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MEXICAN PRESIDENT FELIPE CALDERON LAUNCHES NATIONWIDE THE PROGRAM “LUZ SUSTENTABE (SUSTAINABLE LIGHT)”

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Based on the success of pilot program “Green Light”, organized by Cool NRG, and supported by companies like Philips, HSBC and Televisa Verde, through which 1 million energy efficient lamps were delivered to 250,000 households in the city of Puebla, Mexico.

President Calderon ordered the Energy and Environment Ministries to prepare a statute, by means of which incandescent bulbs be replaced with energy efficient lamps.
At the same time, calls on society to use energy efficient lamps.

President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa launched the program “Luz Sustentable (Sustainable Light)”, with which it is intended to achieve annual savings of $539 million pesos. During the presentation, he noted that this is the right time to protect the environment through energy savings and avoid the emission of carbon dioxide.
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USB Sofas For A Simple Home Sharing Envionment

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For the International Festival for the Post Digital Creation Culture, the design studio Cabracega has built a concept living environment for easy sharing between friends and house mates. The USB Sofa setup incorporates readily-accessible USB drives and 14GB of sharable space, giving users easy access to each others’ files. Via:[PSFK]
www.cabracega.org/

Sarah Wigglesworth Creates Sustainable Christmas Tree for Bermondsey Square

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What do you get if you cross a Christmas tree with a bicycle? A “Tree-Cycle” – A sustainable Christmas tree made out of recycled bicycle parts.

Leading sustainable architectural practice Sarah Wigglesworth Architects has been commissioned by developer’s igloo to create a bespoke Christmas tree for Bermondsey Square, London, SE1. The Bermondsey Square Christmas tree is composed of 35 recycled bike wheels, set on a simple structure, in the recogniZable shape of a Christmas Tree.
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Les Ateliers Ruby SpongeBob SquarePants Helmet

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This year the easy-to-love cartoon that is SpongeBob SquarePants is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary as well as being an iconic figure in pop culture today. Created by Stephen Hillenburg in 1984, it wasn’t until the pilot episode of SpongeBob SquarePants first aired in the United States on Nickelodeon on May 1, 1999 that the cartoon really took off.
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Shi Jinsong: tree motorbikes

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Common shell-less high-emission racing motorcycle in a tree.

‘I just want to know what a big tree – which is four or five meters long – with a speed
of more than one hundred km per hour looks like.’
Shi Jinsong
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Raphaël Charles answers Despoke’s Questions

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What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
I wanted to find a job implying a great part of creativity, and at the same time, I was fascinated by the industrial world! If you add up these two considerations, you obtain designer, but it took me a couple of years before finding out this answer.
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Taiwan’s Hello Kitty Airlines

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Taiwan’s EVA Airways has gone the extra mile by designing two Hello Kitty brand Airbus A330-200 air crafts for domestic flights. Some of the goodies passengers can be treated to include Sanrio sponsored Hello Kitty themed food, bath products, and even a Hello Kitty  boarding pass (which will certainly raise some eyebrows at the boarding gate). As of right now there are no plans to extend flights internationally, though some short Asia-only journeys seem in the nearby horizon. Via:[PSFK]

Bike-Ability words and photos by David Judge

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I find it difficult to travel through China’s central cities without an unerring sense on humility and guilt. Everywhere there is an unquestioning “getting on with it” attitude to life, work and problems.

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Annie Deakin from mydeco gets in the festive spirit.

Annie Deakin Chooses her favourite Christmas Decorations from Shabby Birds to Battered Baubles they are bound to give you a stylish and relaxed look …

Geoff Crook, Course Director,MA DESIGN STUDIES, Central Saint Martins

Geoff Crook, Course Director,MA DESIGN STUDIES, Central Saint Martins
talks with Despoke’s Guest Editor Phil Nutley

The Wright, a New Restaurant, Launches at the Guggenheim

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‘The Wright’ (restaurant) at the Guggenheim was designed by Andre Kikoski. Architect.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building, The Wright, New York City’s newest restaurant, opens to the public on December 11, in the famed museum. Named in honor of the great American architect, the intimate Upper East Side destination is located in an elegant and modern architectural space that is sure to dazzle trendsetters, fine diners, art lovers, and world travelers. Additionally, a site-specific sculpture by British artist Liam Gillick was commissioned for the space, creating a truly unique dining experience.
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Mike Ballard – The All of Everything 10th December 2009 – March 2010 The Art Gallery, Davies Street, London

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Detail from ‘Throwing the House out the Window’ by Mike Ballard 2009
The Arts Gallery on Bond Street will close in March 2010 and will be demolished to make way for Crossrail. The gallery, part of the University of the Arts London, has hosted shows by Peter Blake, Gavin Turk and Chris Olifili amongst others. For the final show, which will opens on 10 December, on the Gallery has invited Mike Ballard to create an installation ‘ The All of Everything’ within the space.
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David J Irwin answers Despoke’s Questions

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What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
I don’t know that I did in the first place, I’ve always enjoyed creating things and have been curious as to how things are put together. I think I stumbled onto this career path.
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ARCHITECTURAL CONCEPT: THE PAVILION OF POSTCONTEMPORARY CURATING

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The skeletal remains of Sutton Scarsdale Hall continue to decay. A dilapidated wreck of a structure, you enter at your own risk. This decay needs to be resisted and Sutton Scarsdale needs to live again…

In the very heart of England, Sutton Scarsdale Hall is to become the Pavilion of Postcontemporary Curating, a new international art facility set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, dedicated solely to new curating.
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Vitsoe opens on Duke Street

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2009 has been a busy year for Vitsoe. The furniture company best known for the 606 Universal Shelving System designed by Dieter Rams in 1960 celebrated its 50th anniversary with the launch of a new website, development of a retail partnership within Japan and by finding a new home on the streets of New York.

Now as the year draws to a close, it is with much pride that Vitsoe opens a new shop on its native soil in London, housed off Manchester Square at 3-5 Duke Street.
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