webfind: Reclaiming Oil Rigs as Oceanic Eco-Resorts

February 19, 2009

Reclaiming Oil Rigs as Oceanic Eco-Resorts: “

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Morris Architects, a Houston-based architecture and design firm, recently took top honors for two of their submissions in the Radical Innovation in Hospitality design competition. The grand prize winner, the Oil Rig Platform Resort and Spa makes use of one of 4,000 oil rigs out in the Gulf of Mexico and transforms it into a luxurious eco-resort and spa. We love how the inspired renovation takes an iconic source of dirty energy and converts it to an eco-haven that generates all of its power from renewable sources.




webfind: Biker-created bike lane

January 23, 2009

Biker-created bike lane: “

(Image, story via Fast Company)

The right thing to do when there are no bike lanes on a road you ride is lobby your local government to create them. The quicker (and cooler) thing to do is project your own. Hence the Light Lane: a biker-centric bicycle lane. No step-by-step instructions yet (or, for that matter, evidence one has been built), but still a great bike-safety project!

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(Via MAKE Magazine.)

Objectified, a film about designing objects we love

January 23, 2009

This looks like a great movie for anyone involved in the design world, here’s the trailer…

A peek at the upcoming design documentary “Objectified”, by Gary Hustwit, the director of “Helvetica”. The trailer features the voices of Jonathan Ive, Andrew Blauvelt, Marc Newson, and Karim Rashid. The song is “I Like Van Halen Because My Sister Says They Are Cool” by El Ten Eleven. 

People included in the final movie include:

Paola Antonelli (Museum of Modern Art, New York)
Chris Bangle (BMW Group, Munich)
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (Paris)
Andrew Blauvelt (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis)
Anthony Dunne (London)
Naoto Fukasawa (Tokyo)
IDEO (Palo Alto)
Jonathan Ive (Apple, California)
Hella Jongerius (Rotterdam)
Marc Newson (London/Paris)
Fiona Raby (London)
Dieter Rams (Kronberg, Germany)
Karim Rashid (New York)
Alice Rawsthorn (International Herald Tribune)
Smart Design (New York)
Rob Walker (New York Times Magazine)

webfind: Artists call attention to pollution

January 23, 2009

Laser-tracing emissions: ”


The Nuage Vert (or ‘Green Cloud’) installation aims to heighten public energy awareness in Helsinki by outlining the emissions of a local power plant via green laser. As a previous commenter points out, there’s a bit of irony present due to the high-powered laser’s high-power consumption – still, altering the local mindset for the better seems worth it. – Nuage Vert ‘Green Cloud’ Illuminates Emissions [via Mighty Ohm]

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my first research presentation!!!

January 22, 2009

Good news! The research study that I have been working on with my good friend Christia from the Psychology department has been accepted into the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. This is the first time that someone from the School of Interior Design has been accepted into this conference. It’s great research that looks at how kids have a hard time with adult size building fixtures. I will be traveling to LaCrosse, Wisconsin in April to present at the conference. Thanks Christia (I’m sure this will be the crown jewell of your research career).


the details for those who are interested…


The Abstract Title is:

Did Universal Design Forget About Children?
The Name of Name of Author(s), Faculty Advisor, Department, Institution and Institutional Address are:
Jonathan B. Fox (Christia Spears Brown), Department of Interior Design, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506

The Abstract Text is:
In the desire to create universal design of public facilities, most of the emphasis has been on access and ease of use by persons with disabilities.  Children are often overlooked as frequent patrons of those facilities.  The purpose of the current study was to investigate the impact of universal design used in public facilities on children’s perceived self-efficacy.  We examined whether the design of public restrooms – namely, those in venues in which a large percentage of their patrons are children (e.g., zoos, malls, museums) – affects children’s perceived ability to use the restrooms and their enjoyment of the facility in general.  In other words, this study takes a psychological approach to the field of interior design.  Specifically, we examined the public restrooms in (a) an amusement park, (b) a mall, (c) a zoo, (d) a museum, and (e) a sports stadium.  We assessed the layout and installation of the fixtures and equipment, with a particular emphasis on the height of countertops and fixtures, the distance necessary to reach the faucets and handles, and the ease of operation of faucets, hand dryers and soap dispensers.  We also interviewed children under the age of 12 who patronized the venue.  We assessed whether the design specifications were related to their self-efficacy in using the restrooms, and whether that was related to their enjoyment of the facility.  As predicted, the ease of use of the restrooms affected children’s enjoyment of the facility as a whole. This study has implications for design specifications of public facilities, as parents are more likely to frequent venues in which their children are comfortable and confident.   

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