Helping architects understand the materials they choose is just one of the goals of the Living Building Challenge, a green building certification program that’s been gaining momentum in recent years. It’s a rigorous set of performance standards that looks at seven categories: how a structure relates to its place and site, water efficiency, energy efficiency (it should create more energy than it consumes), how it promotes health and happiness in its users, its material composition, its equity, and how beautiful it is. … [Read more...] about It’s Time To Put Buildings On A Diet
Unlike your standard sofa–which is usually a hulking mass of upholstery, framing, and foam–the Delaktig is more like an interchangeable day bed. The secret is in a lightweight aluminum frame, made from 40% recycled content, that can receive clip-on accessories, like arm rests, backrests, lamps, side tables, and even a crib, as Royal College of Art students suggested after Ikea invited the students to participate in a workshop to explore what kind of attachments could make the Delaktig more functional. Dixon likened these additions to “apps for our platform.” … [Read more...] about Ikea’s Hackable Sofa Is Coming To The U.S.
Now, Google has updated the logo with a sans-serif typeface (think Helvetica) that’s actually Google’s own creation. Called Product Sans, we got a first peek of it in the company’s Alphabet logo, and at a glance, it undoubtedly looks more modern than the old alternative. But sans-serif typefaces are popular on these days for another reason than some attempt at dot com cool: their streamlined glyphs shrink down to tiny sizes with more legibility than the more ornamental serif lettering. And so Google has created a logo that can read as well on a 2.5-inch Android Wear watch face as it does your 50-inch TV playing Chromecast. … [Read more...] about Google’s New Logo Is Its Biggest Update In 16 Years
Perhaps most valuable, is how BIG has figured out how to propose and fund research and experimentation into every step of the design development process. Take the design competition. “We have big ideas born in the competition stage,” Lange says. “When we win those competitions, we also win that big idea. Then, when we negotiate contracts and so on, we not only discuss our regular fees, we ask the clients if they are wiling to pay for a feasibility study of the big idea. Then, it’s our job to prove that it’s not so crazy.” … [Read more...] about Inside BIG Ideas, the Incubator Where Architects Become Inventors
Even though orange wines are growing in popularity, it’s not likely spreading to the masses, according to Chloe Helfand. She is sommelier at Bazaar Meat, the Las Vegas restaurant by chef José Andrés. When they opened last August, Helfand had a few orange wines on the list, primarily for a limited clientele who already knew to ask about it. “It’s been trending for the last three to four years, but I wouldn’t say it’s something that will be popular everywhere. It’s definitely not something that I see trending in Vegas, or in middle America” Helfand says. “People are intrigued by it. People want to drink it, but I don’t think that you want to sit down and have an entire bottle.” And with a decent Gravner running upwards of a couple hundred dollars at a restaurant, a bottle is an investment. … [Read more...] about The Rise Of Orange Wine