Markus Kayser: Sun and desert in the industry of tomorrow

Article originally published on Digicult – Articolo originariamente pubblicato su Digicult   “I see no future without technology, but even future without nature, they must find a balance at some point.” This is the statement by Markus Kayser, German designer with a studio in London, who with his latest project Solar Sinter, has won the Arts Foundation Fellowship 2012 ( for the Product Design category and was shortlisted for the prestigious Design of the Year 2012 sponsored by Desing Museum of London ( -2012/page/2/). With Solar Sinter, Markus found a meeting point between technology and nature, going behind the process of creation of objects: sun, heat and sand. In addition to the marriage between technology and nature, he has also found a link with the history and the origins of the creation of glass objects, which have appeared in Egypt since ancient times. The idea is simple: the sand in the Egyptian desert is mainly silica, ie when heated to a certain temperature it melts and is transformed into glass, once it has

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6 maps for Torino/6 mappe per Torino

(EN) Using the tools of design, a selected group of young designers of different nationalities, got together during the summer and created ComplexityMap, a project on information empowerment building maps around the city of Torino and trying to answer this question: How can the city be made legible and comprehensible, understood as a complex organism and as a web of physical and social networks? Starting from the assumption that the representation of the phenomena demands the gradual abandonment of classical visual languages they produced visualisations in the form of diagrams and maps of relationships, with the aim to induce a new way of viewing human-city interaction, and likely to become useful for outlining new criteria for its development. The topics could be: health and well-being, food and new food networks, urban mobility, security and quality of life in the city, new production systems, and forms of representation of the region and its communities. Download the PDF maps or Explore them

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Design research in Italy on maps/Mappe della ricerca italiana di design

(EN) Maybe you didnt know but Torino is the World Design Capital for 2008. Some days ago, during the International Conference “Changing the Change”, the network of national agencies for design research presented a “white book” of Italian design research which contains cool maps describing the actors, themes, methodologies and the consequences that the researches have produced. You can find some of these maps on Flickr or download the Research in PDF or visit their video blog. ———— (IT) Forse non vi eravate accorti ma quest’anno Torino è la capitale mondiale del design. Qualche giorno fa, durante la conferenza internazionale “Changing the Change”, la rete di agenzie per la ricerca di design e altre sigle hanno presentato il primo libro bianco sulla ricerca di design che mostra gli attori, i temi, le metodologie e le ricadute che le ricerche hanno prodotto. Puoi trovare qualche mappa su Flickr o scaricare la ricerca completa in pdf o visitare il video blog che

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