Design & Desire

Yiwu is famous for small commodities. Small- and medium-sized enterprises are densely concentrated in this environment where the private economy is highly developed. In terms of urban construction, this means that the city is filled with a large number of homogenised and small-scale buildings featuring high densities.

Dubbed a ‘modern ghost town’, ‘stillborn city’ and ‘failed utopia’ due to its abundance of infrastructure yet lack of migrants and business back in 2009, Ordos City’s population today has indeed grown since the media’s judgements nine years ago. So much so that the Ordos City Government has commissioned London-based experimental Architect Margot Krasojevic to design an out-of-this-world pedestrian bridge crossing the Wulanmulun River.

Catherine Zeliotis, Senior Associate and Healthcare Leader at global architectural practice Stantec, discusses the innovative approach to building design and layout at the Taussig Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

There’s much to admire about our Scandinavian neighbours; whether it be the outstanding architecture of Stockholm, the minimalistic qualities of the region’s sought-after interior designs or, as suggested by the most recent Carlsberg advertisement, their love of natural environments. Steadily pushing the boundaries of interdisciplinary design, Scandinavia sets a precedence for architecture and design, and Oslo-based practice, Snøhetta, is indeed no exception.

Having recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, LEGO has been a family-favourite for many generations. The creativity and ingenuity boost these vividly-coloured building blocks contribute to children’s creative education is unparalleled and still stimulates the minds of youngsters today. So, just imagine the enchantment a life-size LEGO house would offer a child, and the nostalgia it would present to adults. That’s precisely what Copenhagen- and New York-based architectural firm, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), has bestowed on the residents and tourists of Billund, Denmark; an out-of-this-world structure fabricated from one of the world’s favourite educational toys; LEGO.

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