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Futureorientation 5/2007

Gitte Larsen

Dear Reader

What does the future hold for your city and home? We asked 16 people from around the world, and you can read their personal answers in this issue of FO/futureorientation. #1 Go to Sydney -- but watch out. You might end up staying here, where the weather is warm and people interact with one another. #2 Maybe you’ve never been to Bangkok, but you can read about the atmosphere in this Asiatic city. #3 Be a New Yorker for a day – Follow Dave through a routine Friday, when he has to go to work, to the barber’s and take the dog for a walk.

Read on

By Gitte Larsen, editor of FO/futureorientation.


The City and Home issue

Thomas Geuken and Gitte Larsen: Drop Zones 2017

May 12, 2007: It was a big day for Sony Playstation IV, Biohazard, which was launched globally through the new commercial drop zones in all major cities around the world. Drop zones have become popular marketing channels after legislation prohibited advertising in urban public areas.

Niels Bøttger-Rasmussen: The tall (consumer) city

Remarkable skyscrapers will characterize the city of the future, especially because of megatrends such as urbanization, individualization and commercialization. More than half of the world’s population already lives in cities, and the tall city has the greatest potential as a consumer and experience city, which is what more and more housing consumers demand.

Johan Peter Paludan’s comments: Copenhagen: city of cities. But for how long?

There is future in cities. 2007 is the year when half of the world’s people lives in cities - and more and more will head to the cities. It’s no wonder. It’s boring in the countryside and fun in the cities. By fun, I don’t mean just youth’s possibility to hang out in the cafés, see and be seen, and get the first impression of the new-new thing in fashion and music. Cities also have all the interesting companies with the clever employees and ideas you can access in one way or another.

Gitte Larsen: Too much open field

Construction projects lack a human perspective. The context makes the difference when we choose to live in a house or city. It is the lived life, the thoughts and the dreams of the people who must reside and live that provide the necessary histories and resistance in every construction project. Without them, there is too much open field. Meet architect Charlie Steenberg from the firm Jordan+Steenberg, and decide what you believe.

Flemming Wisler: The city’s next generation

The young grassroots among Danish architects are seriously sticking their necks out these days, with wild and thoughtful visions for the city of the future. They sample intensively between historical solutions and global experience

16 personal stories from cities and homes around the world

Do you ever wonder what a routine Friday in New York is like? Have you thought about what it would be like to take a tuk tuk to work? Or what makes someone think that the German port city of Hamburg is cool? Read these 16 accounts about how the future is right now for people from New York to Sydney. Some of them are descriptions of the unique atmosphere of the city and its vibrant everyday life; others focus on tendencies that affect the city and home today; while some of the others are more critical and question which way we are headed. Regardless of what is said, there is a future ahead for the city, the house and the home, and inside people who are alive today. Meet them on the following pages.

Flemming Wisler: The world turns to the cities

When more and more people turn to the city, the explanation is simple. The city is equivalent to hopes, prospects and well-being, and it affects people everywhere like a magnet. That creates great challenges – not only in logistics and traffic, but also to a great degree in social innovation

Anders Bjerre’s comments: It’s the most natural

In the future, nature is manmade – adjusted to its purpose in good time. Every science fiction reader knows the term terraforming. When you come to a foreign and inhospitable planet, you must influence its climate, introduce the right plants and animals, control the process and thus create a world suitable for humans. It sounds like a good idea.

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