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Dan Hill
Helsinki
Designer
Interests: Cities, urbanism, design, architecture, media etc.
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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
Since I've been at Fabrica, one simple thing we've done is to increase the frequency of the lectures and workshops we host here. Fabrica had a long tradition of inviting people to come and talk, or run workshops—in the distant... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2013 at cityofsound
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Malcolm McCullough is one the key thinkers and writers about the intersection of the network, digital media, and the urban and architectural—hence his work being of particular interest here. So I was delighted to oblige when he asked me to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at cityofsound
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Roberto Saviano's speech at Fabrica, 21 May 2013, after a brief introduction by me, and Enrico Bossan. Beware: it features my pitiable attempts in Italiano, which you may wish to skip. We were honoured to have Roberto Saviano speaking at... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2013 at cityofsound
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You will have heard a lot about smart cities and the Internet of Things. What you won't have seen is that many genuine products, services and projects in those areas. You will, of course, as there is immense potential after... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2013 at cityofsound
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If you were to make a list of the ten most influential magazines of all time, I'd hazard a guess that Colors magazine might be in there, so it's a particular privilege that we get to produce Colors from Fabrica.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at cityofsound
It seems to me that there are around three hundred interesting things about these clips from the forthcoming game Watch Dogs. None of those things particularly concern the plot, characterisation, narrative, but rather the creation of worlds, especially urban worlds.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at cityofsound
Oh, the smart city. I have “previous” here, over about a decade of writing about the interplay between cities and technology. And particularly, having written about The Street As Platform, and the Personal Well-Tempered Environment, and The Adaptive City, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2013 at cityofsound
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Thanks for all the comments, everyone! Much appreciated.
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I’m writing this flying over the Alps, on BA579 from Venice to London. It’s a big blue sky lit by hazy sunshine, and the Alps look unreal. We just flew a few metres over a contrail, a perpendicular arc into... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2012 at cityofsound
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I’ve been learning Finnish for over a year now, and am getting nowhere fast. Finnish is a notoriously difficult language to learn—certainly amongst European languages—and so perhaps this is to be expected. But as an Englishman, one starts from the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2012 at cityofsound
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This is a fantastic idea: "Fulcrum is a weekly architectural publication printed on Bedford Press at the Architectural Association. It was founded in January 2011 by Graham Baldwin, Aram Mooradian & Jack Self." As I'm posting this, the current issue... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2012 at cityofsound
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I propose to take the following photographs of this book of proposals for Kiasma by Peter LIversidge whilst standing in Kiasma gallery bookshop, holding the book in my left hand and my iPhone in my right, enjoying the conceit and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2012 at cityofsound