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4th Bin Valiant Electronic Recycle Bin Competition · official website
The “Design the 4th Bin” competition, hosted by Valiant Technology, seeks a solution to
e-waste that encourages recycling, or what we call “e-cycling.” Participants design a public
domain logo and a licensed collection bin for the e-waste.
The 4th bin is made of two parts: a shell connected to the sidewalk, and a replaceable basin
which receives and holds e-waste. When joined, the “plug-in, plug-out” system protects e-waste
from the elements and of course, tampering. The bin’s body, molded from eco-resin sheets,
provides translucency exposing the generated e-waste. A magnetic strip clears personal data
from electronic devices. A capacity sensor sends a GPS signal to the e-cycling facility when
time for replacement. The essential wiring cushions the e-waste from the force of impact within
the cavity. A solar film strip is rooted on top of the basin providing power. Finally, each bin
transports to the e-cycling facility on a specially designed vehicle that “unplugs” the full basin.
This prevents further physical impact by providing a controlled and protected path to the
Update: Blanket Collaborative declared finalist by Valiant.
Check out our full entry on the competition site (1) (2).
"We are all designers and have gained discipline in these focusing techniques of introspection. And, as designers, I think the most important design we can do, is to create ourselves." · Dan Miskie, architect, author and fellow Blanketeer
Park(ing) Day Temporary Art Installation · official website
Park(ing) Day began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art collective, converted
a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in an area of San Francisco
that is underserved by public open space.
Keeping with tradition, Blanket Collaborative took over a parking spot on busy 2nd Street
and implemented a mini putt putt for everyone to enjoy. The whole structure was fabricated
by members of the team and designed to fit precisely in one spot, providing an interactive
feature to this annual event.
Farmlink Redesign Your Farmers' Market · official website
Farmlink is a physical and virtual network for farmers and consumers.
Farmlink provides local neighborhoods direct access to farm fresh produce using San
Francisco's existing transportation system, Muni. A ‘green line,’ which consistently carries a
variety of farmers’ market goods, slips into the operating infrastructure. SF is known for its
celebrated neighborhood identities and Farmlink systems would reflect that change in
demographic and styles between its various lines.
A Farmlink reward card can be "tapped" on a compact POS device located on the bus for
quick, cashless, transactions. The user account syncs with the Farmlink social networking
page, which maps bus locations and times, recipes, nutritional information, tools to develop a
relationship with local farms, and many other features. By staying connected within the
Farmlink network, farmer and consumer relationships are strengthened as well as unified
within the city's diverse community.
The Kiln Oliaros UPTO35 International Student Housing Compeition · official website
The Kiln finds inspiration from the process of ancient greek ceramics to acknowledge the
neighborhood’s, Kerameikos, ancient past and actively promote dynamic student life in the
present. By motivating social variability, the project develops its strategy for growth. It
rethinks the standard model of student housing, and provides a gradient of occupancy
types by adding different spaces with different levels of social activity, or "heat". Our arch-
itectural reinterpretation translates the concept of “horror vacui” by filling any available space
(or non-programmed "cold spots") with dense patterns of building program.
The ceramic firing process transforms molded clay into finished ceramic and parallels how
intense social activities transform people’s interpersonal experiences. The intense heat
generated in the firing process becomes the allegorical result of social activity. This “social heat”
emanates from the areas with the most activity and creates systematic voids throughout the
densely packed building envelope.
The development provides dynamic and diverse spaces that allow for a more communal and
connective social experience for students, residents, and pedestrians. The unique fellowship
of the Kiln then integrates into the culture of Athens.
The team was led by Sekou Cooke of Sekou Cooke Studio.
Moulin Rouge Arquitectum Paris 2009 Dance School for Moulin Rouge Competition · official website
For its “PARIS 2009” Competition, ARQUITECTUM proposed a reinterpretation of
“the new Moulin Rouge,” the most famous cabaret in the world and a symbol of
what is an important aspect of Parisian life. They proposed the design of a new
space incorporating the latest technologies for the dance school and all its installations.
Our solution was to connect the dance school to the surrounding area by creating
a Moulin Rouge district in the heart of Paris. We removed the iconic windmill from
the building site and placed it in the center of the nearest roundabout. An illuminated
pathway links the windmill to the dance school. The building’s facade reflects the
nearby urban fabric through form and fenestrations, and provides a glimpse of
rehearsals in progress. To satisfy program requirements, we created a cantilevered
auditorium, which looks out over the city. Public spaces are organized adjacent to
the sidewalk, thus drawing in pedestrians and creating social interaction.
Blanket Collaborative is located at 333 Bryant Street, Suite 220 in the beautiful city of San Francisco, California.
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Special thanks to our host and mentor, Charles Ackerley, of Jennings Ackerley Architecture.