Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Living simplicity in furniture design - until 25-06-2007

C A L L - F O R - E N T R I E S
DEPADOVA, together with designboom, promotes an international design competition.
participation is open to applicants from every country in the world, to professionals, students, and design-enthusiasts.
free registration required.

living simplicity in furniture design combine simplicity with playfulness, elegance, freshness, and contemporary spirit in home and office furniture design.
we are looking for innovative chairs, tables, sofas, containers,...
(lighting, coffee tables and other small accessories are not accepted)

Information and Registration


C A L L - F O R - E N T R I E S
designboom and PROCTER & GAMBLE packaging design competition.
participation is open to applicants from every country in the world, to professionals, students, and design-enthusiasts.
free registration required.

More information and registration

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Hard hat

for construction sites


Ciclo de Seminários - Arquitectura e Sociedade: Arquitectura e a cidade/território

Ciclo de Seminários - Arquitectura e Sociedade

Dia 24 de Maio - 18:30
.....arquitectura e a cidade/território
Álvaro Domingues
Manuel Graça Dias
Luís Urbano

Dia 5 de Junho - 18:30
....arquitectura voluntária
Arquitectos Sem Fronteiras Portugal
Alunos da Faculdade de Arquitectura do Porto


Informações e Inscrições:
Sofia Fragateiro
Universidade Lusófona do Porto
Tel. 22 207 32 48/30 Fax 22 200 15 28
Email: sofia.fragateiro@ulp.pt

Concurso Espaços Habitáveis do Arquitectura.pt

Until 16-06-2007


sliding puzzle desk by Hsien Chang

The design concept of this product was inspired by sliding puzzles. The concept of the mechanism has been applied to the storage of office desks so that users can see what is kept in the desk with great ease by moving the dividers on the desk. The grids can be designated to store different items according to the users' needs of storage and usage: 1.Documents and folders 2.Keyboard and mouse 3.Stationery 4.Loose papers The basket fitted in the grids can be removed to provide greater convenience when moving. This feature will also allow the user to sort and organize the items within the basket easily.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Blinds and Shades

Blinds are, more and more, seen like objects that help in home decoration, and because of that the variety that you have is increasing.

In this site call guaranteed blinds you can choose from a wide range of shades, blinds and panels, of different types, colours, tissues, etc.

The system that grabbed my attention was this kind of honeycomb cell tissue (you can have it simple or double), that brings a richer light texture, and, with this innovation, the shade can be placed on top of window and working with a top-down rolling (the usual), or it can be placed on the bottom of the window, and having a bottom-up rolling, serving as a “Japanese screen” that protects a space from unwanted eyes.

One of the aspects that could be improved in this site is the picture's size, because they are too small to see desirable details.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Learn and Speak Italian

If you want to learn Italian, you can do it on-line, on learnandspeakitalian website. You can do it at your own rhythm, not have to worry about losing you money because you don’t have enough free time. This is meant for English speaker learners but anyone who knows a little bit of English could use it.

The advantage of this method is that it teaches you to speak, not just some everyday phrases, but it explains the meaning of each word so you can re-use it in another context. And it has recorded pronunciation of each word, with different speed, so you can understand how it is done, and you can recognize if and when you listen it spoken by an real Italian.

You don't have to be on-line all the time, you can download the mp3 files, so you can listen later, on you mp3 player, or your CD player, again and again, until you feel that the “music” of the Italian language have enter your hear.

The price is very appealing, because you have to pay the fee only one time, and it is valid for your life time (or the service life time). And it is not expensive, because you can access to the 22 lessons, whenever you like or want, and for just $15. I think it's a good service.

You can try it here:


Link: Learn to speak italian online

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Hosting city - Ideas competition

Our objective with this initiative is to promote a reflection on the city, its physical and social territory concerning the problems of social exclusion, specially associated with migration issues.

Therefore, this competition of ideas has as object of study/intervention, our own city, Oporto, represented by four places.

By choosing these places we’ve searched for identification in our urban territory of different case studies associating public space reflection, citizenship, social exclusion and migrants settlements.

It is with these initiatives, for which your contribution is essential through the presentation of your ideas, that we aim to appeal the biggest number of people for the causes that we defend.

More information: www.cidadedeabrigo.blogspot.com

A.S.F.P. - Arquitectos sem Fronteiras Portugal www.asfp.net
M.I.R.A. - Migration Interface for Reflexion and Activism www.mi-ra.in