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The 25 hours Hotel Hafencity, a harbour city hotel that draws inspiration from maritime culture, was designed by a multidisciplinary team headed by architect Stephen Williams. The architects worked together with a storyteller, an events agency and an illustrator to give the project meaning at all levels. The hotel forms part of one of Europe’s most ambitious urban construction projects and aims to form part of a lively new city quarter. Stephen Williams says: “We wanted to create a web of meaning with interrelating signs and symbols referring to seafaring and harbour life. A place where old and new stories come to life.
Oh, the smart city . I have “previous” here, over about a decade of writing about the interplay between cities and technology. And particularly, having written about The Street As Platform , and the Personal Well-Tempered Environment , and The Adaptive City , and about New Songdo City , and "new smokestacks" , and how it’s easier to crowd-source a revolution than a light-rail system , and so on.