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If you are looking for some inspiration and happen to be in the San Francisco area, you might want to check out The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area. It will be on display through July 29, 2012.
About the exhibit:
Fuller’s imaginative works will be represented primarily with prints from the Inventions: Twelve Around One portfolio (1981), as well as several key works on loan from the R. Buckminster Fuller Archive at Stanford University. The exhibition also includes other Bay Area endeavors inspired by Fuller’s thinking, such as low-cost laptops from Yves Behar and Nicholas Negroponte’s “One Laptop per Child” initiative; the North Face’s Oval Intention, the first dome-shaped tent to best the sheet-thrown-over-a-rod design (demonstrating Fuller’s notion “tensegrity,” or tensional integrity, if you will); David de Rothschild’s Plastiki sailboat, the recycled catamaran of 12,500 plastic water bottles that sailed from San Francisco to Australia; and Stewart Brand‘s comprehensive “Whole Earth Catalog.”
Microsoft wasted no time after seeing the Google Glass Project, unveiling their own version of interactive social glasses that will compete with the Google glasses. These are sure to sell boat loads, as long they can fix those blue screens of death!
Lifeshape by Norman Leto is a sculptural visualization of a person’s life. Answers to over 100 questions about an individual’s past are processed as raw data and then output as three-dimentional forms like the ones you see above.
You can read more about the project here or you can watch this video in which Leto explains his process and walks you though the lives of several of his subjects (and quarrels with somebody offscreen, but keep watching because he eventually does get back on topic):
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Intricate yet minimal approach to table design, using only one flat piece of wood and cut latticework. By Robert Van Embricqs:
The Rising Table ignores the cliched notion that a table is little more than a flat surface that is held up by four separate legs. The result is a surprising mixture of fluid design that blends the multifaceted tabletop with the latticework of wooden beams that function as the center of the construct. From there, the table sprouts four wooden beams that hold up the entire construct.
Not only does this design approach rid itself of every single predictable feature when one imagines a table, it also emphasizes that the Rising Table is indeed made from a single piece of wood.
More information and images can be found at Robert Van Embricqs’ website here