Budding designers showcase creativity

A creative blend of fashion textiles, interior and knitwear were showcased during the two-day 16th annual exhibition “Paridhanshilpa” organised by the first and second year design students of Pinnacle Institute of Fashion Technology (PIFT). The exhibition provided a creative platform to students for displaying their talent, creativity to parents and industry at large. Creative garments designed, cut, stitched and ornamented by students of fashion, textile and knitwear design under the mentorship of the faculty were displayed during the exhibition. A creative collection in kids and girls’ wear in different blend of fabrics, including cotton, georgette, chiffon, silk stuff, crafted in skirts, tops, suits, crop tops and designer suits was on display during the event. There was a section displaying accessories made with waste material, including denim fabric into hand bags, sling bags, purses and footwear among other things. Budding designers also showcased their file work with different subject covering design aspects, motifs and theme. Designers from the Interior Department made lamps and accessories with different wood material as add on to their models. The annual exhibition was thronged by parents, friends of all students from all departments, architects, interior designers, industrialists from garment industry and the PIFT management. Source:tribuneindia.com

Indian-origin student designs vending machine to offer morning after pills

LOS ANGELES: In a first, a vending machine designed by a student of Indian origin, that dispenses the morning after pill, has been installed in a university campus in the US. The machine called "Wellness To Go" was installed in early April in a study room at the University of California, Davis in the US. In addition to morning after pill or Plan B, the machine - which took two years to build - offers pregnancy tests, tampons, Advil and condoms. "The more sceptical and negativity I got from other people like 'oh it's not gonna happen,' kind of pushed me more," said former UC Davis student Parteek Singh. The vending machine has received both praise and criticism, CNN affiliate 'KTXL' reported.While some students said that the machine promoted unsafe sex as it made getting the morning after pill cheaper and more convenient than buying condoms from a drug store, others felt it is "a great thing for women". "This project will make Plan B and other health resources more accessible and affordable impacting 35,000 undergraduate and graduate students at UC Davis," Singh said. "Since there is only one pharmacy that is open 24/7, students don't have the best access to emergency contraception and other over the counter medicine," he said. "I feel like every college should have this," he added.

In pune,concrete roads in design debate

PUNE: Citizens of Aundh, Baner, Balewadi and Pashan areas don't want concrete roads in their areas. A citizens' group has written to municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar saying that they were against concreting of roads in their area as part of the smart city initiative. Addressed to civic chief Kunal Kumar, the letter urges the civic body to prepare a master plan for groundwater augmentation across the city, besides setting up a groundwater management cell headed by the additional municipal commissioner to work on it. A letter, signed by civic activist Vaishali Patkar, convener of ABBP Vikas Manch, was received by the office of the civic chief on Monday. "The end- to-end concreting increases the surface runoff and its velocity, not allowing the rainwater to percolate. We need roads to be given proper slopes and trenches/ galleries all along. The road side shoulders too should be made with permeable pavement blocks/ recharge pits or shaft which will allow for absorption and percolation of rainwater," she said.The activists urged the civic body to ensure groundwater recharge structures on all roads, public land and amenity spaces. Permissions for building residential and big commercial complexes should also be granted only if the internal roads are made of permeable material, the activists have stated in the letter. Such groundwater recharge structures have been proposed on Jangli Maharaj Road. Activists wanted the inclusion of similar structures in the Smart City plan. The ABBP Vikas Manch includes members of Aundh Vikas Mandal, Baner Pashan Link Road Vikas Samitee, Anand Park Residents Association, West Aundh Welfare Association and Baner-Balewadi Residents' Association. A meeting has been convened at the mayor's office on April 6 where members of the roads and water department of the civic body are likely to be present along with the activists and experts on groundwater augmentation. Meanwhile, road concreting has already started in a big way in several parts of the city after the civic election. The road leading to Aranyeshwar temple which was in a perfectly good condition has been dug up for concreting. Small lanes in Laxminagar area and Sahakarnagar have suffered the same fate. The road opposite Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce that was concreted a few months ago has been dug up again for relaying. "The road department has not given the go-ahead to any new concreting work in recent time. The works, which are underway right now, were approved last year by the previous civic body," Rajendra Raut, head of PMC's road department, told TOI.About BMCC Road, he said the concreting was an extension of the previous work. "Only half the section was repaired last year. Now the other part is being restored," he said. Activists have offered their expertise in helping the civic body to opt for permeable materials for constructing roads that will allow groundwater recharge during the monsoon

Designers create Ikea instructions for Trump's $20 billion border wall

Assembling an Ikea bookshelf may be difficult, but designers from the satirical site The Pastillon have envisioned Ikea instructions for a project that looks truly back-breaking: Trump's border wall. They created a tongue-in-cheek ad for a "Border Wall," making fun of Trump's real-life proposal. Less than a week after Inauguration Day, Trump reiterated his plans on Twitter to build a 1,900-milelong wall along the US-Mexico border. Construction could cost American taxpayers an estimated $15 billion to $25 billion, though Trump says Mexico would eventually pay for the wall through taxes or trade. Maintenance and hiring 21,000 border-patrol agents could cost an additional $2.1 billion a year, according to CNBC and an analysis by Politico. From that perspective, the designers are offering their fake flat-pack wall for a bargain: $9,999,999,999.99. Inside, the presumably very large box would include 471,612 boards, 313,329 rounds of barbed wire, 5,659,344 screws, and a single allen wrench. Next to the picture of the assembly materials, there's a person facing the wall with a confused look on its face. Building the Border Wall seems like would be more than a one-person job. Source:businessinsider.in

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