This is a place that doesn’t exist. It’s not just a hole in the ground, it’s a hole in the imagination. There’s a local railway station, but you can’t travel there. There’s a local landmark, but it isn’t built yet.
Across China, brash buildings are poking skylines and remaking cities in the distorted image of the West. But a four-day excursion from Beijing – almost as far as you can go without leaving the country – is the Apple Elementary School.
Clay Ketter was inspired to create Gulf Coast Slabs by a photograph that appeared in Time magazine shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck the southern USA in 2005. Instead of showing the flooded city of New Orleans, this image portrayed another devastated, burning community, and the exposed floor slabs of homes that had been, quite literally, blown away by the storm.
Designers routinely lay claim to avant-garde status by asserting that their work is grounded on “new technologies”. This, they suggest, sets them apart from those hopeless fogies who are content to rely upon “old technologies”.
“We did it in our lunch break,” confesses Alvin Huang, who designed the winning entry for the C-Space pavilion on Bedford Square while working full time at Future Systems with his colleague Alan Dempsey.
Tomás Gabzdil Libertiny has always been fascinated with making things, and the methods behind their making. Disassembling objects and piecing them back together was a common pastime during his childhood in Slovakia.
Design Indaba, held in Cape Town every February, is the only design conference of its kind. Covering design in the most inclusive sense, there’s no theme; it’s just three days of people simply talking about what they do.
Away from all the talk, we saw the first results of a scheme that was launched at last year’s Design Indaba. The 10x10 project is channelling the ideas and expertise of the international speakers into the problem of affordable housing in South Africa.