Tag Archives: Design

Nuit Blanche 2011 coverage

12 Oct
Suited up for the future.

Suited up for the future.


How can a public spectacle help to shape our ideas of how we interact with nature, space and cities? Can it really offer a tangible route for creative alternatives to transportation, civic engagement and an investment in how we live with a less harmful impact on the natural world? These questions have been on my mind for years, and in the context of Kindle Project, it has recently become relevant. As we set out to explore the most current incarnations of unique collaborative efforts on the blog these past two months, we came across one such effort that got our attention. Flightpath Toronto took place on October 1 as a part of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, where for one sleepless night the city was transformed by hundreds of artists for the sixth annual sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art.


Gorgeous renderings of an inflatable utopia from the recent past.

5 Feb


Hylozoic Ground goes to Venice

24 Jun

Hylozoic Ground, by Philip Beesley and his team, is a collection of works that explore a new kind of architecture, one that is characterised by lightness, flexibility and sensitivity, literally. The installations are made of thin transparent or translucent polymer arranged into delicate webs and appendages that not only respond to the immediate surrounding (i.e. to your presence, or moisture in the air) but also communicate this response to each other over its network, so that each stimulus response ripples out from the stimulus location. In other words, the Waterloo based architect is trying to make architecture more like a living thing, and already he has created somehing that represents a living architecture.

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Mismatched socks: standalone part two DRAFT

1 Jun

To give a concrete example of the standalone complex, I’ll use an example from daily life. A while ago I was doing laundry with my girlfriend, and on that particular day she found herself with no matching socks. I saw it as the perfect opportunity to illustrate the difference between a rigid and a flexible system. In a rigid system, in this example a system where all socks need to be matched in order to do work, if you have any sort of failure, such as the lack of a matching sock then your system relies on redundancies to cope. That works for a small amount of failure, but in the case of a complete dearth of matched socks, for instance, you will end up sockless until next laundry day. On the other hand is a flexible and dynamic system that uses a modular units that can be interchangeable catch up with such failures, that is for example if you change your mind about match matching pair of socks is. If you redefine a matching pair of socks to that which you can wear to go out and then do your business, then the system is becomes much more flexible. All it takes is a shift in your perspective and how you react to changes in situations. In that sense I’m trying to create it in organization that can operate as a drawer full of mismatched socks. Just like in the drawer, the socks themselves do not change, rather it is the person wearing the socks that changes . The organization is the one that changes. The members of the organization, the people involved don’t change, only in how you use them.

brickworks cloud prerender

1 Jun

Sino-Urgic Easter eggs

19 Apr

First day at the workshop.

2 Apr

Blog makeover.

31 Mar

Probably not the best time right now, but I decided to try and customize the whole blog with the sandbox theme.
It’ll look craigslisty for a while, bear with me.



We have a shop!

31 Mar

Our brand new workshop for the month of April. Tall ceilings, toilet, shower, kitchenette, loading dock, extra loft space, shopping cart included.

Joinery Test

31 Mar

I haven’t made any joints in a while, and I also haven’t seriously used my new tools, so I made these as practice. All the joints I’m using are simple variations of the lap joint and I’m using them to locate all the pieces. The simplest way would be to just glue everything together, as some have suggested. The next easiest way would be to drill holes and bolt the pieces together, as it was drawn in the initial concept. Personally I feel that joining the wood in this way is the most honest way to build this particular table, considering the history of the wood.

The first one below is shouldered for the connection between the rail and the table top piece, and the next joint below is for the rail and all the middle pieces of the table top.

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