Wordt het klassieke schoolsysteem binnenkort buitenspel gezet?

Written by Lizzy Van Lysebeth 

De laatste tijd krijgt het klassieke onderwijssysteem vaak kritiek. De druk op de leraren is groot, de inrichtende macht reageert traag op een snel veranderende markt en ondertussen gaat de kwaliteit van het onderwijs gestaag achteruit. Tegelijkertijd ontwikkelt er zich in de achtergrond een onderwijssysteem dat geen last blijkt te hebben van deze drempels. Wat in de makerwereld begon met programmeren en hacken, breidde al snel uit tot een educatief laboratorium dat steeds meer raakvelden vindt met het klassieke onderwijs.

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Is our traditional schooling system soon to be side-lined?

Written by Lizzy Van Lysebeth 

Our current traditional schooling system has taken quite some heat lately. The pressure on teachers is great, the department of education reacts slowly to a changing market and personalized education does not seem to take root. In the meantime, in the background, an educational system is developing which does not seem to be cumbered by these drawbacks.  Already much more than programming and 3d printing, the maker community is devising a system soon challenging our traditional education.

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Tips on installing waste and soil pipes

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Installing domestic drain and soil pipes seem to be an easy job, no water pressures to account for or non-return and other valves to think about and regulation seems to be comprehensible to any construction worker. Just connect your pipes from point A, always go downwards and make sure you end up in the sewage and that’s it. Will it work? …It might. Will it work well? That’s a totally different ballgame. Although sticking some pipes together to drain the water seems fairly simple, a lot can go wrong when drain pipes are not installed the way they should be. Common problems with drain and soil pipes are clogs and smells and in order to avoid those providing sufficient air and keeping your waste flow under control is key.

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Who is the man behind your furniture?

Article written by Lizzy

Stating that a piece of production furniture always starts with the designer may have been true some 50 years ago, now however chances are it started in some marketing department. This statement would not only be valid for production furniture but for a large proportion of the production objects sold today. This article hopes to shed some light on the evolution of furniture design.

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Japanese boundaries: A different way of perceiving space

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In Japan symbolism, signs, movement, subtle indications or even education can be found as a boundary for space. This may elude the visiting westerner as he is used to the physical barriers which forcefully indicate his course. It does not necessarily mean that the only barriers we westerners recognise are physical, but the sensitivity towards none physical borders is of a different nature compared with the Japanese.

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Health and safety in interior design

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As an interior designer one can not understate the importance of health and safety. The difficulty however lies in the fact that the safety issues he or she should be concerned about stretch over various fields ranging from, safety in the home/space/office/environment where people need to work or live, building safe constructions, to providing a safe working environment for the people who are carrying out the building work.

Many of those safety issues are bound by extensive laws and regulations and it is obvious that covering the whole spectrum of health and safety which an interior designer should be concerned about is beyond the scope of this article. Nevertheless would it be useful to write down a summary, a checklist if you like, of the various health and safety aspects governing our business and provide some leads where to start looking for help, answers and regulations.

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Reducing the intrusiveness of building work in residential projects

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For a homeowner having strangers walking through the front door with all kinds of materials and equipment, making lots of noise and bringing dust to the most unlikely places disrupting his daily routines, tranquillity and private space, can become very upsetting. Nevertheless there is much that we as designers/architects/builders can do to lower the threshold to stress free building work.

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