ABOVE show at Lo-Fi Collective this Thursday… #exhibition

Heart of… Paper? The Debbie Harry dress-up paper doll #fashion

- from refinery29.com

to do: get (or #build) a sprouter… maybe some eggshells and cartons will do the trick? #rawfood #DIY

- from heartanddesign.blogspot.com

Best of London #fashion week: Bethan Silverwood’s fantastic ponchos at Central St. Martins

- from style.com

Best of London #fashion week: fin-like pleats at Ann-Sofie Beck

- from style.com

Shamghetto is wallpaper made of spam… the inbox kind, not the hammy kind, that is.

- frompsfk.com

Scott Amron’s ciggie magnet #objects

- from core77.com

Rachell Sumpter’s cosmic watercolours are magic

- from juxtapoz.com

ZLDA’s landscape rings were so awesome H&M made a set of their very own… #IP #theft

- fromzlda.nl

LOWMAN’s excellent fingerprint #typeface

- from hellowman.nl

Ezri Tarazi’s sandbag sofa reflects the conflict “kalab (close to home)” in Israel

- from designboom

I really want to find myself some of these beautiful Crown Devon coffee cups…

- fromheartanddesign.blogspot.com

New graf on my street

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Leanne Eisen: scanner play or aurora borealis?

leanne eisen artist photographer photography

- from booooooom.com

The TubeMe Chair by Ellinor Ericsson

- from
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Everyone gets down (on the floor) at Les Savy Fav

Cute video from Osborn Handcrafted founder (who is just as wacky as his shoes)

Osborn Handcrafted – Aaron Jumps! from chris keener & goldenbear on Vimeo.

I’ve got a black and white pair of these shoes (in the crazy Guatemalan print towards the end) and I get tons of compliments every time I wear them… nice to see the founder is as nutty as his prints are!

Peggy Orenstein: Cinderella Ate My Daughter

It was confusing: images of girls’ successes abounded — they were flooding the playing field, excelling in school, outnumbering boys in college. At the same time, the push to make their appearance the epicenter of their identities did not seem to have abated one whit. If anything, it had intensified, extending younger (and, as the unnaturally smooth brows of midlife women attest, stretching far later). I had read stacks of books devoted to girls’ adolescence, but where was I to turn to understand the new culture of little girls, from toddler to “tween,” to help decipher the potential impact — if any — of the images and ideas they were absorbing about who they should be, what they should buy, what made them girls? Did playing Cinderella shield them from early sexualization or prime them for it? Was walking around town dressed as Jasmine harmless fun, or did it instill an unhealthy fixation on appearance? Was there a direct line from Prince Charming to Twilight‘s Edward Cullen to distorted expectations of intimate relationships?

- from npr.org

George Monbiot: To us, it’s an obscure shift of tax law. To the City, it’s the heist of the century

Our political system protects and enriches a fantastically wealthy elite, much of whose money is, as a result of their interesting tax and transfer arrangements, in effect stolen from poorer countries, and poorer citizens of their own countries. Ours is a semi-criminal money-laundering economy, legitimised by the pomp of the lord mayor’s show and multiple layers of defence in government. Politically irrelevant, economically invisible, the rest of us inhabit the margins of the system. Governments ensure that we are thrown enough scraps to keep us quiet, while the ultra-rich get on with the serious business of looting the global economy and crushing attempts to hold them to account.

- from The Guardian

Biggest hurdles for active cities: badly designed incentives. From a great interview with Marcus Westbury of Renew Newcastle

PPS: What were your initial biggest hurdles regarding government, property owners, etc? How did you overcome these challenges?

Westbury: Badly designed incentives. There are a myriad of incentives for property owners not to make available their empty properties – Newcastle had more than 150 empty buildings in the two main streets in large part because owners were better off to board them up and write off the losses than use them as going concerns. Essentially, Renew Newcastle exists as an intermediary designed to change how that process works – we use some clever but legal contracts and risk management processes to make that work a lot better. We manage risk and remove complexity which is essentially the key to it.
In many respects, on the surface, Renew Newcastle looks like an arts and cultural project – and it is – but from my end it is really a series of mechanisms for changing access to and governance of space. We have changed how space behaves for creative people and they in turn have brought their creativity and innovation to the problem of bringing the city back to life.

- from PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES

Francesco Vezzoli’s Sacrilegio Exhibit At Gagosian Features Supermodels As Religious Icons

- from refinery29.com

Sascha Nordmeyer’s paper plants and flowers

Wind Turbine Bridge Transforms Italian Viaduct Into Public Space

A bridge that repurposes abandoned viaducts, produces energy AND looks futuristically sleek? Yes, it can be true, and it is Italy’s proposed Wind Turbine Viaduct called “Solar Wind.” Southern Italy is dotted with unused viaducts, and rather than spending $50 million to tear them down, town officials near Calabria held a competition called “Solar Park South,” open to designers and engineers asking them to come up with an environmentally conscious way to re-use the existing structures.

Solar Wind, conceived by the design team of Francesco Colarossi, Giovanna Saracino and Luisa Saracino, has an abundance of green benefits. Using the space between the viaduct, the team proposed installing 26 wind turbines, which would produce 36 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year!

Additionally, the roadway across the bridge would be densely lined with solar cells coated in clear plastic, producing another 11.2 million kilowatt hours. Much like New York’s Highline, but on a much more grandiose scale, the entire viaduct itself would be turned into a promenade and park. Drivers may pull off to take in gorgeous coastal views, solar powered greenhouses would be installed along the bridge, creating an ultra-fresh farmer’s market.

The entire structure is like a green Utopia, repurposing abandoned structures, producing a combined 40 million kilowatt hours of electricity (that is enough to power 15,000 homes), while creating a chance to take in the surrounding panoramic views, and buy the freshest of produce! Sounds much better than merely tearing down the old viaducts.