Formerly trained as an architect, and with a stint at Dutch firm UN Studio under his belt, creative director Jeffrey Johnson brings his architectural training and fascination to The Arrivals, creating garments named after prominent architects and engineered for city living. Johnson and his business partner Kal Vepuri have collaborated with 3M and independent Italian tanneries to create waterproof and rubberized materials, keeping in line with what Johnson calls “the requirement of function and the challenge of form.”
Emojis Double as Gargoyles
In the Dutch city of Amersfoot, on the façade of a perfectly normal brick structure, Attika Architekten emblazoned 22 emoji roundels. The commonly used text messaging symbols have traversed that formally solid line between digital and analog visual representation. What was formerly meant to quickly communicate emotional states has now been uplifted to a state of permanence once reserved for heads of state and religious icons.
Interface Takes Design Notes From the Hardworking Honeybee
The honeycomb is a masterpiece of natural engineering. Without the benefit of the human brain or design thinking, bees create functional spaces that are practical, sustainable, and beautiful. Designers are starting to replicate nature’s innovations through biomimicry, recognizing that organic systems can solve manmade problems, as well.
MIT Research Lab has unveiled small robots that attach themselves to clothes via magnets. The lab presents them as “living jewelry”, although due to limited battery life, the pieces will only live for about 45 minutes. For now, Project Kino is purely cosmetic, but in time the MIT team aims to give them a “brain of their own."
A Water Tank Becomes an Unlikely Performance Venue
After discovering an unused industrial water tank, Bruce Odland formed a group called Friends of the Tank to protect the structure from demolition. More than a hundred thousand fundraised dollars later, Odland and a team of volunteer workers converted the dilapidated structure into a performance venue. Against the odds, Odland and his avant-garde tank have been warmly welcomed in the highly conservative local community of Rangely, Colorado.
Atacama Desert Inspires Outdoor Performance Venue by Coz y Ortiz Arquitectos
There’s no better place for an outdoor performance venue than somewhere it never rains. Such is the case with the Atacama Desert, approximately 700 miles north of Santiago, Chile, where the Teatro al Aire Libre Ruinas de Huanchaca has opened. The otherworldly landscape was another influence in nearly every design decision by , which collaborated with and on the 4,200-square-foot structure seating.
With streaming services becoming larger players in the studio system, and phones that allow movie watching without the need for a computer or television, the movie theater has struggled to stay relevant. A Los Angeles startup called Dreamscape Immersive is offering one solution: a “VR Multiplex” in Century City that will offer untethered VR headsets and an open space allowing customers to interact with both virtual and real objects.
Jeff Koons and Snapchat Create First Location-Based AR Lens
Despite falling shares, Snapchat continues to unveil new app-exclusive augmented reality features, including a collaboration with Jeff Koons. The American artist lent Snapchat virtual versions of his most well-known works, including Balloon Dog, Swan, Rabbit, and Play-Doh, which are set to appear across the globe in specific locations such as Central Park, the Sydney Opera House, and Champ de Mars, essentially creating a traveling VR sculpture park. Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel presents the Koons project as an inherently democratic “art for the people” endeavor, explaining that “the fact we can bring these ginormous sculptures anywhere in the world is just the beginning of inspiring young people all over the world to create with our cameras.”
Designer Spends 10 Years Building Paper Model of a Boeing 777
For the past 10 years, Luca Iaconi-Stewart has been building a model of a Boeing 777 out of manila folders and glue. What began as a school project has transformed into a remarkable feat of research, technical know-how, and persistence. Measuring at 1/60th the size of a true 777, the model contains more than 300 non-reclining seats, retractable landing gear, and moveable wing flaps.
A new incarnation of Pelléas et Mélisande, the only opera ever completed by Claude Debussy, in 1902, is a feast for the eyes—literally. Current-day directors and choreographers and envisioned the production as a window into the human soul. “The libretto is so much about vision that we thought to make the story unfold inside an eyeball,” Jalet explains.
Poured Concrete Flooring Eliminates Disease in Bangladeshi Homes
An acronym for architecture for health in vulnerable environments, believes design can help combat disease. A recent pilot project confirms the belief. In 2014, the nonprofit launched Health From the Ground Up, an initiative to improve conditions for the disadvantaged in Southeast Asia. Upon learning that thousands of Bangladeshi children die due to parasites harbored in the dirt floors often used in their homes, the team focused on a single basic element: new flooring material. They chose poured concrete, not only easy to maintain and less likely to transmit disease but also able to be installed by local masons. A month after installation in 10 homes, post-construction surveys revealed no new infections in the children living there.
Google Street View Helps an Agoraphobic Woman Travel the World
Jacqui Kenny, housebound due to a debilitating diagnosis of agoraphobia (a fear of crowded or remote places), is a master of the screen-grab. The former business-owner discovered the nearly limitless “travel” possibilities of Google Street View. Using the panoramic power of Google Street View, Kenny can travel to any number of countries across the globe. To date, she has taken over 27,000 screenshots, and assembled a portfolio of 200 neatly framed and edited photos of everyday life across our planet.