As most architects, designers, and artists know, limitations can sometimes be much more creatively fruitful than facing endless possibilities. Container City (photo) is one that IndieStreet gets behind, but some designs seem a bit too contrived for the shock alone.
If inherent threats always come from the outside to invade the inside, in this exhibition it is the very interior of our brains, bodies and buildings that becomes foreign
Ten days, 12 people, and 44 kilometres of sticky tape were required to wrap-up the Palais de Tokyo’s concrete pillars and create an inhabitable sculptural tunnel that sprawls through the museum’s entrance hall. Simultaneously stretched canvas, giant cocoon, half body and half intestine, the soft architecture of ‘Tape Paris’ transports visitors back to a regressive environment. The translucent floating maze allows five explorers at a time to crawl through its web-like passageways. A descent into the primordial. From up there, unintelligible murmurs and hazy silhouettes are all that can filter through the meticulously superposed layers of tape. Read more
THERE’S AN OCEAN of plastic balls in the National Building Museum, one million translucent spheres dumped into the its great hall to create a stark synthetic white beach.
Visitors are encouraged to swim in this ocean, to flop around like a toddler in a McDonald’s playhouse. Except this playhouse covers 10,000 square feet and is surrounded by sand (actually, white astroturf), beach chairs, and a snack bar serving wine and cheese. It is, for all intents and purposes, a beach in the middle of a building in the middle of Washington D.C. Oh, it’s also air-conditioned.
Snarkitecture, the Brooklyn architecture studio known for its monochromatic aesthetic, designed the “beach” as part of the National Building Museum’s interactive installation series. You could think of it as the answer to the annual Serpentine Galleries’ pavilion program, which taps an architect to design an imaginative outdoor structure. Last year Bjarke Ingels constructed a wooden labyrinth in the great hall; this year, Snarkitecture transformed the atrium into an arctic sea of balls. Read more.
The sleek, egg-shaped capsule resembles a spaceship, complete with antennae and a layer of futuristic cells.
But the striking design from Slovakian group Nice Architects represents a creative effort to offer housing solutions for this planet. The 'Ecocapsule' is a mini apartment with all the conventional luxuries you would expect, but generates its own clean energy and can be situated anywhere, from city to tundra. Read more
Thrill-seeking travelers can now stay in Skylodge, a trio of transparent pods placed 400 feet (122m) above the ground on a cliff-face in the Peruvian Andes.
Located near the city of Cuzco, the three 24 x 8 meter capsules, made from polycarbonate and aluminium, are operated by Peruvian tour company Natura Viva and overlook the spectacular Sacred Valley – a region renowned for its breathtaking scenery, small villages and death-defying roads.
The price you’ll have to pay to stay in one of these incredibly unique capsules, is having to climb a 400-foot steel ladder embedded in the almost sheer-cliff face to get to one of these unique hotels. If you don’t fancy that, you can also hike or use a zip-wire. Oh, and the other price you’ll have to pay is approximately $300 USD. Read more
Developed in a Google Incubator by two determined designers, the Light Phone is the opposite of every other phone in existence. It is thin, light, lasts 20 days on a charge, and literally does nothing but make and answer calls. It’s as if the makers of the Sports Illustrated Football Phone had studied the timeless teachings of William Walker Atkinson and created a telephone that was the platonic ideal of the ultimate telecommunication device. The best thing? It costs $100. Read more abou this "innovative" design here and fund the project on Kickstarter here.
With the falling costs of digital cameras and the proliferation of smartphones, these days it seems like photography has gone to the dogs. Now it actually has, thanks to Nikon and its dog-mounted Heartography experiment. Read more
If zeitgeist had a body, it would be drinking sweet, overpriced coffee in a plastic-lid cardboard coffee cup. And a Californian company called Reduce. Reuse. Grow. has a solution to coffee-cup related environmental issues: biodegradable cups that can be planted to grow into trees and flowers! The secret is in the seed embedded in the cup. The only thing that a consumer needs to do is unravel the cup, soak it in water for 5 minutes and then plant it. Or, if you’re terribly lazy, throw it away – it’s either going to grow into something, or just decompose after 180 days.
The idea has merit. Coffee cups are consumed in quantities that overshadow even the complaints about misspelled names on them. They’re obviously made from trees, and if you have not heard about the connection between deforestation and a variety of environmental issues, well, then you’re probably our only 5 year old reader. And the trees (or flowers) that will sprout from cups won’t be random, either: the cups will come with seeds native to whatever region they’re sold in. And if a cup makes its way into a RRG trashcan, the company will make sure that it is transferred into the hands of an organization which knows places in need of trees.
It might not be the decisive solution to deforestation, but it sure is deciduous.