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"BLUE and other shapes 2" is a book that really makes you think about how we live in cities. As the title implies, the book is the revised and expanded imprint of the original title "BLUE and other shapes" from 2019. The original book certainly met with an enthusiastic response and in this second edition, the text is extended, giving greater depth and more explanation. Many photographs speak for themselves, others don't, and these need a helping hand.

BLUE and other shapes 2《藍和其它形狀 2》是一本能夠讓你我共同思考我們如何在城市中生活的書。正如書名所示 BLUE and other shapes 2 是2019年首刷出版的 BLUE and other shapes 一書修訂再版。由於BLUE and other shapes獲得令人鼓舞的肯定及迴響,因此催生了第二版的發行。第二版的內容增加了兩倍文字說明,為讀者們提供更深入的思考探索。書中的許多照片不言自明,但有些照片抽象的攝影角度及安排或許難以理解,因此,作者在第二版中加入註解,希望對讀者們提供更多思辨及批判的空間。

Since the first edition, the climate debate has intensified, and global temperatures have continued to rise unabated. The pandemic has swept across many different societies such that we ought to see new norms and lifestyle patterns emerging. New generations with new forthcoming technologies can be expected to introduce a new set of lifestyles and awareness rather than the one we have seen the back of. This book is an inspiration to that movement.

自《BLUE and other shapes》第一版發行以來,氣候變遷爭論愈演愈烈,全球氣溫有增無減。大流行已經席捲了世界各國,可以預期擁有即將到來的新技術的新一代人會引入一套新的生活方式和意識。後疫情的新常態絶對不是我們過去習慣的那種。 這本書將會是後疫情新常態運動的靈感來源。


Sustainability is one of the themes running through the essays that make up the narrative. Sustainability in broadest sense where the human, aesthetic side of sustainable quality is also brought into the picture. The book is about the human spirit as it is interpreted through the materials and substance of our built environment.

可持續性是貫穿本書的主題之一。廣義的可持續性包含人性化、美學品質的可持續性等都納入本書的討論範圍。 這本書是關於人類精神的提升與反思,因為人類的精神發展往往展現在我們選用的建築環境材料和物質之中。

The design of "BLUE and other shapes 2" introduces an original way of using images as a photographic debate about the future of our built environment. In many ways, this new style can be compared to a physical version of an online platform.

BLUE and other shapes 2《藍和其它形狀 2》一書採用原始圖像攝影的方式作為人類身處現今建築環境及其未來的辯論。在許多方面,這種新寫作風格可以比喻為現今網路社群媒體平台的實體版。

The author is Frederick Rickmann, an award-winning urban designer, architect and designer, who lives in Denmark. It is in his capacity as architect and designer that Rickmann has visited many varied destinations across the globe. This multitude of experiences and different cultures points of view has given a versatile insight and new thinking to how the new challenges can be met.

作者 Frederick Rickmann 是一位屢獲殊榮的城市設計師、建築師和工業設計師,目前定居於丹麥。Rickmann 以建築師和設計師的身份拜訪了全球許多不同的國家和城市。Rickmann 以其多才多藝的洞察力融合其豐富的經驗和不同的文化觀點,提供讀者如何應對新挑戰的新思維。


There are many solutions in the book. They are not set up in a list of bullet points, but instead they are written between the lines. When you recognise the solutions yourself, they become more evident and stronger.


This is an international book, written in English and in a style that will appeal to the normal reader. It is free of architectural jargon. It does deal with complex messages but in a manner where the questions involved are made comprehensible. And when issues are understood, the challenges become surmountable.​


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"BLUE and Other Shapes 2" won the GDA Green Sustainability Award in 2023.
"BLUE and Other Shapes 2" 榮獲 2023年 GDA Green Sustainability Award 綠色永續獎

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