D11 Conference: Elon Musk Full Interview (Must Watch.)

I’d literally worship the ground that this man walks on. Not because my dream car is currently a Tesla, but because Elon Musk is doing something that a lot of entrepreneur people sort of forget about – Doing REAL things that actually have big implications for humanity, as opposed to the currently popular (or should we say, “low barrier to entry”) industries of  mobile games, convenience apps and Social [Insert New Buzz Word].

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The Gruen Effect. Victor Gruen and the Shopping Mall

From Vimeo: Victor Gruen was maybe the most influential architect of the twentieth century: He is regarded as the father of the shopping mall. How fundamentally his concept would change the world was something that not even this immigrant from Vienna, who was noted for thinking big, could have foreseen. In the nineteen fifties, Gruen built large-scale “shopping towns” in the suburban sprawl of the United States. Based on the model of European city centers they were not only to facilitate shopping but also to strengthen social ties in the isolated suburbia with a mix of commercial and social spaces. However, in the context of an increasingly consumption- and speculation-driven economy the polyfunctional shopping center turned into a gigantic sales machine, which had a formative impact on the development of cities all around the globe.

Thus, in architecture, the Gruen Effect describes the maelstrom introduced by seductively designed sales spaces that makes us give up purposeful shopping and get lost in the shopping experience. Since the principles of the shopping mall have little by little been transferred to downtown areas, today this phenomenon produces the city as the place of commercialism, the staging of lifestyle, distinction and event; it outlines the creation of a type of downtown, which serves the gods of consumer culture and defines consumption as the prime principle of urban planning.

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Designing for recovery

From our Tumblr dashboard: A brilliant and super short video about ‘designing for recovery’.  This is the future of design that we wish for.

Calling for nominations of Green Drinks Singapore’s Top 10 Green Products 2012

We’re organising a little with contest with Green Drinks Singapore to find out which green products are favourites in the community. Just in time for Christmas!

How it’s going to work:

  • From now to November 2nd 2012, we’ll be calling for nominations. You can nominate a product that you  think deserves special mention or recognition.
  • After November 2nd 2012, we’ll put up the list of products for voting, to get our top 10!

So what are you waiting for? Send your nominations to act@oliveventures.com.sg