Designer Gadi Amit on the challenges in designing wearables in Bloomberg
“The variability is astounding. We have an office of 30 to 35 people, and with a simple measurement like the circumference of the wrist, we have a variability of 100 percent. The largest wrist is twice as large as the smallest wrist. The other element which is very difficult is that the technology pieces are still quite cumbersome. Batteries come in boxy shapes, screens come with sharp corners. Wielding these elements is an art.”
Lit Motors is a San Francisco startup developing a two-wheeled electric vehicle called the C-1. It looks like a motorcycle wrapped in a candy shell and rides like a car. The C-1 aims to fill the commuter sweet spot between bicycle and automobile. Lit founder Daniel Kim, 34, says the vehicle is scheduled to begin production later this year.
“Supertall towers can become bankable tourist destinations. The observation deck of the Burj, on the 124th floor, sees more than a million visitors every year. The Empire State Building reported in a recent financial statement that it makes about as much money from visitors to its observation deck as it does from tenants’ rent. Children regularly send Smith letters expressing their admiration. “They love towers,” he says. “I get things all the time from kids. Usually they send a return envelope, and they want me to sign it and send it back.” He slides one letter across the table. Next to a hand-drawn rendition of the building dominating its shorter competition it reads, “I have a big poster in my room of the Burj Khalifa.”
“Understanding wind continues to change the design of these mammoth structures. Whereas Smith and Gill first thought primarily in terms of resisting or baffling the wind, they now think about harvesting it. The 310-meter Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou (on left), designed by Smith and Gill when they were both still at SOM, includes wind turbines: This not only provides energy but also helps solve the vortex problem. Pearl River is one of the greenest buildings in the world, though it’s also the headquarters for China National Tobacco, the world’s largest maker of cigarettes.”
“You step into the elevator; the operator pivots and extends her arm to protect you from the closing grate; and the attendant in the lobby turns to face you and bows deeply, holding the position with practiced stillness. Third floor, please. Is it too much? Maybe. The bowing and gesturing might be unnecessary—if you've made it to Tokyo, you know how to work an elevator—but it sends a message: From the moment you walk in the door, the employees are completely attuned to you.”
“The service culture of Japan, which always over-delivers, directly contradicts the tipping culture of the United States, which supposedly incentivizes superior service but can have exactly the inverse effect: Tip well, or watch out. "You have to remember that in Japan you don't have a category called service, because it's completely integrated into what you do," says Merry White, author of Coffee Life in Japan and professor of anthropology at Boston University. "It's not an extra. It's valued, but it isn't monetized."”
“The tailor-made software - a variation of the Rhino CAD program popular with architects - allowed the studio to model the movement of the Sun during the day, controlling how light enters the interior. First, they could adjust the thickness of the aluminium cladding along its 1,500m stretch. "The honeycomb is thinner in the north, so that the sunlight can enter the interior, but not directly in the side," says Fuksas. Second, each of the 58,000 glass panels is shaped to allow or restrict light. The studio also created a range of laser-cut models out of paper and wood. Having two skins helps save energy by dispersing hot air throughout the building and via "ventilation trees" at ground level.”
Our 2014 class of rising talent includes designers from Bulgaria, South Korea, Portugal, and beyond. This year's installment shows that global design is more accessible than ever before, thanks to technology and fluid borders.
Photo of scent dispenser that uses silk-paper filters by Italian designer Daniele Bortotto
Spike Aerospace, designers of the Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet, has just announced another innovation in aircraft design they plan to incorporate into the jet.
The new supersonic jet will feature a revolutionary windowless passenger cabin so no more glaring sun and no more shades to pull down or push up. Instead, the interior walls will be covered with a thin display screens embedded into the wall. Cameras surrounding the entire aircraft will construct breathtaking panoramic views displayed on the cabin screens. Passengers will be able to dim the screens to catch some sleep or change it to one of the many scenic images stored in the system.
There are several reasons for removing the windows from the cabin. It has long been known that the windows cause significant challenges in designing and constructing an aircraft fuselage. They require addition structural support, add to the parts count and add weight to the aircraft. But until recently, it has not been possible to do without them.
"Brett Doar tried architecture, drove buses, and edited films before carving out a career designing absurdly intricate Rube Goldberg machines. His latest project: a kinetic sculpture made of toys and household objects to advertise GoldieBlox, a construction set for girls"