James Dyson Award Finalists
The James Dyson Award, which "seeks to single out the best in problem-solving student design," recently announced their regional finalists, selected from over 500 submission entries. The eventual international grand prize winner—announced October 5—will receive more than $15,000, with another $15,000 going to the student’s university department. Allison Arieff, Dwell's former editor-in-chief, and Amelia Amon selected the ten U.S. finalists, which range from inventions that put an end to texting-while-driving to an entire park designed for children with disabilities. The inventors of the U.S. National winner—a wheel that turns a regular bike into a smart, electric hybrid—will get to visit Dyson laboratories in the UK to participate in a workshop run by Dyson engineers.
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- Dwell’s roundup of tech-savvy biking gear and stylish new cycles will give you more reasons to ride. In a poor paraphrase of George Orwell, two wheels good, four wheels bad.
This baby folds in ten sec onds flat to dimensions of 16.5 by 35 by 30 inches and weighs just 29 pounds— essential attributes for commuters who travel on trains with bicycle restrictions. Eclipse has 24-inch wheels and a nine-speed drivetrain, boons for riders seeking the comfort and flexibility of a full-size bike in a folding version.
- Today marks the 129th anniversary of the first transcontinental journey via a penny-farthing, accomplished by the gallant Brit, Thomas Stevens.
- They say that home is where the heart is. And now your home can have a brain as well. Sound futuristic?
Gear up and join architects David Baker and Robin Levitt and planner Rob Bregoff for a guided ride past some of the city’s most spectacular post-earthquake homes. The tour will focus on notable modern residential architecture outside of San Francisco’s downtown core and will cover 15 miles, including steep hills. It will look at works by Second Bay Area Tradition architects and contemporaries, including buildings by Richard Neutra, William Wurster, Gardner Dailey, Henry Hill, and Anshen + Allen. Part of a rich architectural tradition, these buildings are also a feature of our everyday landscape. Viewing these houses through the focused lens of local architects and planners, our daily city becomes a richer, more revealed place.
Total tour time is four hours. Ride will cover 15 miles, including hilly terrain. Riders must provide their own bicycle (low gearing recommended), lock, and sufficient water, and must wear comfortable clothing with layers and a helmet. Riders will be provided with a route map, a reflective limited-edition laminated spoke card for their bicycle wheel, a souvenir T-shirt and a small snack. The tour will stop for lunch: Please bring your own lunch or cash for an inexpensive lunch purchase.
Tour led by architects David Baker, FAIA, and Robin Levitt and planner Rob Bregoff.
- Keeping your bike outside leaves it prone to theft, even if you lock it up.
- More and more, technology determines how we move.
- The Design Museum London’s annual "Designs of the Year" exhibition acts as a wonderful filter for a year’s worth of production and creativity.