What Zaha Knows That You Don't
Showing Our Scars
Upon first sight of a schematic model by architect Lebbeus Woods, you might think a one-year-old just tried to scale the building as young king kong. But at second glance, it’s evident that every unpredictable piece of the design was very intentionally crafted. Woods’ architectural models, that may be perceived more as comment than construct, suggest with the idea that we, as designers, architects and dwellers, are susceptible to disaster. His buildings seem to cross a science fiction metropolis with the leftovers of tornados and terrorist attacks. Instead of denying structural weakness, Woods poses the question to designers- can we work with damaged architecture as a metaphor of our healing process?
Lebbeus Woods’ work can be seen at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art through January 16th, 2005.
The Pods Are Coming to Britain!
The pod hotel is an inevitable topic of conversation for first time visitors to Tokyo's crazy-cramped downtown. How can you possibly sleep in such a small space? Don't you feel a little like a honey bee in some vast Asian hive, waiting for commands from some overseeing queen? Probably not. And there are definite advantages to the setup, namely affordable hotel rooms in a city where monthly rent can be as high as ¥2,500,000 (over $22,000.00 US!). These advantages are what Simon Woodroffe, the man behind the new concept YOtel want to bring to the western world. The Scottsman has a writeup of the project which is set to open in London in the next few years. A model of the hotel concept will be on view at 100% Design exhibition in Earls Court later this month.
Tripping the Apartment Fantastic
Well, it had to happen eventually. With all the interest in LED flashlight modification, it was only a matter of time before someone juiced up their apartment. Check out what the first all LED space looks like, and what it could mean for you as a designer.
Built In (spiration)
Ever feel like your work environment is bringing you down? Your office building crammed with cubicles isn’t summoning the star designer within you? Maybe you should point your boss to the likes of Lemo, VW, Vitra, Nike and a growing number of other companies that have found the connection between beautiful workspaces and the quality of what happens inside.
Bring on the Windowlickers
We often wonder: why do you have to wait for Christmas, or travel to New York, or Tokyo to see awesome window displays? Luckily, in this age of total data access, you don't have to. Get off the subway at Tokyo window displays to check out the hottestexhibit design in the far east. Then, drows down a few blocks to Windows on New York to gaze longingly at the best the big apple has to offer.
Fueled by Reluct
Parks Replace Police
A recent trend in environmental design has been CPTED or Crime prevention through Environmental Design. By laying out public spaces with the intent of maximizing publicness of areas, rather than creating sheltered groves, or high brush with poor lighting, environmental designers are trying to make design preventative without adding a ton of horrid high intensity lighting. For more information and an outline of practice, check out Durham Crime-resistant environments. It would be interesting to see if this same proposal could be applied to product design, to produce products that aren't crippled to make them safer; what if products made people act safer, without explicitly commanding?
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