Urban Rigger, a Danish housing startup, has responded to Copenhagen’s affordable housing shortage by proposing a use for the largest undeveloped area of the city center - the harbor itself. With the help of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), they have designed a low-cost, modular housing system that can be altered, replicated and floated. If BIG have their way, Copenhagen’s harbor will soon be dense with floating shipping containers hosting young academics.
The recently completed Bomnong L’or centre in Sihanoukville, Cambodia reinterprets vernacular Khmer architecture with an innovative concrete casting technique using fabric formwork. The new community centre was designed by architects Orkidstudio in collaboration with engineers StructureMode and local Khmer seamstresses.
The Library at the Dock, by Clare Design, is a warm and welcome addition to Melbourne’s Docklands precinct. A cross between a library and a community center, it brings some much needed civic life and vitality to this new part of the city.