One of the aims of this workshop by the spanish team PKMNS is to experiment with the impact of red colour on an historical landscape. In comparison to imitative and permanent techniques, they use chromatic contrast, material recycling and use planning as an alternative toolkit to perform in patrimonial areas. The intervention considers two scales: It is a huge sign (3 meters tall and 24 meters long) that provides the delocalized entrance to the archaeological site with representativeness, and it is also a collection of characters that can be individually pieced to kit out the place with new uses: P can be transformed into stilts to be used as mobile viewpoints A is a cart to sort out the problem of accessibility to persons with restricted mobility, Q can be transformed into an artificial tree to shade a small area, U is a pair of observation towers that offer different views over the site, I is a backpack prototype that can be used as portable shadow, M is an universal Do It Yourself system for urban fitment construction and E is a portable museum with information of the archaeological site….
The project by Studio8 reveals a conceptual vision for a new public library, which would be housed in a waste tram at the “Otets Paisiy” Street in the town of Plovdiv. This is the exact street where the first trolleybus was passing through 55 years ago. The street is “cut” because of urbanization reasons, but has preserved itself as a parallel and alternative city culture, collateral to the main pedestrian and touring zone in the city. The project offers a new life for a small city square, which has lost its main function through the years. During the past years a number of foundations turn serious attention to this bohemian part of the town’s past and present. They initiated projects, exhibitions and festivals. This library will fill in to some extent a palpable gap, formed by the lack of cultural centers and sharpened by the closing of the historic square nearby and the emblematic for the city book-store, bearing also the name of one of the holiest Bulgarians- Otets Paisiy.
Look Mum No Hands, a bar, cafe and bike workshop all rolled into one that has already become a haven for serious bike addicts who bring their machines for repairs, and commuters who simply want to use the free Wi-Fi or eat snacks and salads while watching live screenings of cycle races.
Dont take the stairs, take the slide. Kid-inspired stair alternative. Train commuters in the city of Overvecht in the Netherlands have been offered the choice of the taking the stairs, or using a slide to access the station platform. A great example of gamification taking place in the real world, not just online.
Virtual Subway Store by executive creative director Joungrack Lee.
Tesco Homeplus in South Korea sets out to become number one with out increasing the number of stores. By placing virtual stores in subway stations people can buy items online and the items are shipped to their home.
Results: People could meet Tesco Homeplus wherever they go, not having to visit the actual store. Moreover they could make good use of the wasted times and enjoy their free time. After this campaign, on-line sales increased tremendously (Nov.2010-Jan.2011). Through this campaign, 10,287 consumers visited the online Homeplus mall using smartphones. The number of new registered members rose by 76%, and on-line sales increased 130%. Currently, Homeplus has become No.1 in on-line market and is a very close 2nd offline.
designed by jacek holubowicz and kazimierz lesnniewski, the eccentric ‘sofa bike’ has been conceived for the notion of the ‘bike date’.
the design includes two separated 8-gear hubs, hydraulic brakes (all operated by a front handle bar), and dynamic chain steeringfor manoeuvring through the streets. two extra soft bolsters are included that can be removed according to the driver’s height.
the ‘bike couch’ is also equipped with a sound system, 17 AH battery and a folding roof with gas springs.
‘sofa bike’ was presented during DMY berlin 2011.
Wake me up At Stickers. How frequently you fall asleep on the tube in the midst of the city’s “coming and going” and get off at the wrong stop? The solution to the problem comes from creative designers Cathy Hutton and Alice Tonge who have designed “wake-me-up” stickers.
A way to establish a friendly relationship with your seat neighbor or isolate completely , keeping people’s curiosity at bay. You choose. In any case, as author Cathy Hutton claims on her site, it’s “a way to get around life’s small nuisances”.
You can order the stickers online at www.wakemeupat.com or pick them up at shops like Urban Outfitters, Magma, American Retro, Aria (Upper Street) and The ICA Bookshop.
Portable Bike Sauna in Prague. Designed and built by architecture firm H3T. In Prague cycling is a hobby of dedicated cyclists who have to prove constantly that they are spirited enough to adopt this non-standard way of transportation around the city.
For all those who are not worried to ride their bikes, H3T have created a sauna that can be attached to a bike and dragged to a river or lake.
The Tourist Lane Project. Jeff Greenspan has painted a dividing line down the sidewalk beside New York’s iconic Flatiron Building, on the Fifth Ave side; the line demarks two walking lanes: one for dawdling tourists, the other for briskly moving locals.
the Polymobil by Andrea Strauss strives to be the fusion of emotions and traditions, a discussion and inventing machine around food and the attention we pay to it. The re-imagination of an Italian icon as something a little different. The Polymobile was built by pupils of the Polytechnical School Ottensheim under the guidance of artist Andreas Strauss. The project came for pupils at a point in life where food does not play as large a role as the worry about which career path to take. For them, developing and building the Polymobil amounted to an opportunity to reflect on quality of life, entrepreneurship and public intervention.
The Polymobil was successfully heated up the first time at a schoolparty this May in Ottensheim/Austria. Why don’t we think about a trip to experiment the Polymobil around Europe?
How to identify trees and where to find them in London.
special tram in Milan in 1971. a way to live the city in a different way.