Abandoned 400-year-old Greek ruins transformed with brilliant bursts of color

August 6, 2018 by  
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Artists Thomas Granseuer and Tomislav Topic of the multidisciplinary German design practice Quintessenz have transformed ancient stone ruins in Kagkatika, Greece into a spectacular work of art that straddles the line between the analog and digital worlds. Commissioned by the Paxos Contemporary Art Project , Quintessenz crafted a large-scale art installation using 120 mesh layers of varying colors. Dubbed Kagkatikas Secret, the colorful artwork flutters in the wind, creating an extra dimension to the surreal piece. Kagkatikas Secret stands in striking contrast to its centuries-old stone backdrop. The mesh panels, strung up with thin wires, were spray painted a variety of colors and then cut into differing sizes. The panels were hung in order of their size—the largest were placed at the rear near the stone windows that frame views of the sea—to create the illusion of depth. This installation builds on Quintessenz’s signature style, which derives inspiration from graffiti culture, graphic design and chromatics. “The work unfolds in an approximately 400-year-old ruin and forms a unique contrast,” explains Quintessenz in a project statement. “It is detached from the usual city bustle and is not in competition with glaring lights or obtrusive advertising. The wind and the sunlight make the installation appear like a digital body in the real world. It forms the interface between analog and digital, between today and then and between old and new. The great contrast makes the installation look almost unreal, as soon as the wind settles in the layers and the sunlight underlines the colors even more, it seems as if there is only one place for this installation. This, in turn, the contrast fits in and creates exciting synergies.” Related: Nendo Unveils Collection of Sculptural Objects Made From Japanese Farming Nets Quintessenz was selected along with seven other artists for the inaugural Paxos Contemporary Art Project, a site-specific artist initiative on the Ionian island of Paxos. + Quintessenz Images via Quintessenz

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What can I reuse or recycle to repair the mesh on bicycle panniers?

November 4, 2011 by  
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Good friend of Recycle This and The Really Good Life , Su, has got a question for us: Bicycle panniers – mine have a really useful stretchy mesh pocket on the outside, unfortunately now more hole than mesh. Any ideas on repairing them? The actual pannier part is absolutely fine. The summer before last, I bought some mens’ shorts for myself and since I don’t have things down there in need of containment, I removed the “netting” layer – that wouldn’t have been pretty but would have fit the bill perfectly – stretchy white mesh. (I ended up using it in the greenhouse to store bulbs.) Can anyone think of anything else in the same vein to reuse instead? Heavy (so they won’t run) nylon tights maybe? Another idea which is less reusing/recycling but still repairing: could you crochet a flat mesh from a plastic twine using a variant on a string bag patten? I used to make a version of this bag from all sorts of different yarns when we were short of shopping bags – makes up very quickly because it’s so much hole 🙂 Any other ideas? (Photo by arifm )

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Spiral Garden is a Lacy Mesh Vertical Farm for the City

October 11, 2010 by  
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Read the rest of Spiral Garden is a Lacy Mesh Vertical Farm for the City http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , anna julibert , benet and saida dalmau , carmen vilar , designboom , Eco Architecture , eco design , Gardening , green architecture , green design , greenhouse , mesh , spiral garden , vertical garden

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The Agoras Project Creates a Quiet Urban Escape in Busy Istanbul

October 11, 2010 by  
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Read the rest of The Agoras Project Creates a Quiet Urban Escape in Busy Istanbul http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , “sustainable development” , agoras , eco design , eco residences , eco tower , GAD , global architectural development , green architecture , green design , green development , istanbul , mixed-use development , sustainable design , the agoras project , turkey

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Ambiente Modular Housing Made from Recycled Glass

October 11, 2010 by  
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The Ambiente Housing System is an eco-friendly method for building modular homes from waste glass.

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Conflux Festival 2010 Explores the Urban Environment of NYC

October 11, 2010 by  
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This past weekend the Conflux Festival kicked off another exciting series of site-specific workshops, performances, lectures, and installations that challenged New Yorkers to rethink our urban environment in a whole new way.

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Oasis-Sprouting Solar Umbrellas for Los Angeles

October 11, 2010 by  
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Project UMBRELLA just took the $5,000 first place award in The Architect’s Newspaper and SCI?Arc’s recent Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition, which asked entrants to envision downtown LA as an incubator for green technology and jobs. Designed by Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram and Aleksandra Danielak, UMBRELLA features a series of umbrella-like solar evaporators that collect and clean city sewage so that it can eventually be released into the streets, generating a “transformation into a network of lush, cultivated landscapes.” Read the rest of Oasis-Sprouting Solar Umbrellas for Los Angeles http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , architect’s newspaper , cleantech corridor , Green Building , green design , Los Angeles , Sci-Arc , sustainable design , umbrella

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Car-Shaped Bike Rack Reclaims Parking Spaces for Cyclists

October 11, 2010 by  
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If you’re a cyclist in the city you know how frustrating it can be dodging cars or even trying to find a place to lock up your ride! In a world where automobiles have taken over the streets, we were struck by the irony of this ingenious car-shaped bike rack by Ilian Milinov. A shortlisted entry in Designboom’s IIDA Competition , the Car-cycle Rack takes the shape of a car silhouette to show onlookers how many bicycles could fit in the space reserved for one vehicle

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Innovation, Sustainable Consumption, and ‘The Mesh’

September 13, 2010 by  
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A new book describes "the Mesh," a world where products are built to last, shared among both friends and strangers, made more affordable to all, support local communities, and are recycled back into more useful stuff. Best of all, it’s a world that’s already here, and is growing and thriving. 

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