To reduce their carbon footprint, four European cities introduce drastic traffic regulation plans


Traffic in Madrid. (Davide Zanchettin / Flickr)

Amidst the COP21 UN Climate Change Conference, numerous cities announced questionably large goals to reduce carbon emissions. However, Oslo, Stockholm, Amsterdam, and Madrid, have backed their goals with concrete plans for extreme traffic regulation, ranging from a car-free city center in Oslo to free public transportation in Madrid.

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David Chipperfield shrinks his design for Stockholm’s Nobel Center

Architecture, International
Friday, September 25, 2015
(Courtesy David Chipperfield)

(Courtesy David Chipperfield)

David Chipperfield has curtailed plans for his design for Stockholm’s Nobel Center (or Nobelhuset) just five months after winning a competition for the project back in April this year.

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The roster of cities across the world going car-free is growing, joining Paris, Stockholm and Dublin

Rue de Bon Secours, Brussels (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Rue de Bon Secours, Brussels (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The concept of car-free city centers is fast spreading throughout Europe as increasingly gridlocked thoroughfares render the private car intolerable. Brussels, Belgium, has announced the development of pedestrian boulevards in its city center—with a ban on cars effective from June 29, 2015—where the city will stage recreational and cultural activities throughout the summer.

And plenty more are following suit.

Could This Swedish Bridge Become the Hippest Pedestrian Crossing in Stockholm?


(Courtesy visiondivision)

The Traneberg Bridge in Stockholm once possessed the world’s largest concrete bridge vaults. That was in 1934 following it’s completion based on a design from Swedish Modernist Paul Hedqvist. With its size record long surpassed, Swedish firm Visiondivision are calling for alterations to the structure that would garner another wave of notoriety for the bridge some 80 years later.

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Three Designs Shortlisted for Nobel Center in Stockholm

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Nobelhuset  (Courtesy Nobelhuset AB)

Nobelhuset, a shortlisted entry by David Chipperfield Architects (Courtesy Nobelhuset AB)

The Nobel Foundation has officially launched an international design competition for the creation of a Nobel Center Headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. An architectural idea in existence since the 1990s, the Center will serve as a venue for the annual Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, as a space for exhibition, public education, and meetings, and as a symbol of the honorable achievements of Nobel Laureates.

Previously, the Foundation released its list of twelve architectural concept winners. These anonymous entries were judged on general building design, structural relationship with the waterfront site on the Blasieholmen peninsula, and shaping the urban context for the proposed functions of the Nobel Center.

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Proposals Unveiled For Nobel Prize Headquarters in Stockholm

Friday, November 15, 2013
Anonymous design proposal for Nobel Prize headquarters (courtesy Nobelhuset AB)

Anonymous design proposal for Nobel Prize headquarters (courtesy Nobelhuset AB)

The Nobel Foundation, the body that administers all activities involved in the delivery of the prestigious Nobel Prize, has shortlisted 12 architecture firms to partake in an international design competition for the new headquarters in Blasieholmen, Stockholm.

In addition to providing a global headquarters, the establishment will also include a visitors center where the public can explore the natural sciences, humanities, and peace efforts of the United Nations. One of the key factors for the Foundation in selecting the architects to participate involved “their ability to work in intricate urban environments where historical context and the natural environment must be considered with sensitivity.”

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Stockholm’s Strawscraper Will Produce Electricity From Thousands of Wind-agitated Straws

Monday, June 17, 2013
The Strawscraper (Courtesy Belatchew Arkitekter Strawscraper)

The Strawscraper (Courtesy Belatchew Arkitekter)

Tired of hearing about building integrated photovoltaics? Well, the next wave of energy-producing architecture may look quite different. Strawscraper, a project currently underway in Stockholm, will see a building coated in a hair-like material that harvests energy from the wind. The process is known as piezoelectricity. Designed by Swedish firm Belatchew Arkitekter, Strawscraper is an addition to Stockholm’s Söder Torn building, which was completed in 1997. Once transformed into the Strawscraper, the building will stand at 40 stories tall and will act as an “urban power plant,” according to the architect’s website.

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BIG’s First Step into the Final Frontier

International, Newsletter
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Courtesy BIG

A reflective sphere floats above a highway outside Stockholm in BIG's winning "Energy Valley" master plan (Courtesy BIG).

BIG won’t let its ambitions be impeded by the laws of physics–namely, gravity. For a competition to plan and design the area around the Hjulsta Intersection, a massive highway infrastructure project just north of Stockholm, BIG teamed up with firms Grontji and Spacescape to create “Energy Valley,” and their winning master plan addresses not only the area around the highway interchange but also above it. The plan’s surreal defining feature is “a reflective, self‐sustaining hovering sphere mirroring Stockholm as it is, new and old, creating a 180 degree view of the area for the drivers on their way in or out of the city.”

Covered with photovoltaic film and tethered to the ground, this mysterious giant orb would supposedly generate enough solar and wind power to keep itself aloft while also providing power for over 200 surrounding houses. Read More

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