Archinect - News 2014-09-01T15:05:47-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/102022594/modern-soccer-wouldn-t-be-the-same-without-an-architect-s-invention Modern soccer wouldn't be the same without an architect's invention Archinect 2014-06-16T16:00:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:03:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bk/bkzqflmgoijlx9sr.jpg" width="514" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the ball most commonly seen today was first designed in the 1960s by architect Richard Buckminster Fuller, whose forte was designing buildings using minimal materials. Previously, leather soccer balls consisted of 18 sections stitched together: six panels of three strips apiece. The soccer ball Fuller designed stitched together 20 hexagons with 12 pentagons for a total of 32 panels. Its official shape is a spherical polyhedron, but the design was nicknamed the &ldquo;buckyball.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/88446310/skate-this-limited-edition-rem-koolhaas-flag-deck Skate this: Limited edition Rem Koolhaas Flag Deck Alexander Walter 2013-12-09T14:35:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T10:51:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cy/cy4ythcnin6ejy4f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> While collaborations between architects and skaters <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/13140602/not-your-mama-s-skateboard-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aren't too rare</a>, the symbiosis typically happens in the realm of ramp/rail/ledge/obstacle design. To have an architectural heavyweight like Rem Koolhaas come out and give his blessings to a <a href="http://www.dufarge.com/product/flag-deck-rem-koolhaas/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skateboard deck design</a>, which pays homage to OMA's Museum Park in Rotterdam, is a rather seldom event.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9i/9iu6ikizh6na3m00.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Here's the complete story we've received from NL-based skateboarding brand <a href="http://www.dufarge.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dufarge</a>:</p> <p> "The Dutch designers from surf inspired skatebrand Dufarge produced a skateboard deck that honours their favourite local skate spot. Part of OMA's Museum Park-scheme in Rotterdam, the spot, also known as 'Rem's Flag', features a 150 meter stretch of brightly coloured stripes: a collossal version of OMA's 'EU Barcode'."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xl/xlg0h4zboozgrcwv.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "The EU Barcode was designed in 2001 by the OMA think tank AMO to represent the European Union as "the common effort of different nations, with each state retaining its own cultural identity while sharing the advantages of acting tog...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87070816/seven-projects-shortlisted-for-world-design-impact-prize-2013-2014 Seven projects shortlisted for World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014 Justine Testado 2013-11-21T15:06:00-05:00 >2013-11-25T22:14:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5o/5oq0sd4fgcc2tycm.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seven projects have been shortlisted for the World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014. The nominated projects were unveiled during the 28th General Assembly of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) in Montreal, Canada from Nov. 18-19. The World Design Impact Prize raises awareness to the value of industrial design to provide solutions that address challenging global issues and social well-being.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The shortlisted projects are:</p> <ul><li> ABC (A Behaviour Changing) Syringe</li> <li> BioLite HomeStove</li> <li> Family By Family</li> <li> Laddoo Project</li> <li> Leveraged Freedom Chair</li> <li> Potty Project</li> <li> Refugee Housing Unit</li> </ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/78830912/online-shop-das-programm-launches-offering-vintage-hard-to-find-dieter-rams-products Online shop, Das Programm, launches offering vintage, hard-to-find, Dieter Rams products Paul Petrunia 2013-08-06T13:19:00-04:00 >2013-08-06T17:11:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nm/nmrzugvrwkym8kd5.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As incorrigible collectors we are all too aware of the gap between the desirability and availability of Dieter Rams' work. das programm was conceived to correct this. We only sell Dieter Rams designs for Braun and Vits&oelig;, and Braun products issued between 1955 and 1995, the period of Rams&rsquo; office at Braun, for the greater part as Director of the Design Department.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/77696004/psfk-s-future-of-home-living-experience-opens-today-in-nyc PSFK's Future of Home Living Experience opens today in NYC Justine Testado 2013-07-23T12:40:00-04:00 >2013-07-23T15:53:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nk/nk1kzneyns88g9dm.jpg" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> PSFK, the popular creative think-tank that runs <a href="http://psfk.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PSFK.com</a>, will be hosting its Future of Home Living Experience in the new 101 building in Chelsea, New York beginning on July 23, 2013.</p> <p> Carefully curated by the PSFK team, this free interactive exhibit invites everyone who wants to explore the future of modern home design and urban living. Visitors will be able to explore more than 70 upcoming ideas, products, and design inspiration as well as other special events and tours.</p> <p> Everything featured in the 5,000 square-foot exhibition space will focus on the unifying design concept of conveying Equilibrium, being On-Demand, and being Adaptive for the constantly evolving lifestyle of the 21st-century urban dweller.</p> <p> Visitors can pre-register for free at <a href="http://psfk-home-living-exhibition.eventbrite.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://psfk-home-living-exhibition.eventbrite.com</a>/</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/76897845/ebay-releases-ebay-exact-a-print-on-demand-marketplace-for-the-iphone eBay releases eBay Exact, a print-on-demand marketplace for the iPhone Archinect 2013-07-12T12:23:00-04:00 >2013-07-16T12:27:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dd/dd2543547ae28b5dd3cf63f7cfbfe600.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With our first foray into 3D printing technology, we have partnered with Sculpteo, MakerBot, and Hot Pop Factory who are leaders in 3D printing technology to hand-select a range of special products including, iPhone cases, figurines, and jewelry.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The app is available for download from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ebay-exact/id668835478?mt=8" target="_blank">App Store</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74593063/3d-printing-expert-lists-the-reasons-why-he-thinks-the-technology-is-overhyped 3D printing expert lists the reasons why he thinks the technology is overhyped Archinect 2013-06-04T20:17:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T22:13:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8af7ea36111d8a2983120c78370363d8.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is the future! And it is, in some respects &mdash; it&rsquo;s going to open so many things up in the world. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean to say that you will do it yourself or that it will decentralize manufacturing, like the hype seems to suggest. So, no revolution? The main issue lies with raised expectations, build quality, price and usability. So here we go, my list of reasons 3D printing isn&rsquo;t all you think it&rsquo;s cracked up to be.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/74253628/bluetooth-is-coming-to-your-deadbolt Bluetooth is coming to your deadbolt Archinect 2013-05-30T19:20:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T15:31:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p7/p7w7lwzb5dre0bj9.jpg" width="514" height="190" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The August Smart Lock is the secure, simple, and social way to manage your home&rsquo;s lock. Now you can control who can enter and who can&rsquo;t&mdash;without the need for keys or codes. And you can do it all from your smartphone or computer.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Key-less entry has been available for cars for ages. It's about time buildings adopt this new technology. Fortunately, this new product is designed by master product designer Yves Behar, of Fuseproject.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/66113072/toyo-ito-s-flatware-for-alessi Toyo Ito’s Flatware for Alessi Archinect 2013-01-23T20:05:00-05:00 >2013-01-23T20:35:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6j/6jy7ud3akvyoectp.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr. Ito, the Japanese architect whose team won a Golden Lion Award at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale for its concepts for new housing after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, recently designed flatware called Mu. Introduced in Paris by the Italian company Alessi, the pattern complements Ku, the delicate porcelain service Mr. Ito created for Alessi in 2006.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/63333252/michael-graves-product-design-for-acme-studio Michael Graves' product design for Acme Studio Archinect 2012-12-13T12:21:00-05:00 >2012-12-13T12:21:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sa/sau0yooi8jogmhid.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect and Product Designer Michael Graves talks about his long standing partnership with Acme Studios. This short promo video, filmed and produced in his Princeton studio, highlights popular Acme products by Graves that are currently available.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/60987644/safetynet-wins-first-prize-at-2012-james-dyson-awards SafetyNet Wins First Prize at 2012 James Dyson Awards Alexander Walter 2012-11-08T16:57:00-05:00 >2012-11-08T17:08:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8i/8i8xqfrpc1bnsp8r.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One winner and two runners-up have today been announced at this year's edition of the James Dyson Awards, an international student design award running in 18 countries. The first prize went to the entry 'SafetyNet - Escape Rings' from the UK. The two runners-up were the design concepts 'The BETH Project' from the United States and 'Revival Vest' from New Zealand.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/55884242/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-student-work-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Student Work" Pinterest Board Archinect 2012-08-24T14:02:00-04:00 >2013-08-17T13:57:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k8/k8ho7323adj19j38.jpg" width="514" height="768" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding student projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p> Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <em><a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/student-work/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Work</a></em>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lo/lodfchrpbw0v7m5t.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/47475084/savannah-extended-hotel/55433483" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Savannah Extended Hotel</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/47475084/hoa-vu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hoa Vu</a> in collaboration with Alex Benoit</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ftbv3p1it69rj3gd.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/alexandrebraleret/project/icebergs-trading-post-in-a-melting-greenland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Icebergs trading post in a melting Greenland</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/alexandrebraleret" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexandre Braleret</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/le/le8j1tz362cid8rh.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/54896382/the-thunderbox/54898809" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Thunderbox</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/darrow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justin Darrow</a> with Rhys Williams and Kyle Noren</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7pt61s8il6yz06q5.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/55399645/20k-leagues-under-the-sea/55400253" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">20k [Leagues] Under the Sea</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/kylereckling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kyle Reckling</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/td/tdyac8bcm9xda1ov.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/51725268/fashion-schau/51728877" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fashion Schau</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/51725268/adam-welker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adam Welker</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hu/hugg5hl3pe6mlp1o.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/54938012/apoidea-lamp-design-and-prototype/54943467" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apoidea Lamp Design</a><a href="http://archinect.com/KimberlyHylton/project/apoidea-lamp-design-and-prototype" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> and Prototype</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/KimberlyHylton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kimberly Hylton</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0q/0qdlila5epmad461.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/54109922/museum-of-vanishing-commodities/54110531" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of Vanishing Commodities</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/54109922/brittney-dillon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brittney Dillon</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qy/qykaaa26rtzya5fv.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/54465067/school-project/54466281" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School project </a>by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/54465067/matthieu-provoost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matthieu Provoost</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ok/oknar7fry9tegbdo.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/42477017/the-bank-of-providence/53260653" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Bank Of Providence</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/mehruss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mehruss Jon Ahi</a></p> <p> (Cover pic: <a href="http://archinect.com/emmacampbell/project/luthier-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luthier House</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/emmacampbell" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Emma Campbell</a>)</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/117299/archinect-pinterest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see more "Ten Top Images on Archinect's Pinterest Boards" features.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/47064911/frank-gehry-s-tiffany-chess-set-is-a-miniature-architectural-marvel Frank Gehry's Tiffany Chess Set Is a Miniature Architectural Marvel Archinect 2012-05-02T15:42:00-04:00 >2012-05-10T21:19:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d66d3ac916b85545d00d9d46ae31d736.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... instead of drawing his inspiration from buildings in his portfolio, Gehry designed the various pieces of this chess set based on their role in the game. So the soft curves of the queen contrast the sharp angles of the king, while the pawns have all been equipped with cannons atop them. Unfortunately the set, which is made from fine bone-china, is only available from Tiffany &amp; Co. as a special order for a staggering $25,000. A check-mate to the bank account for most of us.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/44861811/designer-phillippe-starck-says-he-s-working-on-revolutionary-product-with-apple Designer Phillippe Starck Says He's Working On 'Revolutionary' Product With Apple Archinect 2012-04-13T13:47:00-04:00 >2012-04-19T15:39:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4x/4xld4j0w4qoqmbnc.jpg" width="514" height="445" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The French designer Phillippe Starck said in a radio interview with France Info that he is working with Apple on a &ldquo;revolutionary&rdquo; new product that will be unveiled within the next 8 months. He gave no hint at what the product might be. He said he met regularly with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs before his death last October.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/43725768/tentsile-the-architect-s-tent Tentsile, the Architect's Tent Alexander Walter 2012-04-03T17:44:00-04:00 >2012-04-04T19:11:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ne/nelm11krh49qyy18.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>tentsile combines the comfort and versatility of a hammock with the usable space and security of a tent. The ultra portable structure uniquely employs tension forces to provide separation from wildlife, including insects, snakes and other predators but also from sand storms, earth tremors, cold or wet ground, debris or contamination.</p></em><br /><br /><p> When architects rethink the tent, you know it better be rad. In this case, <a href="http://www.tentsile.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tentsile</a> is the offspring of London-based <a href="http://www.thegreendream.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greendream Architecture</a>.</p> <p> Quote from the firm's website: "With over 10 years of experience of projects in conventional as well as <em>treehouse</em> architecture, our team provides a friendly and professional service for all of your architectural ambitions."</p> <p> Nice to see architects with the inner child still alive.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7x/7xiibgly2s78isr1.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ot/otr2ww74mplh0b5g.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l6/l62t86lxov33nrbw.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pl/pl205ubjb6qq75nf.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ai/aic24l6lncszdr9j.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sbhohri0lfom18vh.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/af/afofwudaatrclnz7.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pm/pmzd6mloplxm5ji3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3o/3oegqfz42q1ootrh.jpg" title=""></p> <p> All images via <a href="http://tentsile.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tentsile.com</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/33232171/eva-zeisel-ceramic-artist-and-designer-dies-at-105 Eva Zeisel, Ceramic Artist and Designer, Dies at 105 Archinect 2012-01-03T16:46:31-05:00 >2012-01-08T10:29:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/60/60241a14d1a58adf626411fdc2cf8aee.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eva Zeisel, a ceramic artist whose elegant, eccentric designs for dinnerware in the 1940s and &rsquo;50s helped to revolutionize the way Americans set their tables, died on Friday in New City, N.Y. She was 105.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/30221378/architects-make-buildings-not-products Architects: make buildings, not products Archinect 2011-12-08T13:50:09-05:00 >2011-12-08T16:00:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vs/vsl81fgrki4z13wm.jpg" width="260" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architects, your lesson is simple: you have nothing to lose. But don&rsquo;t expect to gain much on the royalty end unless you&rsquo;re a one-in-a-million talent or a household name. In any case, get as big an up-front payment as you can for your ideas.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/27108654/airdrop-irrigation-wins-first-prize-at-2011-james-dyson-awards AirDrop Irrigation Wins First Prize at 2011 James Dyson Awards Alexander Walter 2011-11-11T14:55:57-05:00 >2011-11-12T18:58:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bm/bm5j8i7gmgcjiq26.jpg" width="514" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One winning project and two runners-up have recently been announced at the 2011 edition of the James Dyson Awards, an international student design award running in 18 countries. The first prize went to the entry 'AirDrop Irrigation' from Australia. Two top awards went to the design concepts 'Blindspot' from Singapore and 'KwickScreen' from the UK.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/25917318/the-power-or-folly-of-a-product-s-name The Power, or Folly, of a Product’s Name anthony dong 2011-11-01T08:06:41-04:00 >2011-11-24T20:03:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yt/yt2vyxnkqvec2r05.jpg" width="514" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bad news: a skyscraping apartment block is being built near my home. Worse news: judging by the computer rendering on the developers&rsquo; hoarding, it will be indistinguishable from thousands of instantly forgettable new buildings all over the world. Even worse news: its name is Avant-garde Tower.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/19502815/frog-s-tongue-room-divider-wins-award 'Frog's Tongue' Room Divider Wins Award Archinect 2011-09-06T13:55:31-04:00 >2011-09-06T13:55:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/44/444b0aa6fa0634c9f4c22519e668bbf5.jpg" width="400" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Korn, a student at the Royal College of Art, has won the UK James Dyson Award, which he hopes will increase global sales of his creation. Mr Korn's design, the KwickScreen, lets healthcare professionals give privacy to patients with a lightweight, portable screen.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/18941804/in-cube-we-trust In CUBE We Trust Archinect 2011-09-01T17:16:51-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g4/g4bki8chozj9ni92.jpg" width="514" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A year ago three students ... sought to test the design viability of a shiny black cube. They asked product, graphic and architectural designers to critically assess the cube to ascertain how serious or not the "critics" would be when faced with whether to explain or explain-away the object. The sessions with Stefan Sagmeister, Dieter Rams, Marco Piva, Massimo losa Ghini, Michael Erlhoff, Ruedi Baur and me were video taped and presented at a Parsons School of Design exhibition.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/5772790/who-is-dieter-rams Who is Dieter Rams? Paul Petrunia 2011-05-09T17:51:01-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f9a304ae7e758b9693a9b947ffbd0e39.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dieter Rams is a German industrial designer who trained and worked as an architect for a few years until he joined the electronic devices manufacturer Braun. Within a few years he became their chief of design, a position he held for almost 35 years. During his tenure, he and his team designed many iconic devices ranging from record players to furniture to storage systems.</p></em><br /><br /><p> My favorite product designer of all time.</p>