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Gallery: World Architecture Festival names the best buildings of 2017

The Future Project of the Year Winner was a design for the Sydney Fish Markets by ...

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) has just awarded this year’s prizes to a truly global selection of projects. The winners were selected from a pretty long shortlist comprising 434 projects across 68 different countries, and featured everything from a hospital in Iran to a small earthquake-proof prototype house in China.

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Groover e-scooter pops its handlebars for easy charging

Groover is currently raising production funds on Kickstarter for its novel electric kick scooter

Electric kick scooters are 10 for a penny these days, with everything from fat-tired rollers to odd-looking tubular creations making eyes at your wallet. Even big names like Peugeot and BMW have muscled into the party. Austria’s Groover has something a little different on offer though, a kick scooter that has its battery cells in the steering column. This can be popped out between rides for charging convenience.

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SureFly octocopter to make first manned flight in January

The Workhorse SureFly – soon taking humans into the sky?

It was back in June that we first heard about Workhorse’s SureFly, a carbon fiber-bodied octocopter designed to carry two people. Well, if everything works out, it will be making its first manned flight on Jan. 8th in Las Vegas, ahead of the CES trade show where it will be on static display.

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Dark Interactions Are Invading Our Lives. Where’s The Off Button?

As things like AI, facial recognition, and motion-tracking become more sophisticated, we are taking part in an exploding number of human-computer interactions–and we don’t even know it.

Legendary computer scientist Mark Weiser famously said, “the purpose of a computer is to help you do something else.” It’s a beautiful sentiment, but it hasn’t come true. We live in constant contact with machines. And that contact is growing. As Ian Bogost points out in the Atlantic, we can’t get enough computers in our lives. Everything from our cars and homes to our garden hoses and bike locks are now connected. This creates hundreds if not thousands of little interactions to manage.

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This Primer On Generative Music Is A Masterclass In UX

It elegantly covers everything you ever thought to ask about “generative music”, and ton that you didn’t.

We’re used to hearing about AI beating humans at everything these days. But machines have been making music on their own for decades already. It’s even got a whole genre: “generative music.” That doesn’t mean that humans are completely out of the creative loop, though. It just means that what we think of as “composing” gets abstracted one level away from the actual music, and becomes more like system design: the human being devises a mechanism that, once set in motion with certain inputs, creates the music itself in ways that the person may not be able to predict. And those systems may be composed of anything from linked reel-to-reel tape recorders to APIs that access mass-transit data from Helsinki. They may even involve other people.

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This Stylish Lamp Is Actually An Alexa-Powered Voice Assistant

Ollie, a new smart lamp, can do everything your Echo or Google Home can do–and a lot more.

Voice assistant gadgets such as Alexa or Google Home are well on their way to mainstream ubiquity: Nearly 25 million are expected to ship this year, and by 2020 that figure is expected to swell to 60 million. Yet as Mladen Barbaric, the founder of Instrumments, sees it, the market’s still plagued by a problem. “Technology should be invisible,” he says, calling the prospect of adding yet another gadget to your home the “geek approach.” So instead, Instrumments created Ollie, a brushed-aluminum lamp with either Alexa or Google Home built in and a wireless charging station built into the base. It goes up for pre-sale today on Indiegogo, at prices starting at $89 for a table lamp with wireless charging, and the same price for a floor lamp without it.

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The Big Money Behind Naming A “Color Of The Year”

Pantone isn’t the only company to anoint a “color of the year.” Color trend forecasting has become a crucial marketing tool for everything from paint manufacturers to cheerleader uniform makers.

How many top colors can you cram into a single year? If paint marketers can be believed, 2018 will be the year of warm greige (Sandstone Tint 441-2DB, by Dutch Boy Paints), midnight blue (Heron 27-18 by Pratt & Lambert), marine teal (Oceanside SW 6496 by Sherwin-Williams), spruce blue-green (In the Moment T18-15 by Behr), and spicy red (Caliente AF-290 by Benjamin Moore).

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general design discussion • Re: We have $10,000 – what should we buy?

+1 on the photo setup if you don’t have one already. Having a really good camera, a couple softbox lights, and a backdrop set up and able to be used at any time has been really useful at work. Not only do pictures of our final models look great, but it’s really easy to have professional looking photos of everything along the way. And it should cost much less than $10,000 so you’ll have plenty left over for something else.

3D printers would be great if you don’t have them already. I think they help designers work on both form and function and help push their 3D modeling skills. Just make sure the students don’t think their hotshots for knowing 3D printing – it’s not really that hard (at least the usual stuff) and at least for now it doesn’t replace knowledge of mass manufacturing processes.

The desktop injection molding machine sounds great, but I worry that it will take too much upkeep and expertise, besides the cost of molds (which 3D printing can help with, but probably not a sub $10,000 3D printer). If you have a shop manager or other staff member who’s excited to take it on it could be cool though.

The electronics set is also a great idea, and also not terribly expensive. You could make a pretty sweet station for $10,000, and for those who are into it it would be a big help.


In photos: SEMA 2017's RVs, XVs, camper vans and adventure rigs

RVs, expedition trucks and other adventure rigs of SEMA 2017

The SEMA Show is all about the cars and trucks showered in aftermarket accessories, bright colors and crazy-creative customizing. But mixed in with these headlining stars, you’ll find at least a few camper vans, off-road expedition trucks and even a seven-figure motorhome or two. This year, we found more than usual, both market-ready motorhomes and wild expedition vehicle concepts. So we grabbed photos of everything with a fiberglass camper cabin, pop-up roof and fold-out tent and put together a gallery of all of SEMA’s live-in adventure vehicles.

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general design discussion • Re: We have $10,000 – what should we buy?

A small injection molding machine will still require an in house CNC machine for creating tools, and that’s prohibitively expensive for materials as a student. Students can learn as much about injection molding with a good teacher and a weeks lesson in drafting plus sketches. I would also argue that theres very advanced tooling approaches (we commonly had parts with pulls/slides/cams in all 4-6 directions) that allow very wacky things to be built. Not to say students shouldn’t understand those things, but early on in your career you can also be limited by a smaller amount of knowledge and thinking everything needs to be an A-B tool.

With that said, I had a girl in my ID studio in college design a bucket for horse shit (literally) and then when asked what it was made out of her response was “Carbon Fiber, because it’s light”. Needless to say her ID career never took off. :lol: