Month: April 2014

Project: Hyderabad Waste Management Project

Many cities in India need to implement such ideas…

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Here is an example of managing hazardous waste in Hyderabad, India. The project is assisted by the Australian Agency For International Development or AusAid. (Reference: http://www.earthsystems.au)

Project: Hyderabad Waste Management Project

CLIENT: AusAID, the Australian Agency for International Development, manages the Australian Government’s
official overseas aid program.

LOCATION: Hyderabad is the capital city of the State of Andhra Pradesh and a major industrial centre in southern India. It is India’s fifth largest city having a population of over 4 million people.

With a population of 914 million people (1994), India is the second most populous nation in the world after
China. Nearly one quarter of its population live in poverty.

BACKGROUND:

The Hyderabad Waste Management Project is a four year project funded by AusAID to improve the
management of industrial waste in that city.

The development of a central Facility for the Treatment, Storage and Disposal of…

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Creative Routines

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“We all have the same 24 hours that Beyoncé has” and its various iterations took the web by storm in late 2013 as the megastar became the figurehead of not only having it all, but being able to somehow do it all too.

How do creatives – composers, painters, writers, scientists, philosophers – find the time to produce their opus? Mason Currey investigated the rigid Daily Rituals that hundreds of creatives practiced in order to carve out time, every day, to work their craft. Some kept to the same disciplined regimen for decades while others locked in patterns only while working on specific works.

Creative Routines Poster

There are enough data to visualize a portion of the hundreds of creative lifestyles. Click the poster to discover:
Gustave Flaubert
Ludwig Van Beethoven
W.A. Mozart
Thomas Mann
Sigmund Freud
Immanuel Kant
Maya Angelou
John Milton
Honore de Balzac
Victor Hugo
Charles Dickens
W.H. Auden
Charles Darwin

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An Inside Out portrait that delivers a message to drone operators

Hard Hitting….

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jr_kpk_fullThis portrait of a girl tells a story larger than the massive piece of vinyl it is printed on. Unfurled in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan, “#NotABugSplat” was created by a collection of artists and activists, using TED Prize winner JR’s Inside Out campaign, to send a message to drone operators, who reportedly call their kills “bug splats” because they appear small and grainy on screen. The idea is to “create empathy and introspection amongst drone operators,” explains the project website.

Below, an image JR posted about this Inside Out project via Instagram:

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Chinese millionaire to sell fresh air in cans

A news report about a Chinese millionaire selling fresh air coming on heels of another report from UN about the effects of climate change has shown what the world could be in future if we don’t mend our ways now.

A seemingly minor 2° C increase could spell doom for many countries affecting fresh water and land areas directly. In directly it would mean shortage of food supply and price rise. Wars could be fought on this.

In spite of repeated warnings many countries have failed to control the carbon emissions and it is time to take drastic measures now.

China being a major contributor to greenhouse gases, the people seem to have adopting seemingly futuristic ideas of breathing through a can of fresh tinned air.  The millionaire says he is doing this to attract attention to the problems we may face in future as such cans may soon become reality.

The fancy idea seems like a fair warning to adept to more greener and healthier alternatives.

 

Traditional Japanese Architecture

Japanese Architecture is traditionally being known as aesthetically simple design typically wooden architecture with heavy emphasis on roof structures, paper thin often movable walls and customizable internal space.

Since inner spaces are fluid often the surrounding environment is incorporated in the design and creates a structure on whole.

Another important feature is the landscape design in the form of tea gardens.

 

Shigeru Ban named Pritzker Prize winner 2014…

Architects of great buildings have always had an aura of romance and thrill associated with them. Sometimes construed as removed from reality, Architects tend to be revered in their own community.

However, an Architect whose works speak for humanity and is devoid of all pomp and show, is bound to be celebrated sooner or later.

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Shigeru Ban.. a Japanese Architect who has worked around the world in areas struck with calamities, building shelters and providing the most basic relief to the people affected has been named this years Pritzker Prize winner, informally known as the Nobel of Architecture.

An architect who has been known to work on disaster affected sites and affording temporary shelters with his signature cardboard tubes, beer crate foundations, container boxes and such.

He says “I’m not really interested in making money, I’m not interested in the design fee. As long as I can make people happy to use my building,” he added, “I’m happy.”