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…

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…

Madrid Paving Slabs + Internet Connectivity = iPavement

City: Madrid, Spain Created by: Via Inteligente Being “connected” in the city means many things to many people. Real estate agents highlight how connected to the city certain residential areas are via transport links. Business people and friends want to be sure to connect with each other when they are…

City Trash Collection System + Freecycling = Goedzak

City: Amsterdam, Netherlands Created by: Waarmakers A key component of re-imagining the potential of the city’s infrastructure is to embrace a wider embrace of urban infrastructure. The systems and services of a city are as much a resource for expanded use and functionality as is its objects, surfaces and structures.…