Flora Skeleton Tada Asuka

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Floral, Tada Asuka (source)

Tada Asuka has created x-ray images of skeleton using a petals dipped in special chemicals. Arranged like a flower ceremony, the vivid colour and the white skeleton developed a mysterious relationship.

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Carsten Höller

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Carsten Höller is a artist who had done this slide inside the Tate modern museum, London in 2009. Although the first one was in 1998 Berlin, it had finally reached oversea after 10 years.

I was researching fire stairs because i was constantly using them while working in Hong Kong, the sizes they take up equate to more 50% of building considering how little we use them as an alternative escape. I was looking so other methods of kinetic transportation and this is when i came across Carsten Höller.

Imagination and drawings

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master of imagination and drawings, Yorifuji Bunpei (source in Japanese only!)

I have learned to draw with many help from this book by Bunpei, Yorifuji Bunpei is a graphic designer known for his Japanese railway manner ads.

I particularly find the chapter in figure posture helpful, it show how the basic form can be achieved with a doll figure, important parts like hips and joints are also talked about here.

Another chapter show how to draw sections with different weighted lines to show transparency and depth. There are also warmup exercises included.

This book has helped me in numerous aspect of my drawings, it also taught me to draw what is not in front of you but what is imagined that I found it very interesting because we are naturally curious about the unknown.

Everything you need to Know About Finance and Investing in Less than an Hour

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William Ackman, explaining how the business work in 43 minutes. (Video at 43mins)

We all want to be financially stable and enjoy a well-funded retirement, but we don’t want to squander our hard-earned money on poor investments. William Ackman, the CEO of Pershing Square Capital, is here to tell you Everything You Need to Know About Finance and Investing –– in less than an hour.

The Cloister – Le Corbusier

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The Cloister (Le Couvent De La Tourette) is a monastery built in 1953-60 by Le Corbusier for the Dominican Order in France for monastic students.

Here are four core principles by Le Corbusier

Take a house and free the ground floor from the grip of the soil, increase the garden area
Free the roof by making it into a terrace,
Long live the free plan in the wall which no longer needed, the concrete slab of upper floor are supported on stilts
Long lived the free facade that support nothing, glass can used in total freedom

In summary Corbusier’s idea of a modern house was to maximise the functionality of the building as well as harmonise the building with the environment.

The smooth concrete for mediating and study, the building line up perfectly with the horizon to maximise the beauty of the view. The geometry shapes in the middle are apparently for the mediating as well as defining the church area. The top is flat so you can have a garden at the roof. The building is raise above the the ground so that you can have move public space outside. It was also interesting to find out the window and concrete was made out of a musical pattern by one of his co-worker who was a musician. The pattern provide a mediating experience that will guide the guest. For the room with privacy concern thinner concrete are placed close proximity and wide glass is used for the lecture rooms where light is the utmost importance.

Thumb-Tack

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SORI by 5+2 (Satoru Utashiro, Atsuko Araki, Masaki Kato, Takahiro Taira, Yasuka Mori, Rina Ono, Hikaru Yamaguchi) (Japan) (source)

The “Sori” is a depressed thumb-tack which made using it more comfortable than the conventional rounded ones. It also won the 3rd place in the MUJI competition. The idea was simple but unaware by many which seem such a shock when I first find out about it. (more award winning projects)

Push a Pin

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Push-pin Concept by Kentaro Fukuchi, Takeo Igarashi, Maki Sugimoto, Charith Fernando and Masahiko Inami (source)

The Push-pin project was carried out as a observation to organised household appliances and using wireless technology to reduce the amount of power wires connected.
The colour pins are shaped of household electric appliance such as coffee maker, lamp, radio, television and heater. They are controlled by wireless technology which meant a greater degree of control and freedom. Since they are programmable each slot can accept any pins and will match up the same pair to turn on which appliance. And since it is wireless network, it can have a timer to set up various scenarios and settings and recall it next time.

In Design for the Everyday Things, Don Norman describe the appliance problem and proposed a switch pin solution. The problem lies in mapping and grouping the functions appropriately. The amount of switches in a modern household typically have 2 or more if using power strip extension in a row.

“Similar problems in airplanes and power plants are dangerous. The controls all look the same”