If you can't beat it, redesign it. An assistant professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, Ron Rael, is not exactly a fan of the 700-mile series of separation barriers that have been erected between the United States and Mexico. He says the wall is expensive, detrimental to the environment, ineffective, and even deadly, since hundreds die of dehydration each year as they try to cross the culture.
Matali Crasset, one of our favorite Frenchies here at Co., is set to unveil a clever little chair at Milan Design Week next month. Designed for the Italian label Danese, Double Side transforms from a chair into a desk (complete with a bench) in a snap; all you've got to do is flip the seatback. Have a look-see:
"Gamification" -- the idea that digitally attaching points, levels, and instant feedback to un-fun activities will magically make them more engaging -- may have already jumped the shark, but that hasn't stopped the trend from growing. One new player on the scene, Green Goose, at least tries to zig where others have zagged by focusing on physical product design rather than badge-addled vaporware.
The 35-million-pound proposal, unveiled this week, would squeeze a vast underground gallery for temporary exhibitions beneath a zig-zagging public courtyard set within existing museum facades.
[This is a guest post by Eric Ryan, co-founder of Method, the sustainable cleaning products company which isn't to be confused with Method, the branding agency and frequent Co.Design contributor. ? Ed.]