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* Design: Milan Design Week 2013 Map

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 7 April 2013

Milan Design Week 2013 Map

Design: Milan Design Week 2013 Map: “..Milan 2013: the design world descends on Milan next week. To help you navigate the hundreds of events around the city we’ve compiled a map with our pick of the best exhibitions, parties and talks..”  Once again the excellent Dezeen helps guide us through the events of, perhaps, the most important design event of the year..

image: Dezeen, Google; article: Dezeen

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Not-So-Smart-Cities – A Robot City in New Mexico, USA

Posted by the editors on Monday, 26 September 2011

Greg Lindsay, visiting scholar at the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University and the co-author of “Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next” has written a very interesting article entitled “Not-So-Smart Cities” in The Opinion Pages of the Sunday Review of The New York Times, looking at “smart-city” urban design simulation, its limitations, and the upcoming creation of a robot city in New Mexico (USA) for the express purpose of “fine-tuning” urban design data simulation.  Aside from the interest that the possibly retro-techno-futuristic aspects of a “robot city” may hold, the limitations are significant.  Lindsay cites, among others, the example of Jane Jacobs, who, taking on the myth that was Robert Moses, says, “cities are immune to precisely this kind of objective, computation-driven analysis. Much like the weather, Ms. Jacobs said, cities are astoundingly complex systems, governed by feedback loops that are broadly understood yet impossible to replicate.” and others, notably those with a stake in the “robot city” project, who say, ” armed with enough data and computing muscle, we can translate cities’ complexity into algorithms. Sensors automatically do the measuring for us, while software makes the complexity manageable…’We think that sensor development has gotten to the point now where you can replicate human behavior,’ said Robert H. Brumley, the managing director and co-founder of Pegasus. These days, he and others believe, even the unpredictable “human factor” is, given enough computing power, predictable. ‘You can build randomness in.'”

“[P]laying SimCity for real”?…

image: Paul Hoppe/The New York Times

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Architecture: Zaha Hadid: Chinese Gem That Elevates Its Setting by Nicolai Ouroussoff

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid, photo by Iwan Baan

The outstanding architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff has written an inspired and inspiring article entitled “Chinese Gem That Elevates Its Setting” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times looking at the marvel that is Zaha Hadid‘s Guangzhou Opera House.  Ouroussoff’s fine eye, and gift for language, make his article a model for astute, yet accessible, architectural observation and critique.

Knowing that Ouroussoff will soon be leaving his post as primary architecture critic at The New York Times, to be replaced by art critic Michael Kimmelman, certainly saddens us here at Designalog, who have always appreciated, though not always agreed with, his keen observations (though we have always thought his writing was marvelous).  We hope that he will continue to offer us, in the future, the fruits of his many talents.

Any information on Ouroussoff’s next endeavors?  Any ideas about an art critic taking on the role of the primary architecture critic for such a widely read publication?  Do let us know.

Excellent slide show, with photos by Iwan Baan, accompanying Ouroussoff’s article, here.

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid, interior view; photo by Iwan Baan

images: Iwan Baan/The New York Times

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Lighting – Can Can for FLOS by Marcel Wanders

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 25 June 2011

Launched at Euroluce, Milan this April, Can Can, the new creation by Marcel Wanders for FLOS, will be available in the stores from July onwards. Ostensibly a clean, linear suspension light, Can Can entertains a dual personality as the simple external shape houses a sophisticated decorative interior. Can Can recalls other designs byMarcel Wanders where he combines classic forms with traditional decorations. Here, the clean lines of the suspension lamp contrast the delicate floral decoration inside the light. Achieving a perfect balance between simplicity and refinement, Can Can demonstrates Marcel Wanders’ enduring skill in creating designs that add an unexpected and sophisticated note to our everyday surroundings.

FLOS official site, here.

Marcel Wanders official site, here.

 

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