Places to Imagine

Do physical places, either those that we create or those that are naturally occurring, have the power to fire the imagination? Do certain places inspire you more than others? What about a certain environment can have this effect on an individual, or a community? Is it possible for somewhere to spark imagination in one person,…

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Why We Need To Reframe The Rules Of Transportation Design

Much of our focus on designing our spaces goes on optimising home life or fostering better learning practices. And rightly so. However, forgetting and dismissing our cities’ infrastructure as a necessarily complex evil is having devastating effects. This article from Curbed explores how one firm is trying to humanise our approach to transportation design through…

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Bus Stops May Be As Good A Place As Any For A STEM Lesson

This project is really exciting as it combines two of our favourite themes: creative ways to learn and spaces to imagine. It’s not about maximising or constantly learning, it’s about context and environment. By taking the conversations outside the classroom to daily places like bus stops, it makes these topics accessible and relevant. It’s interesting…

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Public Art That Turns Cities Into Playgrounds Of The Imagination

Helen Marriage‘s mission is to create real experiences; moments that are actually memorable. Through her company, Artichoke, her public art projects use imagination to access spaces and forever change how we feel about them. In this TED talk, she shares her ideas on convincing people to value shared artistic experiences. Transform the physical world using…

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Colourful Kindergarten In China Inspires Creativity Through Materials And Identity

Making places that inspire isn’t just about beauty and the thrill of the new. It’s also about finding creative ways to increase engagement. Looking at this exploration of a colourful kindergarten in Chongqing, we love the impulse to build “a place that begs to be explored”. It’s full of clever and, crucially, practical solutions all…

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There’s An Unfinished ‘City of The Future’ Tucked Away In The Arizona Desert

What are we hoping for when we create spaces for people? This is a thought-provoking piece, originally published in Business Insider, about a planned ‘city of the future‘. It explores the complexities of building, or perhaps forcing, a utopia. There are lessons to be learned around the practicalities, such as funding, but also in realising…

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Print Your City? 3D Printing Is Revolutionising Urban Futures

This is a great example of technology meeting community. The development and potential of 3D printing is opening up massive civic infrastructure projects to the communities which actually use them. Not only does this involve users in their urban environment, but increases sustainability and feeds skills development. The Fabrication City concept puts manufacturing back in…

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