The concept for the Paper Pulp Helmet was designed by a group of artists to potentially be a safety side dish to London’s bike share program. It could be sold in vending machines or stores near the docking stations for just £1, the designers say (though the city’s mayor, Boris Johnson, has said in the past that he has no intentions of making helmets available for the program, and that evidence of the “usefulness of cycle helmets is mixed.”)
Creators Tom Gottelier, Bobby Petersen and Ed Thomas, all graduates of the Royal College of Art in London, seem to think more helmets would be plenty useful. To put together the headgear, they made a pulp out of newspapers they gathered in the city’s public transportation network. They mixed in an adhesive, some pigment and organic additive to make the gloop water resistant for up to six hours in the rain, and voila!—molded it into a vaguely fruit-bowl shaped helmet. (Though if you’re biking in the rain for six hours, you’re probably too intense for a newspaper helmet.)
Will the new era of architecture be the era of IKEA urbanism? IKEA has proposed to build a complete neighborhood in East London. The Swedish furniture giant tries to implement its ideas and concepts in new fields of knowledge and urbanism. After its injection of each single family’s interior with cheap design furniture and the introduction of the IKEA standard house by daughter company BoKlok, it seems to be time for a complete IKEA neighborhood, reports the Huffington Post, LandProp — also part of the IKEA group — is planning to build a neighborhood of 1,200 houses, shops, cafés and a 350-room hotel.
So I had to scramble to get a hotel room in London, at the last minute. Only one hotel was showing any availability for the three nights I was scheduled to be here under $1000/night:
It’s pretty damn tight in my little shoebox, The Hogarth London Kensington. And you would not believe what I had to pay.
The good news is that its in Earls Court, near my favorite pub: The King’s Head. Here’s a plowman’s lunch I had there the other day: