Newsrack – Metro Expands in Boston and so do we!

Our newsrack is in Boston 

In cooperation with one of the biggest free daily newspaper publishers Metro US and MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority),. it is now possible to see our newly designed self-service newsrack in subways for the commuters in the Boston area.

The new racks have been designed specifically for Boston subways. Thoughts behind the design is based on Scandinavian design traditions and has been tailored for Metro’s brand- and visual identity.

What we want to achieve with the design is simple and easy accessibility. With a simple and functional design, we’ve puts the focus back on the core purpose. Witch is: providing news for people living busy lives, exposing more people to the world around them. A key role of superior design is to avoid getting in the way of the original purpose.

What we do is simply support and amplify it.

 

This it as a greater part of a service that ensures the free daily newspapers are available for commuters inside subway stations across Boston, that brings mutual benefits to all parties.

We have worked with, not only the design of the rack, but also observations on human behavior in the subways. With these observations, we have avoided doors and raised the shelf to provide easy one-handed access to the newspapers.

But the easy goes beyond grabbing the paper. One of the features of the innovative design is the 10-degree incline of the shelf to make the frontpage more visible. This way commuters get a quick overview the main headlines from a distance.

A combination of placement, look and intuitive ease of use will meet the readers where they are and on their terms, while also representing the identity of the media outlet it distributes.

 

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Metro Media

Photo credit: Metro Boston

 

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Metro Expands In Boston

 

Ved Stranden – New lavatory to Copenhagen city

Ved Stranden

Soon to come, the old and beautiful street will get a new public lavatory for its citizens and visitors. It is exciting to bring this news on the sanitation solution. Ved Stranden is an old street in central Copenhagen between Højbroplads and Holmen’s Canal. The street is an extension of Gammel Strand and bounds up to Slotsholm Channel, where several prominent buildings located here.

The Ministry of Defense is located in the large building on the eastern part of the street. All the houses are preserved while the last mentioned isn’t.

The area has been a popular motif for many painters of the Golden Age from approximately year 1800 to 1850.

We have had the honor of designing and producing the lavatory that should fit in a historical place where the old meets the new. This refers to long lasting design concept, where the vision is to create a unit, that relates to Copenhagen’s predominantly classical buildings and new buildings to complement the historical, present and future city, thus helping to create coherence in and across each urban space.

Ved Stranden, Copenhagen

Photo credit: Nick S

Nytorv – Lavatory

Genesis of Nytorv

In the years 1606-10, King Christian IV ordered that Copenhagen City Hall should expand and have a modernization. He wanted a City Hall, which was the city worthy. A part of this process was the establishment of a new square. The area  was behind the City Hall, which at the time faced the Old Square/Gammeltorv. This was later colloquially to Nytorv.

Before the order from the king, to clear the surrounding area, Nytorv was densely populated. The capital breeding farm had location here with its stables. Also the members of the City Council had their homes here. Today the old City Hall is being used as Copenhagen City Court. Nytorv is a public meeting place as it has location right up to the busy shopping street, Strøget, with many visitors every year. Decona has designed and will deliver the lavatory to the square and we are happy to be a part of the historical Copenhagen.

Nytorv

Photo credit: Leif Jørgensen

Waterfront in Copenhagen Bay – Street furniture

Since summer 2016, in collaboration with Strandparken, we’ve been working on a project dealing with designing and producing street furniture for a 7-kilometer-long coastline of Copenhagen Bay. The products have been set up and ready for use of the beach’s guests.

The starting point was to create products that focus on the basic features with its simple design can be integrated into the waterfronts unique nature. Design idea and form of the various products should be harmonized for achieving simplicity and wholeness in the area. Design proposals have had a common theme where aesthetics and elegance are intended to ensure consistency across the waterfront

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Copenhagen bay

Street furniture

Strandparken

Bollards

Street furniture at Copenhagen Bay

Garbage can at Copenhagen Bay

World architecture day

Today is the World Architecture Day. World Architecture Day was created by the International Union of Architects (UIA) and is celebrated on the first Monday of October. The aim of the architecture day is to celebrate architects that are designing and building our common environment and to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of our cities and settlements.

Each year organisations around the world participate in the World Architecture Day by setting up a number of events and activities, such as exhibitions, panel discussions, conferences and more. All activities are linked to the current year’s theme, which is announced by the International Union of Architects. The theme for 2016 is “Design a Better World”. The theme aims to remind about the global challenges and highlights the essential role of design in enhancing the quality of life. “Design a Better World” promotes the power of architecture to cope with climate change and contribute to the creation of strong, safe and productive communities.

The Architecture Day activities around Copenhagen can be found here.

Photo credit: arkitekt foreningen

Photo credit: Arkitektforeningen

Copenhagen among the world’s most livable cities

The New York-based Metropolis magazine has released its 2016 ranking of the world’s best cities to live in. According to Metropolis, the 2016 city ranking is based on the “concerns at Metropolis’s core”, such as housing, transportation, sustainability and culture.

Bridges dedicated solely to cyclists and pedestrians, public access to the entire coastline, creation of green streets and urban spaces, constant improvement of public amenities and dedication towards building urban resilience – all contribute to Copenhagen being placed on top of the list. Acknowledged as the world’s most livable city, Copenhagen is followed by Berlin and Helsinki. The other cities in top 10 are Singapore, Vienna, Tokyo, Oslo, Melbourne, Toronto and Portland.

Photo credit: Morten Bjarnhof

Photo credit: MORTEN BJARNHOF

 

 

Newspaper racks for New York City subway

We have designed newspaper racks that are introduced in 100 stations of New York City subway.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), responsible for public transportation in the City of New York, announced an agreement with publishers of free daily newspapers that will stop the physical distribution of newspapers in the subway. The aim of such decision is to prevent the excess trash in the stations. Leftover papers contribute to the amount of trash, which is the reason for track fires. Therefore, MTA decided to prohibit the hawkers from distributing newspapers in the subway areas. Instead, the self-service racks are introduced.

In cooperation with MTA and one of the biggest free daily newspaper publishers Metro New York, Decona has designed the self-service racks for the subway. The racks allow Metro New York to continue distribution inside subway stations. According to distribution program, 285 new racks will be installed in 100 MTA stations. Each rack can place up to 700 copies of newspapers, providing easy access to daily news. The design of metal racks follows the safety regulations, with the racks being completely see-through in order to prevent insertion of anything other than newspapers.

Newly designed racks ensure that free daily newspapers are available for commuters inside subway stations across New York City and bring mutual benefits to all parties. We are happy to be a part of MTA’s partnership with Metro New York and contribute with the design solution.

Newly designed self-service newspaper racks

Newly designed self-service newspaper racks

The Inner Harbour Bridge is now opened

A long-awaited bridge, which connects Copenhagen’s Nyhavn and Christianshavn districts, is officially opened. It’s been a long process, but now the pedestrian and cycling bridge is ready to use. Inderhavnsbro (the Inner Habour Bridge), locally known as “kissing bridge”, consists of two moving platforms that can slide outward, leaving a gap for the boats to pass. The bridge makes it easier for thousands of people to commute from one area to another, and makes Copenhagen even more friendlier for cyclists. The 180 meters long and 8 meters wide bridge is the third bridge in the inner harbour.

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Photo credit: JENS DRESLING

 

Copenhagen wins a special prize for urban life quality

Our home city Copenhagen has won a Special Recognition Prize for sustainable urban development strategy. The jury of the European Prize for Urban Public Space, held in Barcelona, decided to create a special prize in order to recognize Copenhagen’s commitment to ensure a good quality of urban life.

The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a competition organized by European institutions with the aim to encourage the recovery projects and defense of public space in cities. Several finalists from Copenhagen showed great determination to create comfortable urban surroundings for citizens, showing city’s commitment to the quality of urban life. As a result, the jury decided to introduce a special category to acknowledge Copenhagen city as a role model in sustainable urban development and innovation, related to such issues as water management and sustainable mobility.

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Photo by DISSING+WEITLING

Decona accepted to Vitus programme

Great news! Decona was selected to participate in Vitus Programme, which is The Trade Council’s programme for Danish companies with a high global expansion potential. Launched in 2010 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, the programme targets small and medium-sized Danish companies that have a high international growth potential and have the ability and determination to expand globally. Our focus for this year is New York and we are excited to see what it leads to.

Photo credit: YOSHIO TOMII

Photo credit: YOSHIO TOMII