Hotel Boca Chica has been a fixture in Acapulco, Mexico since the 1950s and 60s has been revived by a rebranding and updated signage system by Sociedad Anónima. The updates instill a more modern look while maintaining the historic and rich past of the hotel.
Public Record made this awesome video for Doc 2 Doc that explains what it is their organization does. If you are currently trying to validate the potential for positive impact of your startup idea, you should take some notes from D2D.
After hearing about the new series Beat Making Lab from PBS a few words are filling my head. Empowerment, activism, creativity, strength, community, music, and of course beats. The lab itself was initial started by DJ and producer Stephen Levitin(Apple Juice Kid) in collaboration with professor and hip hop artist Pierce Freelon. The premise of the program is Levitin and Freelon travel around the world and set up music studios and teach beat making. Over the course of their stay in a locale they both teach and collaborate with their students to create unique and amazing tracks.
The video below is episode 1 where they travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo and partnered with local organization Yole!Africa to engage its students in cultivating new music making skills.
Stingray is an amazing new tent from suspension tent maker Tentsile. Part portable treehouse and part functional off the ground camping solution the Stingray combines comfort and versatility perfectly. It provides a wonderful natural buffer between your sleeping quarters and all the creepy crawlers and predators on the ground and other ground conditions such as sloping campsites and weather. Each tent comes equipped with ultra-heavyduty webbing and a rope ladder.
Inflatable tent systems are a recent development in camping gear tech, which has really changed what is possible. The Wedge Tent by HEIMPLANET is a close relative of their previously released Cave Tent which are both based on inflatable exoskeletal structures. These inflatable systems are heavily focused on intuitive use and simple set-up. The Wedge design also features special characteristics to maintain stability in high winds. Despite all of these amazing features the tent still packs light and compact, which is a necessity when you are on the trail or road.
As a child photographer Jeffrey Millstein filmed places taking off and landing at LAX with an 8-millimeter videocamera. Millstein was formerly an architecture student at Berkeley, but has followed his passion for aviation and turned it into a career. His series of aircraft underbellies is his better known work, but his newest project capturing the elaborate layout and infrastructure of airports from above is far more interesting. The patterns, intersections, and general complexity of an airport offers a unique and evolving urban design challenge and an amazing subject matter for photography.
A land without sunlight in the winter sounds like it would truly strip the happiness out of you, but in contrast what would 24 hours of sunlight in summer do for you. The long summer nights offer this amazing expanse of additional time to explore and adventure through the beautiful warm months. This beautiful little video Land of the Midnight Sun was produced by Visit Finland to capture the unique beauty of this phenomenon.
These renderings of OMA’s master-plan for the new airport to be developed in Doha, Qatar. Their plan features four circular districts positioned along the HIA runways and creates strong unique visual identities for each of the districts.
Rem Koolhaas commented “We are delighted and honored to participate in the exciting growth of Doha, in a project that is perhaps the first serious effort anywhere in the world to interface between an international airport and the city it serves.”
Berlin based illustrator Heather Gatley has portfolio brimming with vibrant works which show her skills of draftsmanship, shade and coloring as well as interesting hand drawn typography. She creates work through a combination of handmade techniques and digital processes, which include pencils, inks, collage and paint to create these layered illustrations.
The internet is a constant deluge of content, updates, and information. Once in a while these rare people and sites part the waters and distinguish themselves by doing outright good. Matt Dimmer is one such web prophet. Dimmer recently launched The Extra Mile a nonprofit, which allows people to donate their frequent flyer miles to people who need to visit terminally ill loved ones with cancer. Check it out and if you have a few or even a bunch of excess miles, share the love.
A little more than a month after returning from an amazing two week ski trip in Colorado I am missing the crisp dry mountain air and the fresh local suds. Part of my trip was spent in and around Aspen and I imbibed more than my fair share of beer from Aspen Brewing Company’s fine offerings. So last week when I stumbled upon some great designs for them by Jeremy Elder you can imagine how all my great memories from my trip came pouring back. The bottle designs pictured here are for two special edition releases from ABC, their Temerity barrel-aged series and some of their seasonal offerings.
As the face of Las Vegas has changed it has become a overly glam facade of boring and un-unique structures. The days are gone when the strip was lit up with the beautiful vernacular of neon, funky lettering and blinking bulbs. Thankfully there is one place left off the sunset strip where you can still go and view a graveyard like view into the Vegas past. The Neon Museum is a non-profit founded in 1996 and opened to the public last October, serves as the final resting place for more than 150 historic neon signs.
The Freehand is a one of a growing number of boutique hostels popping up here in the US as well as around the world. The idea of needing a suite or even an entire room when you are on the road or traveling is beginning to seem a little dated or unnecessary. Freehand is a beautifully designed and unique place tucked away in one of the more up and coming neighborhoods in Miami. The design for the hotel was carried out by the duo Roman and Williams. They are also sporting a sexy responsive website which is picture here.
In a time when ecotourism is on the rise, boutique hotels are popping up almost underfoot, and concept resorts are a dime a dozen. Fabriken Furillen is a “post apocalyptic getaway” with some serious originality. Located in Gotland, Sweden out on a peninsula the hotel is a mix of post industrial landscape and architecture blended with minimalist modern design. A forward thinking experiment into what the modern landscape may look like in the post apocalyptic world.
Alas I have never seen the Munich underground in person, but these photos by Nick Frank even capture it in a way almost no one has ever seen it. The interesting architectural environments pop with color and bold lines, which are normally obscured by the blur of people bustling through them.
In the beginning of this video the flight attendant says “those of you have flown us before know that we do things a little differently on Southwest”. Different can be better and a change from the norm can be enlightening. So many people know air travel to be drudgery of straddling increasing rules regulations and extremely crammed uncomfortable spaces. A little bit of good fun can improve even the most infuriating or annoying things. Let’s give a big thank you to this flight attendant and to Southwest for creating a work environment where people can experiment and make the experience more enjoyable for their customers.
The name may sound slightly crass, but this little vessel is far from ship meant for a crew of pirates. Equal parts small cruising boat and wood fired hot tub the Hot Tug is a cool new take on what a boat can be. It also takes the relaxation of a hot tub and adds to it the element of mobility that would otherwise seem unrealistic. This design blends the two into an epiphany, which leaves me thinking of course it’s a floating boat hot tub.
The Whale’s Tale Play Space concept was developed by Daye Kim, a student at California College of Arts. This simple add-on, which easily attaches to most rolling luggage makes it easy for parents of small children to setup a safe and clean play area on the go. Whether you are in an airport, the park or anywhere that germs and dirt play a roll you can flip out the whale’s tale to protect you kids, their edibles, and save small toys from being lost. It is made out of a waterproof ripstop for optimal protect on the floor side and a soft comfortable neoprene on the top.
So for the last few years my friend Ilana has been telling me about how her brother, a former law student moved out to SF and was working on opening a pizza truck. Every time she brought it up I was like oh yeah yeah cool, just thinking great all we need is another mediocre food truck in the world. It just so happens Ilana’s brother is Jon Darsky and his pizza truck is Del Popolo one of the most interesting new culinary additions to the Bay Area food scene in the past year. Jon earned his pizzaiolo chops and title at Flour + Water another SF Italian restaurant specializing in pasta and Neapolitan style pies. Not only does the design and fabrication of Jon’s truck set him apart, but the style of pizza he creates(Neapolitan) is the most specific and surprisingly enough regulated type of pie in existence. The 5,000-pound wood-burning oven can get up to almost 1000 degrees fahrenheit and cook a pizza in almost a minute at such high temps. Next time I am in the area Del Popolo is going to be a required stop.
Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine left Germany in 1989 on what was supposed to be a 18-month tour of Africa in their Mercedes Benz G-Wagon. That 18-month trip was quickly extended and has now been ongoing for 23 years. In the accompanying audio documentary and slideshow my favorite quote and undeniable truth is that Gunther Holtorf “is a man who has to be one of human histories greatest individual travelers”. His Mercedes jeep congenially named Otto has been there every step of the way clearing a remarkable 800,000km(+500,000 miles) on the odometer, comparable to 20 trips around the equator.
During a recent stint in Vietnam photographer David Lemke caught up with Gunther to document part of this great adventure. Another remarkable part about the entire story is that it was all done without the aid of a corporate sponsor, or any sponsorship for that matter. Gunther said “sponsorship was offered, but sponsorship is never free of charge”. Christine, Gunther’s wife recently passed away, and one of her final requests was for him to continue the journey for her.