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  • All We Need

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design


    In a hollowed out industrial factory in the South of Luxembourg is an exhibition that strikes at the fundamentals of human longing. Whether it be for a sip of clean water or the whispers of an admirer the All We Need exhibit cycles us through a reflective, cerebral tunnel of human want and requirement.

    According to Manfred Max-Neef, a Chilean economist that has been researching human needs for over a decade, every individual has a set of ten needs. Those needs are; idleness, subsistence, freedom, affection, protection, identity, creation, understanding, transcendence; and participation. I was lucky to visit an exhibit exploring these ideas during a class field trip with my fellow grad students.

    Organized in sections based closely on Man-Neef's original themes the exhibit is also a journey through an old steel factory – The Halle des Soufflantes. The warehouse is massive (160 m long, 70 m wide and 28 m high) and still displays some of the machinery that was installed in the early 1900's. The rawness of design and sheer size becomes something to traverse and discover as an element of the exhibit itself.

    Headphones and a hand-held device provides auditory samples along with artist and title information. The exhibit has several contributing artists, designers, architects, curators, initiators and other find out more visit:

    Read field notes from the exhibit.

    Relax + Survive The cavernous size of the first room, the blasting hall, is flooded ...

  • Utrecht Manifest

    Arts & Culture


    Biennial podium for design and society 24 nov 2007 — 11 feb 2008

    Utrecht Manifest is an international cultural biennial, which perceives contemporary developments in design and architecture from a social perspective. The biennial shows how architecture and design, in the past and present, have looked for answers to social and cultural questions connected to innovation, quality and sustainability.

    The biennial searches for connections between design, architecture and other cultural expressions such as film, theatre and literature, in order to stimulate the public and political debate. The aim is to reinforce the role of design and architecture in developing coherent agendas for social and cultural innovation.

    The biennial’s theme is Modernism’s legacy. At the start of the previous century, this movement in the arts, architecture and design formulated a new socially inspired aesthetics, based on modern, technological-industrial methods. After the critique of Postmodernism, does Modernism still exert influence? Is modernism’s social agenda still relevant?


  • The Groundswell Blog seeking Authors

    Communication, Communication Design


    Are you interested in contributing to The Groundswell Blog?

    We are an all-volunteer media outlet dedicated to clever and innovative trends of art and design in activism. We seek out and report on artists from around the globe who are using their talents for progressive change. We are growing and are seeking the support of a volunteer author.

    Please let me know if you're interested!

  • Campana Brothers Design in London

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design


    During the summer, London saw two equally exciting design events, from the celebrated Brazilian design duo, Fernando and Humberto Campana.

    The first, an exhibition entitled "TransPlastic", held at London's Albion Gallery; showcasing their contemporary-come-traditional wicker and plastic furniture designs. Second, in partnership with the Albion Gallery collection, the Campana Brothers presented a specially commissioned bamboo installation in the Garden's of London's Victoria & Albert Museum.

    The TransPlastic collection encapsulated many concepts explored throughout the campana’s trajectory; revisiting material clashes with a more mature approach. At the end of 2005, the preceding years of research evolved in an organic fashion by transforming into a collection of 31 prototypes that are to be displayed for the first time at albion gallery in london. regular chairs, multiple-seating chairs, lamps, illuminated meteors, clouds and islands have been created by taking advantage of the elasticity of natural fibre. taking as a starting point plastic chairs, water containers and rudimentary wood stools, natural fibre extensions were added, altering the original form. the pieces subsequently took on a geographic dimension through organic shapes, adding value and comfort to the original base material.

    The transplastic series tells a fictional story: in a world made of plastic and synthetic matter, a fertile ground is laid for transgenic creations. natural fibres recove...

  • London Moves to Ban Plastic Bag!

    Environment, Environmental Design


    Headline news this week that London Council's have urged Parliament to Ban Plastic Bags. Great news and about time.

    Brighton have since announced they will be the first UK city to ban the plastic bag - read more about this story here.

  • Cooking the Climate

    Environment, Communication Design


    Greenpeace published a report last week, entitled Palm oil: Cooking the Climate explaining many of the largest food and fuel companies risk climate change disaster, by driving the demand for palm oil and biofuels grown on the world's greatest peat deposits.

    'Unilever, Cargill, Nestlé, Kraft, Procter & Gamble, as well as all leading UK supermarkets, are large users of Indonesian palm oil, much of which comes from the province of Riau in Sumatra, where an estimated 14.6bn tonnes of carbon - equivalent to nearly one year's entire global carbon emissions - is locked up in the world's deepest peat beds.'

  • The (Social Innovators) Hub

    Community, Communication Design


    Heating, lighting, chairs and desks. Walk around phones and voicemail you can pick up from the bath. Machines for scanning, faxing, copying, printing, posting and projecting. Spaces for meeting, working, reading and playing. You can be here by the hour, the day or the month.

    The Hub is a multi-sited network of physical and virtual spaces connecting social innovators around the world. You can find them in London, Johannesburg, Rotterdam, Bristol and Sao Paulo. Fabulous!

  • The Farm Project

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design


    The kitchen is a highly complex place, a permanent "MAKING OF" - a workshop for the senses. - The Farm Project

    The Farm Project, designed by Mike Meiré transformed the kitchen into a barn-like, “real-life” stage, charged with aromas, animals, plants and objects – and with an outer cover made of a patchwork of materials. A beautiful exploration of design and living. Click here to watch a video of the project.

  • Ethical Media

    Communication, Environmental Design


    London based Ethical Media helps organisations to innovate and manage their reputations in a climate of change.

    Following on from my last post about More Associates, here is another London based socially conscious initiative. Ethical Media develops "communication strategies and tools designed to provide real leadership, dialogue and learning around social and environmental issues impacting organisations today."

    Worth checking out their projects, collaborations and latest news.

  • Joining

    Communication, Industrial Design

    Hello Everyone, My name is Max Bern and I am an aspiring Industrial designer I will start posting my drawings here. If anyone can show me some Alias tutorials, it would be much obliged Signing Off, Max

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