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On the occasion of the Radical Innovation Awards 2014, OVA studio recently introduced their submission to the competition. The theme is a mobile hotel room that can ‘travel'; in other words, a room to go. Read more
Congratulations to the good burghers of Kiruna, Sweden, in their choice of Henning Larsen Architects to design their new town hall. The architects teamed-up with Tema Landscape Architects, WSP Engineers, and Designers UiWE to win the competition.
The scheme has two key components: a crystal-like inner form, a reference to the large iron ore deposits found in the area, and an exterior ring, metaphorically and physically protecting the inner form. Read more
There is a primordial quality to these obelisk-like forms, evoking great stone circles such as Stonehenge. But far from being massive and heavy, these skate shelters are rather delicate ply structures. They are however primordial, in that they provide that most basic of human need, shelter. A response to the biting Canadian winter, a reprieve for the hardiest of winter skaters. Read more
In our Western society, where obsolescence is planned, a trajectory is assumed that leads inexorably to broken and discarded trinkets that once had value. Such naked consumption threatens to consume us, whoever “us” might be. At least, that is a flabby strand of thinking expounded by some. It is clear however, that such consumption is widely believed to be unsustainable.
And then there are objects that have a protective function. For example, they save lives by say… preventing the spread of disease. But still, they are designed to be disposable. Should these items be exempt from concerns about what is legitimately allowed to be disposed of, on account of their loftier, more noble purpose?