Dedication: When an earthquake hit in China on Saturday, reporter Chen Ying was just about to get married, but instead found herself covering a breaking news story, complete with camera and microphone … and wedding dress. And with good reason: The 6.6-magnitude quake, in the Sichuan province, killed at least 189 and injured more than 11,000. The wedding could wait.
This is terrific. Asenath Andrews (who founded and runs the academy) spoke at PopTech 2012. She was informative, funny and interesting.
Former men’s room of what used to be an elementary school in Detroit; the Catherine Ferguson Academy, a charter high school for young mothers and pregnant teens, now calls the historic building home.
The property’s grounds feature a four-acre urban farm, which helps teach students about gardening, and enhances their skills sets.
The school, which allows students to “attend classes and care for their babies in a single environment,” was slated to be closed in 2011. Thanks to community members who rallied in support of the school, the school remains open today. Almost all the school’s graduates enroll in two- or four-year colleges.
Via The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit: Places: Design Observer. Photograph by Andrew Herscher.
Seems fitting to follow this earlier Unconsumption post about repurposed urinals with this one on fixtures-turned-planters-in-girls’-school!
Shut Up and Take My Money of the Day: The QWERTY Sofa
Italian design and architecture firm ZO_loft wants to reinvent the idea of falling asleep on your keyboard …by turning your couch into a keyboard! Additionally, each key tile contains remote-controlled micro electric motors that make all of them completely adjustable.
Dumb Ways To Die by Tangerine Kitty
Last night I posted this awesome PSA for Metro Trains Melbourne that gives a light hearted feel to accidental deaths. These are a few of my favourite GIFs from the animation, and more can be found over at the Dumb Ways To Die tumblr page linked below.
Self-taught African Teen Wows M.I.T.
“15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus”
Make music in the corner shop with Red Stripe
“An ordinary looking East London corner shop was hacked to play a familiar tune whenever anyone picked up a Red Stripe, much to people’s surprise”
The Doughnut Vault
I love this little documentary about the sights and sounds of a small doughnut shop in Chicago that serves hand made doughnuts from 8am ‘til sold out. Very traditional aesthetics inside and out and to have people queueing outside the door every day means they must be pretty damn good doughnuts. Oh and they have a tumblr!
Firewall: An Interactive Fabric Surface by Aaron Sherwood
Having studied Interactive Design at university it’s only natural that I’m a sucker for interactive installations such as this. Rather simple in essence, yet visually stunning and complex, “a stretched sheet of spandex acts as a membrane interface sensitive to depth that people can push into and create fire-like visuals and expressively play music”. A video demonstrating the work is embedded below, definitely worth a watch.
Ballpoint Wallpaper by Alissia Melka-Teichroew
Created for ROLLOUT custom wallpapers, these playful wallpaper designs were presented during ICFF 2012 and are a cheeky nod to childhood misadventures. I’d love to have one of these graphics in my room, and there’s several other designs that can be found using the links provided below.