I am a lazy blogger, I am a lazy blogger…however, two new things coming up.
1. Mitosis – a manufacturing company based in the South Side of Pittsburgh, with its first offering, the Equus Evolution Kit, a multi-modal learning tool the helps high school teachers demonstrate the principles of evolution through 50 million years of changes to the horse foot. The kit is amazing, developed by Jason Bannister of Mechanimal, with assistance from Duquesne University…we’ve been selling them already, and I’ll have some pictures up very soon, as well as some info for interested science and biology teachers…very, very cool…
2. A puppet version of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl…not for sale, simply to create video content that will teach good citizens everyone how civic politics works…you should see the forehead…
Thanks for the patience, love y’all….
P.S. Congrats again, Tim and Andi!!!!!
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So, one of the things I’m currently working on is a book with my pops. The book focuses on several aspects (social, technological, economic) of everyday life beginning in 1975 and projecting out 20 years into the future. Tentative topic areas include energy, jobs, news, tv, books, movies, healthcare, education…you get the picture. One of the more interesting areas to me has to do with housing, especially amidst increasing urbanization. Current estimates indicate that more than a billion people live in urban slums, mainly in the Southern Hemisphere. This fact, of course, leads to the expression of pressing concerns. For instance, what does it mean to have the majority of people on Earth living in urban areas, and the majority of these folks in slums. How will these individuals be represented in the political realm in the years to come? As some have pointed out, most specifically in my own readings, Slavoj Zizek, the slum-dwellings may well form a massive, impromptu voting bloc, almost appearing as a post-modern proletariat, or perhaps a post-modern lumpen proletariat (e.g., the force behind the empowerment of a group of South American leaders, such as Hugo Chavez).
Another important concern revolves around the structural living conditions of those individuals, and how it might be possible to create more inhabitable dwellings amidst these incredibly haphazard preexisting shanty towns. This is where movements such as the Incremental Housing Strategy in India can play a great part. Designed by Filipe Balestra and Sara Göransson, with a pilot being launched in Pune, India, the project aims to turn urban slums into more sustainable dwellings through an incremental construction procedure. The architects have designed three skeletal frames which can be built-upon and placed within existing zones without displacing the communities living in them.
I saw this posted a little while, and didn’t post it out of laziness…So, now I’m gonna post it without being able to remember any of the specifics from the original article I saw, which was quite informative…So, to assuage at least a smidge of guilt over my creative sloth, I’ll give you a little of the info that I can remember: “Adobe Photoshop CS5 concept, designed to look like a real artist’s set-up. Created for ad group (fill in name of company I can no longer remember, even though I took a trip to their website and all).”
In the spirit of learning, check out this watch designed by Rolf Sachs for Fortis. I like the chalk effect. While you’re thinking about the math, why don’t you read this, and then head over here, you really, really should (props on the posts, pops).
IdeaFixa is a nice bi-monthly e-magazine with a slick interface and themed issues picked from contemporary international artists. If your are an into design, photos, illustrations, etc. you should check it…it is Free!, so there’s always that. If you are an artist, then you should participe.