world’s tallest building, sky city will break ground next month in china

the developer made waves when they announced the world’s tallest building would be constructed in 90 days, but with a seven month new timeline, the building will break ground next month.

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Fabrican’t Hardly Wait: Manel Torres’ Long Road to Commercializing Spray-On Fabric

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Fabrican is a sprayable fabric that actually contains fibers, and after curing it can be washed and re-worn. It first created an internet stir in 2006, but for reasons only the internet gods know, Fabrican is now resurfacing on social media and often being mistakenly presented as new.

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Don’t get us wrong, Fabrican is amazing. But it is not new, and serves as a reminder of just how long it can take to bring a good idea to market, and how dogged inventors need to be. Manel Torres first conceived of Fabrican way back in 1995, when he was an RCA student studying fashion design, after watching a friend get sprayed with Silly String. Torres began to collaborate with chemical engineers, and by 2000 he’d filed a patent and set up R&D facilities at Imperial College London.

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Three years later Torres formed Fabrican Ltd., and another three years went by before the blogosphere picked up on the stuff. Here in 2013, seven years later, there are still no announcements for commercialization; the “News” section of Fabrican’s website saw its last update in 2010.

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Has Torres given up? Doesn’t look like it, as he’s delivered several Fabrican-based TED Talks as recently as last year. We can only speculate as to what’s preventing the appearance of Fabrican on store shelves, which is what we’d really like to see; while Torres is proposing industrial solutions targeted at the medical, automotive and fashion design industries, we think selling the stuff in cans and letting you guys figure out what to do with it would be a good way to go.

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Hit the jump for some videos (one NSFW, if you work in Puritan America) showing the stuff in action.

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gravitistic magnetic watch by jaemin jaeminlee

utilizing the forces of a magnet, the dial units point towards a minute and hour hand, arranged as if they are being pulled by gravity.

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NY Design Week 2013: Konstfack Presents ‘Negative Space’ at ICFF

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Stockholm’s Konstfack is among the university design departments that occupy the removed North Building of the Javits Center this ICFF, a more manageable—albeit somewhat sparsely populated—exhibition hall in contrast to the main floor of ICFF. Despite—or perhaps because of—the largely theoretical curriculum of graduate programs in Industrial Design, the 11 first-year Master’s candidates at Konstfack undertook a self-initiated project to actually make objects, which they first exhibited during Stockholm Design Week back in February. According to the Negative Space website:

What is a negative space?
Can it be framed by something other than matter?
Can a negative space be made tangible?

Ten explorations on the possible meanings of negative space showcasing new and intriguing perspectives. By shifting focus from matter to the space that it occupies, the designers have found new ways of working by investigating the relationship between objects and the surrounding space. Presented here are a series of individual interpretations of negative space, culminating in a fascinating interplay between form, memory, movement, light and time.

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Insofar as the theme itself is intangible, the students took a broad range of approaches; even in the case of light, which might be considered an easy metaphor for space, the inspiration and execution varied significantly. Nevertheless, the overall aesthetic of the work is quite minimal, in keeping with both the theme and Scandinavian design language in general.

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Unfortunately, the logistics of overseas travel and the tradeshow setting made for a somewhat attenuated exhibition—i.e. the convention center simply isn’t the ideal context for exhibiting the highly conceptual work. (I find that the Javits Center, for all its cavernous, harshly-lit real estate, is something of a ‘negative space,’ if you’ll excuse the pun.) In any case, the students were excited to be in New York—a first for many of them—and they were eager to share their work.

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Daphne Zuilhof‘s “Spin” stool inspired friendly jealousy amongst her peers for it’s packability. It takes it name not from the English verb but for the Dutch word for ‘spider,’ where its collapsible legs delimit a volume that is a usable space.

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Huggies Wipes with triple clean: Car

Because your world is your baby’s canvas

Advertising Agency: Ogilvy & Mather Chicago, USA
Chief Creative Officer: Joe Sciarrotta
Group Creative Directors: Dave Metcalf, Chris Turner
Creative Directors: Luissandro Del Gobbo, Giovanni Settesoldi
Art Directors: Luissandro Del Gobbo, Giovanni Settesoldi
Copywriter: Luissandro Del Gobbo
Illustrator / 3D: Scott Giannini / Giannini Creative
Photographer: Tony D’Orio
Published: March 2013

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shiro studio: great fen visitor center, UK

the building embodies and reflects the heritage and stratified history of great fen drawing on the typical black timber-cladded vernacular barns found in the area.

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