Why send loud, traffic-clogging, air-polluting trucks rumbling through our city streets when we could instead employ a network of cargo bikes? That’s the plan that an alliance of activists, logistics firms, and city officials are trying to put in place across Europe.
For his latest architectural project, Drew Seskunas didn’t design a house or a restaurant or a retail shop, but an interactive light installation, presented at the 2011 DMY in Berlin. Made of folded pieces of laser-cut aluminum sheets and suspended overhead, his BotoxLamp flickers with light in response to ambient shadows and human presence. As you can see from the video below, it’s an effect that can completely wig out a dog.
So what’s the architectural component? Seskunas explains:
A good shopkeeper knows that to lure customers month after month, he has to freshen not just his stock, but the look of his space, too. That doesn’t come easy (or cheap). One pert little boutique in Berlin has a whip-smart solution: product armature that’s designed to move.
These are not, mind you, the squeaky mobile racks you find in every Macy’s dressing room in America. They’re more like food carts, only prettier -- tall wooden racks on wheels, many with shelves and clothing rods, that can be pushed around the store in a cinch whenever the makeover bug hits.
"People have carpal tunnel because hardware wasn't designed with humans in mind. The same problem exists with digital interfaces -- human elements are often left out of code," says Carolyn Guertin, a self-proclaimed cyberfeminist, University of Texas at Arlington professor, and speaker at this Berlin festival aimed at pondering the intersections of culture and technology.