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Today's Urban Design Observation: Is This Screw-Up the Designer's Fault or the Contractor's Fault?

In the last post we looked at the accidental street furniture that Siamese connections make. Buildings that have them are required to provide signage labeling them. These signs are usually simple and workmanlike.

But the designer of this ground-floor business somehow convinced the client to go for more, and spend on individual letters that would be adhered to the surface of the building, adding that little bit of visual punch.

It probably looked fantastic in the rendering. Then you get up close…

…and see the installer did a shit job. I'd argue the exposed adhesive makes this look worse than the standard signs.

Also, look at how dirty the white lettering has become. Did the designer think someone would come out and wipe these off each day, really going the extra mile to get into those angles?

Who would you say is to blame here? The designer, who I'm guessing had no idea how these letters would actually be attached, or the installer, who either takes no pride in their work or did not receive the proper training?

I definitely blame the designer for spec'ing out white letters that would perfectly catch and trap grime and dust. As for the installation, I suppose there is a third alternative, which is that the designer recommended it be installed by a competent subcontractor, but that the client figured they could save a few bucks by having a handyman friend tackle the job.

In any case, this is a prime example of someone envisioning something cool, without considering the real-world factors that would get it all the way there.

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When Builders Must Fix Designers' Mistakes, Odd New York Architecture Concepts and the #NastyWoman Election Clincher

Core77's editors spend time combing through the news so you don't have to. Here's a weekly roundup of our favorite stories from the World Wide Web.

When Builders Have to Fix a Designer's Screw-Up

Today I'm reading an eye-opening Fine Homebuilding article called "How Builders Turn Design Into Reality," but the author is just being polite—it should really be called "When Builders Have to Fix a Designer's Screw-Up."

The tactful author, a homebuilder, details a case in which the architect designed a staircase whose dimensions would not fit within the actual site. A good builder, the author states, can sniff this out by carefully studying the blueprints, trying to find an alternate solution, and negotiating past an architect's ego. Example: "[After uncovering the error, I] bounce it back to the architect via email. His first reaction was that I was wrong, and that the design works."

—Rain Noe, senior editor

This is What New York Could Have Looked Like

Rufus Henry Gilbert's Elevated Railway

Atlas Obscura has put together a collection of designs for New York that never ended up happening. There are some gems in here, including Buckminster Fuller's glass dome, John Rink's Central Park design and Rufus Henry Gilbert's Elevated Railway plan—take a guess at what this particular plan reminds me of (hint hint, Elon Musk).

—Emily Engle, editorial assistant

A Plea Against Helicopter Parenting

We've come to a very odd place in the timeline of history where spending time outside can be considered by some as "obsolete". To make matters worse, parents' mindsets have evolved to believe that letting children go out and explore on their own is unacceptable. Silicon Valley exec Mike Lanza, after selling several start-ups, has made it his mission to challenge modern ideas on parenting through a large, controversial experiment literally taking place in his own background.

— Allison Fonder, community manager

The #NastyWoman Phenomenon

This week I've been following the #NastyWoman discussions across the internets. There are no shortage of Tweets, memes, quotes and indignation following the third presidential debate on Wednesday night. Of course, the best part was that it gave me an excuse to watch Janet Jackson's original version, straight out of 1986. That synth loop is too much!

—Stuart Constantine, publisher and managing partner

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Designers: Here's How to Find Out if the 2018 Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Will Affect You

The upcoming steel tariffs are all over the news, but very few are talking about the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018. If you're a designer, design entrepreneur or work in a shop, here's how the MTBA 2018 could affect you.

First off let's explain what it is. Miscellaneous Tariff Bills were first launched in the 1980s to boost American manufacturing. The idea was to drop the tariffs on certain imported items crucial to manufacturing, like chemicals and materials. But over the years the bills grew more bloated, adding completed consumer products to the list of items that can be imported duty-free.

That bloating has harmed certain U.S. manufacturers. For example Korchmar, a Florida-based company that produces leather travel goods, was ready to hire 30 people to manufacture a new insulated food bag they're about to launch, according to Reuters. Unfortunately they've had to put the brakes on that plan, because that item category has made it onto MTBA 2018, which the House of Representatives unanimously passed in January.

The bill would cut costs for rivals who make their bags in low-cost countries like China, [CEO Michael Korchmar] said, squeezing him out of the market before he had even entered it.
"Given that these products will be able to come into the country duty free, it's not likely that there's any ability for us to compete."

Might be Bad for You

There's 1,664 items on the list, from pet toys to kitchen knives, smartphone cases to backpacks. If you're a design entrepreneur who was thinking about producing these in the 'States, you may be S.O.L. if your object makes it onto the list.

Might be Good for You

Conversely, if there's a particular raw material or subcomponent you need for your product--acrylic films, polypropylene monofilament, nickel alloy wire, etc.--the cost on those items and hundreds more will be coming down.

Might Make Your Shop Cheaper to Run

Also, if you run your own shop, your tooling costs may go down. On the list of items due to have their tariffs dropped are table saws, band saws, compound miter saws, drill presses, bench vises and a host of other shop-related items.

How to Find Out How it Will Affect You

The best way to see if the MTBA 2018 will affect you is to check it out here, where you can download it as a PDF. The document is over 500 pages so you'll then have to do a search for your item or material.

If you find an item on the list that would harm your business, the best thing to do is to contact your local Senator and apply to have the item knocked off of the list. (Talking to your Representative won't help because the House has already passed the MTBA 2018, but the bill has yet to pass the Senate.) If you don't speak up on behalf of your business, no one's going to step in to help you:

The bill's supporters say that businesses have only themselves to blame if they do not defend their interests in Washington.
"If somebody doesn't know about something, that's a shame, but that might mean that they didn't take steps to stay informed," said Stephen Lamar, executive vice president of the American Apparel and Footwear Association.

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How Designing an Interactive Race Car Could Help Revive Motorsport

On the back of recent news of a redesigned Roborace driverless electric race car concept from their chief design officer Daniel Simon (the same man who brought you those light cycles in Tron: Legacy)

Source: Instagram

...we look at an alternative motorsport vision that targets an experiential and immersive racing experience.

Combining hydrogen power in a downhill-racing series, Michael Mills' Concept XY aims to take eco-racing to another level. In an interview with Core77, Mills, a recent Coventry University grad in the Auto and Transport department who is currently a designer at Envisage UK, explains the process behind designing his concept.

"I asked myself the question: how could motorsport be beneficial to everyone, not just the fans and spectators at the race?"
"We're in an era where traditional motorsport is on the decline, with falling viewing figures for F1 and Nascar for example, so I explored how the sport can be more involving for the fans through elements like a fitness program, AR/VR, and social media as a way of connecting to your team or favorite driver."
"The idea is to combine the fun of a traditional circuit with the principle of 'descent' to save power and make regen easier, (regenerative braking system that converts kinetic energy into energy that can be used for acceleration) with potentially more excitement from the danger of downhill racing." 
"So one element of XY race is 'get fit for motorsport'—the idea that you can generate power for your team or your favorite driver that they then use as energy in the race. The driver and team could be responsible for encouraging and motivating people to recharge their car to get to 100% power for the next race."
"Another feature to make the racing more of an immersive experience, is the AR/VR element for the spectators: an app, Project Descent, is the hub where fans can track and monitor their team's power-levels, lap-times, g-levels etc. Fans could also access special team cameras throughout the race: driver's-eye and pit-crew viewpoints, and augmented reality would give them live info-graphics on each car."

What was the thinking behind the layered surfacing? As Mills told Core77:

"The layered surfacing was a way to make the vehicle visually lightweight, so by having this three-layer architecture, it shows the separation between the driver pod and interlocking layers above it which make up the XY graphic. The layered design also helped manipulate the airflow around the driver pod, so bettering the aerodynamic potential of the car."

Anything you'd do differently? "Design wise, I wish I could have nailed the package of the vehicle sooner because not knowing the packaging of the components hindered the design process immensely. Once the package came together, the design came together very quickly too."

"With this project I definitely developed as a designer, because I had half a year developing the design with 2D and 3D tools - so by the end of it I really understood the car in perspective and proportion."

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