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Bright Lights, Big City: urban-lighting projects that dazzle

Alyn Griffiths


The highly utilitarian nature of urban lighting hasn’t stopped designers and manufacturers from adding value to projects that illuminate our cities through forward-facing design and technology. Architonic sheds some light…

The Shapeshifter: material innovation FluidSolids

Simon Keane-Cowell


Nominated for this year's Design Prize Switzerland, Zurich-based designer Beat Karrer's material innovation FluidSolids, with its strong ecological credentials and impressive programmability, is poised to give traditional materials like metal and

Signs of the Times

Simon Keane-Cowell


Feeling a little bit lost? It's no surprise, really. As populations grow, cities expand, international travel increases and we all work (and live) harder and faster, it seems that there are ever more new and complex terrains to navigate. Enter a

Easily LED: the charms (and challenges) of a developing ...

Simon Keane-Cowell


Many hands make light work, goes the old saying. Many new LED producers also make the creative possibilities of working with such a fast-changing technology exciting, thanks to the proliferation of products they bring to the market. But, for lighting

Olympic Landscapes

Alyn Griffiths


Among and around the buildings that will house hockey players and hurdlers, cyclists and swimmers throughout the duration of this summer’s Olympic Games in London are public spaces that strive to meet the exacting Olympic standards of excellence

Urban Swiss Design: Glattalbahn Zurich

Dr. phil. Friederike Mehlau Wiebking


Architonic Series 'Investment Stimulus for Public Projects', Article 1

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Artistic eye-catcher for Burri Public Elements



To improve the look of the new workshop façade in Zurich-Glattbrugg, Burri Public Elements launched an invitation-only competition in spring 2014. The brief was to set concise accents in the intentionally minimalist architecture with a tarpaulin, 34

Upgrading Nature: a Revolutionary Treatment for Wood in ...



Wood in the Public Space – an Exciting Challenge: we identify a city based on its buildings, its landscape architecture, and its density – however, it is above all the city furniture that makes a cityscape unique and distinctive.

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