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  • 'time out of scale' by UNstudio

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

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    Motorola recently launched a premium handset named ‘aura’. to celebrate the launch, motorola commissioned UNstudio to create a special installation called ‘time out of scale’. the special installation is located at st. martins lane hotel in london. the design is inspired by the ‘aura’ which UNstudio principal ben van berkel used as a starting point to explore concepts of time and craftsmanship. in the design, time is represented by rhythmic changes in sound and imagery within the borderless space.

    more http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/4740/time-out-of-scale-by-unstudio.html

  • Buildings as Species?

    Environment, Environmental Design

    Can we attempt to view buildings (and I use this term loosely), as species within an ecosystem? As all species in nature evolved to fit a highly specific niche within a large closed loop web, could we aim to design buildings that are also species within a closed loop; where each building is not attempting to be self sufficient, but rather that it fits into a supply and demand chain which is unique to its context?

    As time goes by, some such architectural 'species' (building types) will flourish and evolve into exciting, intricate, 'ideal' individual solutions. Others will prove less successful and die off. As the design community embraces this model, the man-made fabric of our world will develop a richness and diversity to rival that of nature, and with this change the boundary between the natural and built could blur into nothingness, allowing human societal needs to be fully and sustainably integrated into a refurbished world ecosystem.

    Jenda Michl, 12/17/08

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    Japan-based curiosity has just completed a spa boutique called 'mars the salon' in aoyama, japan, located next to the nezu museum garden. the salon's interior is based on a rhythm of vertical light and shadow strokes which create a linear visual pattern throughout the space. these vertical forms are inspired by 'torii', which are gates leading into a shrine which marks the division between the physical and mental worlds.

    more curiosity: http://www.curiosity.jp

  • A Recycled Plastic Chair

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    Australian industrial designer Stuart Mcfarlane has designed a chair made by folding recycled plastic, without the use of glues or screws and which can hold up to 100 kg. The chair is intended to be suitable indoors and out, and could be re-recycled at the end of its life via domestic infrastructure. It's simple design and clean lines do appeal to me, but for increased sustainability, the same chair could be developed from thin gauge sheet metal with a similar result. Like it! But hey, will designers stop playing it safe and use some color for a change?!!

  • Naturalism in Architecture

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design

    Ask not what your design can do for the environment.

    Ask what the environment can do for your design.

    Blasphemy? Not at all. Why is the 'green' discourse almost entirely about what materials we can stick onto our designs that will be better for the environment? The aim so often is literally to not change the design, but to use better materials. The designs and forms we are fighting tooth and nail for are nothing but vestiges of the industrial revolution, developed within a mindset of humanity overcoming the savageries of nature.

    There are new and exciting books and studies on designing to not rely on air conditioning and the importation of tons of materials from the other side of the globe. Unfortunately they are nothing but old news, simply scratching the surface of the construction knowledge humankind had developed over thousands of years. Through 99% of our history, everything was built from local materials, and designed to respond to airflow, sun, rain, wind, latitude, the fabric of their community, and a litany of other such factors. That knowledge is largely lost.

    As our view of nature is changing to one of true stewardship (sustainability), we now have a golden opportunity: we can make any form we can imagine. Our ancestors never had this. As much as their designs were optimized for their environment, they were very severely hamstrung by engineering and materials. We can design and build anything, so let's take these 'new' books and studies, add a dose ...

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    Community, Audio/Visual Design

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    A Gateway

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    Communication, Communication Design

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    Interesting in recreating and redesign

  • Los invito desde acá a leer la entrevista que realizáramos con la Diseñadora Gráfica mexicana Karla Blanco, radicada en la capital de San Luis de Potosí, México y a dejarnos sus consultas y comentarios a través de nuestros formularios de contacto, presentes al pie de cada página.

    Link: http://www.octubre.com.uy/pgscomunidad/20081215entrevista_kblanco.html

  • Holiday Season

    Well-being, Communication Design

    Growing up in Chicago i always knew it was Christmas, if there is snow on the ground then there are presents coming my way. Living in Georgia while attending school has challenged, its harder around the holidays. It sucks... but my education is worth it.

    Last day of classes was today and im so proud of myself, i accomplished everything i wanted to for this quarter. I am a bit worried... one class particularly. My 8am class which i had problems with the teachers... i guess im just really used to teachers doing what they can for their students and not making them feel little or disrespect them. I am very big on respect... i immediately show respect no matter who the person is. Well i honestly thought i would receive that from a teacher... and i dont feel like i did, she belittled me and wasnt understanding to my situation. I pray to God that i did what she asked for. I hope that everything works out the way it should be so i can walk away raising my GPA up.

    I give my worries to you lord...

  • Swayambhu

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    A Tribute

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