The Power of “This Could Be…”

During recent talks in Oslo and Malmö, I’ve been showing how a simple shift in thinking can open awareness and generate new possibilities. My goal in that specific part of the presentation is to get audiences to expand their thinking about how existing urban assets could be used in different ways, but…

Culture Urbaine Genève

Project: Culture Urbaine Genève City: Geneva, Switzerland Carbon absorbing, oxygen producing, air cleaning; an alternative energy source, ecological beauty aid, vitamin-rich power food – these are not words one would normally associate with a motorway bridge. Yet with the addition of a few clear tubes, a pump system and a…

BuzzBuilding Stockholm

Project: BuzzBuilding City: Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm’s population will reach close to one million people in the next few years and the city will have to face a challenge familiar to most growing urban areas – how to feed an expanding population without depleting available land and resources. Belatchew Arkitekter has…

City Tickets: Reprogrammed Parking Pay Machine

City: Boston Created by: Mayo Nissen, with thanks to JD Hollis and Brian Del Vecchio Parking meters keep watch over the passage of time in the city; and the city has watched as the passage of time has changed them. Long gone are the days when inserted a coin, ratcheted…

Doubling the Function of a Hong Kong Stairway

City: Hong Kong Creator: Edge Design Institute Hong Kong’s extreme density has made its residents particularly skilled at maximizing the use of their city’s structures and surfaces. Morning Tai Chi sessions are held on the cement forecourts of large office buildings. Street traders set up shop with specially crafted tables…

Transforming a Billboard to Produce Clean Drinking Water

City: Lima, Peru Created by: FCB Mayo/UTEC A cruel contradiction exists in Lima, Peru. It is one of the world’s largest cities located in a desert, second only to Cairo. Its dry environment makes groundwater scarce, yet the air above the city has an atmospheric humidity of 98 percent. With…

Rio de Janeiro Billboard Repurposed to Kill Zika Mosquitos

While putting together the latest issue of Reprogramming Roundup, the RTC Newsletter, I was writing a brief summary of the Rio billboard designed to attract and kill Zika mosquitos, when it became clear that the thinking behind the project, and the fact that its design has now been released under Creative…

Interview in Totally Stockholm magazine (in English)

For English readers, I thought I’d share a piece of media coverage from Reprogramming the City: Stockholm that doesn’t require Google Translate. Totally Stockholm magazine ran a nice interview with me where I dig deep to talk about the inspiration and motivations behind Reprogramming the City. As the journalist introduces…

Reprogramming the City on Sweden SVT National News

A particularly satisfying part of launching Reprogramming the City at ArkDes in Stockholm was being featured on Sweden SVT national news. Towards the end I explain what sets the Stockholm show apart.

Call for Ideas and Projects for Stockholm

  In June 2015, ArkDes, The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, will launch Reprogramming the City: Stockholm. As part of Reprogramming the City: Stockholm, ArkDes is issuing a call for ideas, proposals and existing projects that reveal the hidden potential of Sweden’s existing urban assets. Do you have an idea or…