Fun and Interesting archive for 2011-03-01

Skyscraper Squatters: Creative, Illegal and Dangerous-looking Solution to a Housing Shortage in Venezuela

(8 years ago)
Freaking fascinating: The Times did this article and attendant video piece on an uncompleted 45-story skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela, that is filled with 2,500 squatters coping with that country's housing crisis. And these aren't 2,500 ne'er-do-well junkies -- these are family people, like the tie-wearing bank employee seen above.The municipal government has turned a blind eye to the structure and the goings-on within, and the residents have organized admirably: While there's no doubt that life is rough, they have a building coordinator, a security team of doormen, jury-rigged electricity and hose-fed water, a basketball court, and even bodegas on every floor. They also have no windows, elevators, stairway handrails, and balcony guardrails, so that's one hell of a dangerous walk-up. Check it out:(more...)

Worldchanging 2.0: Revised and Updated

(8 years ago)
Seven years in the making and five years after its initial publication, our friends at Worldchanging.com have published a revised and updated version of their groundbreaking text. Worldchanging, Revised and Updated: A User's Guide to the 21st Century doesn't disappoint with 50% new content and over 160 new entries. This overhauled edition incorporates the most recent studies and projects being implemented worldwide in the field of global sustainability.Worldchanging 2.0 is an urban book, focusing on cities and the systems we need to change to make them carbon-neutral, zero-waste, walkable and equitable engines of prosperity. It's an ambitious book, full of the kinds of bold thinking we need to engage with to build a truly bright green future: climate foresight and planetary thinking; sustainable design innovations and passivhaus buildings; walksheds, ubiquitous technology and sharing systems; biomimicry and green chemistry; adaptive re-use and rugged green infrastructure; telling the backstories of the things we buy, making transparent the functioning of our governments and rebuilding the ruins of the unsustainable. On a planet hurtling towards not only a population of 9 billion people, almost all living in or around cities, facing a massive ecological crisis and an unfaltering technological revolution, ideas like the ones in Worldchanging are no longer just provocative, they're essential. Worldchanging is a guide to building (and living in) bright green cities. Now, not in[..]

Flotspotting: Mauricio Harion's Game Design for Grown-Ups: You sank my Battleship (and Destroyed my Liver)

(8 years ago)
Brazil-based design student Mauricio Harion's got an interesting side gig: He founded the Mixing Bar, an organization that "[provides] support for bars that are interested in quality cocktails and private events that call for special cocktail services. Works include: General interior design, menu creations, staff training, work dynamics and optimization of the work space, etc."His design for the "Battleship Drinking Game" mixes his two worlds well:It's played just like the usual Battleship game with one addition. If you miss the target you drink a sip of water, and if you hit an enemy boat you opponent empties the corresponding shot glass.If only World War II's actual naval battles had been settled this way.... Then again, throwing up inside a submarine is probably no fun. (more...)

Give Installation Designers some Love

(8 years ago)
Hit up "Industrial Design" on Coroflot and you get 22,193 profiles. Hit "Exhibition Design" and the number drops to 1,707. Within the broad scope of everything industrial design covers, Exhibition Design is a minority offshoot of what an ID grad might pursue, and within that subfield is Installation Design, even narrower in its focus.The Philadelphia Museum of Art takes a look (sadly, a very brief one) at largely unsung Installation Designers with a short piece on what's required of them as they prepare that museum's upcoming "Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion" show. ...The designers and the curator meet to discuss not just matters of space, but also what the show is trying to convey, what ought to be highlighted, and what the overall feel of the galleries must impart to the visitor. Decisions regarding paint colors and lighting options are crucial, but designing an exhibition model also requires consideration of the overall graphic treatment of the show, attention to the conservation needs of certain objects, and collaboration with the Museum's A/V department should film, projections, or other extras be included....Accompanying this is a slideshow containing a measly six images. Installation Designers, we just want to say that even though your job ain't sexy, you guys get no press, and we would never actually associate with the likes of you, we do recognize and appreciate the importance of what you do.(more...)

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(8 years ago)

Dr. Michael Braungart on Material Shortages and Designing a New Material World

(8 years ago)
Recent events around the world expose the heightened uncertainties of a growing demand for materials that are both precious and in limited supply.With China exporting as much as 96 percent of the world's supply of rare earth metals, the country's drastic reduction in exports sent ripples around the world. Simultaneously, governments such as the United States continue to subsidize biomass for energy, causing domestic shortages and the need to import biomass from other countries.These trends are particularly disconcerting when viewed in the context of increased use of incineration to create fuel. The practice of incinerating waste for energy, though efficient in the short term, exacerbates the issue of materials shortages. When burning waste for fuel, many valuable and recoverable materials are lost through the smokestack that could otherwise be re-used within new product life cycles.As governments respond to these materials shortages and imbalances by promoting conventional materials supply strategies such as increased domestic drilling, stockpiling and diversification of supply sources, there is an urgent need to call into question the basic assumption of nature's limitless supply and to deliver innovative approaches to materials management.In this conversation with Maren Maier of Catalyst Design Review and Allan Chochinov, Editor-in-Chief of Core77.com, Dr. Michael Braungart, along with the EPEA research team encourages designers to more fully understand material flows and[..]

Holidays in Brazil

(8 years ago)
Un excellent montage dans cette vidéo par le réalisateur de vidéo-clip Javit Devitt basé en Argentine. Une captation en GoPro et avec un Canon 550D, lors de ces vacances au Brésil pour un condensé de 3 minutes 37 sur la bande son : El Guincho - Bombay.Previously on FubizTwo Door Cinema Club - What you [...]Copyright Fubiz™ - Suivez nous sur Twitter et Facebook

Immaterials – Du Light-Painting utilisant les réseaux WiFi

(8 years ago)
« Immaterials: Light painting WiFi » est une vidéo de Light-Painting réalisée en utilisant les réseaux WiFi et la force de leur signal. Une façon de les matérialiser dans l’espace. Un très bon concept de Timo. via

"Dangerous Toys" and other Different Thinking from U. of M.'s New Toy Design Professor

(8 years ago)
The University of Minnesota has a new Toy Product Design program, guided in part by twentysomething Barry Kudrowitz, a new addition to the teaching staff. The unusual Kudrowitz taught the same class at M.I.T., studied theme park design and forewent culinary school to get a masters in Mechanical Engineering; somewhere in between these things he sang in a "gypsy pirate rock band," wrote children's books, and had toy designs appear in Hasbro's lineup and on "The Martha Stewart Show."If it's not obvious from his background alone that Kudrowitz is a different thinker, a Minnesota local newspaper's article on the guy brings it to light:At one of the first classes, devoted to idea generation, Kudrowitz talked about research showing that the area in the brain that lights up with an innovative idea is the same one that gets excited when you get the punch line to a joke. "I believe all innovation is funny at some point in time," he said. "Those silly ideas, the ones you think are funny, those are going to be the innovative products in the future." Kudrowitz also told the class that the best way to come up with a good idea is to have a lot of bad ideas. So when brainstorming, defer judgment. Just crank out ideas.He cited research that says higher levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine are associated with the ability to see the off-the-wall connections that produce good ideas.He invited everyone in the class to dig into the dopamine enhancers he left at each table: bags of candy. Then[..]

De la Glace au Lait Maternel Humain en vente à Londres !

(8 years ago)
Oui vous avez bien lu… Une boutique de Londres propose maintenant de Glace au Lait Maternel Humain ! Baptisée « Baby Gaga« , la glace se veut naturelle et bio. D’après le vendeur : « Si c’est bon pour les bébés, c’est bon pour vous » . Un question me vient à l’esprit : Il vient d’où ce lait » Read more

Une très belle introduction à l’Art de la Photographie de Nuit

(8 years ago)
« Night Photography: Finding your way in the dark » est une très belle vidéo qui vous fera découvrir l’art subtil et magique de la photographie de nuit… De quoi vous donner envie de sortir en plaine nuit avec l’appareil sous le bras ! via

10 Alternative Posters

(8 years ago)
Après la sélection des posters de Laz Marquez l’année dernière, voici ces nouveaux travaux pour dix films représentatifs de la sélection des Oscars 2011. Un défi avec des artworks sur The Social Network, 127 Hours, Black Swan ou encore Toy Story 3. Plus d’images dans la suite de l’article.Dans le même esprit : Stephen King [...]Copyright Fubiz™ - Suivez nous sur Twitter et Facebook

Skier Falls off Huge Cliff and Walks Away Unscathed (Video)

(8 years ago)
Stefan Ager, a skier from Austria, cheated death and walked away unscathed after taking a horrific tumble down a mountain backwards.

Dyson is Seeking a Senior Design Engineer in Wiltshire, UK

(8 years ago)
Senior Design Engineer DysonWiltshire, United KingdomDyson offers a unique opportunity for talented individuals to invent, design and develop market leading products for the global market. By working in our world class Research Design and Development department, these individuals have the opportunity to work alongside leading technical specialists and highly motivated creative people, to create products which fulfill our ambition of being truly different and better than our competitors.This is what we need you to do...+ Senior Designers could be expected to initiate new product concepts and ideas and identify market opportunities from a blank sheet of paper.+ Take responsibility for creating and owning vision specification and business case for new product concepts, including development budget and running costs.+ Champion great design to produce products that meet all performance and functional criteria.+ Take an active, hands-on role to ensure that all engineering problems are resolved thoroughly. » viewThe best design jobs and portfolios hang out at Coroflot.(more...)

When 8-Bit Worlds Collide

(8 years ago)
Stupid dog. Little Mac is my hero. Artist Aled Lewis takes a tongue-in-cheek look at some of pop culture’s most iconic faces.

Viva Idents

(8 years ago)
Depuis janvier 2011, voici les nouveaux habillages de la chaîne de TV musicale allemande Viva (appartenant au groupe Viacom). Une nouvelle identité visuelle avec une évolution du logo aux quatre triangles inversés. Deux spots dirigés par Ash Bolland avec des effets visuels d’Umeric Previously on FubizSwatch + MTV PlaygroundT4 Idents - RobotsMTV Idents - [...]Copyright Fubiz™ - Suivez nous sur Twitter et Facebook

M.I.R.I.A.M. X Vhils – Clip entre Street Art et Pyrotechnie

(8 years ago)
Nous avions déjà parlé du Street Artist Alexandre Farto aka Whils et de ses œuvres gravés dans les murs. Aujourd’hui il réalise le clip « M.I.R.I.A.M » du groupe Orelha Negra,  au programme : Street art et Pyrotechnie ! Un mélange explosif. via
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