This week we would like to toast one of our nearest exoplanet neighbors, Proxima b. That's right, in 2016 scientists confirmed the discovery of Proxima b, an Earth-like planet in the Alpha Centauri system. Alpha Centauri, long thought to be one star but actually a trio of stars including the binary stars Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B, as well as a third red dwarf star, Proxima Centauri. Though many Earth-like exoplanets have been identified, the proximity of Proxima b and the fact that it is in the habitable or 'Goldilocks' zone is what makes this discovery so exciting.
The latest word (August 2017) is that Proxima b may not be able to sustain an Earth-like atmosphere but we still have hope that we do have neighbors on Prixima b and that they are fabulous. The best news is that is Proxima b resides in the habitable zone of it's start which means liquid water could exist. If you have liquid water, then you can have, yes...ice cubes for cocktails!
Cocktail pairing: nothing but the best champagne for our new neighbors, cheers! We'll bring a welcome to the galaxy gift right over ;-)
Another first among one of our collections, a house that aligns perfectly with our Fab Facets entries. Designed and built by KWK Promes' owner Robert Konieczny for his own residence, Konieczny's Ark has won many awards. The dwelling is simple in many ways but its connection to the landscape and functionality are sophisticated and multi-layered.
- Griffiths, A. 2017. Robert Konieczny uses drawbridge to create ark-like house on a steep Polish hillside. Dezeen.
- Sturges, S. 2016. Noah's ark: a concrete house floats above South Poland's mountainous landscape. Wallpaper.
Our connection to horses may date make millenia but there's no doubt that equestrian architecture can be contemporary. Case in point, the Equestrian Centre in Merricks, Australia. Designed by London-based architect Seth Stein in partnership with Watson Architecture & Design in Australia, the project is the winner of numerable architecture awards and continues to wow both design and horse enthusiasts locally and internationally.
More photos on links above but here are a few in case you're chomping at the bit to see more right away...
The first building and first renovation in our Progress Chic collection, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice, Italy is a brilliant example of what progress chic embodies. The buildings origins date back to 1228 but it has been 'updated' for centuries resulting in a grand story of beauty and functionality. The most recent remodel by Rotterdam-based architecture firm Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has one-upped all other modernizations by far. The building achieved monument status in 1987 and was bought by Benetton in 2008 and now stands as essentially a department store that exist within and celebrates great art and design.
- Sayer, J. 2016. OMA unveils their refurbishment of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice. Architect's Newspaper
NewsFusion for August 2017
- Curiosity rover just keeps going and going on Mars | Space.com
- The parallax effect, simple physics is what gives AR its look, feel, and functionality | Wired
- Science Outside the Lab (SOtL) program introduces students to science policy-making in DC | ASU
- Coach and NASA team up for fab far out accessories in summer 2017 | Coach
- Architects on the future of pavillions in San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design exhibit through January 2018 | Forbes
- The role of graphic design in saving lives | The Art Newspaper
It's both Fashion- and Flaskback-Friday. How convenient that Gucci launched their Autumn/Winter 2017 ad campaign recently that suites both perfectly. With spectacular references to mid- late- 20th century scifi, how can it not be fabulous.
We're starting up a new weekly feature here at Future-ish, Throwback Thursday. Yeah, we're a little behind the times but we had to figure out our particular spin on Throwback Thursdays. Our plan, revisit predictions of the future from years past. We've seen this done a several times out there, hopefully our 'retro foresight' version will keep our readers as entertained as we are researching the stories.
First up...how can we not start with Alvin Toffler's Future Shock. Future-ish founder, Sean Schmidt, first blogged on the book back in October 2010 with, The Invisible Force of Future Shock. If you haven't read the book, you should. As with any effort to predict the future, some things were spot on, some things were way off.
Here's a quote from a 2010 NPR interview with the Tofflers in which Alvin Toffler responds to the NPR's Martin Kaste's question, "Why be a futurist?"
"Because it makes you think, it opens up the questions of what's possible. Not necessarily what will be, but what's possible."
Cheers to more wondering about what's possible!