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Café On Air.

Café On Air
Huaihai Middle Road, Lane 650, N°634, Groundfloor
near Sinan Road
Huangpu District, Shanghai
上海市黄浦区淮海中路650弄634号1楼 (近思南路)

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We’ve grown good at making many things in the modern world – but strangely the art of making attractive cities has been lost. Here are some key principles for how to make attractive cities once again.

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“Could we make it more affordable? Could we actually achieve this quality of life in the densities that are prevailing today? And we realized, it’s basically about light, it’s about sun, it’s about nature, it’s about fractalization. Can we open up the surface of the building so that it has more contact with the exterior?”
– Moshe Safdie.

Documentary 1:21:47 by Kirsten Dirksen.

Kirsten Dirksen invites us on her journey into the tiny homes of people searching for simplicity, self-sufficiency, minimalism and happiness by creating shelter in caves, converted garages, trailers, tool sheds, river boats and former pigeon coops.

In this talk, Iwan Baan shows how communities all over the world, manage to adapt to their environment, come up with all sorts of solutions in response to their various needs, and create homes in an organic and intuitive way.

‘Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with many of the great international architects, documenting their work and observing how their designs have the capacity to influence the cities in which they sit. [•••] But what I find really fascinating is what happens when architects and planners leave and these places become appropriated by people…’

‘In all these places I’ve talked about today, what I do find fascinating is that there’s really no such thing as normal, and it proves that people are able to adapt to any kind of situation.’

‘Today, you see these large residential development projects which offer cookie-cutter housing solutions to massive amounts of people. From China to Brazil, these projects attempt to provide as many houses as possible, but they’re completely generic and simply do not work as an answer to the individual needs of the people.’

– Iwan Baan.