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Design Innovation Readings

Watch Alastair Parvin’s “Architecture for the people by the people” talk at TED

Designer Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses? The concept is at the heart of WikiHouse, an open source construction kit that means just about anyone can build a house, anywhere. Alastair Parvin believes in making architecture accessible to 100 percent of the population […]

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Design Inspiration

Watch Nancy Duarte’s “The secret structure of great talks” at TED

From the “I have a dream” speech to Steve Jobs’ iPhone launch, all great presentations have a common architecture. At TEDxEast, Nancy Duarte draws lessons on how to make a powerful call-to-action […]

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China Economics Trend Watching

Architecture & Urban Planning in China: dominating skyscraper construction in 2012

Nine of the 20 tallest buildings under construction in the world are located in China, according to the latest research by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat […]

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China Information Technology Trend Watching

Information Technology in China: Smart City plans for Shanghai

Can you imagine such a “smart city” life? It can become a possibility in Shanghai as early as 2015. Presently, the system to build a smart city is having a trial operation in suburban Minhang District and gradually it will cover the whole city, Shanghai city officials revealed recently […]

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Design Readings

Watch John Hodgman’s “Design, explained” talk at TED

John Hodgman, comedian and resident expert, “explains” the design of three iconic modern objects. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.) […]

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Design Innovation

Architecture & Design in Brazil: list of the world’s most innovative projects highlights houses in Brazil

Residential projects have become much more than places to live. Angles that seem impossible, unusual materials and shapes are some of the impressive aspects found in the experimental buildings that illustrate the volume two of the book 100 contemporary Architects, launched by the German publisher Taschen […]

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Design Innovation Software

Autodesk’s “Imagine, Design, Create” for iPad just released on the iTunes App Store

The digital version of Autodesk’s Imagine, Design, Create book is now available on the Apple App store. The printed version of the book, released earlier this year, offers compelling stories and rich visuals to show how the worlds of design and technology intersect […]

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Design Innovation

Watch Graham Hill’s “Less stuff, more happiness” talk at TED

Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life […]

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Design Information Technology Innovation Software Trend Watching

Gary Flake demos Pivot and asks “is it a turning point for web exploration?” talk at TED

Gary Flake demos Pivot, a new way to browse and arrange massive amounts of images and data online. Built on breakthrough Seadragon technology, it enables spectacular zooms in and out of web databases, and the discovery of patterns and links invisible in standard web browsing […]

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Design Innovation Readings Software

Autodesk Design Visualization Reel 2011 Call for Submissions

Looking to show off your best assets? Be part of the Autodesk Design Show Reel 2011! The Design Show Reel 2011 will be showcased at AUTODESK UNIVERSITY November 29th to December 1st, 2011. The Reel will be featured in all sessions and to the opening of the Main stage presentation on the Autodesk website, AREA and the Autodesk You Tube Channel as well as at events throughout the year […]