Category Archives: Destinations

Creative Generosity

Beautiful gesture by a Swedish Philanthropist offering his retreat island to creatives who come up with a ideal proposition.

read more here

Still with Cancer

Maggies Cancer centres continue to bridge the world of form function and healing. Pioneering the modern conscious way of life. This centre in Leeds has been concieved by the brilliant  Thomas Heatherwick  The truth is that our environment does care for us and when it is designed with advanced integrity and intention the frequency of productivity in the space shifts. When it is care and healing work we are talking about then nothing makes more sense than good design like this.

meditation pods

I’m a great fan of design interacting with nature to create new being spaces. This pavilion by studio Jägnefält Milton is no exception.  A little modern conscious beauty.

see more in Dezeen

 

Marina Abramovic Institute

The Marina Abramovic Institute

The Marina Abramovic Institute is set to land and
make its mark on our modernconscious world.

Marina’s star rating in the art, performance and awareness
worlds has been on the ascent for some time now. Her work has been stretching
our perceptions of our mind, body, spiritual interconnection through extreme
durational works.

‘The Artist is Present’ at Moma, her last show there, was a huge hit. A 736 hour and
30 minute static, silent piece, in which she sat immobile in the museum’s
atrium while spectators were invited to take turns sitting opposite her.

One chapter from that work – ‘Marina and Ulay’ – will never be
forgotten:

The Institute, designed by Rem Koolhaas and OMA, will open
on the site of a former 1929 theatre in Hudson in upstate New York and has been
crowd funded by 4000 investors including Lady Gaga and Jay Z.

Enter into the world of Marina here:

Marina Abramovic Gives a Virtual Tour of MAI from Marina Abramovic Institute on Vimeo.

Capetown

 

World Design Capital

Cities are always creating solutions, in
fact the real paradox about cities is that problems are constantly arising by
creating more and more solutions! Its
always cyclical.

When we found out that Cape Town was to be the World Design
Capital in 2014 we were moved by the opportunity that this accolade represented
for them to explore and address their social, cultural and economic issues
deeper. The opportunity to improve the lives of those challenged every day in their communities
through design and design thinking, thus breaking some of these cycles.

The City of Cape Town lies at the
southwestern tip of Africa, uniquely nestled between Robben Island and the
majestic Table Mountain range, two national heritage sites. Since the end of
apartheid, this city, now three times the size of New York and home to around
3.6 million people, has undertaken the process of redesigning itself. As South
Africa’s oldest city and having recently hosted the first World Cup on African
soil, Cape Town now has first class infrastructure and a cosmopolitan
lifestyle. With the highest standard of living of all South African cities,
this gateway to the African continent is rich in heritage, innovation,
diversity and creative talent. However the disparity of wealth still prevails
and the deep socio economic problems still haunt the city from the past.

But Cape Town is optimistic.

The overarching theme of ‘Live Design.
Transform Life’ will see the city creating a programme that brings together the
people and the processes; the problems and the solutions; “the gritty and the
pretty”.

More than 400 design-led projects were
selected for recognition in the programme, all of which will now enter a
pitching process over the course of eight pitching sessions, the first of which
begins this week.

Executive Mayor Alderman Patricia de Lille
said the diversity of the final projects reflects the general determination of
all Capetonians to position Cape Town as the design and creative hub of the
continent.

“The central thesis of the City of Cape
Town’s approach to the World Design Capital 2014 is to use excellence in
design, to design the change we want to see in our city, using the very
building blocks of which our city is comprised. All of these projects are united
by their use of design and design-led thinking to help us drive the social and
economic change we want and need,” said De Lille.

Projects were submitted across the four WDC 2014
themes:

African Innovation. Global
Conversation

Bridging the Divide

Today for Tomorrow

Beautiful Spaces. Beautiful
Things

The final recognized projects were then re-organised into six clusters to act as
navigational beacons for various audiences. The clusters are:

LIFESTYLE ENHANCERS: Design
that gives meaning through fashion, arts, culture, sports and recreation.

BUSINESS THAT BUILDS: Design
that adds value to the economy through innovation, finance, systems and social
entrepreneurship.

SUSTAINABILITY SOLUTIONS:
Design that focuses on efficiency and resilience related to food, energy, water
and the natural environment.

CONNECTIONS THAT UNITE: Design
that elevates communication, transportation and social cohesion.

EDUCATION THAT ELEVATES: Design
that shares knowledge through schools, exhibitions and skills development.

COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT: Design
that improves health, wellness, housing and urban development.

There are recycling solutions, upcycled
products, hard waste, software, memory projects, public infrastructure, social
cohesion projects, low cost housing, large scale developments, human dignity,
public art, services redesigned, spaces – big and small redefined and redesigned,
heritage tours, urban tours, open streets, open studios. There are examples of
health facilities creating new spaces, new systems and new ways of serving
their audiences. Long-term regeneration projects. There are design
projects around educational spaces and educational methodologies aimed at early
learning, high school and tertiary students; low-cost feature phones and low
energy computers; translation apps, literacy apps, transport apps.

And it is also about incorporating more beauty into the city. Those things we
typically associate with the word ‘design’, like art, objects, food and
wine, whose purpose may solely be to
lift the human spirit.

We’ll be reporting from Cape Town later in
the year to see how some of these projects manifest, and specifically to share
highlights from the Design Indaba Conference at
Cape Town’s international Conference Centre from 26-28 February. Dubbed “the
Conference on Creativity”, Design Indaba speaks about how design,
creativity and innovation can positively impact the world. So much more than a
“how-to” conference, this is a forum fuelled by inspiration that
breeds ideas, ingenuity and innovation for a better future.

By Kim Kalinowski

 

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (also known as Golden Rock) is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Myanmar.

It is a small pagoda (7.3 metres (24 ft)) built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees.

According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of the Buddha’s hair.

The balancing rock seems to defy gravity, as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill. The rock and the pagoda are at the top of Mount Kyaiktiyo.

It is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Burma after the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Mahamuni Pagoda.

A glimpse of the “gravity defying” Golden Rock is believed to be enough of an inspiration for any person to turn to Buddhism.

The Blue Lagoon

There is nowhere to immerse in the polarities of this great
planet like Iceland’s Blue Lagoon under the Northern Lights. I felt like the
earth’s energy was passing through me.

The hot sulphur pools, the icy arctic winds of November, the
black volcanic mass and the symphony of light that is the Aurora Borealis. The
geothermal waters are sourced directly from below, which make it rich in
natural content such as silica, mineral salts and algae. There are many
medicinal properties here and your body knows it.

Relaxed, alert at the edge of comfort, the only thing I
could do was sit back, meditate, surrender to the greatest light show on earth
and let it all pass through me.

By Christopher Connors

Passing Through
from Olafur Haraldsson on Vimeo.

California

If anywhere could
personify the state of modernconscious life it would be the Bay Area of
California. Life flows and progresses there like no other.

There have been so many
global influences from this corner or the world and its capital San Francisco. The
hippy movement, gay rights movement, modern psychotherapeutic and spiritual
foundations, Apple, Google, Facebook, Silicon Valley, the organic movement,
fair trade. It’s all a way of life here.

What makes it different is
that this is not alternative – and nor should it be – but more of a celebration
of everyday life. Combined with a landscape that is utterly breath taking, you
have probably the best quality of life in one place in the world.

We’ll be reporting more from here soon.

Sensing Spaces

If there is one place in
London to go sit and take a moment for contemplation and stillness, then drop
into the The Royal Academy for ‘Sensing Spaces, Architecture Reimagined’.

Showing from 25 January – 6 April 2014.

Merci, Paris

Merci in Paris is a favourite space for finer modernconscious
tastes.

Owners
Bernard and Marie-France Cohen (the founders of children’s line Bonpoint)
opened the shop in an old factory building in the Haute Marais in 2009.

Beyond
its beautiful presentations and objects with heartfelt stories, what sets
Merci apart is its deeper intention. Just as its name implies, the philosophy
of the store is built on the infrastructure of generosity. Products are consciously sourced and all
profits are given to chosen charities. It seems like a paradox in our times but
these are the retail solutions we are looking for tomorrow. Brands that really understand
their need to give back. Becoming responsible without being too worthy. That
way we are in a space where we can enjoy shopping for what we need in tandem with
what we really love.