Kustvlaai 2014: Amstel Park:

For Kunstvlaai 2014 (‘From Safety to Where? I Love the Feeling of Being Slightly Lost’) Finesse Architecture in collaboration with Dennis Schuivens created a spatial intervention that offers the users a playful and ephemeral experience through physical participation. Continue Reading →

Mediamatic: Bubble Escapement

In 2014 Mediamatic organised ‘Ten Weeks and One Summer of Lightness’. From April 29th until July 13th different artists were invited to investigate lightness as experience, as image and as idea. As part of the ‘Soap Bubble Laboratory’ by Nienke Sybrandy, we participated by exploring tactics that offer participants a chance to experience a simple soap bubble spatially. We created a scenario in which participants engaged in anticipation of an act of destruction or creation of a surreal spatial moment.

Mediamatic Lightness Week SoapBubbles

“Refracted Punt”

This was an experimental installation made for the art space initiative De Punt, in Amsterdam, to create an effective low cost solution for dealing with their window display needs. There was a need for some kind of system that would allow diffused light into the space, and some framed views for the passerby when there was an exhibition inside. We created a filtered screen from good old fashion bubble wrap and injected fluorescent pink cleaning solution into specific air pockets (determined by the design). The bubble wrap serves as a low tech and low cost material that provides both a decent visual/solar diffuser that is large enough to cover the full height of the storefront glazing. The air pockets that are inherent to the wrap’s structure can be interpreted as a pixelated canvas for the artist in resident to fill in their own designs. Throughout the day, light falling through the screen create different effects. Dependent of your perspective angle, both natural light and the surrounding background is refracted into every single bubble. Giving a mitotic notion of how the collective whole is made out of constituent parts that each hold the same image.

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New Direction in Alzheimer’s Research

In the laboratory of Nobel laureate Dr. Paul Greengard, a team of researchers is looking into a new direction in research into the nature of Alzheimer’s disease. Preserving Your Memory talked to Jean-Pierre Roussarie, Ph.D., postdoctoral associate at the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research Laboratory, about the work they’re doing now.

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Community Winter Gardens

 

How can we strengthen a local sense of belonging in our local high streets? An inspiring case study depicted from the book Compendium for a Civic Econony tells about a neighborhood in central London with a diverse population of both low-income groups and high earners. A recession-hit budget chain grocers was replaced by The People’s Supermarket, a grocery owned and managed by members but open to all, and committed to selling good quality, locally sourced products at an affordable price.  The venture created a diverse social return on investments-upskilling local people, benefiting their household budgets, retaining profits within the area and providing a space where low-income and other residents can mix enjoy an active stake and daily interaction.  This key understanding of value in a much broader term than just monetary can allow us to think more creatively navigating on the local level. Fomulating the research question:

How can Retail give back to the community?

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Alzheimer’s Manifesto

 LOOSE THE STIGMA

People suffering from Alzheimer’s experience the limitations of their disease everyday. Instead of focussing on their limitations, acknowledge what they can still experience and create space improves their quality of life. Be constructive in tone.

 ENCOURAGE HUMAN ENCOUNTER

Create an environment that stimulates human interaction, a place where generations can meet. It contributes to a sense of belonging to society and has a positive effect on wellbeing.

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From pampering to well-being: our search for bathing rituals

 

“ If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”

-Loren Eiseley, The Immense Journey, 1957

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Three Generation Housing: ‘Home For Life’

The current world average of human’s life expectancy at birth is estimated in 2010 to be (67.2).  This number can be regarded as high or low depending on which country’s perspective we are viewing.  There are great variations in life expectancy between different parts of the world, mostly caused by differences in public health, war, medical care and diet.  The map below indicates the various expectancy rates accrossed the world.  In Europe and North America, citizens tend to live well beyond 75 to over 80 years.  Their lifespan can well experience three to four generations of family history.  Many elderly whom lived in one place for more than three decades are faced with decisions to uproot their family homes to live closer to families that can better take care of them.  More often they make a transition into special housing for the elderly.  This uprooting from their neighborhood has a negative impact on both the citizens of the neighborhood staying and leaving.  In evaluating the common life cycle of a human as they evolve from children, to  adults, to couples, to nuclear family, to extended family, to elderly, the goal of this investigation is to identify all the needs of each stage (user group): and to formulate a strategy to cope with these evolving needs thus circumventing the necessity to uproot and move of of the neighborhood. Continue Reading →