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The harshness of northern climes is always an excellent contributor to good design, they agreed.

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don take ourselves too seriously, said Kobayashi.

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Northern Japan also stood out, especially in terms of washrooms.

The two had originally travelled to Scandinavia in order to disprove the common notion that it was a central Mecca of design.

Mercilessly scouring the Scandinavian landscape in search of a single design fault, joy overcame them upon discovering a coffee cup with a faulty handle. However, upon turning the cup over, it read, in Italy. went there because we were sick of hearing about how everything in Scandinavia we came back and realized that everything there does work, said Kobayashi.

North America, we typically associate prefabricated with quality and But here it was actually higher quality, said Kobayashi.

On the pair radar has been a diverse sample platter of the northern latitudes: Greenland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Greenland, Alaska, Northern Japan and NWT.

In one of the house particularly wild parties, it became painted in camouflage colours, earning it the namesake of the war torn Southeast Asian nation.

Good design exists in the United States, but it is often only accessible to the rich, said Zedda. In Japan and Scandinavia, good design is in the public domain.

that we should be striving for (washroom flower arrangements), but there a design there that flows through society that is accessible to everyone, not just the privileged Skechers Running Shoes Uk

Zedda even described a unit that was combination sink and toilet. After washing one hands in the sink, the water used to rinse the hands would then be used towards the next flush of the toilet.

Kobayashi and Zedda saw amazing feats of in the buildings they viewed abroad. Many Japanese hotels, they noticed, even built their lobbies in such a Vans Gray Black way as to minimize places that could collect dust or dirt.

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into trouble for not thinking things out totally. (We) just sort of get a gut feel for something and then we do it. We don study things to death, we just come up with an idea and go with it. in Whitehorse since 2000, the pair have always taken pride in a fun approach to architecture and design, a philosophy that matches easily with their comic bookesque name.

In Scandinavia, every stairway is equipped with ingenious flat tracks to allow the easy conduit of bikes and strollers.

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still a bit behind, said Kobayashi.

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nicest washrooms I have ever visited have been in Japan and they public washrooms. one roadside public washroom, Kobayashi described a old woman doing ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement) over the urinals.

And apparently, there nothing finer than Scandinavia.

The oppressive stain of seven decades of communism mixed with a current unstable climate of robber barons, has left Russia with little time for design, they said.

Thanks to the Priz de Rome, a $50,000 architectural prize awarded to the pair in mid 2006, they have been travelling Skechers Black And White Trainers

Kobayashi and Zedda had no specifics, seeing their research as more of a way to increase their for good design.

to northern communities in a bid to gain a greater understanding of international design processes.

With intricate design scrutiny already being devoted towards energy efficiency, heating and winter lighting, it usually only a short step to ensure that a building is also ergonomically well designed for its tenants.

The amazing adventures of Kobayashi and Zedda

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firmly believe that the more barriers we presented with for different things, the more it forces you to be creative, said Kobayashi.

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In their voyages of design exploration, Kobayashi and Zedda say that they don engage in any one particular architect or design process, rather, their interest lies in the finer points of design.

do a lot of things without really thinking them out ahead of time, said Kobayashi.

New Cambodia, a condo unit built in downtown Whitehorse, got its name from a notorious party house that previously stood on the site.

What does all this globe trotting research mean for the humble city of Whitehorse?

One particularly unique innovation was prefabricated bathroom units entire public washrooms that would be manufactured in a factory and then installed in a new building.

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What impressed them most was the of good design in those countries.

Russia, however, remains the exception.

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