The Barcelona Pavilion Just Installed Some Freakin’ Lasers…

(c) Kate Joyce

I thinks it’s fair to say that Dr. Evil had a point, and now Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich’s legendary 1929 Barcelona Pavilion will be reaping the benefits. This new laser light installation, titled Geometry of Light, was created by Luftwerk and Iker Gil, and aims to use light and sound to showcase the building’s architectural elements and materials. Since the structure is a shining example of the modernist/international style of architecture, its gridded/open plan and vertical planes allow the installed lights will develop a interpretive layer that re-imagines the pavilion through highlights, animates and traces along and past the travertine floor and steel-framed glass walls.

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The More You Use This Memo Pad, More Architectural Sculptures Are Revealed…

Japanese company Triad created this unique set of memo pads, called Omoshiro Blocks (or “fun blocks”), which slowly reveals an architectural sculpture as you remove each page from the pad. It’s almost like you’re excavating a historical structure while making daily reminders to yourself! SCORE! Thanks to the precision of laser-cutting, these Omoshiro Blocks let it users make notes on over 100 appealing sheets of colored paper, while at the same time unveil amazingly detailed 3D architectural treasures distinctive to each note pad.  The pads contain tiny paper replicas of historic sites, ranging from the Tokyo Tower, to Sensō-ji, to the Buddhist Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, and more. Continue reading “The More You Use This Memo Pad, More Architectural Sculptures Are Revealed…”

Yeah, Sooo, Lexus made a Working Electric Car out of Cardboard…

Lexus' cardboard Origami Car

I’m sure that after reading that headline and checking out that picture that NOW that hoverboard from that Lexus commercial no longer appears to be ALL THAT impressive, huh? Lexus has unveiled the Origami Car, a fully functional electric IS sedan whose main body, interior and wheels are made out of cardboard. No joke; this is freaking REAL! Continue reading “Yeah, Sooo, Lexus made a Working Electric Car out of Cardboard…”

The Laser Violin for Music Lovers & Non-Lethal Laser-Lovers

Have you ever noticed how intense it looks when you see someone play the violin? It’s definitely involves much more skill and finesse with speed, motion, and pressure than just dragging and pulling a bow across a series of strings.  But if you don’t have that kind of time to learn the ins-and-outs of violin playing, Dylan Menzies’ easy-to-play optical O-Bow might be right down your alley.   Continue reading “The Laser Violin for Music Lovers & Non-Lethal Laser-Lovers”

DiscoverDesign, NES Lasers, FF3 Returns & HBK vs. Hitman – PractitioNERD WIRed #14

This week, Getting Teenagers a Leg-Up in Architecture, The Re-re-re-re-re-release of Final Fantasy 3, The NES Zapper becomes an ACTUAL ZAPPER, and the Hitman vs HBK in an Iron Man Match…PLUS, The Question Of The Week!!   Continue reading “DiscoverDesign, NES Lasers, FF3 Returns & HBK vs. Hitman – PractitioNERD WIRed #14”

Laser Upgrade on NES Zapper Makes Childhood Dreams Come True!

I dare you to try to find anyone who was a child back in the heyday of the Nintendo Entertainment System who did NOT ONCE pretend that the NES Zapper accessory was a laser gun between games of Duck Hunt and Bandai’s Shooting Gallery! Go on! Try to find someone. I’ll be here all day.   Continue reading “Laser Upgrade on NES Zapper Makes Childhood Dreams Come True!”