Wearable Technology – World’s First Colour-Changing Graphene Dress

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In recent years, the fashion industry has been experimenting with wearable technology (see Solar panels go Couture), blurring the boundaries between textiles and tech. The little black dress is one such garment that has received a hi-tech revamp, being christened the world’s first graphene dress.

So what is graphene and what makes this dress so amazing?

Graphene is a super-thin “wonder material” scientists think could revolutionise every aspect of human life. It is just one atom thick and a million times thinner than human hair, it is 200 times stronger than steel and conducts electricity better than anything else known to man. 

Things We Love: Cabins Book

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The idea of a cabin retreat located in a secluded landscape is a dream of many. As our cities continue to swell and we repeatedly cram our lives full of activity there is an ever-increasing desire to escape it all and run away to an isolated refuge.

Architects worldwide have dabbled and experimented in the many possibilities and design outcomes involving the minimal shelter – a number of which have been presented in this wonderful Cabins book

Cloud House Makes It Rain On Demand

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There’s nothing more relaxing than listening to the rain fall on a tin roof when you’re all warm and cosy inside. Now you can listen to the soothing sound anytime you please thanks to Matthew Mazzotta’s latest project, Cloud House.

The house is built under a permanent cloud and rocking in the chair situated inside activates ‘rain’. The rain then falls onto the metal roof above, producing that warm and pleasant sound. Stay seated and you can relax watching the water drip down from the window lintel, watering edible plants sitting on the sills. 

How Green is Your City?

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A greener city is more enjoyable for us and more beneficial for the environment. Through the evolution of intersectional technologies we now have a greater understanding of how we interact with the built and natural environment. A recent innovation from MIT’s Senseable City Lab, is one such innovation – it measures the density of greenery in cities across the globe but at a human eye-level.

Named Treepedia, the program assesses street-level urban greenery using Google Street View and the Green View Index. It measures the obstruction of greenery in Google’s street-level visualisation maps and classifies the images accordingly.

Archidoodle – The Architect’s Activity Book

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Looking for a fresh creative outlet? Satisfy your creative urge with Archidoodle – an architectural ‘activity book’ that presents a building, landscape or part of a building and encourages you to complete it in a new and interesting way.

The book is filled with beautiful pen and ink illustrations depicting some of the most iconic, contemporary and inventive structures. Aimed at anyone who loves drawing buildings and modern homes, each page contains an incomplete architecture-related sketch, which you as the reader-turned-artist have to finish off yourself. 

Things we love: Melbourne Design Week 2017

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We love any excuse to celebrate design. And the new Melbourne Design Week is no exception.

The ten-day event running from 16-26 March 2017 is a new initiative created by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and the Victorian government and aims to promote Melbourne as one of the design capitals of the world. The event will offer talks, tours, workshops and industry events to help strengthen, support and promote the design industry. 

Abstract: The Art of Design

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After a long week of making modular magic, there is nothing the Modscape team like more than kicking back on the couch with a glass a red wine in hand and a dose of design inspiration on the TV. Our recent favourite is Abstract: The Art of Design – a pithy, entertaining new series that ticks all the boxes for anyone curious about design.

With the help of a handful eccentric design personalities, the Abstract series reveals the creative process behind design and invites viewers to step inside the minds of the most innovative designers and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.