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Welfare changed our view on children

The history of the Danish welfare state also tells the tale of how a generous welfare state changed how children are perceived. This can be traced to the changing school architecture.

Architecture activates both old and new brain processes

Our appreciation of architecture involves more brain processes than previously assumed. Evolutionarily speaking, the processes take place not only in the primitive reward system, but also in a much younger part of the brain.

Is Oslo in danger of zombie urbanism?

Plans for new urban development in Norway's capital are a cliché of what a city should be, says Oslo architect and researcher Jonny Aspen. He fears the result could be urban areas that are empty of life.

Good service needs design

80 percent of company leaders think they deliver a superior service experience. However, only 8 percent of their customers agree.

Wood poised to scrape the sky

How about living in an eight-storey wooden house? A maxi version of plywood makes it possible. But is wood more idyllic than concrete?

Reduce office noise with pretty textiles

Using clouds, wrestlers and turtles made from textile, a researcher has come up with some aesthetically pleasing ways to reduce office noise.

3D printing will revolutionize the design profession

3D printing is becoming increasingly common in the design industry. Researcher claims it could lead to a new industrial revolution.

Little sustainable growth in African cities

Lack of coordinated urban development leads to unsustainable and informal city growth. African governments need to be more prepared for rapid urban growth, says researcher.

Modern workplaces function as tribal communities

Modern working relationships on construction sites do not only rely on designs, drawings and schedules. Problems and disagreements are solved using the same unwritten rules that tribal communities use for creating harmony.

Nordic tower power

Tourists may find them picturesque, but Nordic capital cities, with their historic low skylines, face an economic challenge: how to attract business and accommodate population growth without ruining the skyline with ‘vertical sprawl’.