Year: 2012

Home Is Where Your Cube Is

IN St Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh, sits a wooden cube, measuring 3m x 3m x 3m, 27 cubic meters, a prototype of what could very well be your new home. The prototype, called QB1 was unveiled at the 2011 Edinburgh Science Festival in Scotland and is the most compact rendition of a house. Project initiator, Dr David Page of the University of Scotland said his goal is introducing low – carbon and energy efficient living, in a compact, yet stylish and convenient way. Made with sustainable materials, the cube is fully equipped with the minimum that anyone could need – lounge, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. The space is divided into three levels, accessible by cleverly designed space-saving stairs. ‘Downstairs’ is the lounge with a sofa that has storage under the seats that can slide out to become seats for the small table. One level up is the kitchen, fully equipped with a fridge, stovetop and hood, oven, sink and storage cupboards. On the same level is the bathroom, complete with a composting toilet and full-sized shower. …

They #3 | FiveThousand

Did you know that some guy called Vincent Connare came up with the most vomit inducing typeface known to man, Comic Sans? Ironic really, because it really is sanscomic. You get me? Anyway, modern publications contain many faux pas from lay out, to typeface, to images, but not this one. Ladies and Gents, They. Founded by cool cat designer Marshall Rake, and cool cat photographer Azita Rasoli, They is ‘a dialogue between literature and art’ and They means business. A different theme is at the centre of each issue (3 so far) and the current theme fornumber 3 is transparency. Included are excellent short stories from a number of different writers but the real kicker is the use of images. Throughout They there are monochrome images (purple), some combined with text – possibly the greatest Sans Serifs ever – some on their own. It is design as it was supposed to be: most excellent. It exhibits typographic (the typography makes me cry) and photographic genius and smart design. Seriously, kids, this publication is so good, it makes …

5000Plus, A Change For Adelaide | Our World Today

WHAT kind of changes would you like to see in Adelaide’s Urban Landscape? Swimming Pool in the Torrens? Creative pop-up places to fill empty shop-fronts? Rail tunnel under the city? Such ideas and more could be achieved thanks to Adelaide’s new Urban Renewal project, 5000+. 5000+ is the initiative of Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood and Attorney General John Rau who say that it’s about asking ‘what is the quality of life we want for inner Adelaide?’ Commissioner for integrated design, Tim Horton, said the idea aims to bring people together to talk about their vision for the city. “It works to connect the three levels of government and it reaches out to business, the public, academics and researchers to build a vision for Inner Adelaide using design as its medium,” said Mr Horton. 5000+ is a design first, using a forum-based approach for Adelaide residents to submit ideas online and face-to-face events, such as the ‘Livable City Forum’ in June. The project aims to encourage a new model for how designing, planning and developing is done …

Let’s Dance! | Beat Magazine

“Let’s Dance!” It’s an imperative that most people don’t deny – and why would you? Dance is one of those things that urge you to let go of your inhibitions, whether for fun or professionally, and explore your internal rhythm. The Australian Ballet Company has been experiencing this 50 years, and to celebrate their anniversary, they are bringing together eight of the country’s dance companies under the one roof to celebrate the rich culture of dance in Australia. The Australian Ballet’s extravaganza is called Let’s Dance, where companies from all around country, including New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania, will come together to perform a series of excerpts that they’ve been working on individually. Come June and stages around the country will explode into a flurry of dance. One of the shows, an excerpt from 2 One Another, performed by Sydney Dance Company and choreographed by Sydney Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Raphael Bonachela, whose resume even boasts having worked with Kylie Minogue and Tina Turner, will thrill Melbourne audiences. Richard …

Benefits of Postgraduate Communications Courses | Hot Courses

A communications course is an increasingly popular choice among undergraduates, but as there are more and more graduates, there may be little which lets them stand out from the crowd. A postgraduate course in communications could make all the difference.  Deciding whether or not to undertake postgraduate study may prove a difficult task, but you can weigh out the pros and cons of whether spending extra years studying will be worth your time to ultimately answer the main question:  what are the benefits? Why Postgraduate? Bryony Cosgrove, Head of Publishing and Communications at Melbourne University, said “the main benefits in terms of employability and rewards from further study in communications is that not only are the programs taught by industry practitioners, with broad-ranging industry links, but “Students gain from the hands-on approach to teaching and the exposure to industry experts in regular seminars, in guest lecture series and in the internship placements.” Indeed, postgraduate study equips students with a range of transferrable skills, from people skills, task skills to self-management skills as well as course/industry …