This month was nearly lost in the fine mist of London rain and summer exhaustion. Luckily, some well-judged holiday time pulled us back from the brink of madness. Anab and Jon found some time to escape to the Lancashire seaside and the Lake District.
(company co-directors not pictured)
Carolina fled to the relative safety and zero-internet freedom of the Austrian Alps (for hiking and project work).
And Justin braved the depths of West London in a mission to Kew Gardens, to check out various carnivorous plants and the Victorian precursors of Biosphere 2.
On the other side of the Atlantic, 'Talk to Me' opened at MoMA. All the projects in the exhibition can be followed through their QR codes and hashtags. Lukalive is #ttmluka:
The 5th Dimensional Camera is #ttmcamera:
As the show opened to the press and public, we got some great coverage, from a cameo in Jason Polan's sketches from the installation, through to photos and write-ups on CNN Money, The Wall Street Journal and Core77.
Elsewhere, we watched Geoffrey B. West's seminar for the Long Now, in which he lays out his thoughts on the lifespans of organisations, cities, and organisms, which resonated strongly with some work we have been brainstorming & prototyping in the past few weeks – a series of workshops around Design Prospecting and DIY Urbanism, which we will be rolling out in collaboration with organisations in London, New York, Mumbai, and elsewhere. We enjoyed Karl Schroeder's musings on 'Wicked Problems', this post on Robot Domesticity from BLDGBLOG, and Adam Rothestein and Scott Smith's respective pieces on drones and UAVs.
Outside the catch-up on brain fodder, we have been stuck in a strange whirlwind of rapid product development, number-crunching, graph-making, and pitch-writing, for a project that has seen us up at all hours. Anab and Jon, flanked by long-term collaborators Tim Brooke and Mark Selby, have learnt more about startup funding, mobile gaming, and augmented reality that they ever thought possible. The future is exciting, and we continue building, making and prototyping.
As the month drew to close, Justin celebrated his birthday with friends and the rest of the studio, in St. James's Park, serenaded by a brass band of well-attired retirees.