That obsessive pleasure

The London born artist based in Brooklyn, New York Shantell Martin has definitely written her name all over it.   When Ms. Strauss and her partner, Holly Hobart invited Shantell to move into the top floor of the 1890s brownstone they own in Bedford-Stuyvesant, it was understood that she would draw on the walls. “It seemed natural we’d let her have this large canvas on the top floor to do her thing,” Ms. Strauss said.The plan was to only decorate a smaller section in her bedroom, but she couldn’t put the pen down.The result makes it clear and obvious.

Via NYtimes, photos by Trevor Tondro

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Think green: top 4 must see eco constructions

In Darma we are sustainable architecture enthusiasts. It’s a smart move and a way to coexist with the planet and our consciousness. To built and live making the most of natural resources without exploiting them, minimun consumption, maximum use and all that, without leaving aside the innovation and aesthetics.
We leave you with some of the projects we love the most.

Finca Bellavista: Highflying Treehouses in Costa Rica

Erica and Matt Hogan made their dream come true. This treetop neighborhood is still growing and there has been a lot of progress since its inception less than 5 years ago. Located in the south Pacific coastal region of Costa Rica, the comfy yet rustic private retreat welcomes people to get off the beaten path and explore the wonders of rainforest living.
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Stretched Egg,  passive house in the UK

It’s not easy to find spare space for new eco-neighborhoods, so Evgeni Leonov Architects designed a series of narrow egg-shaped homes that extend from the historic Trent Villa in Nottingham. Considered to be one of the most energy-efficient forms found in nature, the egg shape served as the main inspiration for the urban regeneration project, which is designed to meet passive house requirements.

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 Blue Forest’s Beautiful Eco-PERCH Treehouse 

Featuring natural materials and an organic form, the eco-PERCH will fit amicably within almost any environment, creating a harmonious balance between contemporary living and nature. But best of all? This perch can be assembled on site in just five days!

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HOUS.E+ a self-sustaining home for the near future.

HOUS.E+ is a concept that relies on geothermal energy for efficient heating and cooling in Vancouver. Rammed earth walls made from soil excavated on site provide an eco-friendly enclosure while an aquaponics farm around the home produces fish and food. Topped with photovoltaic panels and lined with micro-hydro turbines in the walls, the HOUS.E+ is designed to produce more energy than it needs, sending the rest back to the grid.

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Don’t forget you are 3/4 parts water

It’s summer and in Darma we thought these will be really calm months (speaking from the work perspective). Once again, we were wrong! we have so much work, we are even a little bit stressed. Luckily, this morning came to me this video and it reminded me how important it’s to let things flow. After all, we are made of water, why shouldn’t we be able to adapt and get into the circumstances?

Be water, my friend.

PS: Well, I must also confess that I love the aesthetics of the films of Bruce Lee. Nothing can be so kitsch and yet so inspiring!

Great idea: Creative Suite Toolbar Shortcuts Wallpapers!

Are you a designer? Unless you know all the Creative Suite shortcuts by heart, you are not a “real” designer. If you are not sure of your level, take a look at the pictures below and check how many shortcuts can you recognize (and how many are you using).

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Well, if the result was not as good as you thought, you can always start using them now. People from Hongkiat make this process easier, they have created these great wallpapers for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Flash, so you can learn the shortcuts and get rid of the click-and-search method.

Download them here.

Topazz Design Hotel by BWM Architekten und Partner / Hotel Design Topazz por BWM Architekten und Partner

We love Cenário 3D post about the Topaz Design Hotel in Viena. As  Austria is not too far from Slovenija, we are thinking about visiting the hotel in person, not sure if we can afford a room there, but for sure we’ll walk around! 😉

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Don’t give up, beginner! Inspiring visual advices for new creative professionals

More than once I cursed myself for not having another profession, “I should have been an accountant”, “Had to studied philosophy” “Must become a plumber” (and make a lot of money).  What? Impossible! I had to dedicate my youth to a profession in which a simple comment can strike down your motivation and mark you for life. All creative professionals remember a heartless teacher or a senseless criticism and  despite all, here we are! We can’t imagine ourselves in the shoes of any other professional, we love what we do and we don’t give up!

This is a message to all students and trainees: you are not as bad as they say, and not as good as you think. You can survive and, sometimes, even have fun! The secret? work, work work and work, and, after that, keep on working! And if even then you have “one of those days”, take a break, refresh your ideas and reinforce your motivation with these inspiring and beautiful posters.

NOTE: If you are not a beginner, you will surely encourage yourself too, life’s also hard out there…

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The ten commandments of creativity

Even if you are an experienced creative, sometimes it’s good to look back and remember these sacred rules that all  trainees know by heart. Recall will give a bit of fresh air to your ideas and get you out of a mechanical method of work. I love going over and over again my books from college and challenge myself, looking for different creative techniques. I would say that, almost always, this helps me when I’m blank.

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1. Stay engaged with the objectives

2. Open your mind, use the five senses

3. Separate the creation phase of the evaluation

4. Avoid the spoilers of ideas, surround yourself with a proactive team

5. Use sketches

6. Bring the product to the limit: do not stop picking up new ideas even if you have found a good one

7. Mistakes are good, can lead you to better ideas

8. The quantity (of ideas) leads to quality

9. Develop your sense of humor

10. When the brainstorming is finished do not test the ideas immediately, keep a safe distance, more objective.