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Next week on 31st October marks the seventh World Cities Day, this year’s theme is " Valuing Our Communities and Cities ". Through the implementation of local community planning to promote sustainable urban development and improve the living environment. SPARK’s Shanghai Minhang Riverfront transformation adds...

Contemporary design in China is at an intriguing stage. The country has traditionally been known for, at one extreme, its refined historic architecture and the other shape driven mega projects. Now contemporary design and architecture focused on place and people is becoming more prevalent. China’s...

Post Covid-19 we need ideas that produce better outcomes for the city, it is simply not enough to plant walls and roofs, green fingering the city whist building tall in the name of the demi-god of densification. Slowly the work at SPARK is moving away...

Youth culture is a distinctly 20th-century phenomenon but apart from the school and the home, most of our built environment ignores young people unless they have money to spend. We always seem to look for ways to keep them off the streets, but youth can...

We encourage SPARK staff to build awareness, understanding and control of their thought processes to improve learning, this is not just related to architecture and design as we think the making of cross-connections between industries with a degree of invention is the hallmark of great...

The Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan used the term 'medium is the message' to signify content and character. My father had McLuhan’s book Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man in his library. I occasionally looked at the book in the 1970’s drawn to it by its...

I was determined not to write anything about Covid-19 but as I sit in our government enforced emptied studio and with over two million world-wide infections, I can’t help but reflect on much else save these grim times. We seldom face challenges on such a...

SPARK’s 3 Little Pigs biogas plant has topped the chart of China’s DESIGN POWER 100, an award that assembles the best designs produced in China in 2019. Themed “Hello Future”, the brightest ideas across the disciplines of sustainability, health, lifestyle and technology were judged by...

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