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Dan Hill
Helsinki
Designer
Interests: Cities, urbanism, design, architecture, media etc.
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(See previous entry on visiting the Melnikov House in Moscow.) Fourth in an occasional series, and this found in one of the true icons of 20th century architecture, designed and built between 1927 and 1929 by Konstantin Melnikov. One of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at cityofsound
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Melnikov House, Moscow In Moscow, for two days, for Moscow Urban Forum, and various meetings. I recall photos my father showed me of a school trip he led there in 1968, from the American International School of Zürich where he... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at cityofsound
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We (Future Cities Catapult) launched a major project today: Cities Unlocked. Phase one of a collaboration with Microsoft UK and Guide Dogs, it's a demonstrator of how wearables and 3D soundscapes could improve mobility and wayfinding in a beacon-enabled city.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at cityofsound
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As research for my recent Dezeen column, and the longer piece it was drawn from—both unpicking the promise and pitfalls of predictive urban analytics and transport startups—I asked Matt George, CEO of Bridj, a Boston-based startup, a few questions. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at cityofsound
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This is the in-depth version of my column posted in Dezeen this week, around the impact of predictive analytics on cities. This version particularly uses public transport services and new transport startups as the pivot for its arguments, as transport... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at cityofsound
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I've been meaning to write about Gillian Darley and David McKie's book about Ian Nairn for ages now. Entitled 'Ian Nairn: Words in Place', it's a wonderful read about one of the most important characters in post-war British architecture and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at cityofsound
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David Michon recently asked me to write a piece for the new issue of The Journal of the London Society. I'm posting a version of it below. David has just taken over as 'honorary editor' of the Journal, and has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at cityofsound
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Print-on-demand version of 'Dark Matter and Trojan Horses: A Strategic Design Vocabulary'' A consistent request over the last couple of years has been for a physical version of my e-book for Strelka Press, 'Dark Matter and Trojan Horses: A Strategic... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at cityofsound
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Much of the work at the Catapult is about making more holistic, integrated urban projects happen. While this can include governance and investment pieces, we’ve also been exploring technology at the street level. For example our Sensing Cities project, which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at cityofsound
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PaperLater is a new service from Newspaper Club (see previous entry on newspapers, and Newspaper Club.) As with Newspaper Club, it ingeniously wrangles the dynamics of both newsprint and the internet into something entirely new. In short, PaperLater enables you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at cityofsound
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A follow-up note to explain what I’ve been up to, work-wise. (And note, if you want to skip to the end, we're hiring.) At the beginning of February, I joined the Future Cities Catapult as Executive Director for Futures and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at cityofsound
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It’s been a busy year so far. So busy I haven’t found time to write about returning to the UK in January, after seven years living and working overseas in Australia, Finland and Italy. Nor even to write about taking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at cityofsound
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Late last year, my friend Marko Ahtisaari kindly asked me to write an essay on Finnish design. This was a little daunting, as it was a) for Marko, who I respect greatly, b) about Finnish design, which I can really... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at cityofsound
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Production drawings by Keiichi Matsuda An uncharacteristically brief post just to point you at Keiichi Matsuda's Kickstarter campaign, launched today, for his ambitious new films about the modern city, set in Medellin, Colombia. Matsuda's previous work is quite brilliant—I've mentioned... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at cityofsound
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Code was something we had to rebuild a bit at Fabrica this year. Although there had been a strong code culture at Fabrica in the past, from the likes of Jonathan Harris, Oriel Ferrer Mesià, João Wilbert, Bethany Koby &... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2013 at cityofsound
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Film work has been at the core of Fabrica's output and culture since the start—the original creative director was Godfrey Reggio (of Koyaanisqatsi fame) and Fabrica even has an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film from its time as a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2013 at cityofsound
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Frequent travellers, or those that have moved jobs a lot, know that the outsider sees with fresh eyes, but only for a while. I recently opened a Dezeen column with a favourite thought from John Le Carré (via Rosecrans Baldwin)... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2013 at cityofsound
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On my second or third day here, I showed the peerless Tom Sachs Studio “Ten Bullets” movie. Enjoy: “Ten Bullets”, tongue in cheek and deadly serious at the same time, captures the spirit of a studio, of its people and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at cityofsound
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On my first day at Fabrica, I held a meeting with all the staff and researchers. I talked about a few things, but the primary message was about the opportunity in moving to a transdisciplinary studio model. The studio model... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at cityofsound
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I'm incredibly proud of the work done by the COLORS team in the last year, from the "Going to Market" issue that launched just as I started, to the recent issues on "Making the News" and "Looking at Art" (with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at cityofsound
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Events can be useful for focusing attention, but also quick repositioning. We did three major things this last year: one was the Roberto Saviano public lecture, which I've written about previously but it remains one of the strongest things we've... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at cityofsound
We can make our own bespoke videos and soundtracks for our books. I wrote about Iranian Living Room before, but it's a project we're still very proud of, for numerous reasons. Enrico Bossan led the project from our side, curating... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at cityofsound
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In terms of Fabrica-at-exhibitions this last year, Sam Baron's studio has been blazing a trail in particular, doing multiple exhibits in multiple cities. Almost too many to track. The show for Salone del Mobile was a particular highlight, continuing Fabrica's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at cityofsound
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Well, almost one year in. Although I started formally at the beginning of November, I was well into planning and prep by this time a year ago. So now seems as good a time as any to review progress and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at cityofsound
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This was going to be a post about our new Fabrica publication, "Iranian Living Room", and in a way it still is. "Iranian Living Room" is a new photojournalism project we've produced and self-published. Enrico Bossan, our brilliant head of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2013 at cityofsound