Design/Architecture Briefing— Global


New packaging, new buildings, books,and bikes, plus our design editor stays up all night to find out whether the 24-hour city was ever a good idea.

BruceMau, Carlo Dal Bianco, Italia Veloce, Trace Architecture Office

24-hour hangover

Is the city that never sleeps really such a fun place in this day and age? BY HUGO MACDONALD

It was not so long ago that the pinnacle of urban glamour was the city that never sleeps. New York, London, Tokyo – these cities boasted 24-hour lifestyles and the world looked on in envy. They promised thrilling experiences: do your laundry at 03.00, have a meal at 04.00 and buy the morning after pill from your all-night pharmacy before you go to bed. Who needs sleep when there’s hedonistic decadence on tap? Describing a city as “sleepy”…


Bruce Mau



Designer Bruce Mau launched his Massive Change educational project in 2004 as a book and travelling exhibition on design and its capacity for social change. Last November, Mau launched his first 24 Hours to Massive Change Workshop, a weekend-long forum staged in Brisbane, Australia.

What’s the forum’s message? Design is leadership. Design is the ability to envision a future and then systematically execute that vision. Leadership is much the same thing.

What do participants learn? People start to see the power of design to shape the world and they can, in a really short amount of time, develop concepts and strategies for solving problems in a new way.


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