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food design course at TUDelft
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De meningen ge-uit door medewerkers en studenten van de TU Delft en de commentaren die zijn gegeven reflecteren niet perse de mening(en) van de TU Delft. De TU Delft is dan ook niet verantwoordelijk voor de inhoud van hetgeen op de TU Delft weblogs zichtbaar is. Wel vindt de TU Delft het belangrijk - en ook waarde toevoegend - dat medewerkers en studenten op deze, door de TU Delft gefaciliteerde, omgeving hun mening kunnen geven.

Landmine design

The ever resourceful Jasper pointed me to this interesting video with a stereotypical Italian designer talking, in a very hands-off way, about his happiness about new materials and technology, and how these things improve his life as a designer of…

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land mines, of course. It is propaganda of couse, and the video’s moral message is pretty much in your face, and it is also a tad irritating. OK, Italy makes land mines, but so do the US, Russia, China… additionally, there are some pretty clear and totally defensible applications for land mines, particularly for anti tank mines, and certainly for minefields that have been appropriately installed by a military force.

Which means, if you are not familiar with landmines, that the minefield is clearly maked and the location of every land mine is recorded in a map. Or, if the mines are air scattered or artillery scattered, that the mine defuses itself after a period of time. 

Another thing that strikes my curiosity is that they called the designer "Alessandro Manzini", which -you will agree- is suspiciously similar to the name of Ezio Manzini, a very famous Italian sustainibility guru. I wonder how good old Ezio feels about this.

If you made it this far, the conosolation prize is a video featuring probably the best prototype in the universe: a sheep-LED display by Samsung. How much of it is faked? Who cares! It is just too cool.

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I don’t think they took an Italian as a designer because Italy makes land-mines (to be honest, I didn’t even know about that), but because when you want to portray a ‘designer’, Italian is the nationality of choice. Think of it as the ‘design equation’: design = Italy. So I guess it’s actually a compliment. In a weird sort of way.

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