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  • GLOBAL CITIES: At Tate Modern

    Community, Communication Design

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    Walking through the crowded platforms and tunnels of the London Tube today, I began questioning how many more people we can possibly cram into London. Ducking and diving along the platform I was pleasantly suprised to be confronted with the poster for London's Tate Modern Exhibition Global Cities.

    Angus Hyland and William Russell have designed Global Cities, a major free exhibition that is taking place in the spectacular Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern in London from 20 June through 27 August. The exhibition has been developed from a show that formed the centrepiece of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006 by the Tate curatorial team, Professor Richard Burdett and his team at the London School of Economics (LSE), with Pentagram providing art direction throughout.

    Global Cities looks at five major issues - size, speed, form, density and diversity - and their effects on ten major urban centers: Cairo, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Shanghai and Tokyo. The exhibition places comparative socio-economic and geographic data alongside video and photography by twenty artists and architects and specially commissioned London-inspired work by Nigel Coates, Zaha Hadid and Patrick Schumacher, Fritz Haeg, Rem Koolhaas, Nils Norman and Richard Wentworth.

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  • Social Issues in Graphic Design [Exhibition]

    Communication, Communication Design

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    Next week at Ringling College of Art & Design in Florida we will be seeing the opening of a small exhibition in the campus' Selby Gallery. Social Issues in Graphic Design will be open from Aug17 through to Sept19, 2007.

    Showcasing contemporary graphic designers whose work reflects a philosophy of social conscience. Participants include Richard Valicenti of Thirst/3ST, Illinois; Amy Franceschini of Future Farmers, California; Cristina Gastaldello and Massimiliano Patrignani of ma:design, Italy; Antistatic, Ohio; Kate Andrews, London and Adam Knott, California.

    For more information on the graphic designers please see their websites:

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    Read this over at the ACLU blog and thought the abolitionist community would be interested in this entry:

    The New Yorker, a magazine well-known for publishing fiction, recently ran a story about a subject that is all too real. State-sponsored killing. The article is about Vernell Crittendon, the recently retired spokesperson for San Quentin State Prison in California. According to his job description, Crittendon was responsible for dealing with the condemned person before his execution and informing the press about the killing. As a matter of fact, he was responsible for just about everything related to California capital punishment process.

    In some ways, Crittendon's story parallels that of a person convicted of a capital crime. The article reports that as a prison guard, he had done some terrible things. As a young corrections officer, he was responsible for beating black inmates under orders from white supervisors.

    The most important trait shared by people on death row and Crittendon is the recognition that this final punishment does not need to continue. Even though he attempted to be detached from the execution process, Crittendon, who witnessed 13 executions, saw the senseless, pointless suffering. When Manny Babbitt, a Vietnam veteran who saved a life of a fellow soldier, was put to death, Crittendon thought, "Poor Manny." (Manny Babbitt's story can be seen on Freedom Files: Freedom to Live on ACLU.tv). He also recognized some of the factors that explain w...

  • Hello

    Environment, Environmental Design

    Posting blog entries can be a full time job on its own, but I hope I can contribute an entry at regular intervals. Who knows, someone might even read it.

    I believe there can be a better way of living and creative people have an obligation to find this way. There is a lot of junk and there in the material world, its time to clean it up...

  • The Green Movement

    Environment, Communication Design

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    Welcome to the new innovative Art and Environmental partnership that is The Green Movement. We do have to ask if this the next step since the Blue Man Group though don't we.

    The Green Movement describe themselves as "A Workshop And Walk-Act". The act caused a positive reaction at Temple Quay Business Centre in Bristol on World Environmental Day last month.

    (Video made on by students from City of Bristol College).

    Via GreenBristol's Blog.

  • FutureFarmers

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    What an inspiring find; huge thanks to RSAD for this link.

    Founded in 1995, by Amy Franceschini (currently teaching Media Theory and Practice courses at Stanford University and the San Francisco Art Institute), here is the innovation that is the design studio Futurefarmers.

    Futurefarmers is a group of practitioners aligned through an open practice of making work that is relevant to the time and space surrounding us, or Social Design as it now may be defined. Take a look through their social design innovations on the FutureFarmers Project Site.

    As well as Amy Franceschini, the FF team includes:

  • Industrial Tanks Turn NightClub

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    Question: Where can Architecture, Sustainablility, Light and Music be as one? The answer: Kubik.

    Kubik is a temporary open-air installation linking architecture, light and music with a contemporary air of reclaimed material usage. Kubik is a radically different nightclub, open to the sky and besides the sea. Founded in Berlin, Kubik now settles for the limited time of four months from June 13th until September 29th at the Fòrum Barcelona.

    275 illuminated industrial tanks are piled one on top of each other, building a spectacular design object of walls and columns. Inside Kubik, visitors experience illuminated cubes, whose light geometry constantly changes to the rhythm of music.

    The unique project of <a href="http://www.kubikbarcelona.com">Kubik</a> was launched for the first time in Berlin last summer, revitalizing an unused site of the city. In Barcelona, Kubik aims at enlivening a location for four months that the city still needs to fully embrace. Kubik is installed on two different areas of Fòrum: The placa solar will hold a bar illuminated in magenta. Down at the dock, kubik’s club venue will gleam in a dazzling green. This extraordinary concept of temporary architecture as a home for cultural activities, was developed by Balestra Berlin in cooperation with Modulorbeat and LightLife.

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  • Just Beg: Marker Pen Bag

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    With continuous questions surrounding alternatives for the plastic bag, Industrial Designer Naulila Luis offers us an interesting eco-friendly collection of accessories using recycled materials.

    Her Just Beg bag is a unique design, made from recycled felt-tip markers and elastic thread. Just Beg is a design focused to the reutilisation of a material undervalued by daily life, in a manufactured production that makes each bag a unique piece.

  • Wash your clothes without detergent

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    Detergents are pretty bad for the environment. They're made of chemicals that surround dirt to whisk it away from your clothes, but those chemicals stick around and do nasty things. Earth friendly detergents are better, but this solution may be the best yet - Haier's Wash2o uses no detergents at all. Instead, it separates H2O into positive and negative ions, breaking the surface tension and allowing it to surround dirt and whisk it away.... just like detergent. (At least in theory.)

    It will be available in France soon and will cost about 700 Euros.

    Via Apartment Therapy

  • Nomad

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    With sustainable materials and recycling on the mind here is another green-focused design project.

    Made from recycled, double-wall cardboard, Nomad is a modular architectural system, (designed by Jaime Salm and Roger Allen: MIO), that can be assembled into free-standing, sculptural screens, temporary partitions, rooms or even displays without hardware, tools or damage to existing structures.

    MIO is a design company dedicated to creating sustainable and innovative design experiences.

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