A recent thought on blurring streets and parks in Stockholm echoes an older thought on spatially shaping connectivity and informational intensity on Barangaroo, Sydney

A Stockholm street we ‘loosened up’ with the first prototypes of our Streets mission, Autumn 2020

Adapting Holger Blom’s 1946 principles for Stockholm’s park programme to inform today’s street systems

Brian Eno’s principles for the One-Minute City projects initiated by Vinnova, laid out as an A5 double-page spread in the playbook ‘Designing Missions’ (Hill, 2021)

Bringing a cultural voice into an urban planning conversation that has become narrowly technical, and diversifying the thinking around what streets are about, and what cities are for

ThA classic of the genre. Wooden tray, with extra front seat attached, to fore; milk-crate to aft.

How a picturesque island setting for a small Swedish follow-up to Small Vehicles of Tokyo is an unlikely contender for a 15-minute city case study. And yet …

A slim cataloguing of the rich diversity of small vehicles that help shape street life in the world’s largest city

The owner. ‘Utomhusverket 2021’ installation, by Studio Ossidiana for ArkDes

Utomhusverket 2021 by Studio Ossidiana for ArkDes; a conference centre for the birds, ‘al masha’, and the beauty, dignity and utility of shared things in everyday life

ArkDes are quietly building one of the Sweden’s more interesting spaces out of one of Sweden’s least interesting spaces

Sitting outside one of Stockholm’s primary cultural complexes, the space known as Exercisplan has previous lives that would have been defined by display, ritual and ceremony. It was once a parade ground, when the island of Skeppsholmen was largely allocated to military use. But now it is an entirely blank space, an unlovely, unloved square of asphalt, essentially as if car park, yet awkwardly acting as the entrance to the Swedish National Centre for Architecture and Design (ArkDes) and one of the country’s preeminent galleries (Moderna Museet).

SCI Arc studios, when I visited in 2009

Why the ‘jug-and-mug’ model of education is not the future, but well past its sell-by date, and why we might want to use the potential of digital learning tools in order to create more physical studio spaces on campus

Ed. This is a re-cut of one of my early Dezeen columns, originally published there on 18 October 2013, but I thought I’d dig it out and re-publish a modified version here, given the current debates about education and learning environments, spaces and technologies in the context of Covid-19, and of course the long-running deeper currents that the pandemic has highlighted. I've tweaked a bit, but in looking back on it eight years on, the fundamental questions didn't need to change much. The focus on asynchronous 'MOOCs' (very much of its time; the New York Times had called 2012 The…

Fiat advert reproduced in the book ‘Human Space Utopia’ by Colin Ward (Penguin Education, 1974)

Image made for the front cover, based on a photo of Infield’, an installation by Linda Tegg at ArkDes, comprising a biodiverse meadowland planted in the asphalt car park by the entrance to the museum and accumulating life throughout 2020, and framed by geometrical shapes drawn from a Herbert Bayer postcard for the original Bauhaus in 1923. Typeface is Untitled Sans by Klim.

An offering to frame the design process for this new European Union proposition; plotting a course through a minefield, planting seeds for a meadow

Dan Hill

Designer, urbanist, etc. Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, Swedish govt. Prof. AHO Oslo, Visiting Prof. UCL Bartlett IIPP, Design Academy Eindhoven, RMIT

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