Category Archives: Amsterdam

Illuminated crosswalks in Amsterdam

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The lighted zebra crossing, developed and patented by a company with the same name, is an illuminated crosswalk. Installed in the Netherlands, the white stripes of the ‘zebra’ light up both the crossing and its pedestrian traffic with the intent of improving safety at these intersections. In addition, several sensors — embedded into the technology — register the number of passing vehicles, as well as their velocity, axle load, and the number of pedestrians. Continue reading

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June Events

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It’s that time of year again where outdoor festivals, placemaking efforts and community events are in full swing. Here are just a few taking place this month:

London Festival of Architecture
London, UK
June 1 – June 30, 2016

Serpentine Pavillion
London, UK
June 10 – October 9, 2016

What Can Design Do
Amsterdam, NL
June 30 – July 1, 2016

Photo by Pierre Metivier from Flickr CC

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May/June Events

dufferinIt’s that time of year again where outdoor festivals, placemaking efforts and community events are in full swing. Here are just a few taking place this month:

Doors Open Toronto
Toronto, ON Canada
May 28 – May 29, 2016

London Festival of Architecture
London, UK
June 1 – June 30, 2016

Village Building Convergence, City Repair
Portland, OR USA
June 3 – June 12, 2016 Continue reading

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Building 3D Bridges

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Amsterdam already has over 1,200 bridges throughout its canals, with some dating as far back as the 17th century, but the city is about to add one more in correspondence with its growing 3D printing industry. Dutch start-up MX3D has partnered with Joris Laarman Lab, Heijmans, Autodesk, and several other supporters, in a collaboration that will create an intricate steel pedestrian bridge made by 3D printers.

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Alley of Light

alley of lightDuring the 2014 Amsterdam Light Festival, the dutch-based design offices of Serge Schoemaker Architects and Digiluce have created the “Alley of Light”, a 12-meter long passage surrounded by a 4-meter high three-dimensional matrix of 2000 handmade bulbs. The work is defined by its illumination. Recalling the typical narrow alleys of red and grey bricks in the historic center of the city, the installation visualizes the theme of this third annual event in an unorthodox way. Continue reading

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