All posts for the month February, 2010

Check out this interior office space designed by Hofman Dujardin Architects. The Law firm is broken up into 2 different spaces; colorful and neutral. The colorful space caught my attention because the color gradient floors placed based on the suns movement. Warmer colors are in the shadowed areas and sunny areas get the cooler greens and blues. While walking down the hall, the floor gradually changes colors.

With all those color studies out there about what makes you work more or slower, I wonder if this law firm discovers this through their floors. Would make me rethink what I’m wearing each day based on which rooms I had meetings in.

read and see more in these 2 pdfs about the project.

Incredible talk by Bill Gates about his vision to solve the worlds energy crisis at TED2010:
“At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world’s energy future, describing the need for “miracles” to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he’s backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.”

via TEDtalks

“When Olympic athletes take the medal stand at this month’s XXI Winter Games, they’ll be decked out in a completely different kind of hardware: the recycled metals from end-of-life electronics. Canadian mining company Teck Resources was able to harvest the gold, silver, and bronze from the circuit boards of old computers and have it melted down and cast back into what are now the Olympic medals. Motherboard heads to Vancouver to check out the making of the distinctive medals and interview the designers: Omer Arbel, an internationally acclaimed architect and industrial designer, and Corrine Hunt, a First Nations artist from the Raven Gwa’waina clan, of the Kwakwaka’wakw village on Vancouver Island.

The symbolism isn’t just fitting with the Olympics’ increasing moves toward sustainability; it’s a counterpoint to both the dangers of electronic waste and the heavy environmental impact that Canadian mining companies have had on landscapes in Canada and across the world. Though Teck appears to be making serious efforts to clean up its act, resource extraction is a dark stain on the country’s environmental record (in the case of the tar sands, the stain is very literal).

But these recycled medals are a healthy reminder that we don’t need to pull resources out of the ground, and that the 11,000 computers we throw out every day in the United States alone are packed with valuable material that can be reused rather than left to rot the earth in e-waste dumps. It’s an idea that deserves a medal of its own.”

via core77 (source motherboard)

“The leader of Britain’s Conservative Party says we’re entering a new era — where governments themselves have less power (and less money) and people empowered by technology have more. Tapping into new ideas on behavioral economics, he explores how these trends could be turned into smarter policy.”

Watch the video above… some inspirational points!

Wow! Bing has really taken Maps navigation to a new level. First off they are finally integrating Photosynth into Maps which will take some time to become more common due to cameras lacking gps data, but then they blow the socks off of the TED audience with streaming video footage inside a map taking augmented reality to a live reality. Watch the video above to be blown away!

This years TED prize wish went to a very gifted and caring chef Jamie Oliver. Watch the video above and be in awe for what we all know yet seem to ignore to some extent. Is it our fault or our surroundings? Why don’t we grow up knowing how to cook as children and depend on fast food or processed food. His talk left my mind in disruption and anger to better our society for a food revolution NOW. Watch the video above, then sign his petition. Yes, sign his petition here!

I’m off to TED 2010 for the rest of the week in Palm Springs. If you’d like to watch from your own home you can pay for the TED associate feed which streams all the talks to your home live. As usual, it’ll be an inspirational brain safari into ideas to spread across the world. Be on the lookout for posts next week, follow me on twitter (hahatango), or join the designverb facebook fan page for quick random links to things I find. If your going, let me know!