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The new library in Tianjin, China is simply amazing

2017-11-18

Public buildings, and in our era, especially libraries often have a significant role in positioning a community or an entire nation to the world. Looking at the images of the recently opened (October 2017) library in the city of Tianjin in China, the wow-effect is instant. The new library is simply something you can’t take your eyes off of.

Tianjin Binhai library designed by Dutch architects MVRDV
Tianjin is a metropolis on the coast about 100 km from Beijing. Dutch architect firm MVRDV designed the amazing library in cooperation with Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI). The new library has 1.2 million books on its shelves, ready to be loaned. The size of the building is 33,700 m2.

The architects of MVRDV describe the building as a cultural centre with a spherical auditorium. The bookcases that cascade from floor to ceiling make it an educational centre, and also social space.

The five-level building also has educational facilities along the edges of the interior and accessible through the main atrium space. Subterranean service spaces, book storage, and a large archive are working spaces for the employees. Reading areas for children and the elderly, and the auditorium are on the ground floor. The first and second floors consist primarily of reading rooms, books and lounge areas. Upper floors have meeting rooms, offices, computer and audio rooms and two rooftop patios.

The building project was completed in three years, which can be regarded as some kind of miracle for such a complex building. The fast construction schedule came with some sacrifices, though. For instance, the bookshelves located high up in the library don’t have books, but plates that look like books. The reason for this is that there wasn’t time to build public access to the bookshelves at the top.

View the video of the library filmed by New China TV:

Looking at the images of the Tianjin Binhai library also makes one think. What is the meaning of the new library? Perhaps one of its missions is to tell us that today, China is one of the most powerful nations in the world that has the wealth and the will to show that the society values education, culture and books.

The following photos by MVRDV.

Tianjin Binhai library in China, designed by MVRDV

Tianjin Binhai library in China, designed by MVRDV

Tianjin Binhai library in China, designed by MVRDV

Tianjin Binhai library in China, designed by MVRDV

Making books out of podcasts

2017-07-03

Podcasts are audio talk shows typically saved MP3 format on the Internet. You download a podcast on your phone, tablet or PC and listen to it, and that’s about it. Seung Tae Oh saw much more potential in podcasts than simple listening to the audio program. Oh designed a book, or box set, for a few popular podcasts.

Seung Tae Oh, podcast book
For instance, Serial is a podcast that discusses a murder case that took place in Baltimore in 1999. A season consists of 12 episodes, and has to be listened to from the first to the last sequentially.

One book, or box set, for the Serial podcast includes one season. The book comes with a speaker, images that complement the listening experience, and sheets of paper with RFID tags.

When you want to listen to an episode, you pick up the sheet for the particular episode and insert it into the sleeve. The RFID automatically triggers the playing of the podcast episode in question.

It is a design project, but could be a product. Vinyl music albums have gradually returned to music shops and people still have large collections of paper books and movie DVDs. Having a physical object on a bookshelf is important for some people, and then, of course, there are collectors who may collect practically anything. Old books are one of the most common collectors’ items. Why not start collecting podcasts?

Seung Tae Oh, box set podcast

Via TNW.

Copenhagen ranked the best city by architecture, design and lifestyle magazine Wallpaper

2016-03-01

Architecture, design, and lifestyle magazine Wallpaper has announced its annual Design Awards for people, places and things that rocked the world in 2015. The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, continues its winning streak; it was selected as the best city by Wallpaper.
city view from runde taarn, copenhagen
The Wallpaper praises Copenhagen:

The Danish capital is growing increasingly extrovert and adventurous. In Vesterbro, the meatpacking district of Kødbyen is now an art hub; in Nørrebro, gourmet destinations share the same streets as alehouses; and in Christianshavn, Papirøen is a fertile enclave of creativity. Cradling one of Europe’s most distinguished design traditions has been a mixed blessing. The influence of the midcentury greats had previously eclipsed contemporary talent. But the latest wave of creatives, architects and chefs has fuelled a renaissance, and New Nordic is the cuisine and design movement of the moment.

We tend to look at Copenhagen from a traveler’s perspective, and we see different things, places and trends as the Wallpaper. We see a big city that is being developed with people who are moving by foot or by bicycle in mind. A city that wants to be (and feels also) liberal and safe both for residents and visitors. A city that is bustling with life and business without being hectic.

The last time we visited Copenhagen it was autumn, and the weather was grey. It was almost constant drizzle during those three days that we stayed in the city center. No one cared about the weather, and we didn’t care. Street-side cafes and restaurants were full of people. Some of the outdoors places had heaters to keep customers warm. People really enjoy every moment in Copenhagen. It is not about the weather, it is about what you make of it.

In order to get into Danish mood, view our Copenhagen travel photo gallery.

nyhavn, copenhagen

Nyhavn.


restaurant, danske smorrebrod

Restaurant for Danish Sandwiches.


royal library, copenhagen

Royal LIbrary.


charlottenborg passage, copenhagen

A passage in Charlottenborg.


pedestrian area stroget, copenhagen

Pedestrian area Stroget.

Classic books get modern cover designs by the Creative Action Network artists

2016-01-25

Classic books, like War and Peace, Pride & Prejudice or Moby Dick have had so many cover designs over their lifespan that no one knows every design that exists. Every time a book is translated to another language or a new edition is printed, a new cover that reflects the trends of the times may have been created. Now, in the era of ebooks, a group of artists has decided to recreate covers for classics.

Creative Action Network launched Recovering the Classics campaign in 2013, and invited artists to contribute new cover designs. The goal was to get new covers for 100 old books that are still being read as ebooks. The campaign was more popular than the organizers expected. More than 750 artists and designers contributed.

book cover, by abdul rasyid

Design by Abdul Rasyid


book cover, niasha kodzai

Design by Niasha Kodzai


book cover, roberto lanznaster

Design by Roberto Lanznaster


book cover, kirsten mischler

Design by Kirsten Mischler


book cover, becki kozel

Design by Becki Kozel


View all the new book cover designs here where you can also purchase your favorite designs as posters and t-shirts.

Since books are digital products today, and can feature motion pictures and animated images, why not animate the book cover as well? That’s what Shannon Palmer concluded, and created a couple of animated book cover designs for classics. Here is the new, animated cover for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein:

Via Wired.

Creo Parametric Guidebook Series Available at Amazon Kindle Store

2015-02-14

Jouni Ahola has conducted training courses on Creo Parametric 3D modeling software for many years in many countries across the world. He knows all the common pitfalls practically everyone new to the Creo Parametric will face and what are the most important features that everyone should master. His advice has been published as a book series that consists of four practical, hands-on user guides.
Creo Parametric 4 book covers
Now, the Creo Parametric book series is available at Amazon Kindle Stores.
Creo Parametric Modeling for Manufacturing v3
Creo Parametric Milling
Creo Parametric Basic Turning
Creo Parametric Mill-Turn

The books are published in Print Replica format which means that you can read them in any Kindle for PC and tablet application, and on any Fire tablet. The books can’t be read on Kindle ereaders (the models with black-and-white E ink screen).

The books are also available in PDF format. More information about the Creo Parametric book series here.

creo parametric kindle print replica pdf

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The Best Book Covers of 2014

2015-01-01

The book topic, title, author and cover design are often mentioned as the most important factors for purchase decisions. Be as it may, cover designers get surprisingly little attention from the large audience. Here are some exceptional book cover designs from 2014.

best book cover designs of 2014

View all cover design Flavorwire picked up as the best of 2014.

Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus, cover design Peter Mendelsund
Leaving the Sea – Ben Marcus, cover design Peter Mendelsund.

Citizen by Claudia Rankine, cover design John Lucas
Citizen – Claudia Rankine, cover design John Lucas.

The Intervals of Cinema by Jacques Ranciere, cover design Jessica Svendsen
The Intervals of Cinema – Jacques Ranciere, cover design Jessica Svendsen.

A practical guide for 3D design and modeling: the book series for mastering Creo Parametric

2014-03-14

Jouni Ahola is a seasoned consultant who knows the ins and outs of Creo software products. The products are used for 3D design and modeling. Ahola has trained so many people to master the 3D design for manufacturing that he knows the key tasks everyone has to learn. Now, he has authored a series of guide books for Creo Parametric 3D modeling software.

Creo Parametric user guide Creo Parametric user guide

The book series comprises four parts. Each book can be studied independently. The books are as follows.

Creo Parametric Modeling for Manufacturing, ISBN 978-952-5901-87-0.
The book covers Creo Parametric user interface and solid modeling. The models created in this book are used in other books of the series.

Creo Parametric Milling, ISBN 978-952-5901-88-7.
The book focuses on milling machining with vertical machining center, as well as basic milling and 3-axis surface milling.

Creo Parametric Basic Turning, ISBN 978-952-5901-89-4.
The book covers basic turning machining and slant type lathe with ZX-coordinate system.

Creo Parametric Mill-Turn, ISBN 978-952-5901-90-0.
The book guides the reader through turning machining with Live Tools and combined milling and turning manufacturing.

More information, pricing and availability here.