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(via Longtime Issey Miyake Collaborator Makiko Minagawa Is Pushing the Boundaries of Textiles)

Metropolis Magazine:

Game Changers 2015: Makiko Minagawa 

Handcrafted textiles and technically innovative fabrics often seem worlds apart. This Japanese powerhouse has been opening up exciting possibilities for textile design by combining the two. One name inevitably crops up in the numerous newspaper articles, magazine features, and books that have been written about fashion designer Issey Miyake in the last three decades. “With his textile designer, Makiko Minagawa…,” the typical article says, then offers scant details on this enigmatic designer. But Minagawa has contributed in no small part to Miyake’s global acclaim.

HaaT Dress Above:

Shinkoku is a traditional Japanese dyeing technique used to produce a highly saturated black color. Above, left: A cotton dress dyed in this way is made of two layers stitched together in a pattern of triangles. The top layer is then cut up for an appliqué-like effect. Above right: Shinkoku-dyed Thai silk on the left, and the cotton fabric used in the dress. 

Tesla cierra el círculo con las baterías de almacenamiento para autoconsumo

Elon Musk confirma que el ‘bombazo’ del 30 de abril, son  dos baterías: una para los hogares y otra para instalaciones fotovoltáicas a gran escala.

Tesla Motors ha confirmado al portal de noticias BuzzFeed que él ‘bombazo’ que la compañía presentará el próximo 30 de abril, tal y como anunció el mes pasado en Twitter su CEO, Elon Musk, será la batería Tesla para el hogar y, lo que es más interesante,también una batería  grande para las instalaciones a gran escala.

Como co-fundador y presidente de SolarCity, Musk acaba de dar a conocer esta semana lacreación de un fondo de 1.000 millones de dólares para financiar 300 MW de instalaciones fotovoltaicas comerciales en Estados Unidos (EEUU).  El CEO de Tesla está realizando un trabajo metódico para hacer la pinza con Tesla y SolarCity a los hogares y mercados energéticos de EEUU, reduciendo la brecha existente entre los coches eléctricos, la generación distribuida de energía fotovoltaica y almacenamiento en el hogar.

Sin embargo, es la batería para instalaciones a gran escala la que está resultando más intrigante. Musk ya ha confirmado que la esperada batería para los hogares será de ion-litio y se fabricará en la gigafactoría de 5.000 millones de dólares que se está construyendo en Nevada con la ayuda de Panasonic. De esta manera, apalancándose en la base de clientes propietarios de los vehículos Tesla, los beneficios de una batería de respaldo para el hogar estarán mucho más claros para miles de consumidores.

Si se añade al mix a los felices clientes de Solarcity, la compañía que controla cerca del 40% del mercado solar residencial de Estados Unidos, la próxima aventura supondrá el despegue definitivo. Tesla ya ha instalado baterías de consumo en un puñado de hogares y negocios en Estados Unidos -incluido Wal-Mart, uno de los grandes clientes de SolarCity- con un precio de venta al público de su batería de 10 kWh de 13.000 dólares, y ahora se espera que los costes se reduzcan sustancialmente. Además, algunos estados ofrecen descuentos a la eficiencia energética, que podrían reducir los costes de las baterías a la mitad.

El análisis de previsiones que Morgan Stanley hizo de la combinación de Tesla y SolarCity podría producir un brusco cambio de juego en los los mercados de la energía a medida que más y más personas sean capaces de permitirse el lujo de vivir fuera de la red, una revolución que, a su vez, ayudará a llevar los costes de las baterías de almacenamiento por debajo de los 100 dólares /kWh, frente a los 300 dólares / kWh que le cuestan a Tesla en la actualidad. Un tema que tiene muy preocupadas a las eléctricas, porque aunque todavía no se sepa mucho sobre las baterías para las grandes instalaciones, probablemente supondrán un cambió drástico en el mercado eléctrico estadounidense.

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The Barisieur is an alarm clock and coffee brewer. It eases the user into the day with the subtle movement of stainless steel ballbearings that boil the water through induction heating, accompanied by the smell of freshly brewed coffee. It encourages a ritual before going to sleep, signalling to the body and mind that it is time to unwind and relax. Living slow even when times are fast.

The price of wind and solar power continues to plummet, and is now on par or cheaper than grid electricity in many areas of the world. Solar, the newest major source of energy in the mix, makes up less than 1% of the electricity market today but will be the world’s biggest single source by 2050, according to the International Energy Agency.
The question is no longer if the world will transition to cleaner energy, but how long it will take.

The Outpost by

Launched in Lebanon in 2012, The Outpost is a magazine of possibilities. It identifies, understands and analyzes the conflicts, morals, energies and opportunities of a changing Arab world and lays down potential roads ahead. It aims to ignite a socio-cultural renaissance in the Arab world by inspiring its readers to explore a world of possibilities. Working with an international network of contributors, we launched an ambitious and innovative magazine and designed its first three issues.

Our approach was focused on a journalistic perspective. We developed a grid system based on four different types of articles, which allowed us to distribute the elements of every page in a tidy and organized way, while still being able to play with blank spaces and big images. Content is supported by large infographics and illustrations.

For the three main sections we created a system (visible on the top spine) that helps the reader to navigate through the pages. We also developed a color-coded system for the cover and opening section, which was printed in monochrome and on a different kind of paper.

There is neither a proportional relationship, nor an inverse one, between a writer’s estimation of a work in progress and its actual quality. The feeling that the work is magnificent, and the feeling that it is abominable, are both mosquitoes to be repelled, ignored, or killed, but not indulged.
—  Annie Dillard, who is 70 today, shares a lifetime of wisdom on writing.

The “first man-made biological leaf” could enable humans to colonise space

RCA graduate Julian Melchiorri says the synthetic biological leaf he developed, which absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen just like a plant, could enable long-distance space travel.

Check out this project by Volvo Life Paint– “The cleverly named reflective safety spray is invisible by day, but when darkness falls it glows in the glare of car headlights, making cyclists much more visible. Life Paint also has the advantage of being useable for any fabric, which means that you don’t have to carry a separate high-visibility vest or jacket—it can be sprayed onto bikes, helmets, strollers or clothing.” Source