‘Fantastic Smartphones’ and how to hack them… For our sake!

Fantastic Smartphones - Courtesy of ECAL University of Art and Design Lausanne.

Let’s admit it; our smartphones often outsmart us. With the FANTASTIC SMARTPHONES exhibition, students at ECAL University have developed tongue-in-cheek devices, robots and interfaces able to hack our mobiles and make us reflect on how much we have become dependent on Tinder, Instagram, What’s Up or TicToc.

PLATFORM AUSTRIA: Austria Pavilion at Venice Biennale explores the urban impact of digital platforms

WE LIKE, PLATFORM AUSTRIA, Austria pavilion @ Venice Architecture Biennale 2021- © Ugo Carmeni. All photos: courtesy of Austria.Pavilion.

How would our life be without bike-sharing, Zoom, food delivery and dating apps, social networks, Amazon, Uber and Netflix? The PLATFORM AUSTRIA exhibition at Venice Biennale triggers critical thinking on platform-driven cities.

Covid-19 took over CES 2021: highlights and trends from the world’s most influential tech event

CES 2021 backstage - Courtesy of CES.

CES 2021 went all-digital, featuring more than 1900 exhibitors representing the entire tech spectrum from automotive to 5G, smart cities and beyond. From rollable smartphones to self-driving race-cars… But the real protagonist was Covid-tech.

Yves Behar’s unveils PROTEUS™ underwater research station set to tackle Climate Change

PROTEUS by Yves Behar fuseproject - Courtesy of the Fabien Cousteau Ocealn Learning Center.

Yves Behar and his team at fuseproject unveiled the design of PROTEUS™, the world’s most advanced underwater scientific research station and habitat conceived as the submarine equivalent of the International Space Station.

Coronavirus closes China to the world… and to the global design business as well

Coronavirus disrupts Chinese business

China is facing a progressive isolation disrupting travel and business due to the Corona virus outbreak. Some of the country’s international events like DesignShanghai have being canceled, multinationals like Apple and Ikea shut the their stores, the stock exchange goes on a rollercoaster and major production plants stop, pausing whole supply chains on a global scale.

Chinese metropolis Wuhan braces for Corona virus lockdown

Wuhan in Lockdown

In order to contain the Corona virus outbreak the Chinese government has quarantined the whole city of Wuhan. We look into he most ambitious lockdown in the history of human civilization which turned a vibrant metropolis into a ghost town where silence reigns on empty streets, emergency hospitals are being built in few days and people living in high-rise apartment blocks shout words of encouragement to their neighbours at night

CES 2020: 5 future mobility innovations on show

5 Future mobility innovations debuting at CES 2020. 'Vision AVTR' car design by Mercedes Benz - © Mercedes Benz.

Urban flying taxis, solar-powered compact electric tricycles and Jurassic Park-inspired electric wheelchairs… CES 2020: flying taxis, solar-powered electric tricycles and Jurassic Park-inspired wheelchairs. Archipanic’s Editor in Chief Enrico Zilli picks 5 future mobility innovations debuting in Las Vegas.5 future mobility innovations debuting in Las Vegas.

Moon landing 50th anniversary: 8 moon-inspired designs and architectures

Museum of The Moon - Les Tombees de Les Nuit Festival, Rennes France

From an inflatable permanent lunar settlement to a Sputnik replica making some noise at Burning Man festival. We rounded up some of the ultimate and most visionary moon-inspired designs and architectures.

ecoLogicStudio’s bio-digital sculptures explore future forms of spatial intelligence at Centre Pompidou

ecoLogicStudio’s bio-digital sculptures at Centre Pompidou - H.O.R.T.U.S. XL Astaxanthin.g by ecoLogicStudio - Photo ©NAARO.

A bulbous 3D-printed bio-architecture powered by bacteria’s photosynthesis and an algorithmically designed spatial scaffolding revealing the alien beauty of spiders’ crafts. ecoLogicStudio’s bio-digital sculptures merge Nature’s architectural imprint with synthetic technologies.