Building air and sand castles. Everything is connected. Part 26.

19 nov

This year I explored the Dutch Design Week. For me it’s the event of the year and this year I took the time to see and read ALL works at the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show. It took me 3 days to read the book (460 pages) and see my selection of work and speak to the alumni. I’m sharing some of my favorite works on this blog connecting the works by Tate Modern’s ‘Ways of Looking’. Want to know more about Tate Modern’s ‘Ways of Looking’? Look here.

My last post was about ‘Afvalbank’, a bench you can kick litter in by Wouter Vastenouw.

What is it? The object.

A bench? A bin? A garbage game? A campaign about ‘litter on the street awareness’?

What is it about? The subject.

Encourage people to play? Cleaning the streets?

Today I will use the subject ‘Encourage people to play’ to make  a connection with the graduation work of Snir Gedasi:

“Children in war zones are forced to stay in an underground shelter. They lose their freedom, the ability to explore their surrounding and their childhood.

Safe Ground is an aboveground modular shelter (with an angle that provides more possibilities according to the needed size and the surrounding) – Integrated playground.

The time to run to a shelter is usually between 15 seconds and three minutes.
The proximity of the Safe Ground shelter shortens the time to run to a safe place.

Children can play outdoors and in case of a missile attack they are directly safe in the shelter.

Safe Ground is a Physical as well as mental protection that makes the experience of an attack and of the shelter a bit less cold and frightening.

The children as well as their parents can feel safer and more free.”



And kids can even play in the dark:



The opposite of play isn’t work but depression. I believe that if you take away the possibilities of children to play they will become depressed…..sooner or later.

Watch this great TED talk by Stuart Brown to learn more about the power of play:

I wonder how they get these concrete structures at their destination. What is they could make their own with this printer:


It’s the Solar Sinter by Markus Kayser:

“In August 2010 I took my first solar machine – the Sun-Cutter – to the Egyptian desert in a suitcase. This was a solar-powered, semi-automated low-tech laser cutter, that used the power of the sun to drive it and directly harnessed its rays through a glass ball lens to ‘laser’ cut 2D components using a cam-guided system. The Sun-Cutter produced components in thin plywood with an aesthetic quality that was a curious hybrid of machine-made and “nature craft” due to the crudeness of its mechanism and cutting beam optics, alongside variations in solar intensity due to weather fluctuations.

In the deserts of the world two elements dominate – sun and sand. The former offers a vast energy source of huge potential, the latter an almost unlimited supply of silica in the form of quartz. The experience of working in the desert with the Sun-Cutter led me directly to the idea of a new machine that could bring together these two elements. Silicia sand when heated to melting point and allowed to cool solidifies as glass. This process of converting a powdery substance via a heating process into a solid form is known as sintering and has in recent years become a central process in design prototyping known as 3D printing or SLS (selective laser sintering). These 3D printers use laser technology to create very precise 3D objects from a variety of powdered plastics, resins and metals – the objects being the exact physical counterparts of the computer-drawn 3D designs inputted by the designer. By using the sun’s rays instead of a laser and sand instead of resins, I had the basis of an entirely new solar-powered machine and production process for making glass objects that taps into the abundant supplies of sun and sand to be found in the deserts of the world.

My first manually-operated solar-sintering machine was tested in February 2011 in the Moroccan desert with encouraging results that led to the development of the current larger and fully-automated computer driven version – the Solar-Sinter. The Solar-Sinter was completed in mid-May and later that month I took this experimental machine to the Sahara desert near Siwa, Egypt, for a two week testing period. The machine and the results of these first experiments presented here represent the initial significant steps towards what I envisage as a new solar-powered production tool of great potential.”

Playing with sand.

Building sand and air castles.

The power of dreams and play combined.

Back at where it all started; Kindergarten.





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