New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled Manhattan’s first Urban Umbrella yesterday–a hotly anticipated, swanky new scaffolding shed–though “umbrella” might be something of a misnomer. During a photo op, rain leaked through the translucent plastic roof and landed smack dab on the mayor, DNAinfo reports. advertisement Uh, design fail? Not so fast. The structure–constructed at 100 Broadway–hadn’t been waterproofed yet because waterproofing has to be done in dry weather (of which there’s been very little in New York lately). The designers say that the umbrella will be watertight once its gaps are filled with silicone. The point of the Urban Umbrella isn’t to protect against the elements, anyway (though, with a name like that, you’d kinda hope, right?). It’s meant to shield pedestrians from falling building debris. UPenn grad Young-Hwan Choi and the architecture firm Agencie Group won a competition to design a … [Read more...] about NYC’s Sexy New Scaffolding Leaks On Mayor At Unveiling
Sure, we’ll take your money, but what we really want is your data. advertisement advertisement The next movement in charitable giving and corporate citizenship may be for corporations and governments to donate data, which could be used to help track diseases, avert economic crises, relieve traffic congestion, and aid development. The UN, through its own data initiative Global Pulse, is pushing for a global “data philanthropy movement,” a term reportedly coined by World Economic Forum CTO Brian Behlendorf during the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. The basic concept, writes Global Pulse’s Robert Kirkpatrick, is a global data commons. Companies, governments, and individuals contribute anonymous, aggregated datasets from all over the world. Kirkpatrick points to the work of researchers who are pushing the boundaries of thinking about open data: Georgetown University Professor Michael Nelson’s ideas about how companies can benefit from greater … [Read more...] about Data Philanthropy: Open Data For World-Changing Solutions
Dutch architects MVRDV describe a pair of luxury residential skyscrapers that they plan to build in South Korea as rising through a “pixelated cloud.” Others say the buildings look like the twin towers exploding on 9/11. advertisement advertisement Per commenters on Dezeen: “This is like 9/11 freeze framed. What a bad idea…”; “9/11 inspired ???…very nice..!!!”; “This is better suited as Al-Qaeda headquarter[s].” Or as Gizmodo Australia puts it, in a headline: “What The Hell Were These Architects Thinking?” Not 9/11, they assure us. “We are highly surprised by the reactions this design has caused as there was no intention to create a resemblance to 9/11 or hurt anybody’s feelings,” MVRDV spokeswoman Isabel Pagel tells Co.Design. The architects (who’ve apparently received a spate of threatening calls and email accusing them of being “Al Qaeda lovers or worse”) elaborate … [Read more...] about Do These Skyscrapers Remind You Of The 9/11 Attacks? MVRDV Responds
Frustration can be a great motivator. Just ask Alastair Mitchell, the CEO and cofounder of Huddle, a set of tools for collaborating with teams of people spread across different geographies and in multiple languages. But building a better toolbox in the cloud is not enough to make a business successful these days. And, as Mitchell says in this installment of Innovation Agents, over the course of several years “we grew, ran out of money, raised money, grew, ran out of money, raised money…” advertisement Perseverance like that requires a belief in what you are building. “I wanted to make something bigger than myself,” says Mitchell, “and make something really great and exciting that would change the world.” Huddle is now used by 90,000 companies worldwide, including Disney, P&G, and HTC. One secret to Mitchell’s success might surprise you: Naivete. “Being naive helps hugely,” says Mitchell, 34. “You … [Read more...] about Huddle CEO Alastair Mitchell’s Secret Weapon: Naivete
There are few brands that evoke the Wild West of the old internet like Yahoo. The early portal to news, weather, sports, and everything else had an unmistakable brand in the late 1990s—it conveyed the idiosyncratic, optimistic promise of those early days of the web, complete with a hand-drawn, serifed logo that seemed to giggle like a kid wearing his father’s old zoot suit, found buried in a closet. advertisement advertisement Yahoo first updated that old logo in 2009, flattening it and going purple (remember? Yahoo used to be red). Then in 2013, under CEO Marissa Meyer, its quirky logo got a buttoned-up makeover. Now, for the third time in 10 years, Yahoo is rebranding again—this time, with design by Pentagram. The news comes alongside relatively new ownership under Verizon (which acquired Yahoo in 2016), and as the company has unveiled a series of redesigned versions of its key offerings, like its mail app, to woo consumers. The new logo keeps … [Read more...] about Yahoo has a new logo and brand. Again!