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An Airborne Village of Stacking Vertical Homes at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum | Colossal
"Sky Villages, designed by James Paulius, is an interactive installation at the SPARK Brooklyn Children’s Museum. The play center features several stackable modules that can be rearranged as expanding homes—wooden dwellings floating between clouds in an aquamarine sky. The imaginative play area aims to educate children about our planet’s constantly evolving population, offering a space for airborne ideas.

“As Earth’s population increases, we may look to the atmosphere for inhabitable space,” said Paulius. “Sky Villages presents the possibility to dwell in the sky in modular architecture that can be added or removed as populations increase or decrease. Dwelling units are prefabricated with the intent of reuse rather than discardment. When a unit no longer fits the particular needs of its location, it can be moved elsewhere for a new family to reside in. Constantly evolving, these structures accommodate the ever-changing tendencies of humanity and nature.”

The toy homes for Sky Villages were fabricated from wood reclaimed from water towers in Manhattan. You can see more of Paulius’ block-based projects on his portfolio site and Instagram."
sfsh  play  toys  blocks  jamespaulius  modular  evolvinglogos  humanity  nature  cities  architecture  design 
december 2016 by robertogreco
Why, O, Why! | Design, research, and retail of products for children
"Children are curious creatures. They are naturally drawn to new things, and it is their innate ability to be in constant wonder. We believe that the word ‘why’ — though simple and easily articulated — is very powerful. We love how it opens up opportunities for discovery, and above all, how the joy of these little discoveries can be shared with others."

"Why, O, Why! (w,o,w!) is a space for design, research, and retail of products focusing on encouraging creativity and imagination in children. We develop play objects, publications, activities, and workshops to create and facilitate meaningful interactions and play experiences.

Why, O, Why! is an initiative by Pupilpeople (Pp.)."

"Why, O, Why! workshops are a series of art and design activity sessions for children, a physical space dedicated to cultivating curiosity and the joy of discovery.

Each of the workshop series focuses on a particular ‘material’ that is versatile enough to allow for a wide range of visually and haptically rich, hands-on, and playful experiences through guided yet child-directed explorations. Other than the learning possibilities each workshop series offer, we hope to leave behind an independent approach and process to learning and discovery, and to encourage the development of interests specific to each child."
pupilpeople  design  lcproject  openstudioproject  sfsh  wonder  children  why  discovery  learning  howwelearn  joy  creativity  imagination  materials  paper  blocks  toys  classideas  workshops 
july 2016 by robertogreco
Japan's Minimalist Version of Lego Is Actually Awesome | WIRED
"I’M GOING TO say something blasphemous: Lego bricks are ugly.

Don’t get me wrong. The little Danish building blocks have plenty of inner beauty, sure, and are one of the 20th century’s most enduring designs. They can be infinitely reconfigured, which means kids’ ideas about design can be endlessly reconfigured as well. Famous architects have said they do what they do because of Lego. Nevertheless, the plastic bricks are not pretty.

Tsumiki bricks, on the other hand, are lovely. Tokyo architecture firm Kengo Kuma and Associates made them with forest conservation organization More Trees, and bills them as “Japanese Lego.” Unlike Lego bricks, which are plastic, Tsumiki pieces are made of Japanese cedar (and manufactured using wood certified by the Forest Stewardship). And unlike the brick-shaped Lego blocks, each Tsumiki block is shaped like an inverted “V.” Triangular notches in the legs let the Tsumiki blocks wedge together, making them versatile like Lego bricks, albeit not as sturdy; some of the assembly models shown in Kuma’s Tsumiki brochure look about as solid as a house of cards. More Trees sells the blocks through its site, for about $70 a kit.

Still, Kuma—recently selected to build Japan’s 2020 Olympic stadium chosen—has created a clever spin on an age-old kind of Japanese toy. Tsumiki translates directly to “blocks,” and most traditional Tsumiki are exactly that—cubical, cylindrical, or pyramid-shaped blocks with way of latching together. Kuma’s Tsumiki are triangular, for the strength that this shape provides. All told, these popsicle stick-like blocks are much more in line with the principles of contemporary Japanese architecture than their predecessors: They’re natural in material, spatially economical, and relentlessly simple. Perfect for inspiring Japan’s next generation of architects."

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design  wood  toys  play  japan  lego  kengokuma  tsumiki  building  blocks 
february 2016 by robertogreco
Meteor Blocks
"Meteor Blocks uses the Meteor web framework and X3DOM together to create a collaborative 3D scene editor.

When you want to collaborate, just send the URL of the scene you are editing to someone else and they can edit it with you. When you're done and you want to save a version of your scene, just click Publish and it's enshrined in history.

Check out the code on GitHub."

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blocks  wcydwt  meteor  x3dom  sceneeditor  collaboration  drawing  onlinetoolkit  building  buildingtools 
february 2014 by robertogreco
Build Your Own Blocks (BYOB)
"Welcome to the distribution center for BYOB (Build Your Own Blocks), an advanced offshoot of Scratch, a visual programming language primarily for kids from the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. This version, developed by Jens Mönig with design input and documentation from Brian Harvey, is an attempt to extend the brilliant accessibility of Scratch to somewhat older users—in particular, non-CS-major computer science students—without becoming inaccessible to its original audience. BYOB 3 adds first class lists and procedures to BYOB's original contribution of custom blocks and recursion."
blocks  squeak  scratch  byob  teaching  programming  tutorials  edg  coding  tcsnmy  computing  toshare  topost 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Hitotoki — About [Nice touce in the Design Notes—see the quote below. Click through for (small) images.]
"The Hitotoki logo is composed of four hankos, traditional Japanese personal stamps. Each was carved in stone by Eiko Nagase, kissed, inked, and pressed to tissue paper, resulting in what you see above.

The hankos can be seen as city blocks, the space between them the little pockets we carve out for ourselves. Each hanko silloutte is an abstracted katakana character cor­responding with the inlaid roman script. hitoOur 435-page identity style guide allows for creative re-positioning of the blocks to fit the logo into different layout contexts. Sadly, the application of the “Bevel and Emboss” filter is strictly prohibited."

[Update 17 July 2013: Link now redirects to Hi [], so here's the Wayback link: ]
humor  storytelling  tokyo  geotagging  cities  hitotoki  narrative  blocks  stamps  hankos  katakana 
august 2010 by robertogreco

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