Twisting tree-like sculptures redefine a public space in Montreal

August 6, 2018 by  
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Giant twisting tree-like sculptures have sprouted in downtown Montreal—and passersby are welcome to climb to the top of its gnarled canopy. The striking art installation is the latest work of local artist Michel de Broin , who was invited by the City of Montreal to help activate the recently developed International Civil Aviation Organization Plaza (ICAO). Dubbed Dendrites after the branched projections of a neuron, the large-scale artworks are clad in weathering steel and are equipped with metal stairs with platforms for an interactive element. Spanning both sides of Notre-Dame Street in downtown Montreal , Dendrites comprises two sculptural stairways that mimic the form of trees and neuron structures. The reddish hue of its weathering steel cladding is a reference to ochre tree trunks as well as the urban site’s industrial past and iron infrastructure. “Dendrites encourages climbing through a network of alternate possible routes,” explains the project press release. “When a passer-by ascends the stairs they consistently face a bifurcation, and a decision must ensue. An apt metaphor is found in the way thoughts are formed in the human brain through the transmission of electrical impulses within a larger network of neuronal dendrites; much like the climber in the sculpture discovering the structures of his surrounding environment. From one end of the work to the other — like a neural impulse traveling across the brain — the walker climbs the stairs and ventures into the sculpture, emerging on the other side with a new perspective.” Related: Whimsically windswept cabin-like kiosks are designed to soothe urban stress The emphasis of walking ties into the redevelopment of site, which was formerly a car-centric area that was displaced as a new pedestrian-friendly and cyclist-friendly space. Dendrites’ twisting branches culminate in a series of independent viewing platforms of varying heights, allowing multiple visitors to climb and enjoy the sculpture simultaneously. + Michel de Broin Images by Michel de Broin and Jules Beauchamp Desbiens

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How Active Design Helps Fight Fat and Global Warming

August 5, 2014 by  
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We know we should take the stairs and not the elevator because it’s better for our health and doesn’t burn fossil fuels. But when that elevator is slap bang in the middle of the foyer and the stairs are tucked down the end of some creepy passageway, our willpower tends to give way to convenience. Recognizing this ultimately self-harming quirk of our psychology, New York City is now taking steps (pardon the pun) to encourage people to take the stairs through the process of Active Design . Read the rest of How Active Design Helps Fight Fat and Global Warming Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Active Design , Architecture , Center for Active Design , Dr Karen Lee , elevators , exercise , New York. , public health , public health campaigns , staircase , stairs , why you should take the stairs

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Slides Help Make Architecture Healthy and Fun

December 22, 2010 by  
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Image credit Gizmodo There is a trend in architecture to try and actively promote health and exercise; The New York Times Building has prominent, bright stairs for circulation; Tom Mayne’s San Francisco Federal Building’s elevators… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Japanese Eco House is a Huge Staircase

September 7, 2010 by  
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Overlooking the Sea of Japan in the Shimane Prefecture, the incredible Stairs House offers an intimate interior while providing a welcoming exterior environment.

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DIY Altoids Mini BBQ Grill Is Curiously Awesome!

September 6, 2010 by  
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Happy Labor Day! As households across the states prepare to fire up the BBQ today, why not give your grilling a smaller footprint this year with this awesome mini grill made from a tin of Altoids ! This ingenious DIY project was pulled together using an empty tin of Altoids Sours, two salvaged computer fan guards, and a bunch of nuts and bolts, and it’s large enough to hold a single veggie dog or hamburger patty. Don’t forget to check out our guide to throwing a greener BBQ for more great last-minute eco tips! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bbq , diy altoids grill , dyi , green bbq , green design , Recycled Materials , repurposing , sustainable design , upcycling

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New York’s Health and Design Chiefs Talk Design That Makes Us Healthier (Video)

February 1, 2010 by  
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New York City’s health kick isn’t just limited to cigarettes, calorie labels and a possible sugar tax .

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Living with Joey Roth’s Ceramic Speakers

February 1, 2010 by  
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After whining about about Mocoloco getting a set of Joey Roth’s ceramic speakers to review before I did, I stomped my little feet and he sent me a set to review. And I have to say, from the moment you open the box, you know this is a very different product. ..

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