Monday, October 31, 2005
LaLaLand Gallery features thirty artists customizing aluminum lunchboxes and thermoses. A voting system has been set up for all visitors to vote for their favorite designs. When the votes are tallied the gallery will produce fifty signed and numbered versions of the top five winners.
The Blur Building is made of filtered lake water shot as a fine mist through 13,000 fog nozzles creating an artificial cloud that measures 300 feet wide by 200 feet deep by 65 feet high. A built-in weather station controls fog output in response to shifting climatic conditions such as temperature, humidity, wind direction, and wind speed.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Floating Homes is a concept awarded 1st place in a Europe wide competition initated by Wasserstadt GmbH Berlin. What was required was the development of a uniquely maritime structure - neither house nor ship. A total of four different floating homes was designed. These are now available from Floating Homes GmbH.
Ed Bertschy's Paper Steam Engine. Everything will work on this engine, the flywheel turns, there really is a slide valve in the valve chest, the piston works, the cranks and the connecting rods, eccentric and strap all work if built carefully. Available for download.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Living the life of a recluse in Sidcup, Jamie Wieck shuns anything that even approaches a social life in favour for living his existence though the imaginary folk of Flamingo State, a collection of characters that seem insistent in cropping up in his poster work. Jamie has also managed to cobble together a bewildering portfolio including vending machines that sell T-shirts, award winning portraits, and art direction work.
The Air Pirates were a group of underground cartoonists led by "Ods Bodkins" creator Dan O'Neill that also included London, "Dopin' Dan" creator Ted Richards, "Trots and Bonnie's" Shary Flenniken, and signpainter turned cartoonist Gary Halgren. Their notoriety rested on the two issues (which can be found here and here) of the Air Pirates underground comic that caused the entire group (with the exception of Flenniken) to be sued by Walt Disney Productions for copyright infringement. What prompted the suit was the lead stories in each issue, written and drawn by Dan O'Neill, that depicted Mickey and Minnie Mouse having sex, getting high and smuggling drugs.
The design of the micro compact home has been informed by the classic scale and order of a Japanese tea house, combined with advanced concepts and technologies in Europe.
The tiny cube provides a double bed on an upper level and working table and dining space for four or five people on a lower level.
Cardboard House represents the reduction of technology and the simplification of needs. By demonstrating that we are able to recycle 100% of the building components at extremely low cost, the Cardboard House is a direct challenge to the housing industry to reduce housing and environmental costs.