UNHCR Global Trends Report

UNHCR’s new Global Trends report, the organization’s major annual survey of the state of displacement, says that at the end of 2016 there were 65.6 million …


Canton Silk Making – Design Trust

The Canton Silk is one of the famous traditional fabrics of Guangzhou with 400 years history. We will develop this dyeing technique by applying it to other fabrics. To create a modern collection that could arouse the attention of the public, bring back the trends for the contemporary Asian woman.
The dyeing technique of Canton Silk has 400 years history already. The production uses solar energy which is clean energy, environmental friendly. In the 1930s, Canton Silk was a major commodity in large cities as Beijing and Shanghai. However, during World War II, Chinese Civil War, the economy was heavily disrupted. After the Cultural Revolution, Chinese costume was abandoned. Nowadays, Chinese costume is no longer popular. Most women may wear this only during some Chinese festivals or certain occasions only. We would like to develop a modern collection by using Canton Silk and traditional Chinese Needlework that could arouse the attention of the public, try to bring back the trends and common usage as daily clothing.
Canton silk were used in the past because it is durable and comfortable to wear due to it being hand and water resistance, and purported to be easy to clean. These reasons continue to draw people to this fabric today moreover aesthetically the unusual sheen and drapes entice the eye. Since silk is a renewable resource and the fabric coloration utilizes natural plant dyes, river mud, sunshine, and manual labour, at face value Canton silk appears ecologically sustainable. The Canton silk fabric is a unique summer-weight material that became popular in the 40s and 50s south of the Five Ridges – the area spanning Pearl River Delta. Our vision is through creativity and design we can conserve the value of this fabric which represents traditional culture and craftsmanship.

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BIKE EXPO 2011 – Abschlusspodcast

Die BIKE EXPO bleibt stabil auf Wachstumskurs. 6.500 Fachbesucher aus mehr als 50 Ländern kamen auf das Gelände der Neuen Messe München, um sich über die Neuheiten und Trends der internationalen Fahrradindustrie zu informieren. Damit konnte erneut die Fachbesucherzahl um mehr als 14 Prozent gesteigert werden. Im Fokus der Messe standen einmal mehr die E-Bikes und Pedelecs. Sie zählen zu den absoluten Wachstumstreibern der Fahrradbranche. Der Extra Energy Testparcour erwies sich erneut als Publikumsmagnet.

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Herbert Simms City

During a massive housing crisis, Dublin Corporation Housing Architect Herbert Simms designed and oversaw the building of 17,000 new homes in Dublin City from 1932 to 1948.

In this period of very limited resources, especially during the war, not only did he construct this huge quantity of public housing, but in doing so he also created beautifully designed buildings that are still in their original use today.

Believing everyone deserved good design, his work includes simple features that while not functional, enhance the overall look of the buildings. These ranged from curvy concrete caps on entrance posts, through ‘go faster’ brick stripes across the buildings, to beautiful iron work on gates. He also found time to design the bathing shelters on Bull Island and wind shelters along the Clontarf Promenade.

His design influence came from different sources including the ‘Amsterdam School’ architecture of the early 1900s, and from study trips to London, Liverpool and Manchester to see the latest trends in the construction of city dwellings.

Overworked and under-appreciated, Simms took his own life at the age of 50 on September 27th 1948 leaving a note: “I cannot stand it any longer, my brain is too tired to work any more. It has not had a rest for 20 years except when I am in heavy sleep. It is always on the go like a dynamo and still the work is being piled on to me.”

This short film observes some of Simms designs, while we hear Nell Regan’s poem inspired by him, and Irene Buckley’s original musical composition.

Film by Paddy Cahill
‘Owning The Sky or The Flats that Simms Built’ by Nell Regan was commissioned by Simms120
Original Music Composition by Irene Buckley

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Mountainfilm in 30 Seconds

Started in 1979, Mountainfilm is one of America’s longest-running film festivals. Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: inspiring. Far more than any other adjective, that’s how festival audiences describe their experience.

In addition to screening leading independent documentary films from around the world, the festival includes a full-day symposium on a contemporary issue, art and photography exhibits, early morning coffee talks, outdoor programs, a book-signing party, an ice cream social, student programs and a closing picnic/awards ceremony. Presentations and panels are scheduled throughout the Memorial Day weekend event with a wide diversity of special guests, ranging from artists to adventurers and academics to activists.

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