As long as automobiles have been around, drivers have been speeding. In India, reckless driving is especially common – India has the largest number of traffic accidents and road-related deaths in the world. Although speed bumps and signs have been used in the past, India’s Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari hopes that 3D paintings may lead to fewer deaths. Gadkari proposed the use of these paintings, some of which look like pedestrians from a far, to influence drivers’ reckless habits. Although it becomes apparent to drivers that they are merely paintings, Gadkari hopes that drivers wonder “what if that painting was a person?” On Twitter, he reiterated his support of the paintings. “We are trying out 3D paintings used as virtual speed breakers to avoid unnecessary requirements of speed breakers,” he said. Not everyone shares Gadkari’s enthusiasm, however. Some of the paintings have caused drivers to swerve out of the way, causing accidents – but a solution is needed. Earlier this year, India decided to remove all speed breakers from the highways in India, saying they posed a threat to high-speed drivers. But with these barricades out of the way, Gadkari and other concerned Indians are scratching their heads – can 3D paintings save India from a car-related catastrophe?
On August 4, the Chicago Architecture Biennial announced that a diverse group of artists – ranging from designers to performers – will be taking over five venues across Chicago in the upcoming months. The purpose? To put a contemporary perspective on historic locations throughout the city.
The Garfield Park Conservatory will host Francois Perrin, who will present his architectural experiment Air Houses: Design for a New Climate. The tropical microclimate of the Palm House will be transformed with Perrin’s fabric structure, which offers a perspective on the current ecological crisis. The Conservatory will also house SO-IL and Ana Prvački’s poetic collaboration, L’air pour l’air, a musical piece that will highlight mask and shelter enclosures inspired by the plants of the Conservatory.
(A video of Ana Prvački preforming)
In downtown Chicago, the Water Tower arts space will host a video installation by performance artists Gerard and Kelly. The piece, two chapters from Modern Living, were staged at Phillip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, CT, and highlight homes that shelter relationships as profound as their designs. The space will also feature James Welling’s colorized images of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s campus.
On September 16, performances of a piece by artist Nick Cave and architect Jeanne Gang will begin at Navy Pier, and will involve performers wearing soundsuits interacting with audience members and highlighting Chicago’s creative spirit. All of the instillations are joined by a city-wide series of programs sponsored by over 100 partner organizations.
Sitting is an inevitable part of any traditional office job. Although this may be the case, a multitude of studies show that prolonged inactivity is horrendous for our health. A Mayo Clinic article even suggests that prolonged sitting can increase the risk of heart disease. In recent years, standing desks have become popular – but if you are not ready to take that step, an innovative design from Aurimas Lazinskas and his team may be the right move, quite literally, for you. Enter the Muista active chair, which gives you the ability to rock back and forth and fidget at work. The chair, which has currently raised over $8,000 on Kickstarter, boasts a number of health benefits for the user. Its Kickstarter page states that because the chair is on a continuous pivot, it better circulates your internal body fluids, promotes a better posture, and can even lead to a better mood and a sense of relieved stress.
The chair is available in two sizes, Muista Fit and Muista Big. It has a handsome wood finish, and a variety of colored cushions to choose from. The cushions themselves are filled with buckwheat hulls, a material that provides ventilation and zero carbon footprint. The material gives your backside a balance between comfort and exercise – allowing you to work muscles you normally wouldn’t in a traditional desk chair. Is the Muista active chair the solution we need to save our generation from the dangers of prolonged sitting?