2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed: Highlights from the annual event that is much more than just a car show

2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed


There are car shows, and then there’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, held each year in West Sussex, England. Everything from rare, vintage and outright odd vehicles are put on display. Then there are the high-performance supercars…

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Thirsty Man Prevented from Enjoying Bottle of Beer by Self-Targeting Auto-Firing Paintball Sentry Gun

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While TrackingPoint released their self-aiming PGF rifle just last year, a slightly similar, if less deadly, consumer-level technology has been available for quite some time. For years, paintball enthusiasts have been hacking together self-targeting paintball sentry guns, which not only track targets, but light them up without you needing to bother to pull the trigger. In this video from several years ago, a nice, frosty bottle of beer is placed on a table. Joe is across the yard and he’s thirsty. The only thing standing between Joe and the beer is a paintball gun in Auto Sentry mode:

Of course, the real question on everyone’s mind is if this system can stop an intruder using multiple trampolines in your backyard:

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The Proper Sneaker

« The Proper Sneaker » est une vidéo très visuelle signée Loren Denis (représenté par Same Production) qui questionne ce qu’est une basket dite « classique ». La réponse est évidente : une basket qui résiste aux temps et aux tendances doit être simple, avec un design minimaliste et faite en Italie avec de bonnes matières.

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Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos faces out over the Pacific Ocean

Columns arranged in V formations support the overhanging roof of this idyllic seaside residence in Chile, which offers occupants panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean (+ slideshow).

Casa Rambla by LAND Arquitectos

Designed by Santiago firm LAND Arquitectos, Casa Rambla is a weekend home on the seafront in Zapallar – a town located around 100 miles north of Santiago – and it sits alongside a promenade linking the town with the local cemetery.

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The brief called for a series of indoor and outdoor spaces that make the most of the scenic location, but also protect residents from strong coastal winds and severe sun exposure.

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“The house was designed so that there is continuity and a direct connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as protection from harsh local coastal climate,” explained architect and studio co-founder Cristóbal Valenzuela Haeussler.

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Forming a total of 11 V shapes, the diagonal columns support a roof that stretches across most of the site, sheltering two separate wings, a barbecue area and a veranda facing out over the ocean.

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The largest of the two wings accommodates a living room, dining area and kitchen. Featuring glazed walls on all sides, the space can be either completely enclosed or opened up to the elements.

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The second wing contains an en suite bedroom with a private balcony, while the open-air space between accommodates the barbecue. Here, the studio has extended the height of the roof and added a north-facing rooflight.

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“The barbecue space ceiling opens up with a skylight to vent fumes and to capture the northern light into the interior spaces,” said Valenzuela Haeussler, who leads LAND Arquitectos alongside co-director Ángela Delorenzo Arancibia.

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The 123-square-metre property is raised off the ground on concrete beams, but pine was used for the diagonal columns that zigzag between the floor and ceiling. These echo the whitewashed wood that provides the floors and ceilings.

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“All woods were treated with a white-coloured product for protection, showing the marine influences and increasing the contrast with the surrounding landscape,” added Valenzuela Haeussler.

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The sheltered veranda leads out to a large decked terrace at the front of the house, featuring a swimming pool and a long bench.

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A gridded wall runs along the rear of the property, creating a visual boundary between the interior and the plant-covered bank behind.

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Valenzuela Haeussler established Delorenzo Arancibia LAND Arquitectos in 2007. Other completed projects include a glazed spa surrounded by a herb garden.

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Photography is by Sergio Pirrone.

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Pocket Art Director: A Magic 8-Ball for Designers

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As a slight upgrade from the time-honored coin flip, Magic 8-Balls are great for tossing your decision-making to the wind with a few shakes of the proverbial ‘crystal’ ball. After all, the gnomic globe is the modern-day incarnation of the Oracle at Delphi, who never failed the Ancient Greeks, right? But seeing as it’s merely a quirky plaything, advice-seeking designers might prefer a more understated source of cryptic clichés. Thankfully, the folks at Charleston, SC-based agency Fuzzco have come up with an alternative, at least for the indecisive graphic designers among us: Meet your new favorite DnD-inspired doodad, the Pocket Art Director.

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Regardless of how micro- or macro- your manager may be, we can all relate to those instances in which we’d prefer to avoid having to actually interact (shudder) with a flighty and/or imperious taskmaster. The Pocket Art Director offers much-needed guidance with the flick of a wrist—the 20-sided Platonic solid offers an uncannily close approximation of a bona fide AD (or client), a quasi-literal crapshoot for a few words of predictably banal feedback on your design direction.

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EcoStation:NY's Farm-In-The-Sky, Bushwick: A rooftop garden led by kids aims to raise awareness of food justice for the community, while growing delectable fresh greens

EcoStation:NY's Farm-In-The-Sky, Bushwick


Between the blocks of stunning graffiti in Bushwick lies a newly renovated building that will soon become a community center named Mayday. Located steps from the Jefferson stop on the subway’s L line, the space at…

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Biggest Poster Ever Made

Créée pour le Festival de Malmö en Scandinavie et réalisée par Snask, ce poster géant propose une conception graphique jamais faite auparavant est à la fois créative, originale et surtout très esthétique. Un rendu drôle et visuellement intéressant, fruit d’un vrai travail d’équipe.

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Frieze Taps Barber and Osgerby’s Universal Design Studio to Design London Fair

Now in its eleventh year, Frieze London is getting a new look. This year’s fair, which runs October 15-18 in leafy Regent’s Park, will be designed by Universal Design Studio. The creative consultancy, founded in 2011 by designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby to focus on architecture and interiors, takes over from fellow Londoners Carmody Groarke, who handled the fair’s architectural aspects (read: supercool megatent) for the last three years. Frieze has previously employed Caruso St John (2008-2010), Jamie Fobert (2006–2007) and David Adjaye (2003-2005).

“The architecture and design of the fair have always been an important part of our identity,” say Frieze founders Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover. “This year we were drawn to Universal in particular due to their work on interiors and focus on materials. As some of the best designers working in this area, their lateral thinking has been demonstrated by some of their great furniture and even their design for the Olympic torch. We’re really looking forward to them bringing this sensibility to Frieze.” Among Universal’s recent projects are Google Web Lab at London’s Science Museum, exhibition design for Vitra’s Vitrahaus exhibition, and both the interior and exterior of the London outpost of the Ace Hotel.

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Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Center wins Design of the Year 2014

News: architect Zaha Hadid‘s undulating Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku has been named Design of the Year by London’s Design Museum this evening.

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Zaha Hadid has become the first woman to receive the Design Museum‘s annual award in its seven-year history, announced during a ceremony at St Martins Lane Hotel in London.

The cultural centre, which rises from the landscape in the Azerbaijani capital, is also the first architecture project to be lauded.

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“We’re absolutely delighted to receive the Design of the Year Award,” said Hadid. “The surface of the Heydar Aliyev Centre’s external plaza rises and folds to define a sequence of public event spaces within; welcoming, embracing and directing visitors throughout the building.”

“It’s an architectural landscape where concepts of seamless spatial flow are made real – creating a whole new kind of civic space for the city,” she added.

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The building was designed to host exhibitions, concerts and other cultural activities beneath the folds of glass-fibre-reinforced concrete panels.

“It’s beautiful, it’s inspiring, it’s the clear vision of a singular genius and we thought it was a remarkable piece of work,” said writer, broadcaster and jury chair Ekow Eshun.

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Speaking to Dezeen last week, Hadid said that she felt the centre was the most important of her recent projects – along with her Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympics.

The design saw off competition from other category winners including a keyboard with squishy keys, a family of chairs by Konstantin Grcic and Prada’s Spring Summer 2014 fashion collection.

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A shortlist of 70 projects were nominated in categories of architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport. All shortlisted projects are on show at the Design Museum until 25 August.

Last year the award went to the design for the UK Government website, a project headed by designer Ben Terrett.

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Dezeen is media partner for Designs of the Year 2014, which also included a Social Vote decided by the public – who picked Dave Hakkens’ Phoneblocks modular mobile phone concept as their favourite. See more Designs of the Year 2014 projects »

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A Brief History of Unusual Objects Designed to Kill People from Far Away, Part 4: The PGF, a Self-Aiming Rifle

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We all know the movie trope of the hired assassin up on a rooftop, calmly removing his sniper rifle from a foam-padded case and assembling it with practiced ease. The man is an experienced professional with years of marksmanship training and thus, an important asset to whatever organization hired him.

In real life that assassin’s work would be drying up. Because a Texas-based company called TrackingPoint is selling “the world’s first Precision-Guided Firearm (PGF),” a de facto sniper rifle that aims itself, removing even the need for the joystick action we saw in the last sniper rifle we looked at, and is reportedly good for accuracy at a range of 1,200 yards. The PGF’s built-in aiming system essentially means there’s no expertise required, and you can throw any yokel up onto that rooftop without needing to wire $2 mil into The Jackal’s Swiss bank account.

As you saw in the video, the company is targeting (no pun intended) hunters rather than hired killers. “As a sport hunter and professional marksman, I see the TrackingPoint technology as an excellent way to ensure more ethical harvesting of game,” one customer said in a press release, with the “more ethical” referring to the ability to execute single-shot kills as opposed to dragging the affair out.

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