Category Archives: Identity

The Most Stylish Gas Station in LA

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In an era where they only pump your gas in New Jersey, the glory days of the gas station seem extinct – the task and the place, monotonous. But even in Los Angeles, a city of stars, it’s quite a surprise to see this geometric gem. At the corner of Olympic and Robertson lies the most stylish gas station in LA. Continue reading

Dear World… Yours, Cambridge – Miguel Chevalier

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Artist Miguel Chevalier recently created a series of immersive projections that added a spellbound layer to a University of Cambridge charity event. The fundraising occasion featured Chevalier’s designs front and center in the King’s College Chapel, as they wrapped the historic interior in a myriad of changing colours, patterns, and textures. It was a striking juxtaposition that fused contemporary imagery with 16th-century Gothic English architecture—a mashup of old and new that brought the building to life. Continue reading

Brandalism takes over the COP21 climate talks

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Over 600 artworks critiquing the corporate takeover of the COP21 climate talks were installed in advertising spaces across Paris ahead of the United Nations summit beginning on November 30th. Amidst the French state of emergency banning all public gatherings following the terrorist attacks on 13 November in Paris, the Brandalism project has worked with Parisians to insert unauthorised artworks across the city that aim to highlight the links between advertising, consumerism, fossil fuel dependency and climate change. Continue reading

Nova by SOFTlab

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The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alen Institute recently announced that SOFTlab is the winner of the Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition.  The second annual competition called for proposals from New York design firms for a temporary installation at the heart of the Flatiron District. SOFTlab’s winning proposal, Nova, will be the centerpiece of the Partnership’s annual holiday programming and a highly visible landmark in this thriving neighborhood of New York. Continue reading

Dancing pavement

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In light of recent precipitation well everywhere and the comments I’ve heard over a lifetime, it’s time to tap into the wondrous wetness. Like a great artist, rain is polarizing, and there seems to be a social media explosion from both parties when the phenomenon strikes. Everybody has a say on the matter, whether they cozy up in bed with a movie or go on with their daily life, only dampified.

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#NousSommesUnis

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The Eiffel Tower, which dimmed its lights in mourning following Friday’s attacks in Paris, was re-lit in red, white and blue on Monday. Cities from around the world also showed their support for the citizens of Paris by lighting up iconic urban landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House, Toronto’s CN Tower and the Tokyo Skytree.  Continue reading

Signs You Are in Vienna

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Bikers and drivers see it, if you walk you’ve used it. A crosswalk signal, you know it well – bland, straight to the point. Sometimes, it may have some numbers next to the unisex figure. What these numbers do is count down the seconds you have to race down the street before a symphony of car horns erupt to tell you, your time is up. The signs work well and go unnoticed, there seems to be no need to address the topic; and so the story begins. Continue reading