Monday, October 28, 2013

This is Life- Who we are!

Connection

Yes, my posts are touching various fields and always does not appear to be fitting in "Creativity and Business" heading. They are swinging and circling around the most important thing, aspect or field and it is about human, humanity and people. We all need to be able to live, survive and make use of our skills and talents for the society. When someone steps up or outside while doing their work or while living, that act is inspiring. So I write about what influences me and touches me.  So this post is also little bit off but I am just blown away by the words of Grey's Anatomy TV show.

Here they are-

"We know every connection matters.
Every connection is crucial.
When one is broken, 
it usually means some damage has been done.
The system of connections compels us to act and change and behave;
sometimes seemingly against our will.

It is not random at all. 
It is the map of who we are."
 -  from Grey's Anatomy

 Is that our genetic coding which makes us? or our environment and influences make us? Can we change our behaviors or attitudes? Can we change ourselves? Can we be happy and comfortable if we are not acting who we are?

Below is the musical track going with the words by Mackintosh Braun- beautiful music and words.
enjoy!
WE ARE STILL HERE




Thursday, October 17, 2013

Walls and Emotions!

The role of Walls in Human emotions!


I was reading this article in “Architect” magazine. The catchy title “sensing wallpaper” reminded me of  how technology advancement changes architecture. The product in the process of materializing  by few scientists of Princeton University, is going to give us more options the way we design walls. Check the link here for all the details. It is a technology which integrates super-thin radios connected to multiple linked  sensors within plastic sheets.  The sheets may be decorated or painted—just like traditional wallpaper—without hindering the function of the radio circuitry. Due to the characteristics of pliability and flexibility of plastic sheets, its applications will stretch to various fields. It will be used for both exterior and interior applications that means in the exterior use, where sun power is available, they will be capable of generating their own power if integrated solar cells.

According to the scientists and Engineers involved, the skin can be wrapped around walls, foundations, bridges and over irregular surfaces and can sense and detect problems with moisture and temperature. It is still in its infant stage and we will be seeing its usage in many applications. 

Presently, to sense temperature and motion in the building, we use Thermostat ( a component of a control system, based on a different technology, not the one we discussed above of Sensing wallpaper) - occupancy sensor and motion sensor. The occupancy sensor senses if anybody is present or not and controls the lighting, temperature, security and so on. The little round original thermostat was designed by Henry Dreyfuss. See photo below.
Designer- Henry Dreyfuss

Till today, we have walls and we have these separate products. We design products and walls for human beings, but combining those physical function of wall and psychological function of sensing comfort in one product is going to be challenging and interesting. 

If we look at the history of shelter and walls -  going back to basics, I think, the wall has evolved along with human civilization. From rough walls of  caves, cold walls of castles, to translucent and transparent glass walls, shiny or matted curvy metal walls to green walls; the walls have been explored and transformed at the urban setting and at the residential human setting. Architects and designers push the materials to change the form of the wall to create varied sensations. They function beyond being just enclosure and protection. I have experienced fantastic feelings encountering many walls throughout my travel, I am sharing few examples to share with you. They are depicted through photos and words which relate to emotions I feel and design keywords I think pertaining to those.

(This is for left brain thinkers - Compare those emotions with how you feel while driving through mountains or just walking over the mountains or wandering through dense forest or glancing at the galaxy laying over sandy beach or waiting to pick up your kids in your cars and you have glimpses of sunsets and  so on. I can fill up the 5 pages but I hope you got the point.) The form, shape, color, texture and lighting, individually or in combination play role to make that wall alive. But that is a different post. Meanwhile enjoy the photos!

photo credit- Neela Shukla


photo credit- Neela Shukla

 
photo credit- Neela Shukla





photo credit- Neela Shukla


photo credit- Neela Shukla

photo credit- Neela Shukla

photo credit- Neela Shukla

photo credit- Neela Shukla


photo credit- Neela Shukla



If people are made safer, more comfortable, more eager to purchase, more efficient – or just plain happier- the designer has succeeded. –Henry Dryfuss

I believe the similar; if buildings are designed safer, more comfortable, more efficient – or just plain happier- the architect/designer has succeeded!