Daily Archives: November 28, 2009

BIG architecture for body and mind

While arguments rage about the form, there’s absolutely NO DOUBT the Bjarke Ingels Group deliver great space handling, geometry and detail, put simply: contemporary architecture on the client brief.

“From the main football field at its heart, to the gyms and auditoria, from the handball halls of the university to the laboratories of the health facility, it is an entire village committed to sport.”
-Nanna Gyldholm Moller, Project Leader, BIG

### Dezeen October 28th, 2009 at 1:24 pm
The World Village of Women Sports by BIG
By Rose Etherington
Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group have won a competition to design a centre for research, education and training about women’s sports in Malmo, Sweden. Called The World Village of Women Sports, the project is conceived as a series of buildings of varying size with sloping roofs, alternating with open spaces. The main hall will be able to accommodate football matches, concerts, conferences, exhibitions and markets.
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Random thought.
Stadium 3 for Dunedin, women’s only? (Stadiums 1 and 2 are male confections)

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### TEDTalks Ideas worth spreading (filmed July 2009)

TEDtalksDirector 15 September 2009

http://www.ted.com Danish architect Bjarke Ingels rockets through photo/video-mingled stories of his eco-flashy designs. His buildings not only look like nature – they act like nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy – and creating stunning views.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts.

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Toronto Tales

What could happen for Dunedin…

### Torontoist November 23, 2009 1:00 PM
Transit City or Transit Cities
By Hamutal Dotan

Transit City: the Toronto Transit Commission’s plan to build a network of light rail, extending dedicated transit infrastructure to many of Toronto’s neighbourhoods that lack it, thereby increasing residents’ quality of life, reducing our collective environmental footprint, and redressing a major backlog of transit development. Transit Cities: the term applied at a symposium held last week to cities that don’t just have transit but integrate it properly into the urban landscape, making good on the promise that transit expansion seems to hold but on which it doesn’t always deliver. Designing Transit Cities was its name, and bringing planners, academics, advocates, and the public at large up to speed on the opportunities and pitfalls of transit expansion was its goal.

The day-and-a-half-long symposium, co-sponsored by the City of Toronto, the Canadian Urban Institute, the Cities Centre at the University of Toronto, the Toronto Society of Architects, and various transit agencies, brought in experts from around the world to outline the successes and failures they’d seen in other cities’ transit expansions, and extrapolate some lessons for Toronto. Panel discussions dealt with everything from intelligent planning to community advocacy, and the symposium managed to cover a lot more ground than such events often do. (Though, as local transit guru Steve Munro suggested on his blog, this ground was perhaps well-trod, a rediscovery of ideas that have been discussed for decades.)

Though the speakers came from a variety of backgrounds, some themes did emerge quite clearly, providing a consensus view on the relationship between transit planning and urban development.
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