Could Algae-Based 'Biocurtains' Make Our Cities Healthier?

In an era defined by problems caused by humans, architects Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto of London-based firm ecoLogicStudio think we should be looking at biological intelligence to develop solutions for our future. One of their projects, called Photo.Synth.Etica, is an urban-scale "biocurtain" that uses microalgae and the process of photosynthesis to capture carbon dioxide from polluted air. "There is untapped value in bringing the bio-intelligence of natural systems into cities, turning b...
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Design Job: Rocket Dog is Seeking a Junior Digital Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA

The Digital Graphic designer will take the site and email designs and translate into localized and personalized campaigns for both UK and US based on head designer’s creative direction. They will also create multiple iterations of digital marketing content for various campaigns. View the full design job here
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Okay, the random number generator did the work and since there were so few entries, I ran the numbers twice and the first people to come up twice won.  So... they were in order of entry with Laura #1 and so on down to Debbie #7 The winning numbers were: 3 6 1 So the winners are: Laurie Jennifer Rose and Laura. Congratulations, you three! And you all had a different first choice pick so you all get your first choice which is: Laurie gets crow painting #3  (Laurie, your pai...
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Our Favorite Design Features of the 2019 GMC Sierra

GMC's Sierra 1500 Denali is a top-of-the-line full-size pickup truck. It first caught our eye when GMC's designers came up with that crazy multifunctional tailgate. The truck isn't cheap; it's $67,000 and marketed as a luxury vehicle. Which begs the question: What is it like using this truck for actual work? I recently had the chance to find out, both because I now live on a farm and because GMC was willing to lend me the truck (as well as its more off-road minded stablemate, the Sierra 1500 AT4...
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Call for Entries: Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition 2019

Entries from non-members are now welcome for the 56th annual OPEN exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists. You have until 12 noon on Friday 27 July 2018 to get your digital entry ready and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Making A Mark]
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Pitched Perfect: Maria Fradinho's Home Combines Industrial References with Child-Like Playfulness

Architect Maria Fradinho of FRARI, a Portuguese design practice based in Aveiro, chose her favorite spot on the outskirts of the city of Ílhavo, to build a singular place that would become both her home and office. A 940-m2 lot near the historical Vista Alegre Porcelain Factory turned out to be the ideal grounds for the 300-m2 house completed around the end of 2018, adding a fresh outlook to the...
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"Renew Me" is a design show about energy & the environment.

It feels like there is an unlimited supply of electricity, food, & materials available at our fingertips. If we continue consumption at this rate, what does the future hold? Imagine society 100 years from now, when natural resources have been depleted and there is a boom of sustainable inventions. We challenged designers to choose a topic that they're passionate about & address the issue. May 10-12, Usagi Gallery in Brooklyn, NY RSVP here for the opening party on May 10th. Tickets are free. ...
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Reader Submitted: Dancing into Design: Vancouver Product Designers Release 3D Printed Light Inspired by Ballet

Figure turns heads and shifts narratives with its ingenious modular design. When placed upright, Figure’s light is elegantly focused downward, toward your work surface. Unscrew the weighted cap and attach it to the other side, and light soars upward to dramatize ambient or spacial moods—all with no moving parts. Figure was inspired by William Forsythe’s “Enemy In The Figure,” a ballet that explores the boundaries of dance via the simple relationship between a single light and shadow. Through it...
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These Twig-shaped Dumbbells will bulk you up!

When you think about it, a twig-shaped dumbbell is rather ironic, right? The word twig is often used to describe skinny or scrawny arms or legs, and dumbbells, well, they help bulk up arms. The Twig dumbbells are an innovative dumbbell design by Ji Hoon Lee. With a handle and three prongs on each side, the weight of these dumbbells can be changed simply by switching the prongs.The prongs or branches of the Twig are individual weights. Different prongs come with different weights and you can simp...
Tags: Design, Awards, Product Design, A' Design Award and Competition, Fitness/Sports, Twig, Ji Hoon Lee, Dumbbell, A' Design 2019

Wildenstein and Co. Sued for Allegedly Selling Fake Pierre Bonnard

Wildenstein & Co. is being sued for allegedly selling a fake Pierre Bonnard painting in 1985, the Art Newspaper reports.  “If Wildenstein reviewed the catalogue raisonné and discovered that the Bonnard Painting was not listed there, its failure to advise the Trust was a material omission that operated as a fraud on the Trust,” the case notes. Read […]
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The Crazy Characters of Pictoplasma on the Loose at Silent Green

photos: Vismante Ruzgaite.  These days Berlin is a little more colorful and crazy than usual thanks to the Pictoplasma Festival that is bringing us the best of character design to the city. The program includes exhibitions, screenings, symposiums, performances and parties at various places in Berlin including Silent Green, ACUC, Yaam and more. You should check out the details about what’s going on here. One of the highlights is this year’s Inter_faces Exhibition in the underground hall of Sile...
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Dirty Little Secret: Who Owns Land In Great Britain

What’s astonishing about his research is how little has changed in the last 1,000 years. Guy Shrubsole’s figures reveal that the aristocracy and landed gentry – many the descendants of those Norman barons – still own at least 30% of England and probably far more, as 17% is not registered by the Land Registry and is probably inherited land that has never been bought or sold. Half of England is owned by less than 1% of the population. The homeowners’ share adds up to just 5%: “A few thousand duke...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.09.19

It’s still not too late! You could be an Industrial Design Summer Intern at Apple!

We’re officially at the brink of internship season, and if you’re still looking, you’re in luck! You may have heard of this company called Apple, based in Cupertino, USA. They happen to have a pretty neat internship program and they’re looking for recruits!The company has been such an indomitable force over the past decades that it has arguably created, shattered, and evolved industries, technologies, categories, trends, and even boundaries! The one company that everyone looks to for design insp...
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Yoga Business Cards

Interactive fold out business cards inspired by physical exercises and yoga. Creative business cards designed by Prasanth G for Atul Sharma yoga teacher in New Delhi, India. Also check out: 24 Unusual Business Cards
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eVolo announces winners of the 2019 Skyscraper Competition

eVolo Magazine has announced the winners of its 2019 Skyscraper Competition from a pool of 478 projects. A jury of architects and designers selected three winners and 27 honorable mentions. The annual award recognizes “visionary ideas for building [high-rise] projects that through [the] novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics and spatial organizations, challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.” Methanescr...
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Could Shakespeare Have Been A Woman?

Had anyone ever proposed that the creator of those extraordinary women might be a woman? Each of the male possibilities requires an elaborate theory to explain his use of another’s name. None of the candidates has succeeded in dethroning the man from Stratford. Yet a simple reason would explain a playwright’s need for a pseudonym in Elizabethan England: being female. – The Atlantic
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The Humla Forestry Drone is a forest planner’s best friend

Forest planning is quite literally, from especially the scale of the task, a very difficult job. A handful of planners are required to cover massive lengths of ground, capturing the health of the forest, noting down aspects of its biodiversity, and basically capturing the forest on paper, so its protection can be done with utmost efficiency. It’s a tough, thankless job that requires months of work, and a human is expected to cover massive ground… but what if technology could do that?The Humla Fo...
Tags: Design, Awards, Green, Outdoor, Product Design, Robots/Drones, Anders Sandström, Engin Güzel, Forest Planning, Forestry Drone, Humla, iF Design Talents, Umeå Institute of Design

Adventures In Pricing: Art Gallery Of Ontario Rethinks Who Pays What To Come Inside

Those under age 25 will get in free. AGO director Stephen Jost says he initially pitched this idea to this staff two years ago, and wanted the age limit to be 18, but “honestly it was our staff that pushed it up. We looked at the revenue we get from 18- to 25-year-olds, and it’s not that much. But I do know is most humans make their cultural taste choices between 16 and 25, so if you start coming in for free, we can create that habit and relationship.” – Toronto Star
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How To Save The Humanities In Colleges? Rethink The Whole Idea

Academics and their allies need to advocate for a fundamental shift in the social contract around the nature of higher education, moving it away from short-term job training to long-term career development and genuine pursuit of one’s interests. In other words, the only way to save the discipline of history is by making college free. – Pacific Standard
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AO On-Site – Venice: Cathy Wilkes at the British Pavilion of the Venice Biennale Through November 24th, 2019

Cathy Wilkes, Untitled (2019), via Art Observed Within the grand architecture of the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, artist Cathy Wilkes, born in Northern Ireland, has orchestrated a somber, quiet affair, moving the viewer through an occasionally disquieting, frequently challenging arrangement of narrative fragments and installation pieces that draw on the long echo chamber […]
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NYT Spotlights Artists and Politics of Whitney Biennial

The NYT interviews a group of artists on the politics of the current Whitney Biennial, and how they see their work relating to the problems currently roiling both the museum and institutions nation wide. “So many things feel unchangeable because of history, or politics,” says Calvin Marcus. “I try to get people to question their daily surroundings, […]
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The “Camp” Aesthetic: From Susan Sontag To The Met Gala

Sontag wrote her groundbreaking essay in 1963. In 58 paragraphs, she conducted an intuitive yet rigorous examination of a phenomenon that she defined as “a badge of identity among small urban cliques”. And this “private code” constituted a new mode of perception that collapsed traditional ideas of high and low culture, of elitism and mass appeal. Here was a new hierarchy of taste, no longer defined by the old gatekeepers. Camp was a “way of seeing the world as an aesthetic phenomenon”, she wro...
Tags: Art, Visual, 05.08.19

Seven Fresh Cocktails From Summer-Ready NYC Venues

Fresh, bright beverages from new Manhattan bars Regardless of where you stand on the great Aperol Spritz debate of 2019, there are innumerable summery sippers worth swizzling as the weather warms. To highlight them, we’ve called out seven new NYC bars—from East Village gems to elegant uptown escapes—and selected one drink each from their menus. With the likes of No Bar, Devon, Honeybee’s and so …
Tags: Drinks, Design, NYC, Restaurants, Alcohol, Bars, Drinking, Recipes, Cocktails, Food + Drink, Sister City, Paradise Club, Times Square EDITION, EDITION Hotel, Mister Paradise

Armory Art Center – Director of Development

Reporting to and partnering with the Executive Director, the Director of Development will work closely with a committed board of directors to engage in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors, leveraging the potential for significant gifts. OrganizationThe Armory Art Center (AAC) is a multidisciplinary hub of creativity that inspires the creation and experience of art and aspires to be the leading visual arts education and exhibition center of the Palm Beaches. Fo...
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The Toxic 25-Year Afterlife of “The Bell Curve” On Our Debates On Race

For its defenders, much of the appeal of The Bell Curve resided in the deliberate challenge it posed to post-1960s racial liberalism. Advocates cheered how Herrnstein and Murray disobeyed cultural conventions and used what they said were empirical verities to debunk liberal orthodoxies.  – Boston Review
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Ultra-rugged, off-grid motorhome is built to go just about anywhere

The bulky BUMO RV might not be the sleekest ride on the market, but its robust design is built to be one of the toughest. Built by a family-owned German company, the all-terrain tiny home is made out of natural materials and can go completely off the grid, allowing those who want to explore the world to do so sustainably. Clad in a warm larch wood facade, the RV is equipped with solar power and a composting toilet, and it can be customized to include a rainwater treatment system and a wood-burn...
Tags: Design, Gallery, Solar Power, Green Design, Tiny Homes, Tiny House, Tiny Home, Off-grid, Tiny Homes on Wheels, Off Grid Travel, Off Grid Tiny Homes, Off Grid Vehicles, Sustainable Insulation, Green Insulation, Solar-powered Tiny Homes, Composting Toilets

Chinese Gov’t Is Keeping Zhang Yimou’s Latest Film Out Of Festivals — Because They Don’t Want It To Win

One Second, set during the Cultural Revolution, is said by people who’ve seen it to be Zhang’s best movie in years and a sure bet to take a prize in Berlin or Cannes. Yet, even though the completed film was approved by the censors of China’s national film board, officials have blocked it from being shown at festivals — because, say insiders, the government doesn’t want international attention drawn to the subject matter. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, 05.10.19

NYT Charts Ethics Challenges for Museums in Modern Political Landscape

A piece in the NYT this week charts the ongoing political challenges museums are facing from the public over board decisions and ethics. “In practical terms, museums are on the spot,” writes Holland Carter. “Even without expansion bloat, they’re too expensive and unprofitable to be fiscally self-sustaining. Government art support in the United States is less than […]
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Thomas Nozkowski Has Passed Away at 75

Painter Thomas Nozkowski, whose abstract paintings, drawings, and prints create swirling, otherworldly effects, has passed away at the age of 75, Pace Gallery confirmed. “Tom was a great, innovative painter and a wonderful friend,” gallerists Arne and Marc Glimcher said in a statement. “He leaves a space that cannot easily be filled; but what an incredible gift he has […]
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Osore Shanghai Sneak Peek and Unsplash - Cyberpunk Lightroom Presets

Osore Shanghai Sneak Peek and Unsplash - Cyberpunk Lightroom Presets AoiroStudioMay 10, 2019 François here from ABDZ, I wanted to share an update on my Osore Lightroom Presets. As you may have heard or seen, I was in Shanghai a little while ago for the Auto Show. I wrote a couple of really cool articles including a recap, you can check it out here. Being yonder and you guys know about my addictive obsession with neons. It was pretty obvious that I would wande...
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