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THINK exhibit in New York
More and more big cooperations understood the financial importance of urban planning. Until now the main actors seem to be GE, Audi, BMW and IBM who are trying to show the potential of their fields of business for better cities in the future. The latter even dedicated a whole exhibition to the topic of SMART CITIES.
In case you are in New York have a look. The show is still on until the 23rd of October. If you have the possibility to visit the exhibition please post some information and images!
The last months we were pretty busy and completely forgot to announce officially our new address. Our studio is now at
Goethe Str. 2-3 (Aufgang B - 4th floor) in 10623 Berlin Charlottenburg.
The diagrams above show the time you need to reach our studio by public transport within 15 / 20 / 30 and 45min. This analysis is based on a great new online analysis tool called Mapnificient by a young Berlin based developer.
Our closest public transport stations are:
U9 + trains | Berlin Zoo(logischer Garten)
U12 | Ernst-Reuter-Platz
S-Bahn | Savignyplatz
You can check out several European and US cities on the interactive website: http://www.mapnificent.net/
Have a look at this fascinating TED talk about the mathematical rules that drive all of us and our cities. There is a lot of interesting insight and statistics in the talk. The conclusion is a bit strange by stating that all companies will go bust. I would have wished it would be more related to cities.
This study by simplybusiness.co.uk is looking at 75.000 businesses in UK high streets between 2008 and 2010. It is interesting to see and understand the trending of businesses in our cities. It is pretty much an indicator for our changed lifestyle.
“WE HAVE TO REDUCE OUR CO2 EMISSIONS TO ZERO BY 2050.” Also our cities have to become C02 neutral. At the moment no architect really knows how to design CO2 neutral neighbourhoods. We can only solve it by opening up this discussion to everyone.
FutureCityLab (ftr.ct.lb) is an initiative researching how a positive sustainable future of our cities might look like. Have your say as well and join the discussion online: http://www.ftrctlb.com/
Most of our cities were not planned to fit cars in their streets. Cities such as Moscow suffer from cars filling up public spaces, pedestrian walkways and any left over space.
Other cities that were designed for cars such as Hannover or Rotterdam lack the human factor and are not comfortable to be used as a pedestrian.
What will the future bring us? Imagine car sharing and other ideas would free up our streets and public spaces. This infographic by Aza Raskin visualizes in a very effective way the missed opportunity we are sticking to by being so much depended on the car.
anOtherArchitect is an internationally operating architecture and urban design studio based in Berlin. We are focusing on sustainable design solutions with a strong emphasis on human centered design and digital fabrication methods. visit our website at: www.anOtherArchitect.com