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If workshops are one way to stimulate creative thinking, then the methods and ways of thinking behind them must also be creative. Have not workshops evolved and transformed without copying conventional methods or being shackled by the successful experiences of the past? In this feature we take a look at some of the latest examples and not only introduce their methods but also attempt to discover hints for developing creativity.
Atelier Bow-Wow is well-known for its unique small private residences, which it designed many mainly in Tokyo. Its approach to creating a design concept by first conducting a hearing session with the clients regarding their lifestyle and sensibilities has proved effective as a way to compensate for elements that the administration and civil engineering tend to overlook even in their recovery support following the major earthquake disaster.
takram executes diverse projects based on the dual approach of design and engineering and has recently designed a water bottle of the future based on a completely new concept. Although this water bottle is a prototype situated in a future world envisioned by a pair of artists as a discursive platform, its thorough construction of narrative and profound insight into future technologies transcend the framework of fiction.
Brian David Johnson is the first “futurist” appointed by Intel. His title reads “Futurist and Director, Future Casting and Experience Research.” His main job is to provide Intel with “a pragmatic vision of consumers and computing.” Before joining Intel in 2002 as an “experience architect,” he worked as a designer on interactive television design, AI, and robots. A multi-talented individual, he has also written SF stories and novels, directed films, and created illustrations and paintings.
A Morpho butterfly emerges out of the darkness. It is an image projected onto a soap bubble membrane. Researchers are able to control the reflectivity and transparency of a typical light-permeable micro-membrane (colloidal film) by causing it to vibrate using ultrasonic waves emitted from a remote source. The researchers then use the membrane as a screen and reflect light onto it from a projector. (Development: Yoichi Ochiai of Rekimoto Lab, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, The University of Tokyo)
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