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This is a beautiful book, “100 Places to Remember Before they Disappear”, is a collection of 100 photos, by some of the best photographers, of places around the world at risk of disappearing or threatened by climate change. These are based on reports from UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Some are surprising, scary even – Chicago could experience a significant increase in flooding and heatwaves due to global warming.
The images are striking. In Western Hudson Bay, Canada, the Polar Bear population is expected to decline by 30% in the next 30-50 years, and there is already a reduction in the survival rate of the bears.
Climate change also poses a serious threat to the Maldives, 80% of the country is less than 1m above sea level. In the last 15 years, the sea level in the ocean surrounding the Maldives has risen by 4.5cm. And with almost all of the human settlements, vital infrastructure and industries located close to the coast, this is a serious threat.
The book is available for purchase online, and the images were a part of a large outdoor exhibit recently in Copenhagen.
Ralston & Bau , a very progressive design studio [based in Norway], recently hosted a ‘Redesign Summer Camp’. Using inspiring objects of FRETEX [Salvation Army] and coached by a professional design team from Ralston & Bau, participants learned skills, during the 4 day workshop, to re-design old objects to create new designs. The result is a unique collection of lights, candleholders and cake plates to name a few, all for sale in the Transplant shop.
I love this idea. A design firm engaging with the community in new ways.
via: the david report
“Start a lie about the bottled water industry. If they can lie, so can you. Find out the truth at tappening.com.”
Here is your chance to tell a big fat lie., without getting into trouble. You’re encouraged to in fact.
New York Times wrote today…
“Taking a cue from anti tobacco campaigns, Tappening, a group opposed to bottled water on environmental grounds, has introduced a campaign called “Lying in Advertising,” that positions bottled water companies as spreading corporate untruths.”
“The campaign was started almost two years ago by two marketing executives, in part to demonstrate their marketing skills but also to promote their own reusable water bottles.Mr. Yaverbaum and his Tappening co-founder, Mark DiMassimo, the chief executive of the advertising agency DIGO Brands, each contributed $100,000 toward Tappening’s founding, including a Web site, advertising campaigns and producing reusable bottles. After they introduced Tappening in November 2007, Mr. Yaverbaum said, they sold out of bottles within five days. So far, he said, Tappening has sold about $5 million worth of the bottles, and profits go into producing more bottles and further advertising.”
Word of the campaign is quickly spreading, when I checked tonight it had almost 10,000,000 page views. With social media, and downloadable viral ads, it is sure to get a lot more traffic and awareness, and more importantly, more people switching to the tap.
Nakagin Capsule Tower, located in the Ginza area of Tokyo, was designed by Kisho Kurokawa and completed in 1972. It is a “rare built example of Japanese Metabolism, a movement that became emblematic of Japan’s postwar cultural resurgence.” The building was the world’s first example of capsule architecture built for actual use. While still in use today, the building is at risk of being demolished. After years of little or no maintenance, it has fallen into disrepair – mildew, leaks, crumbling concrete…and at this point it is far too expensive to restore. For a concept that started out with flexibility in mind – it proved to have many limitations. Theoretically, the capsules were designed to be removed and added to. In reality, this was far too expensive. Designed for the ‘Bachelor salarymen’, the small apartments included all the modern conveniences of the time, a wall of appliances and cabinets built including a stove, a refrigerator, a TV, and a reel-to-reel tape deck. A bathroom unit, similar to an airplane washroom, is set into an opposite corner. A large circular window over a bed is at the far end of the room.
“The 14-story high Tower has 140 capsules stacked at angles around a central core. Kurokawa developed the technology to install the capsule units into the concrete core with only 4 high-tension bolts, as well as making the units
detachable and replaceable.”
This piece of ‘future’ architecture, the first to be fabricated in a factory [“prototype for sustainable architecture”, way before Michelle Kaufman], will probably not be around much longer. Often “private developments like the Capsule Tower, no matter how historically important, are regarded in terms of property rights. They are about business first, not culture. Governments don’t like to interfere; the voices of preservationists are shrugged off. “Want to save it?” the prevailing sentiment goes. “Pay for it.”
More than a building, love it or hate it… it is a part of cultural history.
via: New York Times
The Uniform Project is not just some brave girl’s fashion experiment, it is also a fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement that is revolutionizing education in India. All contributions will go toward funding uniforms and school expenses for slum children in India.
Sheena Matheiken started the project in May 2009. Promising to wear one dress for one year as “an exercise in sustainable fashion”.
“Here’s how it works: There are 7 identical dresses, one for each day of the week. Every day I will reinvent the dress with layers, accessories and all kinds of accouterments, the majority of which will be vintage, hand-made, or hand-me-down goodies. Think of it as wearing a daily uniform with enough creative license to make it look like I just crawled out of the Marquis de Sade’s boudoir.”
The dress was designed by Eliza Starbuck, taking inspiration from one of Sheena’s “staple dresses”, they created a versatile dress that can be worn frontwards or back, can be left open, and is perfect for layering. The Uniform Project is on day 46, and each day the outfit will be uploaded so we can see just how creative you can be with a simple cotton dress.
I was lucky to attend the Milan Furniture Fair a few years ago. I think I was there for 5 days, and barely skimmed the surface of the vast exhibits, openings and launches of new product. The fair opens next week and I am interested to see what a ‘recession’ Furniture Fair looks like.
One thing is for sure – we will see more ‘green’ products finally and even some furniture that looks to nature for its design. The Bouroullec brothers are expected to get a lot of attention for their new chair Vegetal, “The initial intuition was that of a chair which would sprout up like a plant,” they said. The chair was 4 years in a development process that took four years, ronan & erwan bouroullec worked with vitra to create a chair that can be used both for indoors and out. The design features branches and vines that closely resemble the idea of a “grown chair”. I love that the branches and vines are the structure – what gives the chair its strength.
On the Bouroullec website there is an interesting article on the design and production process for the chair. There is also a beautiful video featuring the chair.
On an entirely different note, but still on the topic of the Furniture Fair, Fast Company did an interesting piece on another exhibit – Love Design. An exhibition “that question the very meaning of the word ‘love,’ the beginning and the end of what binds us together and tears us apart.” The exhibition consists of 20 objects and sex toys featured in the Love Design book (published this month by Daab Press a German publisher known for a mix of design and erotica).
As Fast Company notes…”the design community is searching for a human touch after years of modernist austerity.”
Cyclists are leaving their mark. Literally. Developed by Studio Gelardi for a competition in 2008 – DESIGN21 “POWER TO THE PEDAL”, Contrail is a tool for developing bicycle communities. As they ride, cyclists leave a faint chalk trail behind their bikes. Think sidewalk chalk for grown-ups, without the mess. The idea behind Contrail is that the biking community encourages others to join them, safety in numbers. The more cyclists, the brighter the chalk lines, warning cars to stay clear.
A great way to brighten the drab, grayness of most city streets.
Swedish Company Arla Foods has replaced its standard milk package for a special edition one to promote Earth Hour. The packaging is black, and reminds the milk drinker to turn off the lights on the 28th of March with the rest of the world. The milk will be sold for about a week leading up to Earth Hour. I don’t speak Swedish…so I really couldn’t tell you if the milk inside the package is black too! Licorice flavour??
via: below the clouds
Instead of just changing the shape of the water bottle, they decided to be innovative and come up with something completely different. Boxed Water.
“Part sustainable water company, part art project, part philanthropic project, and completely curious. Boxed Water Is Better, is a boxed water company. ”
The founders were looking for a new way to create a bottled water brand that is kinder to the environment. That is where the idea of boxes came in. I love the simple, generic packaging and graphics – just like the product it carries. Water is simple and uncomplicated. It just makes sense that the packaging would be too.
It is not found everywhere, yet. Check out the list of stockists on their site.