Monthly Archives: February 2012

Future Day: March 1, 2012

With all of our holidays commemorating the past, AI researcher Ben Goertzel, believed it was time we had a holiday celebrating the future and so tomorrow, March 1st, begins the inaugural Future Day with gatherings scheduled in cities throughout the world.

“Celebrating and honoring the past and the cyclical processes of nature is a valuable thing but in these days of rapid technological acceleration, it is our future that needs more attention, not our past.” ~ Ben Goertzel

For more information on Future Day as well as quotes from selected futurists, go to their website: http://futureday.org/

Work becomes play at LEGO Office

Yes, this is an actual office. This is LEGO’s corporate office in Denmark and unlike most offices we’re familiar with, this place is fun. Slides, tons of LEGO blocks and bright cheerful lighting is meant to bring out the kid in its adult employees in order for them to better understand what their target audience experiences and thus, make better LEGO. Can you say…dream job?

 

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Images courtesy of RosanBosch

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Plantscraper takes vertical farming to the next level. Literally

The future occupants of this skyscraper will be of the green variety but the not of the money-making human types but fruits and vegetables. Designed and developed by Plantagon, the structure has broken ground in Linkoping, Sweden and takes urban farming to the next level. This “plantscraper” will provide the community with plenty off fresh vegetables while any green waste left behind will be recycled into biogas and used to heating and cooling systems.

Images via Plantagon

Thanks to Futurist, Glenn Hough, for the tip!

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This is not an Apple store but the future home of the Korean Presidential archives

Design firm, SAMOO, used the Republic of Korea’s (South Korea) great seal and its box used by presidents as inspiration for the new Presidential Archive’s cubical form. The exhibition hall will be a collective presidential library from first president elected in 1948 as well future presidents up until 2040 when presumably, a new addition will be built. An inviting setting to expose Koreans to the intimate history of their nation’s leaders.

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Images courtesy of SAMOO

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Luck meets the river in China

Chinese are big into luck and many of their buildings are built according to feng shui and luck is certainly behond the design of the GDPE Landmark Building, under construction in Guangzhou. Resembling a coin, jade and a waterwheel, all symbols of good luck along side a river, the developers are going to need a lot of it to win the public acceptance as this is a textbook case of “love it or hate it”. You decide…

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Casa Bromelia

Casa Bromelia, designed by Urban Recycle Studio finished in December 2011 in Salvador, Bahia in Brazil.

Via ArchDaily

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Images courtesy of Urban Recycle Architecture Studio

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This building proposal goes with the flow

This proposal submitted by design firm Betillon/Dorval-Bory for Costa Rican NGO, FUNDECOR, would emphasize the organization’s commitment to sustainability by designing the building to maximize airflow as well as allow as much natural light as possible and minimizing its presence on the surrounding environment. Fresh air flows in to through front of the building and is expelled out the back via a blacktop heated by the sun which forces air upward and out of the building.

Unfortunately, this proposal didn’t win the design competition.

Via Inhabitat

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Images courtesy of Betillon/Dorval-Bory

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A plan to waterproof Manhattan to fend off the sea

File this under “Way out there” but University of Pennsylvania students, Tingwei Xu and Xie Zhang have come up with a rather unique solution for when New York City eventually succombs to rising sea levels, a lattice like “membrane” to waterproof the buildings from the flooding. While this has little chance of ever being realized and any real danger of serious flooding given current climate trends is at least a few centuries away, it is interesting to see ideas embracing our potential reality rather than make futile attempts to fight it.

Via eVolo

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Urban Futures, Language of Architecture: How will you change 21st century cities?

Architect and Futurist, Cindy Frewen Wuellner’s presentation at University of Kansas School of Architecture on September 2011.

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Church of Seed

Hong Kong design firm, O Studio Architects, recently completed the brutalist Church of Seed on the side of the Mount Luofu near Huizhou, China. Christianity and China have had a tenuous coexistence so rather than utilize traditional Christian ornamentation, it relies on more subtle methods; with the cross-shaped window being the only overt clue to its purpose.

Via dezeen

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Images courtesy of Jingchao Wen

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