Sonos and FRAME explore how sound can evoke memories of home at DDW 2018

The audio brand offers visitors to this year's Dutch Design Week a sensorial refuge from the city.
 

carpenters workshop gallery opens san francisco outpost inside a resurrected former church


the west coast venue occupies a nearly 9,000-square-foot space on the mezzanine of a new arts space housed in the former saint joseph’s church.

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Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media

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Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media

Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media
Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media

I have raved about these in the past. If you want to see what the fuss was about, you can now win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media on this very site.

 

Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media
Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media

 

Blue Crow Media is a specialist, independent map company, with its specialist subject being 20th century architecture. The maps it produces are small enough to fit into a small bag (or a particularly large pocket), offering an architectural introduction to the particular city or location.

Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media
Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media

 

In fact, it is more than an introduction. Once folded out to full size, you will find a traditional map on one side, marked with the selected sights, with the reverse offering images of the buildings themselves and some details on each of them. All written and selected by locals and/or experts on the city too.

Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media
Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media

 

If you fancy taking an architectural tour, they really are essential and affordable too. That’s not always the case with architectural literature. Oh and they also do a brutalist calendar too, should you know someone who is both a fan and difficult to buy for this Christmas.

Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media
Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media

 

But enough of all that, I’m talking about the maps. I have a bunch to give away, but I have split them into four groups to maximise the chances of someone winning. So the groups are:

1. Modern Berlin Map, Brutalist Paris Map, London Underground Architecture & Design Map.
2. Brutalist Sydney Map, Concrete Tokyo Map.
3. Constructivist Moscow Map, Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map, Modernist Belgrade Map.
4. Concrete Chicago Map, Concrete New York Map.

Entering is simple. Just add a comment in the comments box below saying which is is your favourite town or city for architecture and a couple of words why. No long essays, just a couple of words is fine.

I will choose 4 winners at random, but if you have your eye on a particular set of maps, add that to the comment too. If not, I’ll presume you are happy with any. That’s it, enter away!

Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media
Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media

 

Terms and conditions:
Winners picked at random on closing date of Tuesday 30th October.
One entry per person.
WowHaus decision is final.
The prize is only the one listed above.
WowHaus does not take responsibility for prizes lost in the post.

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uniqlo warehouse replaces 90% of staff with robots offering a glimpse into the future


it has become an ubiquitous fear that robots will take over the world one day and a simple look at how factories are changing in the twenty-first century makes this a glimpse into the future not hard to imagine.

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interview with james turrell on ‘the light inside people’


in this second edition of 'creative strategies' — a series of artist interview documents produced by designboom in collaboration with novelist anne philippi — james turrell discusses life in cities, being a quaker, and of course light, the kind that you might 'only know from dreams'.

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new york’s ‘central park tower’ will be the tallest residential building in the world


with a total height of 1,550 feet (472 meters), the project has been described by its developers as the 'definitive new york skyscraper'.

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Small 420 sq. ft. apartment gets multifunctional redesign

Multifunctional zones and a sleeping loft enlarge this small apartment in Taipei.
 

Creating Space for the Next Generation of Baltimore’s Community Leaders

Sylvester Pridget, looks out of a barbershop window with his 14-month-old daughter, Shanetta, watching a march to City Hall in Baltimore on Saturday, May 2, 2015, the day after charges were announced against the police officers involved in Freddie Gray's death. The events surrounding Gray's death eventually led to the creation of the new Baltimore Children and Youth Fund, which recently made its first round of grants. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

By one count, there are close to 1,700 young people in Baltimore who are homeless: Under the age of 25, not in the custody of a parent or guardian, and without a regular place to sleep at night.

On a normal day, between 40 and 50 of them stop by the Youth Empowered Society Drop-In Center, according to executive director Blair Franklin. They come to the center, which is partially run by formerly homeless youth, for food or a change of clothes, Franklin says. Or bus tokens. Or a shower. Or a place to do laundry, charge a phone, or take a nap. Or get health services in the van that parks out back every week. Some come to find a therapist, or a lawyer who can help with expunging criminal records.

“First and foremost we’re like a safe space,” Franklin says. “Young people tell us what they need and want and we work toward fulfilling that.”

In addition to providing basic services to its visitors, the YES Drop-In Center tries to invest in leadership capacity-building among the homeless youth that use its services, Franklin says.

“We live in a world that does not pay attention to young people and often sees them as without agency and without choice and value,” Franklin says. “[But] we see folks kill it when they are given the space to say what should happen and then participate in that change.”

It’s organizations like the YES Drop-In Center that are among the first grantees of the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund, created by the Baltimore City Council in defiance of a veto by former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

As Colorlines reported in August, the fund was pushed into existence in the wake of the protests surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, with City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young leading the charge. The goal of the fund was to not just support programs that help young people in Baltimore, but to upend the way grants for community-serving goals are distributed.

In its first round of awards, 84 grantees split $10.8 million in funds.

“I would argue it’s probably the most diverse portfolio of any grantmaking organization in the city,” says Dayvon Love, director of public policy for the Baltimore-based Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, “a grassroots think-tank which advances the public policy interest of Black people.”

The group’s co-founder, Adam Jackson, was co-chair of a task force appointed in 2017 to develop the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund’s grantmaking structure, built around the values of racial equity, intergenerational leadership, community ownership, and collective decision-making.

Love says that Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle wanted to upend the typical grantmaking process. Too often, he says, highly professionalized, white-led nonprofits are positioned to get grants meant to address problems in disadvantaged black and brown communities. Community-based organizations often don’t have the connections to get access to those same resources, Love says.

“And it undermines the ability for black-led organizations in our communities to do the work,” Love says. “Really, the purpose of our role was to try to structure the youth fund in a way to flip that dynamic so that grassroots organizations could compete on an even playing field with traditional nonprofit organizations, but also do so in a way that could elevate [community-based] organizations.”

With its $230,000 grant from the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund, the YES Drop-In Center will be able to hire a dedicated youth leadership advocacy coordinator, Franklin says, and put more resources into direct assistance for homeless youth in the former of flexible housing assistance and eviction prevention, among other services.

Aside from the YES Drop-In Center, grantees include the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, the Baltimore Child First Authority, Wide Angle Youth Media, and the United Workers SB7 Youth Corps — which plans to build on an organizing program that helped stop a trash incineration from being built, as Next City has covered.

City Council President Young, who was not available for an interview, had been pushing to create more funding for youth programs for years before the death of Freddie Gray helped galvanize support for the fund, according to the report in Colorlines.

“Part of it is that a lot of young people just don’t have things to do,” says Love. “There’s been a disinvestment over the past 20 to 25 years or so in funding related to programming for youth and, at the same time, an increase in funding for things like police and public safety and corrections.”

The task force wanted to support programs in the city that would give black and brown youth opportunities to envision futures that are rarely depicted in popular media, Love says. And it wanted to support a range of community organizations with small and large grants that would help them build organizational capacity, in addition to supporting the youth-oriented work they were proposing. That required creating an atypical grantmaking process. To sift through the $75 million in grant requests from 487 applicants, a “Grant Proposal Review Panel” was convened with community representatives and not just professional grant reviewers, Love says.

“What that does is it makes sure that it’s not just relationships driving who gets dollars,” Love says. “It’s a very honest assessment of the program that’s before them.”

   

special pokemon cards inspired by edvard munch’s ‘the scream’ get museum approval


the pokémon company has announced a partnership with the tokyo art museum to produce special trading cards based on edvard munch's iconic expressionist painting the scream.

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