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AXIS Vol.146

2010 July - August
Cover Photographer: Yoshiaki Tsutsui
Feature
Feature

Medicine and Design—The Future of Medical Treatment

The involvement of design in various medical venues has become quite prominent in the last several years. The power of design is now being asked to actively solve a variety of problems in areas where even the word “design” had never been encountered before, such as in hospital buildings and other medical spaces, administration systems, precision equipment and apparatuses for testing and surgery, and in products for the human body itself.

Cover Interview
Cover Interview

Sou Fujimoto

When Sou Fujimoto talks about his own architectural work he often mentions the metaphor of the "Nest and Cave." A nest is something that’s made with functionality and comfortability in mind. A cave, on the other hand, exists previously regardless of such external factors, and gives the impression there is just a space existing inside. The rock-exposed space, however, can be transformed into any kind of space through human interpretation and ingenuity.

Topics
Topics

The design of digital magazine UI —towards creating new identities

The advent of Kindle and the iPad has put the spotlight on electronic publications. While some people are amazed merely by the fact pages can be turned on screen just like a book, forward-looking elements of the media have chosen to establish new ways to navigate information far removed from the metaphor of paper.

Topics
Topics

Science x Design Meeting “Earth: Materials for Design”

People have long stressed the need for design not only of things but events and places. We explore the possibilities of dialogs on making things in the coming age as seen in the “Earth: Materials for Design” meeting where scientists and designers gather to discuss the possibilities of design.

Topics
Topics

Two design ideas transform the wind

An electric fan recreates indoors the breezes of the natural world. A wind turbine overturns conventional theories of wind power generation. Rotating within them are propellers with shapes that have never seen before, created through insight rather than conventional wisdom and actual performance rather than theory. Here’s a look at some leading-edge technologies created by small Japanese companies to harvest and generate wind.