Rising Waters, recently opened at the Museum of the City of New York to mark the one-year anniversary of Super-storm Sandy. The result of an open call, professionals and amateurs submitted over ten thousand works in the wake of the hurricane and over one thousand are included in the exhibition. The photographs are a sharp reminder of the devastating impact water can have on urban life, but also the processes of relief and coping. Until March 2 2014. > More
31 / 10 / 13
Posted in CITIES, ISSUES
Tagged exhibition, ocean, sea
In this issue of Damn magazine Jane surveys a selection of ideas and projects that explore the future of water in imaginative ways, including Wonderwater Cafe.
Read the full article here.
28 / 10 / 13
Posted in ALL
An ingenious water filtration system that uses plants to extract arsenic was voted an ‘Idea that will change the world’ at the Global Design Forum part of London Design Festival 2013. Clean Water, developed by Oxford University MSc Student Stephen Goodwin Honan, works by using plants to extract arsenic from water supplies, allowing the user to then sell the arsenic on at a profit.
This exhibition, at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery at St. Lawrence College in Ontario, Canada, aims to memorialize the experience of loss wrought by artificial floods.
15 / 09 / 13
Posted in CITIES, INDUSTRY, ISSUES
Designer and programmer Nelson Minar has created a visually stunning map that shows every single river in the USA. The water channels are reminiscent of a network of veins and arteries spread over the country. Minar has placed his data on open-source site GitHub, should anyone wish to use it for their own projects.
‘Let’s build there a sauna! Not a plain old Finnish sauna, a caricature, like all our saunas by now, but the cultural sauna, a national monument, the first of its kind, Finland’s awakening civilization.” so wrote Alvar Aalto of his plans to build a sauna in 1925. Almost a century later architect Tuomas Toivonen and designer Nene Tsuboi have taken up the challenge in an effort to revive Finland’s iconic social and cultural past time.
Organic tap, designed by Philippe Starck for Axor, proves that water saving devices can look good too. Inspired by a simple outdoor farm tap, Organic tap reduces water consumption by half with a flow rate of 3.5 litres per minute compared to the standard seven litres per minute. The temperature is preset at the top of the tap, so water comes out at the desired warmth and none is wasted whilst adjusting the heat.
26 / 05 / 13
Posted in BATHING, SCARCITY
The design team at MastersDegree.net have produced these eye catching info-graphics depicting astonishing facts about ocean pollution and the impact it has on the food we consume, showing that by polluting our oceans we are in fact setting ourselves up to eat our own trash. This work demonstrates how design can be used to make complex information comprehensible and at the same time visually stimulating. View the entire graphic here.
5 / 07 / 12
Posted in DESIGN, FOOD, ISSUES, Ocean/Sea
When Bernd and Hilla Becher set out to immortalise industrial architecture in the late 1950′s, water towers were one of their chosen targets. Their work aimed not only to draw attention on the beauty of their design, but also to highlight the need for preserving this heritage.
Several recent projects are bringing the water towers back into the spotlight.
Do you know if the food and products you consume use water that originates in areas of the world with limited water resources? > More