¿Cuánto sabes sobre el mundo? Hans Rosling, con sus famosos gráficos de la población mundial, la salud y datos de ingresos, demuestra que tienes una alta probabilidad estadística de estar muy equivocado acerca de lo que crees que sabes. Juega junto con la audiencia y aprende cuatro formas que te ayudarán rápidamente a ser menos ignorante.
Hoy me gustaría compartir con vosotros un ejemplo de reforma tan sencillo como genial. Se trata de un proyecto del arquitecto Sergi Pons y me parece genial para inspirarnos a la hora de “plantar cara” a esas “casas pasilleras” de techos altísimos que suelen abundar en los barrios más antiguos de nuestras ciudades.
Como veréis, la clave de este apartamento ha sido la de vaciar todo el espacio dejando a la vista la base histórica de la vivienda; el muro de piedra (que en muchas otras casas podría ser de ladrillo), las viguetas de madera y sus correspondientes bovedillas. La continuidad de la vivienda sólo se ve interrumpida (y sólo en parte) por el cubo blanco en el que apoya la cocina, que contiene el baño y que, a su vez, dota de intimidad a la zona del dormitorio. La clave está en el cambio de materialidad y color de este cubo (blanco liso contrastando con la calidez y las texturas de la piedra y la madera) y, sobre todo, en que no llega hasta el techo. De esta forma, se sigue leyendo un espacio único pero, a la vez, cada función de la vivienda queda perfectamente definida. También me gusta muchísimo cómo se ha integrado la galería; tan típica también en este tipo de casas. Se ha mantenido su singularidad con el cambio de suelo (en esta zona se mantiene de baldosa hidráulica) pero, a la vez, ilumina y completa perfectamente la zona de dormitorio creando un juego de espacios muy interesante. Sin duda, un ejemplo muy inspirador si en algún momento os planteáis reformar una vivienda de tipología similar. ¡A ver qué os parece a vosotros!
These are interesting days for product design, as companies are experimentally combining different technologies in an effort to create new classes of objects. Yesterday Amazon unexpectedly announced their Echo product design, a cylindrical domestic object that revealed the company is better at keeping things under wraps than Apple.
So what is Echo? The best way I can describe it is Siri in a can, or an iPad for your ears. Apple's tablet enabled us to view the internet without being tethered to a computer, and Echo aims to aurally provide us with information from the internet, with queries made via voice. Have a look at how Amazon imagines the device would fit into our lives:
Like Apple's iDevices before it, Echo consists of already-existing technologies that the designers are hoping will create a desireable functionality by being combined. But I'm not convinced it will succeed. In today's crowded product landscape, new objects succeed by fulfilling an unmet need, and/or possessing such a strong design-based sex appeal that consumers cannot resist buying it.
I'm not sure the Echo has either. The appeal of hands-free is that it lets you achieve something you'd ordinarily do with your hands, when your hands are already occupied; like the example in the video where the housemum is prepping food and asks for a measurement ratio rather than physically looking it up. That example is certainly valid, but it's a question of how often that need truly occurs.(more...)
We can’t believe that we missed this one pre-Halloween…but it’s just too dang good to not put out either way. Originally conceived of by Stephen Endersby, a Product Manager over at SolidWorks, this zombie-themed SolidWorks Simulation activity effectively helps you learn the basics of simulation in SolidWorks while testing zombie attack survival strategies.
In this case, Stephen has chosen how to effectively simulate what is needed in order to keep a door from being knocked down during a hostile attack.
“Have you ever wondered what you would do to save yourself from the zombie apocalypse? I know I have,” Stephen says.
“Do you get in a car and drive to the country, stay in your house or jump on a sail boat to wander the seas like the Flying Dutchman?? Actually I can rule the last one out as I can’t sail, so it’s either drive or stay. But what happens if the undead hoard are stumbling over the horizon on the day my car doesn’t start? I need a back-up plan; I need to be safe in my house, I need to know how much wood I need to board up my doors and windows…so let’s fire up SOLIDWORKS.”
Going into the project, Stephen has an accurate theory that no matter the type of zombie–slow like Romero’s Living Dead or fast like World War Z–the biggest problem that a homeowner faces are the doors being broken down. With this in mind, Stephen jumps directly into creating an average and vulnerable front door with a glass window:
He then adds some wood to the window on the exterior side as well as some cross boards on the interior:
“Now I don’t have nails inside of SOLIDWORKS Simulation so I will have to use bolts and set a failure load equivalent of the nail pull out force. Lastly I will need to apply the load on this door due to the mass of zombies pushing against the door. Now theoretically there should be a limit to this load because at some point the mass of zombies would crush the zombies at the front rather than increase the load. After quick scan of the internet I found information on crowd safety barriers and, assuming a healthy safety factor, I now have my zombie crush pressure. As all we are interested is the door we are going to ignore the wall, and assume the door frame is perfectly attached to the house walls. After adding contact between all the components we are ready to run the test.”
After establishing that he will need more planks of wood to avoid stress near the door handle, Stephen used the patterning tool to add and evenly distribute the wood panels across the entire door:
What will happen next?
Will Stephen effectively be able to simulate crowd control and establish the BOM that he needs? More importantly…are nachos and dip more of a priority over a cricket bat on his list of survival items? Be sure to check out his analysis in-full over at SolidWorks.
It’s hard not to appreciate concrete from a manufacturing standpoint regardless of your taste for or against the cool minimalist aesthetic. Between its widespread availability and ability to be formed into literally any cavity, concrete is an excellent medium for the cheap up-front cost of manufacturing with it alone.
Among other designers who have been dabbling with the concrete aesthetic is Bangkok, Thailand-based design studio Studiohole. Headed by industrial designers Kritsanawat Chonchana and Kitikarn Ngamboonsin, the two-person firm have created an impressive lineup of concrete-based products that incorporate electronic components…such as their latest, the Hole CD Player:
The team has also developed a wireless Bluetooth speaker–the JUN Speaker–that shares the same aesthetic to complete your mini-ecosystem…
The team have also designed a small line of other concrete objects that, while void of electronics, are still impressive material studies in their own right:
Teresa Paper Weight
Be sure to check out the rest of their portfolio over at Studio-hole.com.
Consisting of over 15,000 square meters of world-class automobile manufacturing equipment, the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy is one of the most iconic and visited automobile manufacturing facilities in the world.
Having been the location for the famous Ferrari factory since the early 1940s, Enzo Ferrari chose the Northern Italy spot due to complications having to do with bombings during World War II.
Ferrari history buffs will also be quick to note that this same factory also manufactured machine tools while Enzo was sorting out use of the Ferrari name with Alfa Romeo after having left working for the company that first hired him in 1920.
More recently, photographer Luca Locatelli had the opportunity to go behind the scenes and document the factory in its current operational state…which includes churning out over 7,000 highly-engineered units each year.
According to Ferrari:
“This (the factory) is an ongoing project and encompasses everything from the layout of the buildings to the pathways for both people and components alike, the functionality of the various activities carried out, and, most importantly of all, the well-being of the people that do the actual work.”
Be sure to check out the rest of Locatelli’s photos from his factory visit as well as his other incredible photo galleries.
A small house built in the last century on an old village road in the Dutch town of Duiven was recently passed down to the third generation of the family who owns it. Once the new generation took ownership, they decided to renovate the original house and build a contemporary volume on the back. Working with Studio Prototype, the family’s wishes were answered with a new addition that works with the existing home in a project called House W.
The two volumes are slightly skewed helping to add another element of spatial play on the exterior.
The facade is clad in diagonal strips of western red cedar timber laid out in opposite directions. You’ll also notice the diagonal patterns on the window screens that help with privacy.
From the street, the new volume looks to be a closed off block, but around the back, you’ll see that it’s open to the outdoor space.
A large window made up of two sliding doors opens up to the L-shaped veranda out back.
A double height ceiling connects the two floors, making the spaces feel bright and spacious.
A skylight helps bring in maximum daylight.
They brought the idea of the diagonal wood into the interior surrounding the built-in TV.
The connection between the two volumes is pretty seamless.
Photos by Jeroen Musch.
With the goal of "revolutionizing the watersport industry," Swedish company Radinn has released their first product: an electric powered wakeboard. The carbon fiber craft carries onboard lithium batteries and is controlled via a wireless handheld remote, allowing the rider to cruise at up to 30 miles per hour.
The coolest thing about having a self-propelled board is that it frees the rider from the beach. With an EPW one could navigate rivers, lakes, public fountains in Stockholm...
The 64-pound board's batteries can provide 30 minutes of runtime. Currently in its final testing stages, it's expected to go on sale next year. And no, it won't be cheap, but if you've got twenty grand to throw around, you could do a lot worse.(more...)
The question you’re left pondering upon first being presented with the LUMIX CM1′s design and specs list – with its giant 1″ 20-megapixel sensor and Leica lens – is whether Panasonic has created a devilishly thin digital camera with smartphone capabilities, or whether they’ve crammed a capable Android smartphone with astounding digital photography features? Whichever the case, the Panasonic Lumix CM1 unveiled at Photokina 2014 acknowledges and solidifies the convergence between categories.
Inside the retro-styled body a 1″ MOS sensor similar to those used inside Olympus and Leica’s Four Thirds System cameras is partnered with a manual focus ring 28mm f/2.8 Leica lens. This means the CM1 is capable of capturing 4K video and RAW video files. Despite the Lumix CM1′s camera body shape – complete with a textured synthetic leather back further selling its retro cred – the unit’s 21mm thickness means a viewfinder was an impossibility (for comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is 8.1mm in thickness).
Instead, a 4.7-inch 1080p screen allows for framing and image review, while Android 4.4 KitKat handles all smartphone features, relying upon the 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM for what should offer sufficiently snappy performance. The CM1 ships with only 16GB of onboard storage (and disappointingly only a modest 2,600mAh battery), but a microSD card slot means storage can be expanded with additional 128GB and switched out whenever needed.
The cursive “L” at the bottom corner denotes the f/2.8 Leica DC Elmarit lens attached to the CM1′s “slim for a camera” / “chubby for a smartphone” body. One is left imagining a design which would allow the pancake style lens to be switched out.
With all good news comes some bad news: Panasonic plans to only release the Lumix CM1 initially in France and Germany in December for an estimated 900 euros (about $1,164), test markets before the possibility this very tempting design arrives stateside some time in 2015.
Tengo una tarde de domingo bastante retrofuturista. Cuando publiqué hace unos días el artículo sobre las granjas de arañas, recuerdo haber encontrado entre viejos papeles un ejercicio de predicción acerca del futuro lejano, ya presente, que transcribo parcialmente a continuación. Sorprende ver cómo se acierta de lleno en algunos asuntos, más que nada teniendo en cuenta que la radio, por ejemplo, acababa de nacer y apenas si existían aparatos en el planeta. Viajemos al futuro-pasado 2007 desde el lejano 19071:
Para el año 2007 tendrá Nueva York veintidós millones de habitantes2. Sus nombres llenarían tomos y tomos de una guía o directorio de señas, así es que se renunciará a estos. El problema se solucionará de un modo sencillísimo. Por aquel entonces la moneda corriente será el centavo de aluminio3, y bastará echar un décimo de centavo en la ranura de uno de los muchos aparatos telefónicos que habrá y pedir las señas que se deseen para que a los tres minutos se obtenga una tira de papel con la dirección pedida impresa. Lo maravilloso será que esta operación se efectuará desde la central por medio de las ondas hertzianas. (…) Se calcula que por aquella época existirán veintiún modos diferentes de locomoción, siendo el más agradable entre todos ellos el de los buques aéreos movidos por la electricidad, y el más rápido el de los tubos neumáticos4.
(…) Por medio centavo se podrá adquirir el último número de cualquier periódico diario, que hará ediciones de hora en hora, tanto de día como de noche, y que se publicará en forma de libro con cubierta de tela y canto dorado. El arte del anuncio habrá progresado de tal suerte que los mejores libros serán sencillamente colecciones de anuncios. Lo más curioso será que después de leído el periódico bastará exponerlo a determinada temperatura para que desaparezca la parte impresa, convirtiéndose en un libro de notas de papel blanco.
A no ser por los relojes, apenas se diferenciará el día de la noche, gracias a una porción de lámaparas eléctricas gigantescas que, suspendidas sobre la ciudad, harán las veces del sol y evitarán el uso de los millones de lámparas incandescentes que hoy gastamos. (…) Toda casa y todo hotel tendrá su cámara frigorífica donde podrá almacenarse de una vez alimento para varios años. (…) Existirán cocinas públicas desde las que se servirá a los abonados la comida por medio de tubos neumáticos.
Por medio de aparatitos portátiles todo el mundo podrá establecer comunicación a cualquier distancia, y no habrá persona que no lleve en el bolsillo su correspondiente “fono” para cuyo funcionamiento se aprovecharán hasta las vibraciones más sutiles del éter. Por encima pasarán las veloces máquinas voladoras, rápida y silenciosamente (…) existirán buques que harán los viajes con perfecta seguridad a razón de unos 1.000 kilómetros por hora. Con semejante velocidad y calculando en 6.000 kilómetros, en números redondos, la distancia que media entre Francia y Nueva York, será posible desayunar en este último punto a las siete de la mañana y cenar en Francia a las seis de la tarde.
1 Véase Alrededor del mundo, 6 de febrero de 1907.
2 Actualmente el área metropolitana de Nueva York cuenta con poco más de 22 millones habitantes (dato de 2012).
3 El aluminio era poco utilizado en la época, pero empezaba a mostrar su potencial industrial futuro.
4 Al más puro estilo Futurama.
No habrá persona que no lleve en su bolsillo un “fono” (1907) apareció originalmente en Tecnología Obsoleta, 21 septiembre 2014.
|'Retrato Robot' de Jürgen Mayer en Lugadero. Hasta el 31 de octubre|
Nemo 33 era la piscina cubierta más profunda del mundo, (acaba de ser destronada la piscina Y-40). Aún así, la profundidad de 34 metros de Nemo es alucinante, y es a menudo utilizada para la práctica del buceo. Nadar ahí es una experiencia que pocos pueden olvidar.
El fondo es oscuro y hay varias cuevas para que para que los buzos puedan explorar. El siguiente video es una grabación del nado dentro de la piscina que es fascinante.
Hacer el retrato de una ciudad es el trabajo de una vida y ninguna foto es suficiente, porque estos espacios están en constante cambio. Todo lo que hay en la ciudad es parte de su historia: su cuerpo físico de ladrillo, piedra, acero, vidrio, madera, como su sangre vital de hombres y mujeres que viven y respiran. Las calles, los paisajes, la tragedia, la comedia, la pobreza, la riqueza. El mundo tiene rincones construidos de estética magistral que los hemos colocado en el Top 24 de las ciudades más bellas y aquí te presentamos la lista.
Appointed as the principal architect for the Qatar Integrated Railway Project (QIRP) which will extend to 60 stations, the design forms a bridge between past and future, drawing inspiration from the vast regional architecture lexicon while representing an effective vision of modernism and preservation. With its strong identity, this new network creates instant recognition at busy intersections, serving as a permanent reminder of the alternative to private transportation.
The full network is planned to comprise four lines connecting the GDA as well as Al Khor, and Al Wakrah-Mesaieed communities located north and south of Doha respectively.
SCALES OF IDENTITY: A key concept within the design is one of creating varying scales of identity for the user: network identity, line identity and station identity. Network identity reflects the overall Qatar Rail brand using recurring design elements that will shape the architecture of the stations consistently throughout the network and will offer brand recognition with Doha’s urban fabric. Line identity is achieved by creating different atmospheres within the stations for the theme of each of the metro lines (Historic line, Coastal line, City line and Education line) through distinct wall and floor treatments, as well as through material applications that orient and guide the travellers through their journey. Individual station identity is achieved by displaying features positioned at strategic points in different areas of each station. The content of these features is specific to each station and is related to the local context and/or to the line theme. By integrating curated content throughout the stations, the Metro Network will serve as a cultural vehicle for Doha.
VAULTED SPACES: Building upon existing elements found in the architecture of the region, in the architectural branding vision, the ‘Vault’ represents a new referential bridge between Qatar’s historic architecture and culture and its future as a beacon of innovation and prosperity. Drawing inspiration from the arch, expressions of traditional architecture, the lightness of the dhow sail, and the tensile profiles of nomadic tents, the ‘Vaulted Spaces’ design proposes a contemporary approach to the interpretation and morphological implementation of these elements. Through a system of interconnected triangular base forms, the massing of the geometry adapts and transforms to incorporate programmatic functions and to connect interior spaces with exterior urban infrastructure.
ADAPTABILITY: The scale of the Metro intervention in Doha requires careful planning in order to comply with a strict time schedule and achieve minimum disruption in the urban environment. Flexibility becomes a design and planning objective at all levels of intervention. Using a large catalogue of architectural ‘branding’ elements, the design proposal represents a flexible new architectural system which can adapt itself to the scalar challenges set within the Metro Network.
Drawing on innovative construction methodologies and materials, the Qatar Rail architectural identity is designed for an efficient organisation of the production and assembly of elements, resulting in an effective construction site and a high level of quality control.
OYSTER: The materialisation principles are experienced through a duality of a pure, modest exterior versus a rich, illuminated mother of pearl effect interior. The exteriors reference the monolithic strength of old Qatari architecture, while the interior spaces create a radiant effect of movement and fluidity. The use of this uniquely Qatari ornamentation and material palette assists in dividing the large interior spaces and guiding pedestrians towards the transient spaces. The integrated light lines amplify the experience, function as natural wayfinding elements and contribute to a unique ambience for the Metro Network.
CARAVANSERAI: Referencing the notion of Caravanserais – which were inns with enclosed courts that served as gathering and resting places on ancient trade routes – and following in the lineage of historic train palaces, the design generates social interaction and propagates place creation over space creation. Drawing on this tradition of key reference nodes along a travelling route, a sequence of wall attractors within the transient space of pedestrian flows create moments of diversity, opportunities for calmness and gathering and showcases for local culture and identity.
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What better way to usher in Summer with a few refreshing cocktail recipes to wow your guests with. Some with a kick, some virgin…
Photos and Styling by The Artful Desperado.
– A clean glass bottle or container (I prefer glass as it won’t leach any nasty stuff)
– 1 kaffir lime leaf
– Organic yerba mate – about 3 tablespoons per cup of water
– A few slices of fresh ginger
– Combine all ingredients, stick’em in the bottle.
– Let it sit overnight.
– Wake up, do some stretches, thank the sun for this amazing day, go to the kitchen, strain the brewed tea.
– Bottle up and enjoy!
• 1/2 lime, quartered
• half moon, thin slice of grapefruit
• 8-10 mint leaves
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 60ml white rum
• 30ml freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
• 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
• 60ml soda water
• ice cubes
1. Combine the lime quarters, grapefruit slice, mint leaves, and sugar in a cocktail glass. Muddle.
2. Add the rum, grapefruit and lime juice, and stir together until sugar has dissolved. Finish with club soda and one or two large ice cubes.
Earl Grey Infused Gin Cocktail
Paul and Andrea J. Bartholomew from theframedtable.com
3 tbs simple syrup (see Notes for recipe)
45ml lemon juice
80ml Earl Grey infused gin (see Notes for recipe)
3 ice cubes (see Notes for recipe)
soda water (sodium free)
dried rose tea buds (optional, for garnish – we used Damask Rose Tea Buds from Harrods in London, of course)
In a collins glass, combine simple syrup, lemon juice and the infused gin. Stir.
Add 3 ice cubes and top off the glass with club soda. Stir again.
If additional charmingness is desired for presentation, add an optional garnish of dried rose tea buds.
• INFUSED GIN: add 2 tbs loose leaf Earl Grey tea to 230ml Gin and it let set for 2 hours covered at room temperature. Filter into another container for use later.
• SIMPLE SYRUP: mix 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour into a glass jar and cover. Makes about 1½ cups and will keep in the refrigerator for a few months.
• ICE CUBES: chip pieces off an iceberg from your transatlantic ocean liner voyage and form into cube-like shapes, approximately 2 to 4cm. Keep below 0°C until ready to prepare this cocktail.
Muddle lime at the bottom of the glass
Place the rosemary on the glass and fill with ice
Pour gin and then top up with tonic
Stir with rosemary sprig and serve
Now how’s is that for a good way to start Summer…
Do you have any great cocktail recipes? Share them with us! And send us pics of your summer concoction.
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When you have been sitting on the airplane waiting for the last people to get on-board, you may have looked out the window and wondered what all the signs and symbols at the airport mean. Well if you have you can now find out as a new book has been released by Kate Ascher, called “The Way to Go”. The book is packed with some great graphics and information, along with stuff that is really cool and interesting to know.
“The Way to Go” is all about infrastructure and great for anyone who is engineering minded. It features graphics that are beautiful while at the same time clearly explaining infrastructure and engineering marvels around us. So if you have ever wondered what all those signs and flashing lights mean as the plan makes its way to the airport, now is the time to find out.
One excerpt from the book explains in a simple visual guide how planes take off, navigate, approach and land. Pictures show that there are numerous coloured lines and these relate to different aircraft from different airports, which could be landing or taking off. For instance when departing the line is solid and when arriving it is dashed.
Runways are similar to roads in that they have many markings on them along with symbols and lights. The book clearly explains what all these mean.
For instance did you know that a series of white lights mark the edge of the runway and then turn to yellow over the last 2,000 feet? The centre line is the same, white at first and then turning to white and red at the last 3,000 feet and then red on its own for the last 1,000 feet of runway.
Along with this there are directional arrows, these point to runways which intersect along with taxiways. If it is a taxiway then it will have a yellow letter on a black background. Intersecting runways and taxiways have a black letter on a yellow background with an arrow pointing the direction of the runway or taxiway. The mounted signs help the pilot as they navigate runways and taxiways that crisscross over each other. The current runway is a one or two digit number and this corresponds to the leading compass digits and the reciprocal heading.
Solid and dashed yellow lines or yellow laddered lines are indicators of where the plane that is taxiing should stop while they have been cleared by the air traffic control. The runway that intersects is noted in white numbers on a red background.
When approaching or departing the aircraft is directed through the same airspace at different altitudes. They need to be of course as many aircraft all in the same airspace at the same time would end in disaster if they were all at the same altitude.
You may have heard about airplanes being in a holding pattern. Well the book explains that at the airport these are called “stacked” and each plane is separated vertically by 1,000 feet of airspace. The plans are stacked on top, in layers, and they cycle down to the bottom of the stack as each plane lands. Holding patterns typically happen due to weather or traffic. The racetrack pattern is a series of four legs, a 180 degree turn, a straightway, a 180 degree turn and then another straightway. These are anchored over a fix, which is usually in the form of a radio beacon.
So the next time you are coming in to land or taking off, take a look out the window as what’s around you and you will know what all the signs and symbols mean.