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Ruin Academy

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

I have been thinking obsessively about the Ruin Academy since I came across the project a few weeks ago.  The Ruin Academy is a research center in Taipei based on the, “Third Generation City – the organic ruin of the industrial city.”  It is a joint project between two universities, the Finland based Casagrande Laboratory and the Taiwanese JUT Foundation for Arts & Architecture.

Using an abandoned apartment building as an experimental platform, students explore the practices of urban architecture, sociology and environmental art.  The structure has been stripped to the bare bones by removing the interior walls and windows to let the elements inside.  Six inch holes punctuate the walls (middle right) to let rain inside to grow bamboo and vegetables. As the project explains, “the Academy is a constantly changing mixture of a ruin and a construction site.”

Inside the space, the universities hosts classes and workshops, while also providing ad-hoc sleeping space for participants.  In the top right picture, you can see one of the rolling beds.  I love the idea of an unused building becoming a canvas for researchers to experiment and play.  Nothing seems too precious or planned.

Christoph Brach & Daniera ter Haar: Raw Color

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Nice project from Christoph Brach & Daniera ter Haar, who graduated from Eindhoven in 2007.  The pair have been experimenting with vegetables and their natural color.  The vegetables are made into inks which are fed into a specialized printer.  The result is a print that oozes and grows before your eyes.

Lisa Spengler and Moa Hallgren

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

As part of their final project at Kunsthochschule Weißensee, students Lisa Spengler and Moa Hallgren designed a collection of furniture and accessories made from salvaged materials.  The pair combined old clothes with furniture found in the streets of Berlin to create new pieces where objects and textiles intertwine.  Spengler and Hallgren recently showed their work at the HEIMTEXTIL 2011 in Frankfurt.

Nike Premium Print Pack

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Nike has just launched a new series of women’s sneakers made from recycled magazines.  Each shoe is been stitched with a variety of clippings to create a one-of-a-kind style, which is then covered with a protective finish.  There are currently three sneakers in the collection, including the Nike Air Rift, Nike Blazer, and Nike Flash Macro.  Available in Europe, China and emerging markets as of Jan. 1 this year.

Noroc by Julien Devaux

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Amazing project from Julien Devaux, a student at ENAD in Paris.  Devaux has partnered with Moldavenir, a non-profit in one of Europe’s poorest countries, Moldavia.   The project, called Noroc (which means health and good fortune), is meant to solve some of the social and environmental issues facing one of Moldavia’s small villages.  In this town landfills cover the countryside; many containing usable items such as old buckets and pots.  Devaux has found a way to upcycle the waste and combine it with the villagers’ traditional craft, basket weaving.  The result is a new series of objects used for lighting, storage and seating.

(via Jo Meesters)

Mid-Winter Woolly Repair Shop

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

If you are in the Denver area, my studio, Poesy&Praxis, is putting on our first event of the year, the Mid-Winter Woolly Repair Shop on Jan. 29th.  This drop-in community event is for all the folks who have never been able to part with that favorite holey sweater.  We will be celebrating repair by using simple wool felting techniques to patch up all the stained, torn and over-loved woolly items in our lives.

Join the fun and repair your woollies for winter part II.  The Mid-Winter Woolly Repair Shop will take place Saturday, January 29th from 1-3 PM at the Novo Coffee Roastery at 3008 Larimer St. in Denver.  Novo will be serving up delicious cups of joe all afternoon.  Cost is $2 per woolly item (all supplies will be provided).  We will also be repairing items to donate to local shelters, so if you have an item to give, please bring it.  We will patch them up!  All ages welcome.

If you’d like to join in please RSVP to me by Jan. 16th so we can order supplies.  This event is organized by Bean Again, Poesy & Praxis and Novo Coffee.

Woolly Pockets

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Woolly Pockets are genius.  These modular planters are made from recycled plastic bottles and have a built in moisture lining.  They can be used indoors or out to create your own version of a vertical garden.

Anzfer Farms

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Nice lighting by San Francisco based Anzfer Farms.  The workshop uses reclaimed wood and warm globe shaped bulbs in their series called Fragment lights.

Rupert Blanchard

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Here’s a nice project from London based designer Rupert Blanchard.  Blanchard combined two iconic chairs to create a wooden version of Starck’s famed Ghost Chair.   Using the idea of low cost materials from Gerrit Reitveld’s 1934 Crate Chair, Blanchard used repurposed wood to create a new affordable version of Starck’s original.  I wonder if he would sell the design like Reitveld did with a do-it-yourself kit.

Catie Newell: Salvaged Landscape

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Amazingly beautiful installation by artist Catie Newell in Detroit.  Constructed with salvaged pieces of wood from a burned out building, Newell created a passageway through the charred structure’s frame.  The geometric front facade shows the unburnt cross sections while the back reveals the story of the burnt wood, piece by charred piece.

Newell’s installation is part of a new Detroit non-profit called the Imagination Station.  The story of this space is inspiring, I’ll post more about it on my other site Poesy & Praxis here.  Newell was invited to create the installation in the burnt remains before the building is torn down to make way for a new artist space.

(via Core77)

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