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Kate Andrews

London, United Kingdom

Designer (Graphic Design)

Member since June 13, 2007


  • World House Project

    Poverty, Industrial Design

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    The World House Project is a multi-year, collaborative initiative led by the Institute without Boundaries that will explore the evolution of shelter and plan for the next generation of holistic housing design. The project will build on the research concepts of IwB’s inaugural project, Massive Change, using the same method of interdisciplinary design innovation.

    The challenge: to design a sustaining, universal and healthy human dwelling. That challenge is different depending on where you are, for example in developing countries, over a billion people live in urban slums or in the streets without shelter. By the year 2030, three billion people in the developing world will need housing. That’s 96,150 housing units per day.

  • Eco Park found in Milton Keynes

    Education, Environmental Design

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    Over in Blighty, Milton Keynes is a city, north of London; usually associated to roundabout systems, grid road networks, and occassionally the Concrete Cows, so it was a happy suprise to see the commercial for the cities new "Eco-Park". Quite simply, a great initiative for the children of Milton Keynes and its surrounding areas.

    Gullivers Eco Park is an innovative new tourist attraction, providing an exciting but educational family day out where children can discover more about the world around them. The park is part of the Gullivers World Theme Park, one of Britain's top 10 tourist attractions and offers fun learning activities perfect for school educational trips and summer holidays.

    Whether it’s exploring the world of the dinosaurs or discovering where our food comes from, Gullivers Eco Park offers a family experience of fun and excitement where learning happens naturally through hands-on activities.

    The park itself is split into the following themes: Evolution, Land, Water, Energy and also includes educational themes including Healthy Eating, Sustainability, The Environment, Fossils, and Renewable Energy. This is such an interesting project set up for the youth of today, and I cannot wait to get along and speak to the children experiencing it.

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  • AIGA: Sustainability & Democracy

    Education, Communication Design

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    Looking through the current AIGA site this evening, I am happy to forward the links for two socially-orientated initiatives the Academy now runs.

    • The AIGA Center for Sustainable Design: dedicated to providing designers with a wide range of information regarding sustainable business practice. Through case studies, interviews, resources and discourse, this site will encourage and support designers as they incorporate sustainable thinking into their professional lives.

    • Design For Democracy: increasing civic participation by making the experience clearer, more understandable, easier to accomplish and more trustworthy.

  • Greening of Design & Illustration

    Environment, Communication Design

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    Does illustration and graphic design have a role to play in climate change?

    On September 20th, 2007 at London College of Communication, Eco-Labs open the discussion as part of the 2007 London Design Festival. Greening of Design & Illustration will include speakers from leading UK sustainability design studio, Thomas Matthews and The British Council.

    Eco-Labs explain: As creative communicators we are in a position to help to change attitudes – working towards ultimately changing behavior patterns, policies and systems. Here is a challenge for designers and illustrators: visualize a better low energy future. We used to see visions of the future with jet packs and monorails. Now we need to mainstream a picture of a more human sized, earth connected and energy realistic future.

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  • X-Seed 4000: EcoSystem

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    Ever imagined a self-contained, energy-efficient, solar powered city to live in? Well, the blueprints are complete.

    The X-Seed 4000 is the tallest building ever fully envisioned, and with its eco-focused internal environment certainly provides a very interesting discussion for all.

    The X-Seed 4000 proposed 4000metre (13,123 foot) height, 6 kilometre wide sea-base, and 800 floor capacity could accommodate five hundred thousand to one million inhabitants. Designed by Taisei Construction Corporation, as an “intelligent building” the super-futuristically-named X-Seed 4000 would maintain light, temperature, and air pressure in response to changing external weather conditions. Because it has already been fully designed using materials available today, the structure could, in principle, be built, although it would likely cost several hundred billion dollars, if not more. Because the structure would weigh so much, it could only be built on the sea if present-day construction materials were used.

    Unlike conventional skyscrapers, the X-Seed 4000 would be required to actively protect its occupants from considerable air pressure gradations and weather fluctuations along its massive elevation. Its design calls for the use of solar power to maintain internal environmental conditions. Some estimate that the cost to construct the X-Seed 4000 structure may be somewhere between US$300-900 billion, in current dollars. However I will not be surprised to see this being eventually built ...

  • 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:

  • 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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“The best way to predict the future is to design it.” - Buckminster Fuller

Contact Kate Andrews
Kate Andrews

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design