Acoustic panels can serve so many purposes apart from just reducing noise in a building. They add the color and 3d-texture to wall designs, they serve as space-dividers, they can even be used to encourage creativity! Yet the main purpose of those panels is still to absorb sounds, and it seems there is a great demand for it. These days the need for quiet spaces that give an opportunity for relaxation as well as communication is high, especially in the busy offices. That’s why designers have to account for this extra feature while developing their aesthetical ideas, and give interior space the quality of coziness and intimacy by lowering the noise level.
For decades now the fast-developing technologies have been influencing the form and substance of design education. Finding practical application for the knowledge and skills acquired during the process of learning is crucial for every design student. Yet, quite often even the most prominent schools lack access to manufacturing or engineering opportunities. To tackle this problem design schools around the world are now pairing up with big productions to create prototypes together, which is a great opportunity for students to apply their design skills, and for employers — to hunt the most gifted ones.
The results are impressive, just check out these examples of student-designed furniture!
Have you noticed that looking at a certain colour often alters your behavior and feelings? Environmental-behaviour research studies have brought us a new concept of changing the emotional reality around us through colour, which naturally get represented in design and architecture. The colour becomes a language, a visual cue, sending a certain message to people passing by.
Colour intervention may serve a means to transform the infrastructure of the city and draw attention to its certain areas, for aesthetical purposes as well as for practical ones. And more than that — it is a simple and uncostly way to get your idea through to the minds of people. Check out these outstanding examples of colour intervention created by both artists and architects.
Our #BEOPENDesignCity open call held together with the Mayor’s Fund for London is still rolling. There is only a couple of weeks left before the deadline on January 31st! Are you in? If yes, just post your picture on Instagram or Facebook with the tag #BEOPENDesignCity to win €300! Today we suggest taking a look at the works we find most impressive – those submitted to the challenge by the participants from all over the world.
Dear friends, BE OPEN team wishes you all a very Happy New Year!
How will our cities change in the future? The idea that haunts the minds of architects, designers, and philosophers all over the world. New projects and suggestions keep emerging constantly — from taxibots, flying and floating, to hydroelectric waterfall prisons and jetway hotels. Check out the most interesting urban initiatives (existing ones or projects), and be sure to share your own — to win our #BEOPENDesignCity open call!
Dear friends, BE OPEN is launching its next global Internet open call together with the Mayor’s Fund for London. The open call is named #BEOPENDesignCity. The challenge presents the opportunity for those who are eager to share their love of their city as well as any ideas on how to make it a better place.
(the photo is from BE OPEN Sounding Space Symposium project)