All posts tagged: creativity

Amsterdam

Amsterdam: A City of Creation | fluoro

“I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and dirtiest of corners.” – Vincent Van Gogh Amsterdam. A city renowned for its culture, history, art and UNESCO world heritage listed canals, will see a surge in creative events this month with the renowned Amsterdam Art Weekend and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) taking place in locations around the city. A walk around the Herengracht, Prinsengracht or Keizergracht – Amsterdam’s three main canals, will weave you through what the Dutch city has to offer. The tightly packed canal house gables, icons in their own architectural right, display the mastery of Dutch architecture from the 16th to 20thCenturies. They are richly decorated and among them we see other important buildings such as the Westerkerk Tower and DAM Square, a nod to the artistic values that Amsterdam is renowned for. A vivid arts scene where one can listen to the world renowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra or visit the Van Gogh Museum, or for that matter, any of the 140 galleries or 40 museums that the city …

Solving the London Housing Crisis | fluoro

Today London is facing a tough challenge, with an inflated population and increased pressure on the housing market. Statistics from the Valuation Office Agency, a body that lends valuation and property advice to government, show sharp increases in housing prices over the last four years, forcing people to rent smaller more affordable properties, house share, and reside in dwellings including old office buildings and police stations. Innovation in the housing sector was a must, so together with with the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, think-tank New London Architecture (NLA) created a competition which called for proposals from architects, town and city planners, developers and everyday residents, to develop great ideas to help solve the London housing crisis. This attracted more than 200 entries from 16 countries with industry professionals displaying great innovation and design prowess, generating a range of ideas to create ingenious housing solutions for future generations. The entries were truly innovative. An idea put forward by BACA, called Buoyant Stars, proposed that starter homes be built to float over London’s vast water networks, claiming that 7,500 water homes could be delivered …

The Creative Benefits of Walking

From an early age Rousseau developed a passion for walking; finding delight especially from the journeys guided by chance: peripatetic randomness, or what he calls, “the pleasures of going one knows not where.” Such walks allowed his mind to wander as he penned in his Reveries of the Solitary Walker, where we are introduced to 10 ‘walks’ from Rousseau’s autobiographical musings toward the end of his life. Through his walks, Rousseau delved deep into self-reflection and self-analysis, rejoicing in his freedom to “converse with [his] soul.” “There is something about walking that animates and activates my ideas; I can hardly think when I am still; my body must move if mind is to do the same,” wrote Rousseau. Fast forward to 2014 where French Philosopher Frederic Gros released his book A Philosophy of Walking and he also speaks of the mind-freeing quality of walking. “A long walk,” writes Gros, “allows us to commune with the sublime,” he penned. He notes the flaneur, coming from French meaning to stroll or to lounge, the casual saunter, roaming the many pathways of a city, observing, musing, …

Getting Ready For A Creative Day

Wake up in the right state of mind. The night before, commit to the idea that you’re going to conjure up some amazing things the next morning. Make a deal with yourself that you’re going to invest every moment that you have to immerse yourself in your work. What you’ve got indoor head will make it’s first foray into the world, and you will create valuable work. Eat something that you love for breakfast or brunch. Don’t eat something that you feel you need  to eat. Your creative day is about being in an amiable mood, one that as accepting of ideas and runs with them. If you want Creme Brûlée French toast, with a noisette, that’s what you’re having. It it’s porridge with berries, go with that. Don’t restrict yourself. That’s the antidote to creation. Setup your workspace. Perhaps you feel more comfortable with books scattered and piled up everywhere. Maybe you like your brushes neatly in their home, or maybe you don’t want anything but your main instrument. Ensure your space is conducive to …

Outsiders and Creative Thinking | Warhol’s Children

In a 2012 study it was found that social rejection propels creativity for those with an independent self-concept. That is, people who place less of a premium on sharing more similarities with major social groups, rather than opting for a more individualistic approach. 3 studies were conducted. In the first, participants were rejected outright and informed they had to work on their tasks individually. They then indicated how they felt (pretty rejected). In the second rejection was primed by requiring students to circle pronouns (“I”, “my”) and vice versa for the interdependent version (“We”, “our”). Results showed that the participants who had an independent self-concept, and who were rejected, produced more creative responses for their test, more so than included participants. The final study showed how these variables influence idea generation by completing a space alien drawing — the more the drawing diverted from conventional structures (nose in the middle of the face etc), the more creative. Again, independent thinkers generated more creative drawings following rejection, than following inclusion. “Rejection relative to inclusion appears to …