Month: February 2010

DLA Piper Back Office by Hofman Dujardin

Check out this interior office space designed by Hofman Dujardin Architects. The Law firm is broken up into 2 different spaces; colorful and neutral. The colorful space caught my attention because the color gradient floors placed based on the suns movement. Warmer colors are in the shadowed areas and sunny areas get the cooler greens and blues. While walking down the hall, the floor gradually changes colors.

With all those color studies out there about what makes you work more or slower, I wonder if this law firm discovers this through their floors. Would make me rethink what I’m wearing each day based on which rooms I had meetings in.

read and see more in these 2 pdfs about the project.

Bill Gates on energy: Innovating to zero!”

Incredible talk by Bill Gates about his vision to solve the worlds energy crisis at TED2010:
“At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world’s energy future, describing the need for “miracles” to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he’s backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.”

via TEDtalks

Medal Gear: Turning Electronics Into Olympic Gold

“When Olympic athletes take the medal stand at this month’s XXI Winter Games, they’ll be decked out in a completely different kind of hardware: the recycled metals from end-of-life electronics. Canadian mining company Teck Resources was able to harvest the gold, silver, and bronze from the circuit boards of old computers and have it melted down and cast back into what are now the Olympic medals. Motherboard heads to Vancouver to check out the making of the distinctive medals and interview the designers: Omer Arbel, an internationally acclaimed architect and industrial designer, and Corrine Hunt, a First Nations artist from the Raven Gwa’waina clan, of the Kwakwaka’wakw village on Vancouver Island.

The symbolism isn’t just fitting with the Olympics’ increasing moves toward sustainability; it’s a counterpoint to both the dangers of electronic waste and the heavy environmental impact that Canadian mining companies have had on landscapes in Canada and across the world. Though Teck appears to be making serious efforts to clean up its act, resource extraction is a dark stain on the country’s environmental record (in the case of the tar sands, the stain is very literal).

But these recycled medals are a healthy reminder that we don’t need to pull resources out of the ground, and that the 11,000 computers we throw out every day in the United States alone are packed with valuable material that can be reused rather than left to rot the earth in e-waste dumps. It’s an idea that deserves a medal of its own.”

via core77 (source motherboard)