OLED lighting

 M lamp by David Irwin

M lamp by David Irwin

 Super loon by Jasper Morrison

Super loon by Jasper Morrison

 By Marion Aeby

By Marion Aeby

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 A proposed OLED flashlight - simple tube for occasions when you need only a flashlight

A proposed OLED flashlight - simple tube for occasions when you need only a flashlight

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Driverless future? What about the almost driverless past?

Renault the automaker released the following concept for a "driverless future." Interesting dialogue on Dezeen about the practical, socio economic unintended consequences of being in a bubble all day.

https://www.dezeen.com/2018/03/06/renault-ez-go-driverless-transport-system-geneva-motor-show/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Dezeen%20Weekly%20560&utm_content=Dezeen%20Weekly%20560+CID_f6697b91f68e8f3ffcfd14ea4e8ff74a&utm_source=Dezeen%20Mail&utm_term=How%20is%20this%20a%20solution%20in%20any%20way

What happened to enjoying the random discovery of new things while walking and living in a city? Now that we have driverless cars to look forward to, I wonder more how America would have been different had we not dismantled all of our Electric Streetcar systems. Europe maintained and expanded theirs. The US has reintroduced them in many cities, including Los Angeles, Portland and DC. Roanoke had them too, remarkable for a city of its size:

 Roanoke Electric Railway street car near the Taubman and Amtrak station right after WW2.

Roanoke Electric Railway street car near the Taubman and Amtrak station right after WW2.

Natalie De Blois and the Union Carbide Building

I grew up during the Mad Men era only blocks away from Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan where the television show took place. Buildings from that time period are now mostly taken for granted, mainly the early Modernist glass boxes that have now populated urban centers around the globe. So taken for granted are they that we have now forgotten how unique they were when they began to appear, especially on lower Park Avenue. Mies Van der Rohe's Seagrams Building and SOM's Lever House, the PepsiCo Building and Union Carbide, had a level of clarity in form and in some cases humanism in their foot print. Now cheap glass boxes dot the landscape everywhere and tarnish the representation of the originals. Why do cheap imitations end up representing what the great originals started? J.P. Morgan announced this year that they will demolish the Union Carbide building, designed chiefly by Natalie de Blois with guidance from Gordon Bunschaft the architect of the Lever House and PepsiCo. Are we too blind to see what we will lose by letting this happen? Natalie de Blois should be honored for her achievement. I remember once at night back in the seventies seeing this building illuminated - the light coming from the ground floor emphasized a sense of levity, like it was floating. I will miss an important anchor of my childhood upbringing. 

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Moving back to move forward? "Histovation"

Moving back to move forward - why do we kill great technologies instead of letting them live side by side with new ones? Consider the following: the 1947 PCC Electric Street Car was replaced nationwide in the USA with complex diesel busses that need constant repair (by design).  Proposal: Histovation=Innovation that looks backward to go forward....(stay tuned!)

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 Quintessential Woody Wagon, 1951 (?) Mercury, with California tag "WOULD E."

Quintessential Woody Wagon, 1951 (?) Mercury, with California tag "WOULD E."

 This is a 1961 "Auto Union," precursor to Audi. This one has a 1000cc two stroke motor. At right is a BMW Isetta from the '50s and the white car upper left is a 300cc Subaru.

This is a 1961 "Auto Union," precursor to Audi. This one has a 1000cc two stroke motor. At right is a BMW Isetta from the '50s and the white car upper left is a 300cc Subaru.

 Nissan PAO!

Nissan PAO!

 Sprawling collection of less than 1000cc trucks from Japan but sold worldwide (not in the US). Efficient small, space and fuel efficient 4x4 trucks are the "real men" of the automotive universe. These vehicles deliver everything in Japan and fight fires in small towns. Many are for sale!

Sprawling collection of less than 1000cc trucks from Japan but sold worldwide (not in the US). Efficient small, space and fuel efficient 4x4 trucks are the "real men" of the automotive universe. These vehicles deliver everything in Japan and fight fires in small towns. Many are for sale!

 Figaros or "Figari" : A wonderful collection of small retro Nissans never sold here from a parallel Universe also known as the world beyond the USA. An exercise in design and culture.....'17 students Hafsa Malik and Genesis Solano marveling at their charm and novelty....

Figaros or "Figari" : A wonderful collection of small retro Nissans never sold here from a parallel Universe also known as the world beyond the USA. An exercise in design and culture.....'17 students Hafsa Malik and Genesis Solano marveling at their charm and novelty....

 Sounds comfortable!

Sounds comfortable!

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 What better way to end the day than looking at one of my favorite classic cars...a 1973 2002tii Touring. Sadly never sold in the USA but this is one of a few that made it over and are now pricey collectors items. In stock silver.....

What better way to end the day than looking at one of my favorite classic cars...a 1973 2002tii Touring. Sadly never sold in the USA but this is one of a few that made it over and are now pricey collectors items. In stock silver.....

 VIFA Helsinki Bluetooth Speaker - a great example of the recent fusion between fashion/ textiles and consumer electronics

VIFA Helsinki Bluetooth Speaker - a great example of the recent fusion between fashion/ textiles and consumer electronics

 ICD/ ITKE University of Stuttgart Research Pavilion demonstrating Bio-Inspired Design Research: Moth-derived processes enabled by drones and industrial robots. 

ICD/ ITKE University of Stuttgart Research Pavilion demonstrating Bio-Inspired Design Research: Moth-derived processes enabled by drones and industrial robots.