Archive for June, 2010

Special Mention Black Meadow

June 29, 2010

Our proposal for the revitalization of the Černá Louka / Black Meadow area in Ostrava scored a special mention in the frame work of a bid for Cultural Capital 2015. Maxwan won![loadData]=1&itemKey=en_312

Mock Up

June 29, 2010

Lorena and Inez investigate if it is possible to paint the perforated acoustic ceiling of Crossoverzaal…

Ivy Graffiti

June 28, 2010

Sausage – Sushi

June 27, 2010

Soccer BBQ: a projector and a grill; sausage and sushi. Both The Netherlands and Japan go to the next round.

Private Parking

June 16, 2010

“For tonight we have made a reservation in one of the finest parking garages in town”

Traffic Flipper: Test Drive

June 14, 2010

Joseph Young of PixelActive who develops CityScape send us an email. They used their city modeling tool to model the Traffic Flipper section of our entry for the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities competition and posted a video with live traffic and water simulation on YouTube. Please check it out:

Lee Towers at Beetsplein

June 11, 2010!

Sex and the City

June 10, 2010

Why do people live in cities? According to Pieter Gautier, Professor at the VU University Amsterdam, cities play an important role as ‘marriage markets’. The idea is simple. Cities are dense areas where singles can meet more potential partners than in rural areas -the search market is more efficient. To enjoy those benefits, they are willing to pay a premium in terms of higher housing prices. Once married, the benefits from meeting more potential partners vanish and married couples move out of the city.

Gautier’s research indicates that finding a partner plays a more important role in moving to the city than finding a job. If the proximity to jobs would be the key factor so called Power Couples would stay in the city. But they move to the country much more often than Power Singles.

We find that the fraction of individuals living in one of the 5 largest cities in Denmark at age 18 is 22%, at the date of marriage this fraction has increased to 36% and after 5 years of continued marriage it bounces back to 23%

Attractive singles, defined by education, income, father’s education and father’s  income, benefit most from a dense marriage market and are therefore more likely to move to the city. Unattractive people have less to gain and stay at the countryside…

In order to address life-cycle motives –the idea that young people like the dynamics of cities where elderly appreciate the calm of ‘nature’- they considered individuals who are divorced. If their location choice was based on life-cycle considerations we expected them to stay in the country. But we give evidence that divorcees tend to move back to the city.

Oper im Netz in Action

June 9, 2010

Landslide (= mudslide, avalanche, earthquake, tremor or: total victory…)

June 8, 2010

Landslide at Funen: part of the ‘green’ roof was recently removed in order to find out where exactly Blok K is leaking… Disaster or stamp of approval?

Frank Lloyd Wright: “If the roof doesn’t leak, the architect hasn’t been creative enough”