Thursday, June 11, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Student Designer: Mr Jason Lam, University of New South Wales.
The 2009 finalists for the “Australian Design Awards - James Dyson Award” have been announced. While the winner will be announced at the Australian International Design Awards Presentation Night on Friday 29 May 2009, all the entries in the list are unique in a way or the other. Among the entries is the Solaqua, a water disinfection unit intended to be used in rural sub-Saharan Africa. The device makes use of ultra-violet and infrared rays from the sun to get rid of the pathogens within contaminated water. Raw water is first passed through a sari cloth filter, so that the efficiency of solar water disinfection can be enhanced. A five tap funnel fills five specially designed bottles to get ten liters of water. The transparent bottle surface allows maximum exposure to UV rays when laid down on the ground. The black, back surface of the bottle absorbs heat and the reflective inner surface reflects UV rays inside the water.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
As populations in developing nations increase alongside global pollution and the spread of water-borne illnesses, the need for clean and efficient water filtration has never been more urgent. Recently, the International Water Association (IWA) awarded UNICEF and the Water and Sanitation Program with the 2008 Project Innovation Award Grand Prize for providing Cambodia with ceramic water filters. These water purification devices are made and distributed by Cambodian nationals, and have resulted in a 50 percent drop in diarrheal illnesses in the region since their implementation in 2002. read more >
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
PROGRAM initiative for art + architecture collaborations
March 5 – April 11, 2009
In Surface Values, Finnish artist Eemil Karila reframes the perpetual question of what lends the institutional receptacle its pristine, unquestionable authority. Dispensing with the cold narrative's all too typical materials: four white walls, stark fluorescent overhead lights – Karila explores the endless recalibration of the exhibition space and the oft-unacknowledged sociopolitical implications in each reapplication of matte white paint. Previously exhibited at Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland and Galerija Vartai (Vilnius), Lithuania, Surface Values marks Eemil Karila’s first solo exhibition in Berlin.
Alternating black light brings the performance of a marginalized actor into focus; the UV inks mixed into a solution of cleaning chemicals trace the motions of the part-time cleaner, a former nurse from the Ukraine with quiet poise. Herself a supportive figure in the ephemeral architecture of PROGRAM's network of collaborators, Ludmila agreed to take part in Surface Values on the conditions that her portrait not be permanently archived on our website, and that her last name not be used.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
B1-9004 | HOLE IN WATER
B1-9004 is a large artificial reef system that maximizes the ocean’s capacity to renew itself and sustain life. It encourages macrobiotic activity by pumping air through nearly 90 miles of pipes that wrap its perimeter. This activity results in the growth of crustaceans and barnacles, which, in turn, leads to habitation by larger organisms. Eventually B1-9004 will be completely lined with living organisms to form a complex eco-environment.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Burj Dubai - the tallest building in the world
The largest and most famous construction project currently taking place in Dubai is of course the Burj Dubai. Opening in 2009, the Burj Dubai is a super duper tall skyscraper set to be the tallest in the world (818 meters or 2,684 ft). Currently it is the tallest man-made structure on Earth but Burj Dubai will not officially gain the title of tallest building in the world until its completion in 2009.
The total budget for the Burj Dubai project is about US$4.1 billion and the price of office space had reached $4,000 per sq ft.
"Max is the Grand Prize winner of the 2008 Trash To Treasure Competition sponsored by Intel™!
He's won $10,000, a Dell laptop powered by Intel™, and a trip to Boston to see his design built."
Thursday, February 26, 2009
This is a great video from the new single "Schwarz Zu Blau" from Peter Fox, the singer from SEED. The whole album "Stadtaffe" is about life in Berlin and it's suburbs. It describes greatly many facecs of this amazing city, the sound is great! Big up Peter!!!
- check out www.peterfox.de for news and tourdates.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Dustin Feider is out to revolutionize not merely treehouses but the entire concept of habitat. For Feider, the treehouse is a symbol of the entire sustainability movement and a beacon of hope for man’s survival. The O2 Treehouse is a combination of formal sculptural sensibilities, functional design and an environmentalist’s passion.
Artista che elegge gli spazi urbani come luogo privilegiato di interscambio, sperimentatore di video e performance, eclettico divoratore dell'ambiente circostante, che poi ripropone in nuove e sommerse chiavi di lettura, 2501 porta a Fragile Continuo due frammenti del suo lavoro, originali realizzati appositamente per la mostra che sarà visitabile allo spazio dal 14 al 28 febbraio 2009. Filo conduttore l'idea/suggestione del cambiare pelle, la discesa/salita tra i diversi involucri/livelli che compongono la mente e lo stato d'animo, similmente a quanto avviene per il corpo, ma in un contesto che 2051 si augura diventi prima di tutto momento di "play-time" condiviso.
After a long trip from Bangalore, India to the North-East of Italy, the Lace Fence Pergola has reached its final destination! Designed by Joep Verhoeven from Demakersvan, is the very first lace fence that is 100% made in India. Few days ago the structure has been delivered and installed on the site it has been conceived for. The Pergola is now part of a 7.500 sqm terrain that studiometrico is transforming step by step into a very special landscape with many features to discover…
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Designer and inventor extraordinaire Knut Karlsen recently unveiled an inspired approach to portable power that can’t be beat for its elegant simplicity: a prototype battery capable of charging itself when exposed to sunshine. His slick set of SunCat C-cells are wrapped in flexible photovoltaic panels and will slowly recharge when left to bask in the sun - just like a cat.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Various Architects recently designed this striking Renaissance Pavilion for a competition to create a mobile performance space for Yorkshire Forward. Based upon a set of structural concepts perfected in their collapsible stadium, the inflatable event space is ultra-portable, generates all of its own energy, and is 100% recyclable. A gridded diamond facade conceals a faceted interior space reminiscent of the coal mines found throughout Yorkshire. The venue can be easily reconfigured to hold both small and large crowds, and it’s versatile enough to host everything from intimate gatherings to outdoor concerts.
'new club med' suite, senegal by edouard francois - completed project
image © edouard francois
the new club med resort in senegal is comprised of suites designed in the shape
of peanuts. elevated with wooden poles each structure is wrapped and woven using
straw and wood, imitating the skin texture of a peanut.