Humans are creative creatures. That’s what we believe, and so does Sir Ken Robinson…In one of our favorite TED talks, he claims that “schools kill creativity” and that we in fact are all born creative…that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow OUT of it (or rather we get educated out of it)….He encourages the creation of a system that nurtures creativity, rather than undermining it.Nurturing creativity…hmmm, that seems simple enough…”If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything…” Children don’t worry, they create…Give this talk a listen and be ready to be inspired (and entertained!).
“Shouldn’t it be possible to conceal a house in an Alpine slope while still exploiting the wonderful views and allowing light to enter the building?” This was the questions architects at SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects asked themselves when developing the Villa Vals. Their challenge was to construct a modern home close to the world famous thermal bath of Vals, without disturbing the bath’s view. Set amidst the more traditional mountain houses, this “underground home” is so unobtrusive without loosing out on this amazing Alpine view…The interior is not too shabby either, furnished with the works of Dutch designers Hella Jngerius, Demakersvan and Claudy Jongstra…Check out more details about this project of Netherland architects at SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects at their sites.
This TED talk is so inspiring, we just could not not share it. Dan Buettner reminds us that the small things in life matter. Take care of your body (move naturally and eat wisely) and your soul, use your brain (have the right outlook) and be part of a community…Find more inspiring talks on the TED website, here!
We are really digging the new mixtape, The Messengers, from J. Period and K’NAAN…It’s a concept album of a different sort featuring remixes and production by J. Period and lyrics from Somali MC K’NAAN. This whole album is a tribute to three of the biggest musical influences of modern times: Fela Kuti, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan…And the best part? You can download it for free at J. Period’s website, here.
Have you seen the Volkswagen’s Autotürme (car towers) – part of the Autostadt? They rise 48 meters or 150 feet above the grounds, and they’re linked by a fully automated delivery system to both the Volkswagen factory and the Kunden Center (where VW customers pick up their new cars). They work like giant vending machines: As a new car arrives from the factory, it’s transported by robot to an empty storage slot in one of the towers; when a customer shows up to collect the car, the same robotic picking system fetches the vehicle, brings it down to ground level, and transfers it to the Kunden Center in the next building. Each tower holds up to 400 cars on 20 levels and can process a car every 45 seconds during peak times. So futuristic and so cool.
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Banksy is making a film? If you happen to be at Sundance, you might have a chance to check this out while you are there…for those of us not able to make it, check out the trailer for Exit through the Gift Shop below. Check out the website, here!From their website: “Sundance has shown films by unknown artists but never an anonymous one. Banksy turns the tables on the only man who has ever filmed him, creating a remarkable documentary that is part personal journey and part an exposé of the art world with its mind-altering mix of hot air and hype. In the end, Exit Through the Gift Shop is an amazing ride, a cautionary modern fairy tale . . . with bolt cutters.”
It is amazing how simple improvements to everyday objects can make such a big difference…in function and aesthetics! We love the designs by Peter D’Alessandro, especially the “waste and want” cutting board. Please check out the rest of his portfolio on his site, here!Hoseroll: An alternative to the standard hose reel. The Hoseroll offers a practical storage solution for the garden hose, as well as being an ever-changing garden sculpture.