3.1.10

Design in the world's capitals

Modern Ottawa MOOT Top 10 countries in the world highest living standard Norway, Australia, Iceland, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Japan

There is no question that Canada is one of the best places to live in. In fact, based on a 2009 Report on the Human Development Index, we ranked fourth highest in quality of life. It made me wonder, how do we compare to the top 10 countries in the world? Better yet, how do the capitals from each of these top 10 countries compare in terms of architecture and design? Throughout the course of the year, along with the usual blog posts, I'll show you what I find. But first, let's start with the graphic representation of each of them, i.e. their seals, coat-of-arms and symbols.

It's interesting to see the various design principles that were used in each and what was chosen to represent each city: modern vs traditional, simple vs detailed, monochromatic vs colorful. The designs for Canberra, Ottawa, Dublin, Amsterdam, and Paris have a very traditional and detailed look to them. For Oslo, Stockholm and Bern, their designs are slightly modernized while the design for Reykjavik and Tokyo are very modern and simple. It will be interesting to see what each city has to offer.
Modern Ottawa MOOT Top 10 countries in the world highest living standard Norway, Australia, Iceland, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Japan
Modern Ottawa MOOT Top 10 countries in the world highest living standard Norway, Australia, Iceland, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Japan

1. Oslo (Norway) | 2. Canberra (Australia) | 3. Reykjavík (Iceland) | 4. Ottawa (Canada) | 5. Dublin (Ireland) | 6. Amsterdam (Netherlands) | 7. Stockholm (Sweden) | 8. Paris (France) | 9. Bern (Switzeland) | 10.Tokyo (Japan)


source : MOOT | Wikipedia | Civic Heraldy |

1 comment:

  1. This post was such a great comparison of capital cities and a reflection of their design! Thanks for posting!

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