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Audiovisual Tricycles by ‘VJ Suave’ Project Animations on the Streets of Rio de Janeiro Pay attention folks, interactive public art doesn’t get much better than this. Artist duo Ygor Marotta and Ceci Soloaga of VJ Suave designed these pheonomenal audiovisual tricycles lovingly called “Suaveciclos” that they use to project original animations on almost any nearby public surface. The São Paulo-based artists pack these hefty trikes to the gills with all manner of batteries, laptops, speakers, and high-powered projectors so they can roll through the night with crowds in tow as their animations spring to life against the urban backdrop. Using the on-board computers, Marotta and Soloaga are able to manipulate the videos in real-time to play certain animations tailored to different environments, creating unpredictable moments between space, audience, and art. Over the last year or so VJ Suave have pedaled their bikes through Russia, Germany and Switzerland, but I think a few more cities are in order?

Situationist Derive Continuing from the previous post, one of techniques in analysing our forgotten spaces involves Situationist Dérive. I came across an interesting blog with a lot of information and examples of designers and architectures exploring a different take on documenting the experience of place. Within this blog I discovered Frank Dresme, he created a fantastic range of images that embraced a different way of navigating the city of Amsterdam. This project was called Project 360 degrees, brought on by his dislike for the trying maps of the city. He created a collage-like image involving all the aspects of his experience through this journey he took, taking into account the environment that caused this experience.

Art Architect and digital artist Laurent Rosset creates sweeping photographic landscapes the seem to curl upward into infinity like an enormous wave that obliterates the sky. Rosset uses much of his own photography to create each image and enjoys discovering how even slight manipulations can vastly change the composition or meaning of a photograph. You can see more of his work on Instagram, and if you liked this also check out Aydin Buyuktas. (via Colossal Submissions) Archaeologists in Turkey recently unearthed an exceptionally preserved mosaic inside the remains of a building from the 3rd century.

Ramus M1 Table/Desk by Design Studio Il Hoon Roh Ramus, latin for 'tree branch', combines the strengths of carbon fibre with the structural advantages that can be found in the branch of a tree. (Click the images below for full sized images) The Ramus M1 is a desk with a transparent glass top and a supporting structure underneath with tree-like limbs that support the top. A Visit Inside One of the Only Hand-crafted Globe Studios in the World Long gone are the days when our first instinct is to migrate to a spinning globe to track the destinations around us or find a specific country. Now we have the power to digitally zoom in and out of the entire earth, utilizing mapping tools like Google Earth. The romanticism tied to these newer forms however, does not match the art of the ancient globe, the earliest dating back to the mid-2nd century B.C.

Dow Jones Architects — Prospect House © David Grandorge . Published on March 27, 2013. Prospect House is located on Sion Hill, overlooking Bath. Ant Farm Ant Farm was established within the counter-cultural milieu of 1968 San Francisco by two architects, Chip Lord and Doug Michels, later joined by Curtis Schreier. Their work dealt with the intersection of architecture, design and media art, critiquing the North American culture of mass media and consumerism. Ant Farm produced works in a number of formats, including agitprop events, manifestos, videos, performances and installations. Their early work was a reaction to the heaviness and fixity of the Brutalist movement in contrast to which they proposed an inflatable architecture that was cheap, easy to transport and quick to assemble. This type of architecture fitted well with their rhetoric of nomadic, communal lifestyles in opposition to what they saw as the rampant consumerism of 1970s USA. The inflatables questioned the standard tenets of building: these were structures with no fixed form and could not be described in the usual architectural representations of plan and section.

South African Township Barbershops & Salons Like so many underdeveloped places, South Africa's townships (often written off by tourists as undesirable and dangerous) have long been rich sources of legendary music and culture. As explored in British photographer Simon Weller's beautiful new book "South African Township Barbershops & Salons," proprietors take great pride in designing their businesses, which function as much more than a place to get a haircut—in spite of their humble surroundings. Signage alone speaks to a tradition of sign painting. Weller—with help from revered South African designer and book contributor Garth Walker—shows the effort put into personalizing salons, from the homemade graphics to a signature style of cut. Interviews with store owners, sign makers and customers help flesh out the story, positioning the spaces as not just salons and barber shops, but as community centers for socializing, gossip, networking and other connection-making.

Labt Marc Supply & Anneli Lahtua The vmm Bank was originally designed for the waiting area in the main building of the Flemish Environment Company (FEC) in Erembodegem. Given the client, it obviously satisfied a range of strict ecological requirements, even back then. But the bench offered even greater potential. Selection for the Eco Design exhibition in Helsinki in 2012 prompted a rethink of the bench, to create a commercial product.

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