Warka Water – Catching drinkable water from air

This great biomimetic water harvesting installation is inspired by Namibian fog-basking beetles, Ethiopian basket-weaving traditions Warka trees. It is made of bamboo, bioplastic and fiber ropes and is easy to build with simple tools. For more information, visit the project’s web page warkawater.it

BIG & Heatherwick Studio: Google’s California HQ

BIG and Heatherwick Studio have joined forces to design new California headquarters for Google. It will be interesting to see how this Frei Otto meets the Eden Project meets Under the Dome will come to life. It will be quite a challenge to turn vast parking lots and mundane business parks into an ecological, inspiring and flexible neighbourhood as described in the video. It is interesting how different headquarters designs of the contemporary giants are: Facebook+Gehry, Apple+Foster and now Google+BIG&HS are headed into totally different directions with their designs. They share very similar ideas about an ecological campus of the future, but the approach and execution are quite different. Ultimately time will tell which vision transforms into reality the best. Different as they are, certainly all of these companies have the resources to make it work. Let’s just wait and see!

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Miekkakalapasuuna

Tampere has a brilliant new bookstore/record store/hangout called Miekkakalapasuuna (Swordfishtrombone). They have a neat selection of records and books to browse while sipping a cup of coffee provided by the shop. They also have a very friendly and helpful staff. Be sure to check this place out at Satamakatu 5, Tampere!

The Best Tall Building Worldwide 2014 – One Central Park

The fabulous One Central Park has been selected as the Best Tall Building Worldwide by the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, PTW Architects and Patrick Blanc, this Sydney high-rise hybrid boasts beautiful, large green walls. The building also has an array of motorised mirrors to direct light to the park that would otherwise be overshadowed by the building. Wow!

Vaivaisukko – Our entry to the Guggenheim Helsinki competition

Here is our entry to the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition. We propose a Vaivaisukko, a money collecting statue, to be built on the competition site. The idea is to collect the funds needed for a new museum entirely from individual supporters and to make the process enjoyable. The name Vaivaisukko comes from a historical tradition where a wooden poor man statue, vaivaisukko in Finnish, was placed outside a church to collect money for the poor. Our Vaivaisukko combines the historical money collector and the modern day crowd funding into an artwork of its own. In our scheme, a new Vaivaisukko will be built periodically. There will be an international competition every year to select the new project to be built. Artists and designers around the world can submit their designs for the Vaivaisukko. In the first year, the budget for the competition will come from a Vaivaisukko Kickstarter project. Later […]