The Battery Conservancy in New York City invites students and professionals from the Americas to design a chair—“an iconic moveable outdoor seating element”—as a part of the Americas Design Competition 2012 (Lab curator David Van der Leer serves on the competition’s advisory board). The winning design will be fabricated and installed at the Battery, the 25-acre park at the tip of Manhattan.
African architect Diébédo Francis Kéré has raised the bar once again, this time with a library in Burkina Faso that makes use of local pottery to create light and ventilation.
These beautiful photographs of objects in and around Mumbai’s heritage structures were captured as a part of a competition organized by the Alliance Française de Bombay. The competition helped mark Heritage Days, a weeklong celebration of the city’s cultural history.
This animation created by visualization specialist Jo Wood at City University in London maps data from the first five million journeys taken in the Barclays Cycle Hire, launched in July 2010. Commuter “hotspots”—heavily-traveled routes around Hyde Park, King’s Cross/St. Pancras, and Waterloo—are brightly defined by fluorescent paths.
Bike safety? There’s an app for that—almost. A new app for iPhone and Android called the Bike Crash Kit, created by New York “bike lawyers” Flanzig & Flanzig, helps cyclists compile information—names, insurance information, witness information, location, etc.—following a bike crash. In addition to prompting users to input data manually, the app takes advantage of smartphones’ basic utilities: camera, voice recorder, notepad, and geo-locator. Once all the information is compiled, the app automatically formats a report that can be emailed to the police department or an insurance company.
Missed our Maker Marathon that kicked off the Berlin Lab? Check out the World Maker Faire this weekend at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, where mobile breweries, pollution-sensing kites, 3-D printers, and a Lego robot that makes pancakes will come together under one roof.
Fifty golden pianos—part of UK artist Luke Jerram’s ongoing installation “Play Me, I’m Yours”—were recently installed across London to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. The installation has inspired countless impromptu performances and even a marriage proposal. Talk about engaging public space!
Louisville is a city built on suburbs, highways, and cars, though its downtown is growing. The city is now pursuing a plan that would enlarge downtown highways, further cutting off the city center from the waterfront and even eating up sections of a public park. This week, in The New York Times, Michael Kimmelman examines the advisability of this plan.
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