All about Eve: Eve Arnold

Eve Arnold photographed the famous and the ordinary – in her own words ‘the poor, the old and the underdog.’ The first woman to join Magnum photography agency as a photojournalist, she captured the sadness and banal in the rich and famous, and the interesting side of ordinary people. Arnold took portraits without the using artificial light. The Philadelphia-born photographer, who passed away age 99 earlier this year, will be possibly best remembered for her intimate... Read More

Design competition: Pop-up club

With not long to go before Milan Salone del Mobile our inbox is swamped with news on exhibitors at the coveted yearly show. The latest is an interesting competition by drinks giant Heineken who has challenged a group of young designers to create a collaborative nightclub based on the theme changing perspectives. The 19 designers from Milan, New York, Sao Paulo and Tokyo, chosen from a range of different disciplines, will create a pop-up club at the fair – the conclusion... Read More

Redefining the walled city

How do you define and redefine ‘walled cities’ within the metropolis setting? From physical historical defences to more liminal social boundaries, corporate estates or legislative territories, the impact of these structures is increasingly prevalent. With this theme in mind, architecture students at London’s Royal College of Art have proposed a series of existing walled cities, in the process generating their own critical approach. #gallery-7 { margin: auto; } #gallery-7... Read More

Love in the city: BIG ? NYC

Completely hijacked by commercialism, it is difficult to fall in love with anything that references or represents Valentine’s Day but this interactive heart installation in New York’s Times Square put a smile on our faces. The work of young Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group, BIG?NYC is a ten feet tall glowing heart sculpture made of 400 transparent LED lit acrylic tubes refracting the lights of Times Square, and creating a cluster of lights around the heart. ‘The heart... Read More

Serie’s design for BMW Olympic pavilion

These are images of the BMW pavilion at the Olympic Park, designed by young UK firm Serie Architects for the 2012 London games. The two-story structure will be made of steel with recycled content. The idea is to build it on an elevated site above the Waterworks River – between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre –  with river water cooling the building before returning the filtered water to the river via the ‘water curtain’ feature. ‘The design... Read More

Meet ASIMO the humanoid robot

The car industry is full of contradictions. On the one hand it creates machines that are harming our planet, yet some of the most innovative sustainability thinking takes place behind the the closed doors of some of these companies. Last month we flew to Japan to visit Honda. Founded in 1948, this is Japan’s third carmaker and the world’s largest producer of motorcycles. It is also one of the leaders when it comes to ecological thinking as we discovered on the trip where... Read More