Swedish architects help creating a self-sustaining children’s centre in Tanzania

Local workers and a team of Swedish architects have completed the Econef Children’s Center in northern Tanzania. The center is a self-sustaining facility for orphans situated in the King’ori village. The buildings are powered with solar energy and harvest rainwater in a system inspired by the African baobab tree. The center also has a biogas plant to produce cooking gas for use in the kitchen. The buildings will be the home of 25 children.

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The Best Weapon by Snøhetta for The Nobel Peace Center

Today it was announced that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2019. Norwegian Snøhetta has created an art piece named The Best Weapon with Nelson Mandela’s famous quote “The best weapon is to sit down and talk” engraved on its surface. It was designed by Snøhetta and created in partnership with collaborators Hydro and Vestre. It was unveiled at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City the 18th of July, the Nelson Mandela Day, and will be moved to The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.

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1989 – Culture and Politics at Nationalmuseum

This autumn, Nationalmuseum features an exhibition on one of the most dramatic moments in history – the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The exhibition takes a broad look at what happened within the visual culture during the upheavals of 1989.

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After the Wall: Design since 1989

Thirty years after the historic fall of the Berlin Wall, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein presents "After the Wall: Design since 1989" at the Vitra Schaudepot. Organized on the occasion of the museum’s own 30th anniversary, the exhibition charts design from the past three decades, examining how it has been shaped by broad technological, cultural, and socio-political shifts.

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New guests on Instagram: Annelie Grimwade Olofsson and G. William Bell

Their project Common Ground is a part of Ung Svensk Form 2019 (Young Swedish Design 2019). They work both separately and collaboratively, functionally and conceptually, with projects where the context is essential, and where materiality and activism are a reoccurring theme. Follow them @formmagazine on Instagram until October 17th.

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Køge Nord Station in Copenhagen

In early summer, greater Copenhagen’s new public transport hub, Køge Nord Station, war officially opened. A sensational foot-bridge, a station and a park area, hovering high-speed trains, local trains and the busiest motorway in the country. Designed by DISSING+WEITLING, COWI and COBE, the station forms a significant hub for the green mobility.

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Open House Stockholm October 4-6

From 4-6 October 2019 Open House Stockholm will be held for the forth time. During the event the public are invited to seminars about, and tours of, unique buildings and places, all for free!

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Stockholm Craft Week premiere 3–6 October

Stockholm Craft Week Stockholm Craft Week is the first of its kind for Swedish crafts and the aim is to become an annual event. Stockholm Craft week wants to shed new light on contemporary craft and make sure the field receives the attention it deserves.

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Dutch Design Week 19-27 October

Planning on coming to Dutch Design Week (DDW)? The biggest design event in Northern Europe presents work and ideas of more than 2600 designers. This year, DDW presents design trends that mark the most important developments in the field of design. In one trend DDW explore how living biobased materials can be used.

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The Twist by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

Traversing the winding Randselva river, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group’s first project in Norway, The Twist, opens as an inhabitable bridge torqued at its center, forming a new journey and art piece within the Kistefos sculpture park in Jevnaker, Norway.

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Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019

Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019 opens in a couple of days. This year's theme “Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth” responds to an era of climate emergency and social inequality by proposing alternatives to the unsustainable paradigm of growth. The festival explores the architecture of Degrowth, an economy of shared plenty in which human and ecological flourishing matter most.

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Gothenburg Design Festival October 7-13

Over an intense autumn week Gothenburg design festival yet again invites the public to explore the intersecting fields of design, art, crafts, fashion and architecture. Here are three exhibitions that will be on display during the week.

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150 m² Swedish Design Pavilion at London Design Fair

The Swedish Design Pavilion, the annual showcase for Swedish designers from the southern part of Sweden, studios and companies during the London Design Festival returns to the London Design Fair for its 4th year. The pavilion is initiated by Malmo based Form/Design Center, a meeting place and a hub for inspiration, knowledge and collaboration within architecture and design. London Design Fair is open between September 19th to September 22th.

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Bauhaus Museum Dessau is now open

Located at the heart of Dessau, Bauhaus Museum Dessau is now open. Designed by the Barcelona-based young architectural practice addenda architects the museum acts to draw a line between city and nature, while likewise interfacing them.

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Tallinn Architecture Biennale

Tallinn Architecture Biennale is an international architecture and urban-planning festival with a diverse programme This year's theme is Beauty Matters and the biennale is open between 11 September–3 November 2019. Head Curator is Dr. Yael Reisner.

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Helsinki Design Week 2019: Designs for a Cooler Planet

Helsinki Design Week 2019 is on! 5–15 September it's once again time for the Finnish festival that includes exhibitions, fashion shows, talks and workshops. Aalto University is the host of one of the main events. All visitors are welcome to the Otaniemi campus, where there will be eleven exhibitions organized as part of the Designs for a Cooler Planet programme.

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Apply to Ung Svensk Form 2020!

Ung Svensk Form is an arena for young design in Sweden. Ung Svensk Form is a juried competition where the nominated entries will take part in an travel exhibition. To apply you need to be born in 1983 or later. All students can apply, regardless of age.

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Zandra Rhodes! 50 years of fashion, pop & glam

She’s been a psychedelic icon since the early 1970s, founded the Fashion and Textile Museum in London and was dubbed by the Queen for her achievements as a fashion designer. In Form 1/2019 Form met the one and only Dame Zandra Rhodes. Now she is back in Stockholm with an exhibition at Stockholms Auktionsverk.

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Laura Väre is Design Forum Finland’s Young Designer of the Year 2019

Laura Väre (b. 1989) is a Helsinki-based designer who recently finished her Master's studies in furniture design at the Aalto University. Prior to her studies at Aalto, she graduated as a metal artisan, and studied furniture design at Lahti Design Institute. Along with her studies, she has been working as a freelance designer with various design projects for several years now.

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