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2019年07月08日

Under, the world's largest restaurant under the sea

Under is located in a remote fishing village Båly, along the coast line of southern Norway. It's the world's largest restaurant under the sea. Legendary Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta used the most simple "tube" as its constructive form, yet created a stunning effect. The rough concrete facade is designed as a artificial reef to be integrated in the nature. While you walked inside, the gradual color palette mimics the beautiful sunset, coral, then shifts to the deep blue and green of the seabed. In this video Under, the world's largest restaurant under the sea, the leading architects explained their creative thoughts behind the design idea.

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2019年07月01日

A monochromatic and minimalist home

Finnish mom Tiina Ilmavirta has a lot of fans on Instagram due to her black and white home setting. Followers are puzzled how she could keep such a pristine home with two little boys. In this video a minimalist home, she explained her interior design idea and how she prefers a simple life with as little things as possible.

minimalist, finnish design, interior design, monochrome, finnish home, finnish mom

Photo by Yitiao

2019年03月31日

Oodi, a place for all

Oodi is the new library in the center of Helsinki, Finland. It belongs to Helsinki city library system, which offers many free services and machines to users, apart from books. The building has attracted over 1 million goers since it's opening in Dec. 2018. 

 

In this video Oodi, a place for all, architect Antti Nousjoki explains the design idea behind this unique building. According to him, the contemporary library is no longer just a book storage. It should has more designs to serve people's new needs, it is also a place for people to socialize.

 

oodi, library design, finnish library, finnish architecture, helsinki, ala

Photo by Tuomas Uusheimo

2018年09月24日

Nordic color palette

Nordic color palette is grey, white and black, due to the long and cold winter. Nordic color palette is neutral, in respect to nature, which extends outdoor scenery to indoor. 

In this video Nordic Color Palette, Finnish designer Tero Kuittunen shows how Nordic people could also in favor of bright colors, because they are passionate about life. 

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Photo by Yin Zi

 

 

2018年07月02日

Diaries of a porn addict

Toni Jyvälä is a standup comedian in Finland. What gained him national fame was not his performance, but his online diaries on the fight to internet porn addiction. 

Toni did not realize his depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and erectile malfunction were due to his long time addiction to internet porn during most of his adulthood. Not one single psychologist he saw asked him anything about the addiction. Until one day he bumped into Gary Wilson's talk on TEDx Talk - The Great Porn Experiment, he realized the root of his problems. 

In the video interview Diaries of a porn addict, Toni tells his personal story right in front of camera. His struggle is still going on, and his bravery and courage have inspired many young men around the world who suffer the same condition. 

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Photo by Yitiao

2018年06月26日

Bitter Flowers - a story of Chinese women in Belleville, Paris

Bitter Flowers is Belgian director Olivier Meys' first long feature film. It is a story of a Chinese woman Lina's struggle in Belleville, Paris. Meys used to live and work in China for more than ten years, he found the story of Chinese street workers in Belleville is intriguing, so he teamed up with Chinese screenplay writer A Mei to create a story of Lina. 

Meys believes that he portraits the women in a delicate and respectful way. Through the story, he wants to explore the balance between hope and sacrifice. He also wants to urge people to ponder the present and future, and how an obsessed hope sometimes may not be a good direction to maintain.

In this video interview "Bitter Flowers - a story in Belleville by a Belgian director", Meys tells some background stories about the movie. 

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2017年12月20日

Loving Vincent - a story of love

Loving Vincent is the world's first fully hand-painted movie. It took the team over seven years to accomplish this amazing task. The story was initiated by the director Dorota Kobiela, and her husband Hugh Welchman has been a great support behind the idea. The couple has been through many difficulties during the process of movie making.

In this video interview "Loving Vincent - a story of love" at their studio in Sopot, Poland, Welchman said no difficulties they undertook could compare the difficulties Vincent had, and this gave them strength. 

loving vincent, polsih, poland, movie, hugh welchman, dorota kobiela, animation

 Photo by YIN Zi

2017年10月01日

Vilppula prison - an open jail in middle Finland

Vilppula prison is an open jail near Tampere, Finland. There are about 90 inmates and 30 prison staff in it. The open jail system is not built with 8-meter-tall concrete wall, but invisible rules. No inmates wear any electronic device, and they are free to go out to work, study or participate training. 

In the short film Vilppula Prison, we interviewed two inmates who talked about their experience in Vilppula, compared with their time in closed prison. The director of Vilppula also talked about the meaning of such a system for a better society.

open jail, open prison, vilppula, finland, finnish judicial system, criminal justice

 Photo by YIN Zi

2017年09月01日

Earthship - An autonomous vessel to live in

Michael Reynolds started to build autonomous housing projects half a century ago. As an visionary, he believes that by using automobile tyres, glass bottles and soda cans, human can live in a more healthy and ecological way and help revive a piece of rainforest on earth. 

In this interview Earthship - An autonomous vessel to live in, Reynolds tells about his believes, mission and hope. 

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Be My Eyes - An app to lend your eyesight and help all

Danish carpenter Han Jorgen Wiberg is a visually-impaired person himself. He invented the iphone app Be My Eyes to help other blind and visually-impaired people to "see" things when they need. What surprised him and his colleagues is that the volunteers are so excited and happy to be able to help.

In this exclusive interview Be My Eyes - an app to lend your eyesight and help all, Hans explains what are the essential ingredients of the invention. 

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