We will be leading a multidisciplinary design workshop between 20th and 31st January 2014 at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. Students from different creative fields will be participating in an exploratory process we like calling "Unhide & Seek". Special thanks to Thomas Modeen.
We are proud to announce the final review of the elop*6 project which we co-lead. It will take place on 24th January 2014 at the Palo Alto City Council. Under the title "Crossroads-Crossfunctions" the 45 international and transdisciplinary participating students have developed a repertoire of visionary solutions for a 21st century research park located between Stanford University and Palo Alto, at the heart of Silicon Valley. We will be participating also at an experts event on 25h January on the theme of transdisciplinary collaboration kindly organised by Swissnex San Francisco.
The University of Geneva has invited us to talk about Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding at the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Week. Our talk, entitled Crowd it up!, will take place on Tuesday 19th November at 17.15 at the Uni-Mail building. Special thanks to Matthias Kuhn.
Ostrich Pillow Light – Portable Power Napping Pillow For People On The Go. Get one here !!
The 6th edition of elop*, the transdisciplinary graduate programme we co-direct with Kathrin Merz, had its kick-off at Stanford University in California between 5th and 13th October 2013. The 45 participating students from 7 different universities will be developing during the next 4 months a project for a new research park between Stanford and Palo Alto, at the heart of Silicon Valley.
We are very happy to announce that the programme elop* that we co-direct with Kathrin Merz has received the Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching at the Bern University of Applied Sciences. Special thanks to all the people that make this innovative transdisciplinary programme possible. The award ceremony will take place at the Paul Klee Zentrum in Bern on 22nd October 2013.
Ostrich Pillow Light is the latest innovative design by Kawamura-Ganjavian. The Napping Revolution got lighter, more portable and even adjustable! Who thought napping on the go would be such a hit when they first turned to Kickstarter merely a year ago. So come on what are you waiting join the #nappingrevolution; support the latest dream and pledge to buy your Ostrich Pillow Light and nap in style. Currently only available via www.kickstarter.com ( read more )
The first Ciudad Abierta workshop, culminating in an exhibition, has taken place at the EPFL School of Architecture in Lausanne. This project, directed by Patricia Guaita –associate of kawamura-ganjavian Switzerland, is a collaboration between the Valparaíso school in Chile and the EFPL. The participants explored the poetic notion of "travesías" as a way of approaching architectural conception.
kawamura-ganjavian we are proud to announce the launch of Ostrich Pillow Junior. From ages 6+, the Ostrich Pillow Junior is the perfect travelling and napping companion for kids for car journeys, study breaks and general time outs. Click here to find out more.
kawamura-ganjavian will be giving a lecture at the Architectural Design department in Stanford University (USA) about our approach to innovation and transdisciplinarity, and about the elop* educational program which we co-lead with Kathrin Merz. The event will take place on Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 18.00 (Pacific Daylight Time). Special thanks to John Barton.
The award ceremony and exhibition opening for the landscape festival Lausanne Jardins 2014, in which kawamura-ganjavian are collaborating as technical office, will take place on 15th April 2013 at the Pôle Museal (former train hangars) in Lausanne. The winning teams will be announced and we look forward to collaborating with them ahead of the festival which will take place in spring-summer 2014.
kawamura-ganjavian have been invited to participate as guest speakers at the Creative Mornings Geneva chapter on Friday 25th January 2013. The event will take place at the Grütli theatre and start at 8:30. CreativeMornings, described as "TED for Design Wonks", is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types with numerous chapters around the world. Special thanks to Nelio Barros.
The final review of the elop5 project, which kawamura-ganjavian co-lead together with Kathrin Merz at the Bern University of Applied Sciences, will take place in Cologne, Germany, on 16th January 2013. The theme of the semester has been Learning Environments: the conception of a future campus for the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. elop is an innovation-based transdisciplinary graduate program involving a network of 8 universities from Europe and North America.
image: Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism (FAU) São Paulo University;Joao Batista Vilanova Artigas
kawamura-ganjavian's entry for a school extension and sports hall in the village of La Verrerie in the canton of Fribourg (Switzerland) has been awarded a 2nd prize. The project, located in an agricultural rural environment, ties to the local tradition of large barnhouses making use of wood in a contemporary way.
It has been an amazing 30 days and without you we would not be where we are. Your support and pledges has meant that we are making this dream a reality. Not only will we send backers their pillow's as priority, we have made a bag and a box to keep it safe, clean and easily transportable. Don't forget to keep in touch at studiobananathings.com and we send you heartfelt thanks and love. If you didn't get the chance to get your Ostrich Pillow you can place your order at studiobananathings.com. You can also follow our Ostrich pillow facebook fan page and find more information on www.ostrichpillow.com.
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