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Light Lane, la ista ciclabile sempre con te

giovedì, gennaio 22nd, 2009

Sognate una pista ciclabile “privata”? E’ l’idea proposta dai designer Alex Tee ed Evan Gant. Sicurezza, anche di notte, per i ciclisti più fanatici grazie a Light Lane.
Chi ama andare in bicicletta alzi la mano! La bici è sicuramente un ottimo passatempo, un salutare sport e un mezzo di trasporto estremamente sostenibile. Perfetto da tutti i punti di vista anche se, spesso, risulta carente dal punto di vista della sicurezza.
Soprattutto di sera, alcune piste ciclabili possono risultare davvero rischiose. Alcune, soprattutto quelle a livello stradale (qualora ci siano), sono mal illuminate e mal segnalate, cosa che rende difficile l’identificazione dei ciclisti da parte degli automobilisti meno attenti, con conseguenze spesso tragiche.
Alex Tee ed Evan Gant progettano quindi Light Lane un dispositivo da applicare alla parte posteriore del sellino della bicicletta. Grazie a questo faro-laser è possibile creare una pista ciclabile virtuale e segnalare la propria presenza su strada, ben visibile di notte, anche a distanza, con tanto di logo della pista ciclabile.
Non risolve certamente tutti i problemi dei ciclisti, che sicuramente sarebbero più contenti se avessero delle piste ciclabili separate dalla carreggiata con paletti protettivi e lampioni luminosi, ma magari aiuta a preverire spiacevoli incidenti.


mercoledì, dicembre 17th, 2008

The Helsinki Virtual Village in Arabianranta is both a cybercommunity and a physical community. This new sector within Finland’s capital city is both the site of Helsinki’s original founding some 500 years ago, and the home of the famous Arabia pottery factory. Arabianranta is a mixed-use development centered on themes of art, design, and culture.

The population within the area, including students, residents, and daytime workers, is linked by the Helsinki Virtual Village (HVV) network, a state-of-the-art wireless infrastructure incorporating the very latest services. Community members can access the seamless, ubiquitous system using cell phones, PDAs, digital television, and personal computers. Features still under development will use location-based data retrieved from mobile handheld devices to help people in Arabianranta coordinate their work and social lives.

The HVV network is the result of collaboration between several ITC companies including Nokia, Ericsson, Matsushita, Psion, Motorola, and the Finnish telephone company Sonera. These companies are using Arabianranta as a real-world experiment in community networking. Research related to the Helsinki Virtual Village focuses on the social effects of this new technology and on the usability of the applications. Residents have been very active in organizing groups and engaging in discussions via the HVV web portal. Since all the residents within the project are newcomers to the area, they have a specific interest in meeting and building social networks with their neighbors. Website


Alzheimer Café

martedì, dicembre 16th, 2008

Ha aperto a Milano un ‘Alzheimer Cafe” itinerante e gratuito per malati e familiari. La struttura è stata inaugurata da Aima (Associazione italiana malattia di Alzheimer) Milano Onlus a fine giugno. 

La struttura si propone di essere ‘un luogo per non dimenticare di sorridere – spiegano i promotori in una nota – dove, con tecniche e metodi adeguati, familiari e malati recuperano insieme il piacere di stare con gli amici, fare quattro chiacchiere, ascoltare buona musica, ballare il tango, mangiare una fetta di torta o giocare a carte o a tombola”. 

E proprio per essere piu’ facilmente raggiungibile da ogni parte della citta’, da settembre il primo Alzheimer Cafe’ milanese si spostera’ in quattro diverse zone del capoluogo lombardo. Gli incontri saranno organizzati dagli operatori Aima (psicologi, educatori, volontari e altri professionisti amici dell’associazione). 



L’edicola autoservizio

martedì, dicembre 16th, 2008

L’edicole autoservizio



martedì, dicembre 16th, 2008

Patients helping patients live better every day


martedì, dicembre 16th, 2008

Relaxdoc is the exclusive FREE online resource for physicians – a private community created by physicians, providing concise information and valuable services to help you balance your personal and professional life. is your single source for news and information, peer networking, travel, sports, and more.

Living Room Restaurant

mercoledì, novembre 26th, 2008

People who love cooking use their skills to cook for a larger group.

The ‘Living Room Restaurant’ scheme is way for people to get a cheap dinner and meet other people, in a home setting. After reserving a place via email or phone, people can literally come and sit at the host’s dining table. After a short chat between all the guests, dinner is served, comprising two appetizers, main course, dessert and unlimited drinks. Guests can choose the background music and help with clearing the table between each dish. The hosts sit on the ends of the table and switch places between courses so they can talk to everyone there. The evening lasts as long as the guests and hosts want, and costs 15 euros.

Many older people are cut off from society, and often miss being able to cook for and entertain their children and family, once the children leave home. The people who started the scheme want to make friends, be socially active and create a support network. They love to cook and want to offer a cheap alternative for people who like to go out to dinner.

Current state of development
The scheme started in February 2005, and other similar networks have also set up recently.
The members will keep going with the project while it is still fun, and quite happy with the current set up and are not looking for any changes or expansion.

The benefits

The Living Room Restaurant’s benefits are mainly to individuals, rather than groups, as it enables otherwise lonely people to make new friends. The evenings are arranged so that the almost nobody knows each other at each party.

There are no significant benefits to the environment.

The hosts make no profit, but nor do they make a loss. Most of the benefit is on a social level. They shop in regular supermarkets and they do not need a restaurant licence as it is so small-scale.

The quality of the experience
Demonstrating one’s own skills and capabilities. Meeting new people with an open attitude in a cheerful environment. Being pleasantly surprised by the culinary ability of neighbours, and discovering their home.

Future development possibilities
Finding buildings large common areas and professional kitchens for social events. Ensuring hygiene in the cooking and dining equipment.

TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Ivo Stuyfzand, Eric Toering, Mathijs Wullems

Design Council Open Health

lunedì, novembre 24th, 2008

RED was set up in 2004 by the Design Council to tackle social and economic issues through design led innovation.By 2010, one in ten of us will have diabetes.

By 2030, the incidence of chronic disease in over 65s will more than double. Current NHS spending on diabetes alone stands at £10 million every day. And yet about 90% of healthcare takes place in the home. Chronic disease and conditions related to an unhealthy lifestyle have reached epidemic proportions and are rising still. This presents a momentous challenge for our current healthcare system. More 

REPORT Open Health

Designing new public services


lunedì, novembre 24th, 2008

The new co-created service Activmobs harnesses the power of existing social networks. Mobs are small groups that carry out an activity on a regular basis. They are connected by the Activmob system, simple web based tools, which help people find or start a mob, a coach, a space to go to and child care if necessary, monitor their progress, set goals and reward commitment. The wellie mob for example developed from a group of mums who walk their dogs after dropping their children at school, the provision of an occasional personal trainer has provided the encouragement to up the tempo of their activity.

Activmob is all about making physical activity part of everyday life. Anyone can get together a group of friends, family or colleagues and start and ‘activmob’ providing the activity improves wellbeing. You may want to start a running mob, a walking mob, a get-off-the-bus-two-stops-early-mob, a lunch time yoga club or a pram pushing mob;  activmobs don’t have to do things that would traditionally be called ‘sport’.

Health: Co-creating Services

lunedì, novembre 24th, 2008

The nature of the health problem has changed. The 20th century problem of infectious disease has given way to the prevalence of chronic disease, problems such as diabetes and obesity. 12 million (one in five) Britons suffers from a chronic disease and these numbers are predicted to rise, threatening to financially overwhelm current health services, which were not designed to address these issues.
The challenge is not to build more hospitals or streamline administration practices to reduce waiting lists, but rather to understand what will support individuals and communities in changing their behaviour and sustaining lifestyle changes. It is motivation, not medicine that is required.

In 2004 Charles Leadbeater and Hilary Cottam published a paper “Health: Co-creating services” outlining what we thought might be the principles that would need to under pin a new approach to collaboratively developing new services with service users and professionals, that would be distributed across communities and households, rather than solely located within institutions. “Open Health illustrates the way we work: our transformation design methodology”. Key components are the anthropological tools that help us understand individuals and their motivations and our rapid prototyping which helps us move rapidly from ideas to models that can be tested in action, improved and then rapidly scaled. More

PDF:  “Health: Co-creating services”      

“Open Health illustrates the way we work: our transformation design methodology”