Dazzling art-filled passageway immerses visitors in everything that makes Amsterdam special

March 2, 2017 by  
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The city of Amsterdam just added another attraction to its long list of must-sees. Artists Arno Coenen, Iris Roskam and Hans van Bentem converted an arched passageway into Amsterdam Oersoep, an immersive art project decorated with seemingly innumerable references to the city of Amsterdam, its history, and its future. Glass mosaic, traditional Italian terrazzo, gilded mirrors, and recycled bicycle chandeliers are just a few of the beautiful elements that make up the intricate and enchanting artwork. Commissioned by Bouwinvest , Amsterdam Oersoep was created as part of a redevelopment project called Nowadays that encompasses the passageway and the buildings attached to it on Nieuwendijk and Damrak. Amsterdam Oersoepâ??Oersoep is Dutch for â??primordial soupâ??â??was created in Beurspassage , a passageway between Damrak avenue and the street of Nieuwendijk popularly used among Amsterdam residents and tourists. The renewed Beurspassage was created as a major tourist attraction, beautification project, and to include the worldâ??s longest coffee bar in the world: Liquid Mokum. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf89uLLvO5A Related: Nature-filled office takes over a former factory building in Amsterdam-Noord The Amsterdam Oersoep pays homage to the cityâ??s canals with its color scheme and wavy images that give the effect of walking through an underwater tunnel. The ceiling is covered in 450 square meters of glass mosaic embedded with iconic symbols of Amsterdam, from fish and air bubbles that allude to the canals to bicycle gears and a floating Vincent van Gogh ear. The sides of the passageway are lined with bluish-green tiles as well as large gilded and engraved Art Deco-styled mirrors. Handmade stained glass lamps, crafted in thirteen different shapes, hang from the sides. The traditional Italian terrazzo flooring is decorated with icons symbolic of the cityâ??s rich heritage of art and trade. Seven golden chandeliers hung from above are made from recycled bicycle parts like gears, headlamps, and handlebars. Every detail in the Amsterdam Oersoep hints to the stories of Amsterdam, creating a richly layered and beautiful artwork that fully immerses whomever walks through the passage. + Beurspassage Images by Kees Hummel

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Izhar Gafni’s Incredibly Sturdy, Lightweight Cardboard Bicycle Costs Just $10 to Make!

July 27, 2012 by  
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Nendo’s Cute Plant-Shaped AirLeaf Mini Purifies the Air and Removes CO2

July 27, 2012 by  
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Though we all love fresh air, it’s sometimes hard to find time to stop and breathe while running the daily rat race – and being confined to closed concrete office spaces doesn’t help! Nendo has designed a cute little air purifier to counter this issue that works using essential oils extracted from fir trees. The AirLeaf Mini , designed for Japanese company Mikuni , can be simply clipped on to the vent fins of fans and air conditioners, and it’s ready to go. Read the rest of Nendo’s Cute Plant-Shaped AirLeaf Mini Purifies the Air and Removes CO2 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air purifier , AirLeaf Mini , Aroma Beads , Car Purifier , clean air , fresh air , green design , Japanese design , Mikuni , Nendo

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Create Your Own DIY Solar-Powered USB Charger For All Your Portable Gadgets!

July 27, 2012 by  
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With endless summer days still aplenty, there’s no better time to invest in a  solar charger  for all your gadgets. However,  Joshua Zimmerman of the DIY site Instructables doesn’t think you need to spend any money in order to get your hands on one. Instead, Zimmerman has designed a simple do-it-yourself solar USB charger that fits cozily in an Altoid tin! The DIY project will charge most mobile devices via USB using 2 rechargeable AA batteries and flexible thin-film solar panels . Read to learn what you need to build your own! Read the rest of Create Your Own DIY Solar-Powered USB Charger For All Your Portable Gadgets! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Altoid tin solar charger , DIY solar , DIY solar powered usb charger , instructables , joshua zimmerman , solar powered phone charger , solar USB charger

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Frank Gehry Reveals GTeam – The “Google Docs” of Design

July 27, 2012 by  
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Frank Gehry has never been one to rest on his laurels. His ever-evolving style has recast the field of architecture , and now after reinventing the way many of us look at design, he has set his sights on transforming the way that we collaborate. GTeam , as Gehry’s  new product is called, is a cloud-based software that allows designers to share their work in a common space online in a common format. Read the rest of Frank Gehry Reveals GTeam – The “Google Docs” of Design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “design collaboration” , Autoca , Design Software , Frank Gehry , Gehry Partners , Gehry Technologies , Google Docs , GTeam , Revvit , sketchup

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UK Domestic Solar Installations Halve After Government Cuts Incentive Scheme

July 27, 2012 by  
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On April 1st, the UK government halved the subsidy given to UK homeowners that wished to install solar panels on their property. Unsurprisingly, since then the weekly domestic solar panel installation rate has dropped by 54% with numbers failing to match those of the previous year. Happily, they have risen from the 90% drop that occurred immediately after the cuts were implemented. Read the rest of UK Domestic Solar Installations Halve After Government Cuts Incentive Scheme Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , domestic solar panel , government solar incentive , solar tarrif , uk solar incentive scheme , uk solar policy , uk solar power

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