Cooperative Housing in Germany
During one of our site visits at a development precinct in Orestad, the southern suburbs of Copenhagen, I had a conversation with two German colleagues who were involved in cooperative housing. The conversation included a discussion about sustainable development. There is apparently a public discussion in Germany along the following lines. Individuals interested in constructing buildings that...
On harmonising architecture with nature
On the last day of the conference I heard a presentation from Nina-Marie Lister from Ryerson University, Canada entitled “Ecological Urbanism in the Contemporary Metropolitan Landscape”. This is an interview with Nina-Marie I found online, which is a good outline of her ideas and area of interest. The presentation related primarily to integrating nature into our cities but it had me thinking...
During a discussion with a colleague from Napier University in the UK, I was introduced to the idea of ‘informatics’. According to Wikipedia, this is “a broad academic field encompassing human-computer interaction, information science, information technology, algorithms, and social science” or “the study of the processing, management, and retrieval of information”. Our discussion related to the...
On climate and the character of a city
Travelling from Sydney to Copenhagen last week I travelled for nearly 24 hours and most of the time we were in darkness. Arriving at 6:30am, it didn’t occur to me until late in the day that this was midsummer and the days were more than 17 hours long. This reminded me of a paper I read about the differences between the civil and the common law. It suggests that the civil law originated around the...
Danwei work units in China
Last Friday we (all the EURA 2011 conference participants) were in the Copenhagen Town Hall for a formal reception. I met a colleague from the UK who does a lot of work in China. I asked about the Danwei work units that I wrote about briefly in my paper Emissions Trading in a Cold Economic Climate. These work units were self sufficient systems built around a factory. The factory provided the...