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  1. It was their concept for an E-Ink phone that first drew our attention to FormNation, but Jan Habraken’s intriguing ‘New York based European design studio’ is producing some equally beautiful products and concepts for places and spaces.

  2. In the 1960s visionary British theatre director Joan Littlewood wanted to build a Fun Palace, a radical venue offering culture, science and education to people from all backgrounds. It didn’t happen, but now artists and actors in the UK have revived the idea to mark the centenary of her birth in 1914.

    Littlewood and architect Cedric Price created designs for the Fun Palace, which was to have been a “laboratory of fun” or a “university of the streets”. She said she wanted a place where people could: “Learn how to handle tools, dance, talk or be lifted up to where you can see how other people make things work. Sit out over space with a drink and tune in to what’s happening elsewhere in the city. Try starting a riot or beginning a painting - or just lie back and stare at the sky.”

  3. Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital assembles work from 12 anonymous photographers who have accessed the underground spaces of London to record the mysteries and wonder of this hidden subterranean world.

  4. Photographer Fred Lyon has recently released his collection of black and white images of post-war San Francisco in a book entitled "San Francisco: Portrait of a City." His work captures the exhilarating culture of the 1940s and ’50s in one of the world’s great cities.

  5. smartercities:

IBM Teams With Swiss Startup For Solar ‘Sunflower’ | Forbes
When someone mentions solar technology, invariably we think of rows upon rows of rectangular panels. A system being developed by Switzerland’s Airlight Energy together with IBM IBM +0.1% Research rethinks the traditional shape, with intriguing environmental and efficiency implications.
Officially dubbed the High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (aka HCPVT) system, the technology is designed look like a 32-foot-high sunflower. The dish measures roughly 430 square feet, covered with 36 elliptic mirrors that concentrate sunlight into liquid-cooled receivers containing an array of PV chips. (It’s the same sort of cooling technology used in IBM supercomputers.) There’s an advanced tracking system that turns the dish throughout the day to optimize sunlight capture.


Not yet an elegant design. But in terms of technology development, interesting.

    smartercities:

    IBM Teams With Swiss Startup For Solar ‘Sunflower’ | Forbes

    When someone mentions solar technology, invariably we think of rows upon rows of rectangular panels. A system being developed by Switzerland’s Airlight Energy together with IBM IBM +0.1% Research rethinks the traditional shape, with intriguing environmental and efficiency implications.

    Officially dubbed the High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (aka HCPVT) system, the technology is designed look like a 32-foot-high sunflower. The dish measures roughly 430 square feet, covered with 36 elliptic mirrors that concentrate sunlight into liquid-cooled receivers containing an array of PV chips. (It’s the same sort of cooling technology used in IBM supercomputers.) There’s an advanced tracking system that turns the dish throughout the day to optimize sunlight capture.

    Not yet an elegant design. But in terms of technology development, interesting.

  6. whatisindustrialdesign:

Villa all’Argentario Lazzarini Pickering Architetti: Villa all’Argentario Lazzarini Pickering Architettiposted by Whatisindustriald

When your design is minimalist it helps to have a beautiful context!

    whatisindustrialdesign:

    Villa all’Argentario Lazzarini Pickering Architetti:

















    Villa all’Argentario Lazzarini Pickering Architetti



    posted by Whatisindustriald

    When your design is minimalist it helps to have a beautiful context!

  7. garageprojectmotorcycles:

Haven’t seen #morningwood on the streets of Perth for ages. Hope it’s still kicking about. This was a collaborative build between us and @handmadevintagekustoms. I took it apart and he put it back together.

    garageprojectmotorcycles:

    Haven’t seen #morningwood on the streets of Perth for ages. Hope it’s still kicking about. This was a collaborative build between us and @handmadevintagekustoms. I took it apart and he put it back together.

  8. A system that allows the exterior of aircraft to “feel” damage or injury in a way similar to human skin is in development by BAE Systems.
The technology works by covering the entire body of a plane with tens of thousands of micro-sensors creating a ‘smart skin’ that senses the world around it and monitors stress, heat or damage.
The same technology could be used in infrastructure and equipment to allow objects to ‘report back’ when they are in need of maintenance.

    A system that allows the exterior of aircraft to “feel” damage or injury in a way similar to human skin is in development by BAE Systems.

    The technology works by covering the entire body of a plane with tens of thousands of micro-sensors creating a ‘smart skin’ that senses the world around it and monitors stress, heat or damage.

    The same technology could be used in infrastructure and equipment to allow objects to ‘report back’ when they are in need of maintenance.

  9. Rare Bauhaus publications have been digitised and published online as PDFs by Bibliothèque Kandinsky, based in the Centre Pompidou, France. The publications include world by Paul Klee, Moholy-Nagy, J.J.P. Oud and Walter Gropius and represents fascinating insight into the salt years of heroic modernist teaching and thinking.
Follow this link to browse and download those that interest you.

    Rare Bauhaus publications have been digitised and published online as PDFs by Bibliothèque Kandinsky, based in the Centre Pompidou, France. The publications include world by Paul Klee, Moholy-Nagy, J.J.P. Oud and Walter Gropius and represents fascinating insight into the salt years of heroic modernist teaching and thinking.

    Follow this link to browse and download those that interest you.

  10. If you go down to the woods today watch out for a big surprise! We love this office for, and by, Selgas Cano Arquitectos in Madrid parkland.