Archive for February, 2011

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.

Wanted: Floor Bookshelf

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

OK designer friends, who wants to make me one of these?  Cast iron bookshelf, circa 1920’s, USA.

Matt Brown: Taglieri

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

As a curator and researcher, I am really interested in objects that have been adapted to the user.  One such project is Taglieri by Matt Brown, an American industrial designer.  While living in Italy, Brown came across a cutting board that had formed the perfect groove after being cut with the same round knife for over thirty years.  To capitalize on this time tested enhancement, Brown had the object scanned and created a new cutting board that reflected the original mark.

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