Archive for ‘things’

January 8, 2013

Teacher Uses Knitting to Sow Confident Thinkers

“{When fifth-grade teacher Annmarie Aquino tosses a small knitted square into the air, the lesson begins. Peg looms emerge from backpacks, wool is measured and cut, and needles begin clicking. It’s knitting time at P.S. 98.

Aquino, a City College grad who has been teaching at the school on West 212th Street for 18 years, says the unconventional classroom activity offers her kids valuable problem-solving skills while encouraging them to be focused and creative.

“It challenges them to think beyond the obvious — how to calculate. How much do I need? What colors do I want to use? How do I get stripes?” Aquino says during a recent visit. “And, they have thinking time.”

Isaiah Rodriguez, one of Aquino’s students who is creating a placemat, says he expects to keep weaving even after he leaves elementary school.

“It just relaxes you. I feel calm and collected when I weave,” says the 10-year-old, who dreams of becoming a pro basketball player and expects he’ll even “weave in the locker room.”}”

Read on at .. Teacher at P.S. 98 Uses Knitting to Sow Confident Thinkers – New York.

November 30, 2009

SHOWstudio: Blog: Christmas is coming early!

Tomorrow 1st December – “the forthcoming Yuletide spectacular at Claridge’s, created by none other than Dior’s head honcho John Galliano. As Galliano’s sketch testifies, this will be a typical Galliano jaunt into fantasy: no bauble-bedecked Douglas fir this! Instead, Galliano has envisaged a ‘Frozen Tropical Christma Tree’ – an all-out fantasia decked with orchids, ivy and a good dose of fauna with that flora. The final results, gnarled roots and all, will be incongruously placed in the Mayfair hotel’s foyer from 1 December.”

via SHOWstudio: Blog: Christmas is coming early!.

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November 16, 2009

DADI AWARDS – Drum Awards for the Digital Industries

“The annual DADI Awards, in association with Leeds Live it Love it took place on Friday 13th November in the Royal Armories, Leeds. 

Crowned DADI of them all and taking home the
Grand Prix was MadeByPi for First Direct. Scooping the Chairman’s Award for the second year in a row was BJL for their work with Rustlers

Digital Agency of the Year went to fuse8, DADI individual of the Year toTony Fogget from Code Computerlove and Chris Hemmingway from MadeByPi was awarded Creative Individual of the Year.”

“MadeByPi® and University of Huddersfield embrace Yorkshire’s digital talent MadeByPi® is working in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield’s ada network (school of art, design and architecture) to nurture, embrace and retain talented digital graduates in Yorkshire.”

MediaVest Manchester were awarded Media Buying Agency of the Year andStudent of the Year went to Sam Whigham from Salford University.”

DADI AWARDS – Drum Awards for the Digital Industries.

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October 23, 2009

Papuru, a chair for children made of DuraPulp

Trio of Swedish architects Claesson/Koivisto/Rune is proving that innovation is the best weapon in times of crisis. With the help of STFI-Packfosk (research&development) and Södra (Production factory), they have created Papuru, a chair for children made of DuraPulp (derivative of paper) and PLA (bioplactic extracted form corn starch). It’s all very technical and it has to be, to achieve that performance : the chair is waterproof, recyclable, stackable, colorful…and it should cost half of the price of a classic plastic chair. We can’t wait to see it in stores (2010).

via Bubble Kids News & Trends.

April 8, 2009

Crease and Fold

Crease and Fold by Andrew H. Dent, PhD

The art and science of folding could be considered to have evolved in two directions—how to avoid it (wrinkles and creases in clothing) and how to promote it to create various folds in the construction of objects (boxes, civil engineering). The ability of a material to fold (or not) is very much dependent upon the properties of the material and often a major reason for its implementation for an application. Think of the different results you get when you fold aluminum foil, paper, or a sheet of rubber……. read on via Crease and Fold.

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March 3, 2009

Things Magazine

Things Magazine

“things magazine was originally founded in 1994 by a group of writers and historians based at the Victoria & Albert Museum/Royal College of Art in the belief that objects can open up new ways of understanding the world.

Now an independent magazine, things has built a reputation as a home for new writing – essays, reviews, short stories and poems – about objects and their meanings. The website contains a weblog, photography galleries, special projects, searchable archives and the occasional on-line only article.”