I’ve always felt the Spanish nailed it with the bright colors in their architecture. It adds such vibrancy to a neighborhood. Well, the Let’s Colour Project must agree, since they are on a mission to launch a color movement across the globe. From their website:
Grey is out. Gloom is gone. It’s time to live our lives in colour.
The Let’s Colour Project is a worldwide initiative to transform grey spaces with vibrant colour. A mission to spread colour all over the world.
We are working together with local communities across the globe, rolling up our sleeves to paint streets, houses, schools and squares.
Check out some beautiful community transformation in time lapse:
On the film:
This 2 minute global film was shot by multi-award winning director Adam Berg over four weeks in Brazil, France, London and India. Every location is real and they remain transformed by a palette consisting of 120 different colours. The people in the film are not actors, they are real people who rolled up their sleeves to transform their community with colour.
Music, good or bad, will soon flow freely through New York City. Since 2008, artist Luke Jerram has been around the world dropping pianos off in public spaces for anyone to hop on the ebony and the ivory. And this summer the pianos are coming to NYC! (they’ll also be in London and Bath)
The initiative, dubbed Play Me, I’m Yours, will place 60 pianos throughout the five boroughs with the help of Sing for Hope, a collaborative of musicians that volunteer for humanitarian causes. They will be out from June 21st – July 5th, so click here for complete maps of where each piano will be located and get out there and jam.
I wonder how they will deal with the weather. And I would imagine theft would also be a concern. But seeing as how they are not my pianos, I could care less.
There is going to be one piano right in my backyard at Gantry Plaza State Park. I might have to go out there and show off my Hot Cross Buns. Hopefully others with more talent will also be out in tow.
I prefer my videos with a little music, but this silent film created by MVRDV is pretty damn cool. It demonstrates the spatial implications if Manhattan were to attempt to grow all of its food on the island of Manhattan.
Money fact: growing it all in a single building would require a 23 mile-high skyscraper.
I’m such a sucker for this kind of stuff. It’s probably my inner-architect, whom I exiled during college, trying to squeeze back in.
The grand irony is that I quit my pursuit of architecture because I felt that there was not enough potential to create genuine impact through design alone. In retrospect, it seems surprising to me that it went down like that, because I went to a very Modernist school, where “form follows function” was the law of the land.
I’m just glad that so many others have found ways to put their skills to good use.
The Fun Theory is an initiative created by Volkswagon. The idea is simple and cool: to find ways to influence socially beneficial behavior by making the activities fun. The piano staircase is just one of many you can find on the website.
They also had a contest for ideas with a cash prize. I’m less impressed with the entries, but I am a big fan of the idea behind the site. I hope it continues beyond this contest and is more than just a marketing ploy for VW.
Now how do I get myself one of those piano stairs?