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  • street interventions by filthyluker

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design


    an artist by the name of filthyluker is yet another urban intervention artist. coming from the UK, filthyluker has produced a number of projects that sit somewhere between public art and graffiti. here is a selection of the artist’s works, which range from large scale inflatables to small eyes dotting the urban landscape. his work has a clear environmental message, drawing attention to nature in the city.

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  • renate buser

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design


    renate buser is a swiss art photographer based in basel. many of his projects involve mounting large realistic images in urban settings which have some kind of optical illusion. looking at these pieces, the viewer is tricked into seeing a something that is not there. these large 2-D images are mounted on the buildings to give the illusion of three dimensions. however some of buser’s other works transform 2-D canvases into three dimensions.

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    yuri naruse and jun inokuma of naruse inokuma architects are WSCA / world space creator awards 2007 winners.

  • 'time out of scale' by UNstudio

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design


    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.


  • 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.

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  • A Recycled Plastic Chair

    Environment, Industrial Design


    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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