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  • Mini-home-photo_177_

    I first discovered this beautiful home while browsing fabprefab and fell in love with it immediately.

    The miniHome is a four-season dwelling that offers a modern and comfortable living environment suitable for a wide range of climates. With passive solar heating and passive cooling, its own power utility, waste treatment center, and rainwater collection system, it uses some of the most efficient technology available and functions completely off-the-grid.

    The miniHome SOLO measures 8'-6” in width, 36' in length, and 13'-6” in height, and is classified as a 'Travel Trailer' under Canada's CSA Z-240RV Standard, which means it does not require a police escort for transit on federal or international roadways. They've also just announced the miniHome DUO SE which provides a little more room and better energy performance.

    Check out sustain.ca for additional info!

  • An Edible Design Map

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    This is a map of an 'edible' town in the North of England.

    It was created by architects Bohn and Viljoen as part of an initiative called Dott07, a year of design projects in the North East of England devoted to examining and visioning a sustainable region and supported by the Design Council and One NorthEast.

    The map proposes a landscape plan for Middlesbrough that integrates food and water systems in to the future strategic planning of the town - and formed part of an urban agriculture project that I led there.

    This month's Blueprint design magazine calls the idea of urban farming deeply dotty.

    The magazine extols the virtues of globalised food production as a route to cheaper, affordable food and denies the value of home-grown food as a route to sustainable communities and economies.

    Saying no to blueberries, editor Vicky Richardson writes, is all about gesture...

    Just like putting a windmill on your roof, buying local food, or better still growing your own, shows that you are being responsible and 'doing your bit'.

    O.K.

    So what's the answer to global food price inflation, food shortages, the need for new controls and forthcoming water shortages?

    Should we just not bother to respond to the fact that in developed countries, it takes ten calories worth of energy from fossil fuels - in the form of fertilizers, pesticides, irrigation and transportation fuel - to get one calorie back in the form of food?

    I guess one answer is to go to the food hall at the swanky Harvey...

  • Unsubscribe Me

    Community, Communication Design

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    Unsubscribe-me.org offers an initiative to "unite against human rights abuse in the 'war on terror'." An interesting initiative. The audience action?; to sign up and add your name to another online community listing, but what else does it mean and do!?

    Via. SwissMiss.

  • I shop therefore I am

    Communication, Communication Design

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    Born in 1945, designer-artist Barbara Kruger looks to be inspirational, in my search for revolutionary AND socially conscious Visual Communication. Reminded of her talent today, when I opened The Guardian Newspaper to find a "free artist wrapping paper" by the aforementioned artist, which screams Frantz Fanon's statement "Blind Idealism is Reactionary".

    After attending Syracuse University and Parson’s School of Design in New York, Kruger obtained a design job at Condé Nast Publications. Working for Mademoiselle Magazine, she was quickly promoted to head designer. Later, she worked as a graphic designer, art director, and picture editor in the art departments at House and Garden, Aperture, and other publications.

    This background in design is evident in the work for which she is now internationally renowned. She layers found photographs from existing sources with pithy and aggressive text that involves the viewer in the struggle for power and control that her captions speak to. In their trademark black letters against a slash of red background, some of her instantly recognizable slogans read I shop therefore I am, Buy me I'll change your life and Your body is a battleground. Much of her text questions the viewer about feminism, classicism, consumerism, and individual autonomy and desire, although her black-and-white images are culled from the mainstream magazines that sell the very ideas she is disputing.

    As well as appearing in museums and galleries...

  • GREAT DEALS ON NEW WORKSPACES

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

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    SPECIAL DECEMBER OFFER!!!

    ALL OF THIS FOR $800 PER MONTH!!!

    3rd Ward has new workspaces for wood and metal workers, fabricators and designers, furniture and cabinet makers, sculptors, and individuals looking for access to a variety of machinery, tools and resources within a large, open wood and metal shop.

    Spaces include 3rd Ward's unlimited membership plan for both the occupant and an assistant granting access to all of 3rd Ward's studios and facilities, free and discounted classes, networking opportunities amidst a growing community of artists and creative professionals, free admission to events, access to health insurance coverage, offers from partnering businesses, and more.

    Please visit the links below for more information on the machinery and tools in the shop as well as all the benefits 3rd Ward membership affords you.

    http://www.3rdwardbrooklyn.org/facilities/shop-space http://www.3rdwardbrooklyn.org/facilities/wood-metal

    Please call 718.715.4961 to make an appointment to see the facilities.

    SPACE IS LIMITED SO CALL NOW!

  • KATANA USB

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

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    KATANA USB like Ninja 's knife,it has great pleasure of smooth insertion!

  • pendant global warming

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    The pendant symbolizes global warming which is threating our homeland and raising the sea level. It's just like a drop of tear wrapping the globe.

  • Document1_132_

    I had a chance to participate in DESIGNWEEK MONTERREY in Monterrey, Mexico last month, as one of the speakers, representing DESIGN21: Social Design Network.

    The event, in its 5th year, was extremely well-organized, and was bursting of energy and enthusiasm. If you are not yet aware of DESIGNWEEK MONTERREY, you'd better pay attention because it'll be a matter of time before they become one of the most exciting international design events.

    The organizer, CEDIM, a fast-growing design school in this northern city in Mexico, is led by a dynamic young fellow named Michael Garcia Novak. Since becoming its CEO in 2002 at the age of 27, he has not only created the ambitious and increasingly more successful DESIGNWEEK MONTERREY, but has grown the 500-student school which was founded by his father to a 1000-student institution with new degree programs being added every year. Their new campus is a stunning piece of architecture symbolizing their vision and pride.

    Michael is a soft-spoken person who doesn't need to say a lot because his intense eyes and his actions speak volumes. He is obviously one of those rare persons who possess both brilliant business sense and artistic mind. But what makes him even more special is the depth of his insight and the scale of his foresight. He is on a mission to turn "CEDIM into the strongest academic Art and Design institution of Latin America and a center for design innovation and business," and he understands that the fastest way ...

  • Chinese Impressions 01

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    I am a paparazzi & document everything around. I feel my camera lens let me see deeper & with more attention into the interesting, often strange beauty around in life. People & metropolis that organize their life, are sometimes beyond everything one can imagine. Today, as I was wandering in Shanghai, I felt new overwhelming impressions about human society & the craziness that drives the making of our cities. How can we be so radical & fascinated with such dimensions of power? How did we end up assembling all of those endless massive towers I see today? Why are we pushing our limits & try to overpass the given creation of nature? Is all of this serving the good of the world & help us grow with faith?

    Please, tell me my sweet camera & help me find the courage to raise the truth! What is all of this about? Is it to leave the trace of our temporary journey through life? Is it a dare sent to death? Is it the demonstration of our ability to create Art & turn matters into a surrealistic equilibrium? Are we off tune or another sublime extension of the universe?

    Hmm, here are lot’s of question my camera is pointing straight at & it gives me vertigo. CK

  • Living Room: Conscious Art and Design

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    --For Immediate Release—

    Artists Unite for Eco-Theme Group Show

    “Living Room: Conscious Art and Design”

    Los Angeles, CA - Metro Gallery presents “Living Room: Conscious Art and Design.” The group of artists selected for this show range in backgrounds from industrial designers to screen printers, and environmental activists to college art instructors. At heart each artist holds a common vision of creating awareness of pertinent issues such as the effects of globalization, nature preservation, and the idea of creating a sustainable future. Among the fine art works to be exhibited are wood fired pottery, architecturally designed pet homes, various forms of landscape paintings, drawings and photographs, as well as stone and carbonized apple sculptures. Also included are limited edition prints, and hand made items created from salvaged materials.

    Artists featured in the show are Stephanie Rubin, Jorge Tellaeche, Chris Isner, Pamela Burgess, Joanna Lake, Salvatore Reda, Stacie B. London, Orada Jusatayanond, Lana Shuttleworth, Tsahi Banton, Karen Fiorito, Rachael Ashe, Ruth Doolittle, Sonik Mercury and designs by Spiral Foundation. The exhibit will be on display from November 17, 2007 to January 5, 2008.

    About Metro Gallery

    “Living Room: Conscious Art and Design,” organized by guest curator Diana Barash, is an exhibition about artists and designers that are inspired to create artwork which reflects their sensitivity to the environment.

    Metro Gallery is a ful...

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