Remastered Photographs From The Apollo Space Missions

NASA’s Apollo mission photographs have been widely circulated for decades, but now remastered versions of the images have been revealed. They appear in a new book called Apollo Remastered, which is filled with photographs from the archive, immaculately restored by Andy Saunders. It’s quite remarkable, when considering the sharpness of the original images, which—Tim Peake, an astronaut who introduces the book, says—is what sparked conspiracy theories in the first place. “Because of the lack of atmospheric haze, the clarity with which you can see in space is incredible. You can see very far and it makes judging distances hard,” he writes. “There’s no haze, no dust. Because of that there’s no scattering of light, so the shadow is crisp and sharp. This is what triggered so many conspiracy theories. People thought: ‘That’s the light you get in a studio.’  And they’re right, but you don’t get that outdoors on Earth. For me, that’s what’s so authentic about these pictures. I think: ‘This is what I relate to. This is space.’” Take a look at the stunning pictures, and read more from the book, at The Guardian.

Image courtesy of NASA/JSC/ASU/Andy Saunders

Dupont Blouin orients brick-clad MI-2 Residence around central courtyard

Montreal home with grey brick

Pale-grey brick clads this compact residence with a courtyard on the outskirts of Montreal designed by local architectural studio Dupont Blouin.

MI-2 Residence is located in Laval, a suburban island north of Montreal, separated from the city by the Prairies River. Although it is now a part of Greater Montreal, the island initially developed as a vacation getaway from the city.

Grey-brick clad single-family home Montreal
Dupont Blouin designed a residence in Laval, Quebec

“Modest in size, this bungalow-style house is inspired by the vernacular of Laval architecture at a time when the island served as a vacation spot,” said Dupont Blouin, a firm led by architects Marie-Josée Dupont and Olivier Blouin.

The low-slung home was completed in March 2022 and encompasses 1,850 square feet (265 square metres). It is one of three brick homes that make a “triptych” completed in the vicinity by the studio.

Grey brick clad home Montreal
The home reverences the style of old vacation homes on the island

The building is topped by a gently sloping roof and is close to homes on either side.

“To compensate for the unattractive nature of the land and lack of privacy, [we] were able to compose an enveloping and peaceful architecture,” said the studio.

Terrazo entrance single-family montreal
The entry is finished with terrazzo flooring

A small alcove on the front of the building marks the entrance, providing an area protected from the heavy winter snow.

There is a small mudroom immediately off the entrance, which the architects finished in a colourful terrazzo on the walls and floors. This landing, which also leads to the garage, is a few steps lower than the rest of the home.

White oak flooring in Montreal home
White oak flooring was used throughout the home

A few steps up, the kitchen and dining room have a much more minimal palette.

“White oak floors, white walls and light grey ceramic tiles dress the residence with simplicity and minimalism for bright and comfortable interiors,” said Dupont Blouin.

On the south side of the home, the architects carved out a small courtyard, which is visually screened from the street by a patterned brick wall.

Courtyard in Montreal home
The centre of the home has a courtyard

Three large sliding glass doors around the courtyard help to bring more light to the centre of the home without jeopardizing privacy.

“The interior courtyard is born from the void created between the front façade and the living room,” explained Dupont Blouin.

“The courtyard allows for outdoor enjoyment in complete privacy,” the studio added.

Glass door facing courtyard
The courtyard is connected to the home with sliding glass doors

This feature also helps brighten the living room, which occupies the centre of the plan and is near the kitchen, without having a fully open layout.

“To avoid wasting space for a hallway, the living rooms overlap and naturally create a circulation axis to the bedrooms,” the architecture studio explained.

The home’s two bedrooms are located at the west end of the home.

The larger of the two rooms enjoys its own ensuite, while the smaller one shares a bathroom with the rest of the home.

Tile bathroom montreal home
The home has two bedrooms

Dupont Blouin also included a home office, which faces the courtyard on the South side of the home. According to the architects, this space gets the best morning sunlight.

Other renovations of single-family homes in Montreal include a home by local studio Naturehumaine that is cut diagonally by a sculptural staircase inspired by Dutch artist M.C. Escher and a row house that Jean Verville lined completely with plywood, covering the walls, floors, and ceilings in the same material.

The photography is by Olivier Blouin.


Project credits:

Architects & designers: Marie-Josée Dupont, Olivier Blouin
Audio and video: Kébecson
Kitchen consultant: Dupont Blouin
Millworker: Cédric Uss
Lighting: EDP, Lambert & fils
Appliances: Bertazzoni, Thermador, Rocket
Furniture: Dupont Blouin, Kastella
Plumbing fixtures: Aquabrass
Terrazzo and marble: Stonix, Ciot
Countertop: Ceasarstone

The post Dupont Blouin orients brick-clad MI-2 Residence around central courtyard appeared first on Dezeen.

Puppy-inspired speaker concept to help elderly communicate with loved ones

Depending on which part of the world you live in, elderly or senior citizens living on their own may either be an uncommon occurrence or a growing problem. If you live somewhere where the latter is becoming more prevalent, you may also see several products that are now trying to solve the problem of alienation and loneliness that comes from older people living alone. There are of course the usual gadgets like smartphones and tablets but there may be some limitations to those for the elderly.

Designer: YoungEun Ahn

The Puppimily is a touch screen speaker that uses Artificial Intelligence to help out those who may have some visual and aural difficulties because of their age. But it’s more important purpose is to help the elderly deal with the psychological issues of living alone by connecting them with loved ones through the device. The design of the speaker is that of a puppy as both the word and the animal itself evokes a certain comfort and warmth with the name itself a mix of puppy and family.

The main colors of the device are black and white with the colors coming into the display and representing the different interactions that the user may have. There is also a character that can help express the different emotions from the user. LED lights and the movements of the speakers’ ears may be used to indicate certain emotions or indicators like yellow for notifications, blue to indicate that they are listening, etc. The monitor can move 360 degrees from left to right and 60 degrees from top to bottom.

The icons shown in the display are intuitive and easy to understand and there are no more than five icons at a time to avoid confusion. There are also very few buttons to make it more user-friendly for the elderly. There are only three in the body: up, down, and the power button. The device uses intuitive visuals, text using voice recognition, voice recording, and other AI-powered functions that will help lessen the burden of being on screens too much. But on times when you need to do video calls, you can do so on a wide screen with other intuitive elements added.

I don’t know if we really do need another gadget to add to the one million ones in the market but this concept does have a different market in mind. The smallish screen based on the renders may be a deterrent to elderly people’s use since they prefer to have a bigger screen so maybe if it does become an actual product, this is something they can improve on.

The post Puppy-inspired speaker concept to help elderly communicate with loved ones first appeared on Yanko Design.

How Creative Small Businesses Can Protect Client Information

Whether you are a content creator, have a web design agency, run a freelance writing business, or sell your crafts online, you must not forget to make cybersecurity a cornerstone of your creative endeavors. It is important to remember that hackers can use any piece of stolen information for malicious means, so you must make your customers and their data the priority.

Remote work has impacted the media and creative industries as it has become the norm for these types of businesses. Cybersecurity becomes even more important when working remotely due to the decreased protocols and vulnerability to hackers in public spaces. If you start working out of a traditional office, you can also encounter a number of cybersecurity risks. If you don’t have the proper protections in place for your creative business, then you can start with these tips.

The importance of cybersecurity

As a small creative company, you may think that you are not at risk of cybercrime because you don’t stand out like the major enterprises. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact of the matter is that hackers often seek out the smaller companies because they know that either you don’t believe that your company is in danger or that you don’t have the resources necessary to protect your operation.

If your company does become the victim of a data breach, it could mean big trouble for your future. These days, the average breach can cost a company millions of dollars, and you may not have the funds to recover. Even worse, as a new business, you depend on the loyalty of your customers. If it is discovered that you put their data at risk, then they may decide to go to a competitor instead. That stain on your reputation could put your business in danger before you even gain traction.

That is why it is very important that you start protecting your company. That means learning about common threats like phishing scams and malware and also learning the tactics to properly defend your organization. Take the time to educate yourself by reading information online and talking to other small business operators about what they do to protect their customers.

Also, it is important to remember that it isn’t only bad actors that can put your company at risk. Often, human error is behind cybersecurity issues. The creation of weak passwords and the failure to install security updates can be the catalyst to vulnerability to cybercrimes. Learn about these internal threats so you can be protected on all fronts.

Considerations as your company grows

Protecting client information will become even more important as your operation expands and you begin to better understand what your clients truly want. Keep in mind that even if you aren’t collecting credit card and social security numbers, hackers may still want your data. Even email addresses and birth dates can be sold on the black market or used to commit phishing scams against your clients.

As you grow and start working with multiple parties, it is a smart idea to use collaboration software to help your team keep every digital activity in check. In addition to aiding in increased productivity and allowing the easy organization of documentation, many collaboration software packages store the information in the cloud. The great thing about cloud companies is that they often have their own security teams that monitor your data, and they can spot a threat right away before it becomes a bigger issue. If you vet the company and they have secure servers, you don’t have to worry about vulnerability as much and you can focus on running your business.

When your company has reached a point where you have more money to hire additional professionals, you may want to consider adding a department to your small business and bringing in an IT professional. In addition to managing your systems and introducing you to new tech, an IT expert also knows just about every cybersecurity threat, and they can spot a potential problem a mile away. The knowledge of an IT professional can also be helpful when securing the technology that could keep you ahead of your competitors.

Common-sense security

No matter how big your operation becomes, you still need to enact the basic security measures that can keep your company protected against common threats. The most essential of those is to use smart passwords on every program that you use throughout the day. A strong password will have a combination of numbers, letters, and special characters, and it should be paired with a form of two-factor authentication, like a fingerprint or eye scan, that cannot be easily duplicated.

You also need to find a good antivirus program and install it on all computers and remote devices. Use it to run scans every couple of days so that you can catch threats immediately before they can infect your system. Antivirus software is only useful if it is updated regularly, so always be on the lookout for new versions and install them right away to protect against the newest threats.

Finally, take the steps necessary to prevent hackers from accessing your systems and reaching your data at all costs. Be sure to incorporate a firewall that will keep hackers out in the first place. You can often put all of your devices on the same firewall. Then, in the case that hackers can get in, make sure to encrypt all of your data by using a virtual private network (VPN) that makes it so the criminals are unable to read your real information even if they get it in their possession. Both of these solutions aren’t very expensive, but they can be real lifesavers.

As you can see, there are many ways that you can protect your small creative business against the threats of hackers and cybercriminals. Implement these steps today, and you can watch your company grow without worrying about a costly breach.

4 Ways Small Businesses Can Make Social Media Content More Inclusive

Despite 65% of consumers expecting brands to promote diversity and inclusion in their online advertising, 53%, on the other hand, feel they aren’t fully represented. Modern consumers now view representation as an important value that brands should prioritize in social media channels, believing that their content should be inclusive.

Great social media content is created with an informed understanding of your brand’s target audience. Maryville University’s post on international science outlines how global businesses and organizations need to understand their customers’ demands. This means companies should meet the demands of their consumers who wish to see content that features diverse portrayals. That being said, social media campaigns should encompass different kinds of people. Brands are tasked with a twofold purpose: to recognize the role they play within the conversation of inclusivity and to highlight unheard voices in appropriate ways.

Here are some ways small businesses can make social media content more inclusive.

1. Work with a diverse marketing team

Though this section doesn’t directly deal with how you can promote diversity in your social media content, it’s still significant. Before you can create an inclusive marketing campaign, you’ll need to first consult the right people that can strengthen your understanding of how diversity should be shown. For small businesses, ensure that your limited workforce employs a diverse marketing team that can offer valuable insights. Because these workers represent different backgrounds and ethnicities, you’re granted a closer look into the values they wish to see on social media, too. For example, female marketing employees can suggest strategies that can democratize content about sporting goods so they’re not male-focused. This change in perspective can help you better cater to the demographic you want to reach.

2. Feature diverse people in your imagery

Businesses should feature diverse people to improve the perception of their brand. Not only that, but by showcasing a range of ages, body types, or races, consumers from underrepresented communities can aspire to become part of an ideal look in mass media. Several beauty companies have limited shade options (with a focus on lighter skin tones), which can be demotivating for shoppers of color. Beauty brand creators like Samantha Ravndahl, however, champion inclusivity in their online marketing campaigns. Auric Cosmetics’ posts on social media are centered on representing a whole range of skin tones, specifically for their foundations. For smaller businesses that don’t have the luxury of creating an extensive product line, you can start by making sure your existing products are endorsed by different people. You may also work with influencers who are people of color or have disabilities, although we advise you to create a thoughtful collaboration proposal if you plan on doing so.

3. Contribute to conversations on important issues

In our post ‘How to Break Into Foreign Affairs Writing’, we discussed the need to identify disparate stories and how they connect to a larger audience— this is so people are given a chance to understand the importance of these issues. The same effort (of boosting lesser-known narratives) should go into your social media content; this is your cue to speak about important issues. For instance, Altra Running opened a dialogue about disordered eating and body shaming with their recent campaign for International Women’s Day. On Instagram, the brand shared stories of women who felt disadvantaged as runners, all because of the male-set standards of health and fitness, with #ThisIsARunnersBody. Ultimately, for smaller businesses, audience engagement is important. Partaking in relevant discussions can inspire your customers to express support or share their own experiences on the matter.

4. Amplify diverse voices through Instagram takeovers

Featuring product models of varying backgrounds shouldn’t be the only option for brands who want to diversify their social media content. After all, customers are interested in features or in-depth content from people who share their ethnicity or sexuality, and Instagram takeovers are a great way to do exactly that. An Instagram takeover essentially means a brand invites a guest or a worker to “take over” the platform for a day or two— and it’s also a low-cost means for small businesses to elevate their content. For example, if you have an LGBTQ+ employee, consider asking them to cover one of the local pride marches. This way, your social media followers are given a chance to immerse themselves in the event. Not to mention, your business gets to amplify voices that aren’t typically heard.

University of the Arts London presents 10 design and interiors projects

Render of a residential interior with hanging clothes

Dezeen School Shows: an interview series where emerging artists share their skills and an interiors project that encourages emotional attachment with material objects are included in Dezeen’s latest school show by students at the University of the Arts London.

Also included is a medical building informed by glass slides used in microbiology and an Esports app where users can discover the back stories of players and teams.


University of the Arts London

Institution: University of the Arts London
School: Chelsea College of Arts
Courses: BA (Hons) Fine Arts, BA (Hons) Graphic Design Communication, BA (Hons) Interior Design, BA (Hons) Product and Furniture Design and BA (Hons) Textile Design

School statement:

“Chelsea College of Arts has a reputation for producing some of today’s leading artists and designers. Our teaching focuses on material-based investigation and the creative process.

“We offer fine art, design and curating courses. At Chelsea, we look at art and design in a social, cultural and political context. We are particularly interested in the effects of globalisation. This could either be on the creative practice itself or its response to it.

“View our recent graduate’s work online at the Graduate Showcase website.

“Join our online and onsite open day to learn more about Chelsea College of Arts and our courses.”


Render of an outdoor open cinema at night by a student at University of the Arts London

Bright Brighton by Seho Park

“The project aims to revitalise New England roads to close the psychological distance between space and people, creating a space where many people can enjoy and relax.

“By changing the overall atmosphere of the space, a space is created where the residents and users who use it can undertake various projects and events. The road leading to the site, the parking lot, and the Brighton Greenway are designed to be enjoyed by those who enter and exit the space.

“This building was built based on the wood, stone and rocks that exist on site. Instead of throwing away the old covered wood and stones, new materials are recycled in this space, reducing waste and facilitating the supply of building materials.”

Student: Seho Park
Course: BA (Hons) Interior Design


Render of a residential interior with hanging clothes

House of Memories by Nicole Rambla Bedwell

“House of Memories aims to recognise the emotional attachment to everyday objects as a sustainable behaviour through artistic and cultural contexts.

“In a fast-paced society filled with machines doing things ‘quickly and outside the natural rhythm of life’, as quoted by poet May Sarton, a forgetful behaviour is being developed within people. This makes the replacement of a product much easier.

“Together with the virtual house, House of Memories aims to reach as many people as possible to make more people remember their material memories.”

Student: Nicole Rambla Bedwell
Course: BA (Hons) Interior Design


Section drawing of a two storey public building by a student at the University of the Arts London

Celo Cellulae by Antoinette Onelum

“The outline of this project is centred around how lesser-known medical conditions like sickle cell disease (SCD) can be taught and be part of a larger conversation that does not exclude anyone.

“As the laboratory is the focal point of the design proposal, this part of the space is directly influenced by glass slides used in microbiology.

“Iteration defines the structures being created, which are inspired by an eleven-sided shape – the hendecagon – since it is the eleventh chromosome that is linked to SCD.

“The use of colour, pattern and translucency helped to achieve a design outcome where the user can experience the programmes spatially as well as educationally.”

Student: Antoinette Onelum
Course: BA (Hons) Interior Design


Dark red plastic object hanging in a white gallery space

Meta Museum by Nicholas Benjamin

“Meta Museum is a virtual reality space that compiles 3D scan data of art and cultural artefacts from around the world and displays them for anyone to see. This will include every Scan The World object, making its contents instantly in the millions.

“Meta Museum also takes advantage of its digital environment by implementing multiple features that would be impossible to display in a real-world space.

“This includes navigation of the space, as the space can now become non-Euclidean, allowing for efficient and creative ways to move around.

“Alongside this innovative mode of navigation, there will be three core novel features, including being able to destroy the museum artefacts, being able to scale them up and down at will, and being able to age or de-age the objects.”

Student: Nicholas Benjamin
Course: BA (Hons) Interior Design


Render of a curved timber building in a meadow by a student at the University of the Arts London

Esthesis by Sinead O’Donnell

“Esthesis, meaning sensation in Latin, is an experiential healthcare project that redefines the process of designing mental health facilities through viewing the connection between the body, mind and space as a fundamental factor in the healing process.

“This project is a proposed design intervention on the Denis Hill Unit within Bethlem Hospital, the oldest psychiatric hospital in the world.

“It has negative connotations due to previous maltreatment of patients caused by a lack of understanding of mental health conditions.

“This narrative is rewritten by creating healing experiences and using social design to introduce a community centre to the facility, aiming to overcome the stigma surrounding the conditions and the stigma surrounding the buildings themselves, as well increasing support for the community.”

Student: Sinead O’Donnell
Course: BA (Hons) Interior Design


Two brightly coloured purple and pink posters on a light blue background by a student at the University of the arts London

637 Years of Experience by Kacper Przybylski

“We all became a lot more distant from each other after the pandemic as we moved to a more digital world, where the physicality of meeting one another diminished.

“Przybylski had the aim to meet some of the greatest talents out there before graduating. The task was simple, meet and have a chat over coffee.

“Przybylski didn’t know what to expect but quickly found it to be one of the best experiences they ever had. It was the privilege of meeting 637 Years of Experience.”

Student: Kacper Przybylski
Course: BA (Hons) Graphic Design Communication


Desktop screen with webpage design by a student at the University of the Arts London

Wisper by Miguel Bobiles

“Wisper is a brand new database app dedicated to championing the rich world of gaming and Esports.

“Wisper provides Esports fans and gamers a simplistic platform where they are able to discover the back-stories of hundreds of players, teams, characters and so much more.

“Whether you’re looking for the latest schedule or recent news, you can find all of it within Wisper. But beyond Esports, Wisper is the design blueprint for what databases could truly become.”

Student: Miguel Bobiles
Course: BA (Hons) Graphic Design Communication


Cream poster with a bright pink and orange gradient circle on a black background

Good Days Project – 222 Poster Series by Michaela Hope

“This project is a poster series that explores what words and colours 222 people associate with a Good Day.

“Each design is based on the answers to three questions. Firstly what’s one – thing  a word, object, symbol, etc – that you personally associate with a good day?

“Secondly, what’s the main colour you associate with a good day? And lastly, what colour do you feel on a good day?

“Like the singer SZA, I have had ‘good days on my mind’. Inspired by SZA’s idyllic song, I wanted to explore and delve into the embodiment of a good day, with a particular interest in exploring the connection between colour and emotions.”

Student: Michaela Hope
Course: BA (Hons) Graphic Design Communication


Photographs and a tattooed person with their hands over their face and a ring in a floral arrangement

Hands On With Eliot W Everton by Eliot W Everton

“Hands On With Eliot W Everton is an interview series that gets hands-on with various new and emerging artists, designers and makers in their workshops and studios.

“The project aims to support emerging creatives in a competitive industry, diversifying the creative sector. It is hosted by Eliot Everton, a multi-disciplinary designer and maker specialising in jewellery, furniture and products.

“In each episode, Everton is shown a new skill or technique by the guest and learns about their specific creative discipline.

“Following the interviews, Everton uses their background in jewellery to craft a unique and tailored ring that combines their skillsets with that of the guest, in a coming together of disciplines.”

Student: Eliot W. Everton
Course: BA (Hons) Product and Furniture Design


Collage of photos of a hand made architectural model

Backstage Comedy Centre by Zhuang Zhu

“How long has it been since we’ve heard the sound of loud laughing filling the air? Since the mass cancellation of outdoor performances in 2020, the sound of laughing dispersed from the city immediately.

“In this comedy centre, everyone is their own comedy protagonist in life, so not only is there a collective centre on the stage, but every communal area, such as the chairs and tables, can also be used for performance.

“The Backstage Comedy Centre project aims to create a spirit that can also be embodied in the public area in the future.”

Student: Zhuang Zhu
Course: BA (Hons) Interior Design

Partnership content

This school show is a partnership between Dezeen and the University of the Arts London. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.

The post University of the Arts London presents 10 design and interiors projects appeared first on Dezeen.

"Open House champions the city as a form that can inspire you"

Open House Festival 30th anniversary

As the 30th-anniversary edition of the Open House Festival draws to a close today, commenters including mayor of London Sadiq Khan and architect Farshid Moussavi and incoming RIBA president Muyiwa Oki reflect on the impact the event has had on the city.

Launched in 1992, the Open House Festival has seen thousands of London‘s most significant buildings, including Parliament and Portcullis House (pictured) open their doors to the public. It has become a key date in the architectural calender and impacted how architecture is seen and understood in the city.

To mark this year’s 30th anniversary, curators Zoë Cave and Phineas Harper reflected on the value of the annual architecture event in an exclusive interview with Dezeen. Many of their views are echoed by architects and others living in the city.

Below, 12 Londoners reflect on the importance of the event:


London mayor Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan, mayor of London

“For over three decades Open House Festival has been revealing famous landmarks, private homes and treasured institutions, giving the public a rare glimpse of some of the capital’s most extraordinary spaces.

“Don’t miss the chance to admire our architecture and marvel at the amazing feats of engineering and design that help make London the greatest city in the world.”


Portrait of Farshid Moussavi

Farshid Moussavi, founder of Farshid Moussavi Architecture

“The Open House Festival champions the city as a form that can inspire you. When Victoria Thornton founded the movement three decades ago, we had no digital avenues for the sharing of knowledge and the understanding of good precedents.

“The Open House Festival created opportunities for shared experiences of those kinds of spaces. Ultimately, to experience good architecture, you have to visit it. It is in this way that the Open House Festival continues to remain invaluable in the hands of chief curator Zoë Cave and the Open House Festival team.”


Muyiwa Oki portrait

Muyiwa Oki, next RIBA president and architectural manager at MACE

“For the past 30 years, Londoners have had an incredible opportunity to revel in the public excitement of the Open House Festival. This feat of public generosity, stewarded by Open City and its mission to make London truly open, is a clever bookend to the summer.”

“I hope its impact is sustained over the next 30 years, to continue to publicly champion the relevance of architecture and the design of our cities. All the while presenting architecture to those that are historically disengaged. In the past, I have personally taken the Open House Festival as an opportunity to nosy around some of the hidden gems and see first-hand the great public interest – as evidenced in the busy queues.

“These types of ‘common good’ are important for creating diversity and a sense of belonging in cities. I am excited to see what the future holds in terms of expanding dialogue on topics such as building a low-carbon future and improving accessibility using digital technology.”


Catherine Slessor

Catherine Slessor, president of Twentieth Century Society

“Everyone who lives in London constructs a personal mental map of places, things, people – and buildings. It’s how we fathom the city’s vast scale, enabling us to navigate around a terrain oozing with possibilities and perils.

“For most of the time, many of London’s buildings are routinely off limits to ordinary people, fuelling the popularity of the thoroughly excellent Open House Festival programme. However, being able to encounter buildings in the flesh helps you to apprehend not just their architectural style, but their social and civic substance and how they shape city life.

“The Open House Festival unhooks the velvet rope, affording a tantalising and democratising peek into London’s architectural multiverse.”


Peter Barber portrait

Peter Barber, founder of Peter Barber Architects

“Phew, where would we be without Open City’s films, events, publications, tours, debates, educational projects and of course the wonderful Open House Festival?

“An explosion of positive energy, fascinating information and ideas. Egalitarian, generous, OPEN!”


Kate Macintosh

Kate Macintosh, architect

“Open City has much to celebrate. Their cycle tours, documented with erudite guides, across the best municipal housing of London, spanning from the Boundary Estate of 1900 to Mansfield Road and Lamble Street of 1980, have made a great contribution to the fight-back against the denigration of the public investment made in improving the living standards of the metropolitan population, during the heroic years of les trente glorieux and stretching back to before the Addison Act of 1919.

“That these dwellings are now the prime targets of buy-to-let-landlords, in some case renting them back at three or four times the social rent, to the very authorities which enabled their creation, is both a testimony to the high standard they embody (despite years of enforced neglect of maintenance) and an illustration of the worst consequences of the maladministration to which England is currently subjected. With 41 billion empty homes in London, it is obvious that it is affordability not housing numbers which lies at the heart of homelessness.”


BFA black female architects network

Selasi Setufe, co-director of Black Females in Architecture

“No matter where you are from almost everyone interacts with a built structure or environment. In an urban context like London, we all do. The impact various places and spaces have on us is something we often overlook in our daily lives, however the Open House Festival enables everyone to experience great quality design in our built environment.

“Granting as many people as possible some exposure and experience of quality space and places on a domestic level is a brilliant way to increase awareness and demand for great designs that positively impact our existence in these spaces.

“In some instances, it will also be an opportunity to promote design solutions that are responsive to climate change, fuel poverty and other important issues. On a civic level, I believe granting access to spaces that are typically shut off from the public is powerful. It provides an opportunity to democratise key spaces and landmarks that form the city, creating access for all irrespective of race, age, gender, faith, class, profession, education etc.

“It also creates an opportunity for people to feel better connected to and be more appreciative of the histories, roles and significance of these spaces.”


LionHeart

LionHeart, poet

“The Open House Festival grants us experiential access to ways in which architectural exposure can truly benefit us. By removing boundaries, this festival provides insight, inspiration and intrigue into how culturally accessible and equitable we can be.

“We can’t overlook the clear impact these experiences offer us. From teens to adults, it’s immeasurable!”


Spencer de Grey
Photo by Rudi Meisel

Spencer de Grey, head of design at Foster + Partners

“From its early days three decades ago, the Open House Festival has not only become a much-loved cultural institution in London but a global movement that celebrates the built environment worldwide.

“More people now live in cities than ever before. The festival plays a pivotal role in making the urban realm more accessible to all. It encourages a sense of pride in us all and educates the next generation to help preserve and enrich our surroundings.”


Victoria Thornton

Victoria Thornton, president of the AA and founding director of Open City

“The idea of Open House was borne out of a frustration that here we were in a major world city, yet it was wishing to place itself firmly in the past rather than through the lens of a contemporary city for all. Over time, this ‘mad idea that went global’; has resonated with the metropolis’ populace, its media, the profession, and, importantly, with local councils, each sector acknowledging the value of creating and sharing the idea of high-quality places and spaces.

“Now, as then, Open House’s original concerns still resonate. London is now a different place, but post-pandemic and climate emergency, more than ever is needed to ensure that individuals and communities have a right to excellent places and spaces in which to work, live and play.”


Ellis Woodman

Ellis Woodman, director of the Architecture Foundation

“When the Open House Festival was established thirty years ago, British architecture was suffering a crisis of confidence. There had been next to no investment in public buildings for the past decade and the country was now struggling through a recession.

“The Prince of Wales’ campaign against modern architects had also had a significant impact. There really was very little architecture of quality being built. And it is worth noting that this was a period before the emergence of cheap European travel, so if you were interested in contemporary architecture there was not much opportunity to visit it.

“The Open House festival, therefore, played an incredibly important role in galvanising London’s architecture scene, not least by introducing a future generation of clients to the best new architecture. I have a particularly vivid memory of visiting Ron Herron’s Imagination Building on Store Street during one of the early festivals. Leaving behind the grimy, anxious and parochial London of the early nineties as one walked into its luminescent atrium, was really to feel one was entering another world.”


Amanda Baillieu

Amanda Baillieu, founder Archiboo

“Nobody can understand architecture from a book or a lecture. And however much curators try, most architecture dies once it’s in a gallery. You have to experience buildings in the flesh – it’s that simple.

“That’s why the Open House Festivals are a genius idea and continue to be the most successful celebrations of built architecture that enriches the lives of millions of people across the world.”


Simon Allford elected next president of the RIBA

Simon Allford, RIBA president and co-founder of AHMM

“Thirty years ago, AHMM was in its infancy. Projects were moving, but often with considerable difficulty. We had no idea when complete if they would ever be considered of any interest – exciting times indeed! Open House Festival was in its infancy too – but thanks to its entrepreneurial inventor Victoria Thornton, it seemed already assured.

“Victoria had commandeered ourselves and other nascent practices to act as tour guides to the works of the deceased! We were allocated David du R Aberdeen’s brilliant gesamtkunstwerk Congress House – just around the corner from the illustrious AA. I still vividly remember the brief introduction to the stories of the building’s genius – as easy to learn as they were to convey to the thousand people who visited the next day. The spirit of Open House Festival; the generous sharing of access and ideas, was established in us all.”

The main image is courtesy of Hopkins Architects.

Open House Festival took place in London from 8 September to 21 September 2022. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.

The post “Open House champions the city as a form that can inspire you” appeared first on Dezeen.

Hole Box Concept: Furniture Object as Recycling Sorting Container

In America, we’re only called upon to sort our recycling into three or four categories. (And even that, we can’t get right.) But overseas, it’s not uncommon to see eight, nine, ten different recycling groups, and these often yield objects of vastly different scales; for instance, a polypropylene cap takes up a fraction of the space of the PET bottle it was once mated to.

For that latter situation, Russia-based industrial designer Nikolay Vladykin came up with an interesting concept that I’d like to see pushed further. He calls it Hole Box, and bills it as “a functional alternative to waste bins.”

“It’s a compact storage box for recyclables. Has many different sections and holes for diversity of recyclable materials.”

“Also can be used as a coffee table or a pouf. It doesn’t require much space and can always be by your hand when you need it. Some sections can be equipped with bags.”

It does a good job of using all of the available space, but seems it would be difficult to use, loading and unloading the bags, for instance; I’d love to see this concept further explored with multiple iterations, each honing in on better UX.

My First Smythson Soho Notebook in Panama

For their new tangerine-dyed Panama leather diary for children, appropriately embossed with the title My First Smythson, the beloved paper goods producer took inspiration from insight provided by the National Literacy Trust which explains that children who write with regularity feel happier. Made in England, the notebook includes colorful prompts, world maps, sections to journal and more.

Why Employers Should Be Actively Hiring Neurodiverse Talent

When it comes to the workplace, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to success. A growing number of employers are beginning to realize that neurodiverse talent can be an asset in the workplace

So, what is neurodiversity? Neurodiversity is a term used to describe the range of differences in human brain function and behavioural traits. It refers to the natural variation in the way human brains are wired and includes conditions such as ADHD, autism, and dyslexia.

There are many reasons why employers should be actively seeking out and supporting neurodiverse talent. Neurodiverse employees often have unique skill sets that can be an asset to any business and supporting neurodiversity can help create a more diverse and inclusive workplace which research indicates leads to innovation and creativity.

The benefits

Neurodiversity can be an asset in the workplace because it can help create a more diverse and inclusive environment. Businesses with a diverse workforce perform better than those without, and research indicates that diversity fosters innovation and creativity. When people with different backgrounds and perspectives come together, they’re more likely to come up with new and innovative ideas.

But mainly, supporting neurodiverse talent is simply the right thing to do. Individuals with neurodiverse conditions face significant barriers in life, including in education and employment. By hiring neurodiverse individuals and making accommodations for their needs, employers can help level the playing field and foster a more inclusive society. 

Why businesses should support neurodiverse talent

Despite the advantages that neurodiverse employees can bring to an organization, they often face significant challenges in accessing employment opportunities. 

So why are businesses missing out on this untapped talent pool? In many cases, it’s simply a matter of misunderstanding. Many employers mistakenly believe that neurodiverse employees will be unable to meet the demands of their roles, or that accommodating them will be too expensive or time-consuming. 

However, research has shown that these fears are unfounded. A study by Accenture found that organizations with more diverse workforces performed better financially than those without. What’s more, another study showed that companies who proactively recruited and supported autistic workers reported reduced staff turnover rates and improved morale among all employees. 

Similarly, accommodating employees doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive; simple measures such as sit-stand desks and white noise machines can make a big difference to someone with ADHD, for example. And even when accommodations for employees may require slightly more investment upfront, such as providing specialist software, the long-term benefits more than justify the costs. 

It’s also worth remembering that all employees likely need some form of accommodation to be able to do their best work; it’s not just neurodiverse employees who may need support. For example, parents often require flexible working arrangements so they can balance their responsibilities at home with their job demands. Similarly, older workers may need workplace adjustments to accommodate declining vision or hearing. 

The point is, accommodative measures benefit everyone – not just those with diagnosed medical conditions – and businesses should be prepared to provide them for all employees when needed. 

In conclusion

With an ever-growing body of evidence demonstrating the business case for hiring neurodiverse talent, there’s really no excuse for not actively recruiting and supporting employees on the autism spectrum, with ADHD, dyslexia, or any other form of neurological difference. Not only is it the right thing to do from a social responsibility perspective; it makes good business sense too. Everyone deserves a fair chance to find employment opportunities that make use of their skills and strengths.