These billboards by creative agency Ogilvy & Mather can be used as street furniture. Designed for IBM’s Smarter Cities campaign, they fuse advertising with helpful additions to the street such as benches, shelters and ramps. So one billboard curves over at the top to form a rain shelter and another peels up from the wall to create a seat. A ramp covering steps assists those wheeling bicycles or suitcases through the streets. A simle idea making the urban landscape a little smarter.
"while sitting on brighton beach (UK) back in 2005 with my new girlfriend, verity, i thought the view of our feet pointing out to sea would make a nice photo. ever since then we’ve continued to document our travels in this way, resulting in a collection of over 100 photos. in 2011 the series took a new twist with the arrival of a third set of feet – our daughter matilda. you can already see her little feet getting bigger and bigger." - text and photos by tom robinson
photos: arbol de piedra, bolivia; nahuel huapi national park, argentina; machu pichu, peru; bâlea lake, romania; blue mountains, australia; ko pha-ngan, thailand; st. georges hospital, london; cabo de são vicente, portugal; voje valley, near stara fužina, slovenia; london, england
Very cute idea, but those of us with a touch of OCD wish they kept to the same side for each photo.
Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay wins 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize by Wilkinson Eyre
Wilkinson Eyre’s Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay has scooped an International Architecture Award for 2013.
The Chicago Athenaeum’s International Architecture Awards aims to honour the best new buildings and landscape and planning projects designed around the world by the most important architects, landscape architects and urban planners practicing nationally and internationally.
Strawberry and Vanilla Bean Custard Trifle by Island Menu
Vanilla bean custard
2 egg yolks
1 vanilla bean
100ml full fat milk, I used the Elgar milk with cream on top
200ml thick cream
1 teaspoon cornflour
50 grams of sugar
Add the milk and cream to a saucepan and add a split vanilla bean with the seeds scraped out and added. Over medium heat let it almost come to the boil.
In another bowl whisk the egg yolks, sugar and cornflower, add a little bit of the warm milk/cream and whisk in, then add a little more. Then put the egg mix in with the rest of the milk/cream in the saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the custard coats the back of a spoon and leave a clear space when you run your finger through it. Strain the custard into a bowl/jar for use allowing it to cool a little.
Into a saucepan add a cup of so of quartered strawberries and sprinkle with a little caster sugar (as much as you like, the strawberries I had were already sweet enough) and add a splash of orange juice (you could use an orange liqueur here – I would’ve done if I’d had some).
Cook on a medium to low heat until the strawberries are soft and the liquid has thickened a little.
I always tend to make use Stephanie Alexander’s recipe, which Maggie Beer shares here when I make sponge cake. But in all honesty, sometimes you can cheat and use a supermarket/bakery sponge.
Either way slice the cake when it’s cool and then cut into small-ish bite size pieces.
To make the trifle add alternative layers of sponge, strawberry compote, custard, fresh chopped strawberries and finish with a layer of whipped cream. Allow the trifle to sit in the fridge for half an hour or so before eating so it sets.
As far back as the early 2000s, fingerprint sensors were embedded in a slew of devices, from laptops produced by HP and Toshiba to phones made by Nokia and Motorola. But while Apple was able to make fingerprint sensors feel like a fresh idea, its competitors were only capable of making the technology feel superfluous, stale, and unready for market.
- Will take responsibility for the place they live, work and love in;
- Value access over ownership, contribution over power;
- Will ask forgiveness, not permission;
- Know where they can get the tools, knowledge and support they need;
- Value empathy, dialogue and trust;
- Appropriate technology, rather than accept it as is;
- Will help the people that struggle with smart stuff;
- Ask questions, then more questions, before they come up with answers;
- Actively take part in design efforts to come up with better solutions;
- Work agile, prototype early, test quickly and know when to start over;
- Will not stop in the face of seemingly huge boundariesbarriers;
- Unremittingly share their knowledge and their learning, because they know this is where true value comes from.
More on the human face of smart cities on my blog
New York based photographer Stephan Wilkes has managed to capture the passage of time in a single photograph. His “Day to Night” photo series explores the many changes that take place in Stehphan’s beloved city of New York as it transitions from day to night.
- The Flatiron
- NYC Library
- Washington Square Park
- The Highline, NYC
- Park Avenue
- Bethesda Fountain, Central Park
- Times Square
- Gramercy Park, NYC
- Coney Island
Remember when Lindsay Lohan won that card game with Lindsay Lohan and Lindsay Lohan had to skinny dip in the lake but Lindsay Lohan stole her clothes and Lindsay Lohan was so pissed?