Archive forMarch, 2008

Congratulations!

March 31st, 2008 by LG Blog UK
 
Congratulations to French architect Jean Nouvel, who has just been announced as the winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize for 2008. This proves a bit of a boon for our friends over at Dezeen, who only last month gave Jean the honour of being their Featured Architect. Proof, were it needed, of their good taste. Also, it's probably quite nice for Mr Nouvel, whose eye-catching design for the Philharmonic Hall in Paris, below, is currently a work in progress. He was chosen for Pritzker Laureate because of his 'creative experimentation and buildings that speak to their surroundings' the jury said. Thomas J. Pritzker,...
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Chanel’s ‘Mobile Art’ exhibition set for world tour

March 27th, 2008 by LG Blog UK
 
Zaha Hadid, the first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, was chosen by Karl Lagerfeld to create the Mobile Art CHANEL Contemporary Art Container, pictured below. Hadid, described by The Times last year as "the world’s most flamboyant architect" due to her "breathtakingly sensuous designs", seems like an obvious choice for a man quoted as saying "I don't like standard beauty – there is no beauty without strangeness." Hadid was awarded the Pritzker, considered to be the Nobel Prize of architecture, in 2004 and is arguably one of the most talented architects of her generation. According to the Museum Marketing...
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Mile high mobiles

March 26th, 2008 by LG Blog UK
 
With mobile phones so ubiquitous these days it's hard to find places where they're not usable - they're generally restricted to being down coal mines, up the tops of mountains and when in an aeroplane. But that last one might be about to change: The use of mobiles on planes flying in European airspace has been given approval by UK regulator Ofcom. It has issued plans that will allow airlines to offer mobile services on UK-registered aircraft. The decision means that mobiles could be used once a plane has reached an altitude of 3,000m or more. Turning off mobiles is always something...
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BT wants you to have FON

March 25th, 2008 by LG Blog UK
 
Last week I noticed BT have partnered with FON to create (wait for it..) BT FON (see what they did there?) FON is "the largest Wi-Fi community in the world. FON is a Community of people making WiFi universal and free." Essentially, ‘Foneros’ share their home Internet connections in exchange for free access to the Community’s FON Spots wherever they go. Since Wi-Fi was introduced there have always been people, not necessarily intentionally, sharing their own or piggy-backing on other’s connections. For the very net-savvy and early adopters out there FON, which launched in late 2005, didn't offer a...
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See the stars like never before

March 20th, 2008 by LG Blog UK
 
I've just watched a video from TED.org of the presentation given by Harvard Center for Astrophysics Researcher Roy Gould and Curtis Wong, manager of Microsoft's Next Media Research, unveiling Microsoft's new WorldWide Telescope a few weeks ago. According to Gould produces a "holistic approach" by weaving together the best images and information from satellites and telescopes all over the world and will have "as profound an impact on they way we view the universe as Galileo did 4 centuries ago." Big claims but apparently it made Robert Scoble, MD of Fast Company.TV and, according to Wikipedia an "American blogger, technical evangelist,...
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Farewell, Sir Arthur

March 19th, 2008 by LG Blog UK
 
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Sir Arthur C. Clarke passed away yesterday, aged 90. As well as being one of the leading science fiction writers of the twentieth century, was a passionate believer in using technology to advance mankind. He famously proposed using geostationary satellites - satellites that remained in a fixed point above a spot on the Earth - to relay radio signals - which today is one of the most important components in global communications. The quote at the top, one of his most famous (the third of his three laws) certainly rings true if you compare...
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As one door closes… a light bulb grows bright?

March 7th, 2008 by LG Blog UK
 
To make up for the relative quiet last week (hope you didn't miss us too much!) here's another post to keep you going. Happy weekend! Inhabitat and a free newspaper I found on the bus the other night were keen to discuss the merits of this new green energy Revolving door by Fluxxlab. Image from Techchee Inhabitat praise it as being "an ingenious sustainable energy harvesting idea that makes you wonder why no one else has thought of it before." Sorry to burst the bubbles guys, but somebody did think of it: in 2005 on Halfbakery. But that's not to discount the Fluxxlab...
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Natural beauty – the ultimate in eco-friendly fashion?

March 7th, 2008 by LG Blog UK
 
I came across these amazing photos today: After a little digging I found these are from a book called Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa by Hans Silvester. These are members of the Surma and Mursi tribes who live in the Omo Valley on the borders of Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan. Fifteen tribes, including the Hamer and Kurma tribes, live in this area but I'm unsure if they all partake in this ornamentation. The decorations seem to serve no ritualistic purpose and are purely for enjoyment. It's wonderful to see such spontaneous, natural (in all senses - apparently the designs are...
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