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  • zlgdesign

    Arts & Culture

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    My work reference and philosophy is broadly deliberated here: designmatters

    The official website has explorations of many projects we engage the environmental issues where the Client lends ear, but we do tread on many different levels of interpretation of the green agenda. Our BOH Project is one such attempt and exploration.

    www.zlgdesign.com

  • How can we redesign a community?

    Poverty, Environmental Design

    What is a BETTER DESIGN for the greater good in redesigning a community? This is a question for everyone.

       In my recent visit to my hometown  in   Aurora  Province,  Philippines,
    

    I have noticed that there has'nt been a change since I last visited in year 2004. Going there and passing thru the Sierra Madre Mountains where the province is bounded, still took 4hours of neck injuring travel traversing to the almost- all-dirt and partial concrete road we have to pass before we can reach the first town which is Maria Aurora, Aurora. In 2004 just few months after i last visited, the Province of Aurora was hardest hit by typhoon Winnie, which devastated and the more bruised the province. The World had seen on news and tv how one(1) town and its people, my birth town of Dingalan almost perished to the sea because they were swept by big floods coming from the mountains with tons of tons of big logs. Thousands of lives, properties as well as animals were all swept to the sea. Now after several years of that fateful and painful date, the province is trying to rise into new beginnings, life has to go on, alhough the wound had healed the scar are still visible. Now going around towns, I can still see traces of the devastations; broken roads and bridges, coconut/fruit trees still not bearing good fruits, etc. And though some roads and some bridges have been repaired and replaced, still plenty had not been touched. The children have to walk several miles and ...

  • LIVINGBOX - temporary mobile living space - photos

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

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  • LIVINGBOX - temporary mobile living space - photos

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

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  • LIVINGBOX - temporary mobile living space - photos

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

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    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

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  • LIVINGBOX - temporary mobile living space

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

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    The homless, contemporary nomad, traveler without roots, marginalized and excluded from today's society. Commonly thought of as a poor, dirty and unforseeable weird, often unshaven and dressed in many layers of clothing. The symbolic return to the primitive man, unaware of cultivation and hunting, surviving only on what nature provides. Dependant on trade, the contemporary nomad, searches for goods exchangeable for legal tender, which provide him with a minimum existence and sometimes pleasure. Many of them, have no conscience of a place in which they felt they would belong.They are owned by the city and the city belongs to them.In search of waste paper, PET bottles,metal, the homeless often wander around the city. The action which we are proposing is aimed at locating the project's fixed elements of the projects in differnt parts of the city. Analysing the different idealistic guidelines of the project, we took into account the ever present problem of homelessness in large cities.We decided to design a mobile home for the homeless, enabling them to ensure for themselves a roof over their heads.The shelter, in the form of a box, distributed in any nmber of quantities could appear in different parts of the city.The homeless, equipped with a unified sleeping module does not have to worry when spending the night in a distant city district.Provided with a map he will quickly find the base, where after its installment, he will have the possibility to wash himself or prepare for hi...

  • Taking a Pledge to Make Positive Change

    Community, Communication Design

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    Design Can Change (designcanchange.org) is a project created by designers that believe that positive change can happen by working together. The website is slick (sometimes annoyingly so) however the message is good.

    Take the Design Can Change pledge:

    In my professional practice, I will endeavor to: Learn, Think, Act, Inform, Unite.

    Learn: Engage in the topic and seek to understand the issues

    Think: Make a sustainable mindset second nature

    Act: Put my knowledge to use in my daily work

    Inform: Share information and build awareness for sustainability

    Unite: Spark change through collective strength

    Take the Pledge

  • Who's the Neanderthal Now?

    Community, Industrial Design

    I am watching the Science Channel right now; it’s a special on Neanderthals (particularly interesting considering I’m reading Galapagos).

    It’s now believed that, contrary to past assumptions, Neanderthals were not the slow-witted brutes they are usually portrayed as. On the contrary, their brains were probably larger than ours, not smaller, although their bodies were stockier and built for power, not speed. They ate a lot of meat, and hunted in close proximity to their prey, using thick, heavy spears to track animals in forested areas.

    As the planet warmed up, the forests became thinner and a new species emerged: modern man. We were built different from Neanderthals; our bodies were lighter, more agile, and better suited for hunting on the plains. We had smaller brains but lighter, swifter tools - projectile spears that flew farther and faster than Neanderthal's clumsy weapons.

    The Neanderthals could have watched modern man, even adopted their weapons and hunting strategies, but in the end, they would have faced a dismal truth: they were simply not built for survival in this brave new world. They had evolved themselves into a corner, and “as their habitat collapsed around them, so did they.”

    It was not the superiority of modern man that wiped out a brutish, lesser animal. The environment changed, and the Neanderthals were incapable of adapting to change with it.

    After watching this episode, I am struck by its relevance to our current state of affairs. Many art...

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