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misssuzyvalentine:

thinksquad:

Secret city design tricks manipulate your behaviour

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20131202-dirty-tricks-of-city-design

When Selena Savic walks down a city street, she sees it differently to most people. Whereas other designers might admire the architecture, Savic sees a host of hidden tricks intended to manipulate our behaviour and choices without us realising – from benches that are deliberately uncomfortable to sculptures that keep certain citizens away.

Modern cities are rife with these “unpleasant designs”, says Savic, a PhD student at the Ecole Polytechnique Federerale de Lausanne in Switzerland, who co-authored a book on the subject this year. Once you know these secret tricks are there, it will transform how you see your surroundings. “We call this a silent agent,” says Savic. “These designs are hidden, or not apparent to people they don’t target.” Are you aware of how your city is manipulating you?

In 1999, the UK opened a Design Against Crime research centre, and authorities in Australia and the US have since followed suit. Many of the interventions these groups pioneered are familiar today: such as boundary marks painted around cashpoints to instil an implied privacy zone and prevent “shoulder surfing”.

San Francisco, the birthplace of street skateboarding, was also the first city to design solutions such as “pig’s ears” – metal flanges added to the corner edges of pavements and low walls to deter skateboarders. These periodic bumps along the edge create a barrier that would send a skateboarder tumbling if they tried to jump and slide along.

Indeed, one of the main criticisms of such design is that it aims to exclude already marginalised populations such as youths or the homeless. Unpleasant design, Savic says, “is there to make things pleasant, but for a very particular audience. So in the general case, it’s pleasant for families, but not pleasant for junkies.”

Preventing rough sleeping is a recurring theme. Any space that someone might lie down in, or even sit too long, is likely to see spikes, railings, stones or bollards added. In the Canadian city of Calgary, authorities covered the ground beneath the Louise Bridge with thousands of bowling ball-sized rocks. This unusual landscaping feature wasn’t for the aesthetic benefit of pedestrians walking along the nearby path, but part of a plan to displace the homeless population that took shelter under the bridge.

So next time you’re walking down the street, take a closer look at that bench or bus shelter. It may be trying to change the way you behave.

Here!! Read this and be fucking angry because this is horrific! !

(Source: thinksquad, via bedbugsbiting)


Just a pool, disguised as a pond, with a trampoline instead of a diving board.
I wrote a paper about these kinds of pools several years ago for a class when they were just prototypes. These pools have a natural filtration system that run based on the plants that are in the pool that give the water nutrients that allow it to not only be crystal clear, but you are also able to drink the water because it becomes so clean. And the best part is that once the initial filtration system is installed and calibrated, it maintains itself and eliminates the need for chlorine or constant maintenance like salt water pools. 

Just a pool, disguised as a pond, with a trampoline instead of a diving board.

I wrote a paper about these kinds of pools several years ago for a class when they were just prototypes. These pools have a natural filtration system that run based on the plants that are in the pool that give the water nutrients that allow it to not only be crystal clear, but you are also able to drink the water because it becomes so clean. And the best part is that once the initial filtration system is installed and calibrated, it maintains itself and eliminates the need for chlorine or constant maintenance like salt water pools. 

(Source: wikingvinning, via eubalaena)

tumbledore-:

the future is now

Clever advertising.

tumbledore-:

the future is now

Clever advertising.

(Source: ForGIFs.com)

asylum-art:

Jewelry in motion, Kinetic Architecture for your hands

(Source: f-l-e-u-r-d-e-l-y-s, via asylum-art)

hgavin:

I like knowing that my lotions are rooting for me!

hgavin:

I like knowing that my lotions are rooting for me!

archiemcphee:

Jim Rodda, better known as hobbyist 3D printer Zheng3, recently completed work on these awesomely elaborate Barbie-compatible 3D-printed suits of medieval armor. The project was crowdfunded through Rodda’s Faire Play Kickstarter project. The suit of golden parade armor is made of over 40 difference pieces, including a winged helmet, feathered tassets and a detailed coat of arms.

Click here for additional photos and process information.

[via io9]

unconsumption:

Is this the ultimate “pallet hack”?

Tomas Moravec has created many performative works of sculpture, installation and video art since he made this Duchamp-meets-Alÿs piece in 2008, but the video went up just a few months ago.
The brief description notes that Bratislavan trams run on felicitously narrow 1000mm-wide tracks: “A new transport vehicle brings change into the spatial perspective of a passenger in motion and generally changes the life of the city, through which the pallet can run, guided by a map of the city lines.”

More: Non Sequitur: The Pallet Hack to End All Pallet Hacks - Core77

unconsumption:

Is this the ultimate “pallet hack”?

Tomas Moravec has created many performative works of sculpture, installation and video art since he made this Duchamp-meets-Alÿs piece in 2008, but the video went up just a few months ago.

The brief description notes that Bratislavan trams run on felicitously narrow 1000mm-wide tracks: “A new transport vehicle brings change into the spatial perspective of a passenger in motion and generally changes the life of the city, through which the pallet can run, guided by a map of the city lines.”

More: Non Sequitur: The Pallet Hack to End All Pallet Hacks - Core77

checkhunter:

pugsessed:

the best thing I’ve ever found on Pinterest

orgashmeak

checkhunter:

pugsessed:

the best thing I’ve ever found on Pinterest

orgashmeak

(Source: versacetron, via kyssthis16)

disabilityhistory:

This Bus Is Transforming The Lives Of The Homeless

Image description: #1: Photo of a bus painted blue, looking clean and in good repair, with four icons (restroom man, restroom woman, mixed restroom man/woman, and person in a wheelchair) under shower heads. #2: Photo of a spacious, completely accessible restroom and roll-in shower.

The key point here is that they designed this in consultation with the  people who will be using it. It’s mobile so it can meet people where they are. It has private showers so women (and trans/gender nonconforming people, I would add, although the article doesn’t) feel safe. It has a secure place to store your things. And one of the four showers is completely accessible. I know a lot of wheelchair users who might rather use this shower than the ones in their own homes.

(via jhameia)

sagansense:

itscolossal:

The Cloud: An Interactive Thunderstorm in Your House

It will be mine. Oh yes. It will be mine. And my literal “brainstorming room" will be complete.

(Source: really-shit, via mickyalexander)

aleyma:


Tobias and Sara on their Wedding Night, made in Germany, c.1520 (source).


I love that the artist depicted the family cat dog (where are my eyes?) curled up at the foot of the bed.

aleyma:

Tobias and Sara on their Wedding Night, made in Germany, c.1520 (source).

I love that the artist depicted the family cat dog (where are my eyes?) curled up at the foot of the bed.

elarogers:

Farmers’ Market!

You win this round, farmers.

elarogers:

Farmers’ Market!

You win this round, farmers.

(Source: juliannaaaa)

aleyma:

Ceremonial saber of Archduke Ferdinand of Tyrol, made in Italy, c.1560 (source).

aleyma:

Ceremonial saber of Archduke Ferdinand of Tyrol, made in Italy, c.1560 (source).