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Jack o Lantern Trash Bags Win Japan GOOD DESIGN Award

Halloween in tokyo — especially in the Shibuya and Shinjuku neighborhoods — has become a not-to-be-missed attraction for people all over the world. But its popularity and high attendance rates has brought with it a litter problem once the celebrations are over. In order to help tokyo’s garbage problem after halloween, designers tsudou honda, emika minaga, toshichi kaono and hiro misaegusa have designed the jack-o’-lantern trash bag to keep the city clean after the celebrations.

The ‘trash bag of jack-o’ lantern’ aims to make people want to pick up the rubish. Different volunteer organizations handed out the bags at the main train stations, encouraging people to use it and then toss it at designated collection points. Once filled, the bags collected and filled with trash decorated the streets with pumpkin motives. 550 people volunteered resulting in an activity that became festive and courteous; and that gave both the helpers and the people who saw them a big smile on their faces.

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Giant Photoshop Eraser Sticks To London Streets

Two creatives behind the ‘Street Eraser‘ blog are merging the digital world with the analog, sticking their adobe-inspired art throughout london’s urban fabric. The giant playful labels illustrate the familiar grey and white checkerboard pattern, visible when using the eraser tool in photoshop. Eliminating graffitti from traffic signs, color from mailboxes and portions of billboards, the intervention seemingly reveals a concealed world beneath our own. the team says of the digital tool interrupting everyday surroundings, ‘We rather like the idea that it’s hiding under the surface of everything around us.’

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Computer Keyboard Is Made Out Of LEGO

Lego engineer Jason Allemann at JK brickworks has transformed a diverse set LEGO bricks into a design for a fully functional computer keyboard. upcycling an old digital console he found on the side of the road, allemann has reclaimed it into a visually accurate and practical item, using numerals, arrows and letters printed on the blocks to delineate each character. creative, quirky details include a small lock motif and tiny baseball hat fixed to the caps lock key and diversely colored symbols replacing the command and shift keys. fitting all of the mechanical bits together, allemann showed off the keyboard’s perfect performance in a demonstration video, which you can take a look at below.


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Brooklyn-based creative Agency BREAKFAST NY has harnessed the power of the web yet again with their latest project entitled ‘Points‘. Dubbed as the world’s most intelligent street sign, ‘Points’ looks as one may expect a directional sign to look; three arms pointing towards different locations, each displaying text of a nearby destination. the way-finding device leverages content from Foursquare, Twitter, Transportation APIs, RSS feeds and many other online sources, to create an interactive experience – more importantly it can be expanded to work with almost any online data source and adapt to any location where it’s installed.

Watch the project react live in a video feed by hashtagging #PointsSign on twitter.

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“Unwoven Light” by Soo Sunny Park

Rice University Art Gallery
6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005

American Artist Soo Sunny Park’‘s ‘Unwoven Light‘ installation animates the Rice Gallery’’s expansive space, transforming it into a shimmering world of light,shadow, and brilliant color. Suspended from the walls and ceiling, thirty-seven individually sculpted units are arranged as a graceful, twisting flow of abstract form. Users are invited to meander slowly as one might stroll along a river’s edge, stopping to admire the glints of light that dance on the water’s surface.
The installation continues the artist’s ongoing experimentation with the ephemeral qualities of light and how light affects our perceptions of architectural space.

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Maya World Museum, Yucatan

El Gran Museo Del Mundo Maya
Images © David Cervera

When approaching a project of such historical grandeur one can choose many conceptual branches that may eventually inform the massing and function of the structure, appropriate to its significance. Mexican practice arquidecture, formerly called 4A arquitectos, looked to mayan beliefs rather than their aesthetic when designing the ‘gran museo del mundo maya’ in the native yucatan area. based on their worship of the ‘ceiba,’ or the sacred tree, the structure prominently features an oval mass hoisted high above the ground wrapped in green-tinted facade elements that represent the foliage spreading out, protecting and shading the functions underneath. a foundation of earth-tone marble sets a heavy foundation paying respect to the earth and construction methods, with a series of ramps and stairs accessible by all to reach the main entrance.

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