lab
The smart monitoring of public space is part of the cognitive mapping culture of urban space based on the research of Kevin Lynch, a town-planner from the ‘50-‘60s (essential for the academic tradition of MIT). Since now we have much more sophisticated environment data survey, interpretation and communication means, cartography can be developed in the much more complex context of urban information. Electronic sensors have become an extension of the observer, allowing for new insights into the way people come to appropriate or not the space they use. The permanent collection of data represents a first step in the more serious process of rethinking the city and taking decisions in order to transform public space.
After the BMW Guggenheim Lab New York cultural project was launched in New York last summer, the mobile lab came to Berlin where it ran from 15 June to 29 July. The open-air pavilion designed by Atelier Bow-Wow is hosted in one of the inner courtyards of a former 19th century beer factory: the Pfefferberg complex in the Prenzlauer Berg district.
An integrated platform with Google Maps, to help overlap the scaled plan of the 80s totalitarian operation “the Victory of Socialism” over a city you pick (jumping from megalopolises to idyllic towns is truly something). A small bulldozer helps walk the unwanted guest anywhere on the territory of the selected town.
Two recent events leave us with a bitter taste regarding the situation and the perspectives of the Romanian urban realm. First, we have a new and sinister law for urbanism. (...) Besides that, we have the authorities finally gave their blessing to the removal (actually, the destruction) of the protected Matache Market hall.
Izhar Gafni, an Israeli expert in the design of automated mass production lines discovered after years of research an opportunity to increase the structural performance of corrugated banal cardboard (usually used only in packaging) to make bicycles. Based on a mixture of organic materials (protected by international patents) combined with rubber reinforcement from recycled car tires, cardboard acquired an almost miraculous resistance to water and fire.
The mission – is a project initiated by Eurodite and part of the DISC (Dutch Initiative for Sustainable Cities) activities. The top Romanian delegation met Vice Mayors and members of other ministries, their peers, and learned about projects already carried out and a way to manage. The mission worked out in these three days the targets of DISC platform, made to provide Dutch support to Romanian cities and their effort to build up initiatives meant to revive urban regions and areas ignored so far.