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    Last week, I embarked on a regular 5hour journey from the beaches of Bournemouth on the UK's Southern coastline, back to the UK home county of Buckinghamshire. On my travels I was amazed to see how vastly the view out of the coach window has transformed. Just outside Ringwood rivers had turned into fastflowing lakes and cars were upturned in flood ridden ditches. It was a frightening reality to see, and made me seriously begin to question the future of UK living.

    The Guardian published an interesting article this week entitled We'd like 250,000 of these, please, where 'Steve Rose meets some Dutch architects who may have the answers.'

    If Noah were here today, he would no doubt be ordering his timber. In an increasingly familiar scenario, the sandbags, mops, wellies and canoes have been out over the past week, as parts of Britain dealt with another spate of torrential rain, burst riverbanks and flash flooding. The outlook is for more of the same. Last month, a government panel ranked flooding alongside terrorism in terms of national threat, and advocated extreme measures. And it's not just a British problem. Last year saw catastrophic floods across the world: in Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Mexico - even Australia. Read the full article here.

    Flooding is a daunting prospect, that is never out of the UK headlines. I wonder how and where our creative intelligence can be put to use in solving this otherwise devasting future. Are we really looking at a future of floating homes?

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  • LED Cellphone: Simple And Cheap

    Communication, Communication Design

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    A cell phone with no display or touch screen, but numerous LEDs,LED CELLPHONE fulfills the functions of telephone, SMS and even games with LED-lighted patterns. The keys, carved on the surface, bears touch sensors on them. The LED can give off red and blue light. Two AAA batteries, standard USB interface. It can charge your AAA battery. The world鈥檚 simplest cell phone with the lowest cost鈥攁 brand new communicating experience. Super fancy text message

    www.coroflot.com/zomatao/led_cellphone

  • cuteonce

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design

    Well-kept little secret that I checked out after reading Bangle’s review. This place is indeed incredible. Don't spend hundreds of dollars on designer stuff. Find bargains and save money. Designers Promise def. helps

  • Priceless

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design

    Ever wanted to look like a celebrity without paying the big bucks? Well I am going to tell you a little secret, you can. Designers Promise is a hot spot near Wall Street where you can get big name designers wear for a big discount. I am talking about clothing worth hundreds for 10's of dollars. I've gotten a designer bag worth more then $300 for $40 bucks. I've gotten a suit worth over $200 for $60. If this is not a steal, I don't know what is. It is my favorite store; whenever I want to look expensive I skip over there. I love this store so much that I wasn't sure I wanted to share it, but it's not fun keeping it all to myself. My new years resolution is to share...so enjoy everyone. Happy New Years.

  • hot n sweet

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design

    Oh man. If you are looking for a dress to lose your virginity in on Prom night, OR you are auditioning for a role as an early 90s TV anchorwoman, this is THE PLACE TO GO.

    "Designer" is a very ambiguous term....

  • The Groundswell Weekly Review January 12 - 18, 2007

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    The Groundswell Blog is dedicated to clever and innovative trends of art and design in activism. We seek out artists from around the globe who are using their talents for progressive change.

    Here's our weekly roundup. New things coming up this week include a talk with Favianna Rodriguez, stay tuned!

  • Sticky!

    Environment

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    This model is the product of the observed patterns and rhythms characteristic of dog-walking.

    The goal of this intervention is to connect the user to his/her environment through random stops which direct attention to the world of ubiquitous urban objects.

    The result is an umbrella called Sticky.

    With a magnetic tail/paw, Sticky grabs metal objects as they are passed by on the street, including fences, parking meters and other umbrellas.

    Sticky works in a way that is analogous to the interactions between dogs and their owners. In this case, the ubiquitous urban object, the umbrella, is transformed to endow it with attractive tendencies with respect to other ubiquitous urban objects.

    The user takes the umbrella out for a walk, transforming the object into a kind of pet, whose disruptive behavior brings it to life.

  • Hands That Shape Humanity

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design

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    Hands is a world-class exhibition and initiative that has been created in conjunction with Desmond Tutu. Originally opened in Cape Town. Launching in Oslo in February then around the world later in 2008.

    Our cause platform is Inspiring Human Potential.

    www.handsthatshapehumanity.org (website about to change to match the new identity and creative look)

    Creative expression and Master/Student Mentoring is one of the programs we are currently developing.

    We would welcome interest from individuals and groups interested in participating.

  • Life Is Suite

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design

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    Life is Suite was inspired by a sofa discovered in the backstreets of Deptford, London. As a team, we imagined stories of its life so far and gave it a new lease of life. The upholstery has been designed in an interactive manner, lift cushions to explore its history and listen to sounds from within. A series of one-off pieces have been exhibited in The Royal Exchange, the Royal Festival hall, 100% Design, and has been published across the world, in print and blogs.

    We offer an initial consultancy to find out the exact requirements for the sofa you would like to re-upholster. We then interpret and transform all the collected information into graphic and typographic designs to reveal your sofa’s past memories and experiences.

    Life Is Suite

  • Deptford Design Market Challenge

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design

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    The Deptford Design Market Challenge, a collaboration between Raw Nerve, Creative Lewisham and the London Design Festival, brought together 27 designers; including Conran and Partners, Stuart Haygarth and Marti Guixte. Each was encouraged to select a second-hand item from the market to be re-worked in a unique, desirable and functional fashion; and to challenge preconceptions of usefulness and beauty. deptforddesignchallenge

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