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City above city

Young architects worldwide create solutions for urbanisation

Metsä Wood’s competition has inspired architects worldwide to design wooden extensions to city centres. Entries from 40 countries proposed wooden solutions to the challenges of urbanization. Winning designs were made to New York, Shanghai and Tampere, Finland. Architects from 40 countries created their Plan B for urbanisation using wood (Kerto® LVL – laminated veneer lumber) as the main material. The task was to design a wooden extension to an existing urban building. The entries were designed for 69 cities worldwide, including Sidney, Shanghai, New York, Berlin, Paris and London. The competition was organised by Metsä Wood.

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Smartest in the world

Understanding the success of Singapore’s education system

An OECD survey conducted last year found that Singapore has the smartest students in the world. The country’s 15-year-olds competed with children from 76 countries in tests that measured their abilities in maths and science. The local students proved that the city-state’s education system produces the best results. Andreas Schleicher, head of the OECD’s education assessment program says that when the world’s education ministers meet, “everyone listens very closely” when Singapore’s representative speaks. The standard of education in a country is a “powerful predictor of the wealth that countries will produce in the long run.”

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