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Cities initiative

How do we improve the social, technological and communicative openness of our cities? And how do we enhance the inclusion of all citizens through creative interface management?These are just a few key questions of the Baumeister Topos Cities Initiative. The Cities Initiative is based on the assumption that the City of the Future will be a Smart City: Digitalisation not only shapes our everyday lives but also the urban development. The Smart City will improve the quality of life by using technology to refine the efficiency of services and meet residents’ needs. We engage architects, planners and decision makers in politics and business in a meaningful dialogue about the Future City and we will present innovative solutions that increase the quality of urban life.


Extract from Topos 100 – Time: The city is a matrix that cannot be apprehended in its entirety at once. You cannot visit more than one place at a time. Circumventing this limitation, the French architect and photographer Jérémie Dru found a way to perceive the city – in his case Paris, his hometown – from more than just one point of view.

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We are facing a future full of questions – questions about the development of our cities. Especially in days of scepticism, populism and fear, we need answers of how visionary, green, fantastic, biodiverse, transparent, intimate, adaptable and emotional our future can be. The Why Factory, led by Winy Maas, founding partner of MVRDV tries to […]

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The Place des Festivals in Montréal, Canada provides an unusual sight these days: 13 large illuminated loops have occupied the famous public space. These objects are part of the annual Luminothérapie which is Quebec´s largest competition for temporary public art installations. Most notable feature is the participation of pedestrians, who can play with the loops. The […]

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