GRAFT PROJECT SOLARKISOK TEAMED UP WITH SES

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GRAFT project SOLARKIOSK teamed with SES to bring Internet to undeserved Communities worldwide.

SOLARKIOSK AG, the energy and business gateway to underserved communities worldwide, and SES Techcom Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of world-leading satellite operator SES, announced today that they have entered a new partnership to deliver high-quality connectivity to communities worldwide.

The partnership between SES Techcom Services and SOLARKIOSK is the first major step to deliver off-grid, connected solar infrastructure solutions for communities worldwide, targeting individual users, businesses, schools, medical centres and farms.

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NEW GRAFT COLLABORATION: YOUNG ENGINEERS FORUM

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We are happy about the collaboration “Young Engineers Forum” between GRAFT and BuroHappold Engineering!  Last week a group of 12 young engineers from BuroHappold came to our Berlin office to get an introduction to freehand 3d-sketching from Graftie Jerzy Gabriel.  We are looking forward to the next workshop this Thursday at BuroHappold where architects and engineers will speak about BIM Modelling.

Check out the talent of our freehand 3d-sketching teacher:

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SOLARKIOSK AG, the energy and business gateway to underserved communities worldwide, and SES Techcom Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of world-leading satellite operator SES, announced today that they have entered a new partnership to deliver high-quality connectivity to communities worldwide.

The partnership between SES Techcom Services and SOLARKIOSK is the first major step to deliver off-grid, connected solar infrastructure solutions for communities worldwide, targeting individual users, businesses, schools, medical centers and farms.

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OPENING OF GRAFT PROJECT “KABBALAH CENTRE DEUTSCHLAND”

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We are happy to announce the opening of the GRAFT project Kabbalah Centre Deutschland! It is a part of the new unique residential and commercial quarter with a mixture of historical architecture and contemporary reconstruction called BRICKS BERLIN SCHÖNEBERG, which will be developed on the grounds of the former Postfuhramt (post office) in Berlin Schöneberg.

The architectural concept translates one of the central ideas of the teachings of Kabbalah: gradual perception as spatial development along a path. If you want to find out more about the Kabbalah Centre Deutschland, please click here:

Kabbalah Centre Deutschland
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NEW GRAFT COLLABORATION: YOUNG ENGINEERS FORUM

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We are happy about the collaboration “Young Engineers Forum” between GRAFT and BuroHappold Engineering!  Last week a group of 12 young engineers from BuroHappold came to our Berlin office to get an introduction to freehand 3d-sketching from Graftie Jerzy Gabriel.  We are looking forward to the next workshop this Thursday at BuroHappold where architects and engineers will speak about BIM Modelling.

Check out the talent of our freehand 3d-sketching teacher
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OPENING OF GRAFT PROJECT “KABBALAH CENTRE DEUTSCHLAND”

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We are happy to announce the opening of the GRAFT project Kabbalah Centre Deutschland! It is a part of the new unique residential and commercial quarter with a mixture of historical architecture and contemporary reconstruction called BRICKS BERLIN SCHÖNEBERG, which will be developed on the grounds of the former Postfuhramt (post office) in Berlin Schöneberg.

The architectural concept translates one of the central ideas of the teachings of Kabbalah: gradual perception as spatial development along a path. If you want to find out more about the Kabbalah Centre Deutschland, please click here.

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GRAFT TREND LECTURE AT BFW ANNUAL RECEPTION

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This Thursday, December 10th, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg gave a lecture at the annual reception of BFW (Bundesverband freier Immobilien- und Wohnungsunternehmen e.V.). He spoke about design and real estate trends and their influence on our living environment. The BFW is a community between politics, administration, science and real estate industry. The event took place at BMW Lenbachplatz in Munich.

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HOTEL SPACE AWARD FOR OLD MILL HOTEL BELGRADE

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We are happy to announce that our project Old Mill Hotel Belgrade won an Annual Hotel Space Award in the 13th Modern Decoration International Media Award Competition. The GRAFT project was published in Issues no. 357 of the Chinese Modern Decoration Magazine and has now been chosen as a winner among 11 additional candidates out of competing 4,000 entries from 22 countries.

 

The International Media Award was founded by the Modern Decoration Magazine publishers in 2003 for giving awards to excellent interior design works from the perspective of media.

 

The awarding ceremony took place at the Hilton Hotel in Shenzen/ China on Monday the 7th of December. A summary of the event will be published in the January issue of the magazine.

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HOTEL SPACE AWARD FOR OLD MILL HOTEL BELGRADE

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We are happy to announce that our project Old Mill Hotel Belgrade won an Annual Hotel Space Award in the 13th Modern Decoration International Media Award Competition. The GRAFT project was published in Issues no. 357 of the Chinese Modern Decoration Magazine and has now been chosen as a winner among 11 additional candidates out of competing 4,000 entries from 22 countries.

The International Media Award was founded by the Modern Decoration Magazine publishers in 2003 for giving awards to excellent interior design works from the perspective of media.

The awarding ceremony took place at the Hilton Hotel in Shenzen/ China on Monday the 7th of December. A summary of the event will be published in the January issue of the magazine.

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GREENTEC AWARD: VOTE FOR “SOLARKIOSK”

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The GRAFT project SOLARKIOSK is shortlisted for a GreenTec Award 2016 in the category Energy! Together with nine other contestants, SOLARKIOSK has been chosen for the next phase. Only three projects however will be nominated for the final round. A jury consisting of industry, science and media representatives will choose two nominees. The third one will be determined in a public online voting which started on December 8th and ends on January 13th.

 

Every year, GreenTec Awards recognize projects and products which are setting new standards in terms of environmental technology and the promotion of an ecological lifestyle. Within the category “Energy”, the GreenTec Awards reward projects that identify smart approaches on how renewable energy can be made more efficient, applicable and innovative.

 

Look for the category Energy and tick the box next to the project name SOLARKIOSK. Scroll down to the end of the page and click “Jetzt abstimmen” (Vote now). Thank you!

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SOLARKIOSK FEATURED BY ALLAFRICA.COM

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The website AllAfrica.com featured the GRAFT project SOLARKIOSK: The article focused on Solarkiosk Kenya Ldt. as well as on the benefits for the people and the environment in off-grid communities all over Africa. Thank you AllAfricas.com – we are happy about the positive influence our design has in rural areas in Kenya, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ruanda, Tanzania and Ghana.

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GRAFT LIGHTING SYSTEM CAELA FOR ZUMTOBEL

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We are happy to announce that the new CAELA luminaire is now available via Zumtobel!

CAELA is a modular lighting system with Edge-LIT LED technology that was developed in close collaboration between GRAFT and Zumtobel.

The product group comprises wall, ceiling as well as pendant luminaires. Due to a very intelligent configuration of the components the luminaire has a maximum depth of 55 mm. It is also available as a round and square version. The casing takes a back seat in order to allow for a frameless, clear and elegant design that leaves maximum space for the emitting surface. A precisely processed diffuser material enables the exact dispersion of the light.

If you want to find out more about CAELA, please click on the link below

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GRAFT LECTURE AT MARTA HERFORD

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On November the 25th, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit was invited to speak at “Stadt und Vision. Herforder Architekturgespräche” at Marta Herford, a museum for contemporary art with focus on design and architecture. He gave a lecture on strategic urban planning and DIY urbanism: “A city will unfold its real strength if it does not fulfill a plan but meet its challenges and is ahead of each planning. Experimentiveness and strategic thinking is needed more than ever in order to face the challenges of housing shortage, social justice and refugee crisis.”

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GRAFT PROJECT “SOLARKIOSK” SHORTLISTED FOR GREENTEC AWARD 2016

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We are very pleased to announce that SOLARKIOSK is shortlisted for a GreenTec Award 2016 in the category Energy.
Every year GreenTec Awards recognize projects and products that are setting new standards in terms of environmental technology and the promotion of an ecological lifestyle. Within the category “Energy”, the GreenTec Awards reward projects that identify smart approaches on how renewable energy can be made more efficient, applicable and innovative. Together with nine other contestants, SOLARKIOSK has been chosen for the next phase.
Only three projects however will be nominated for the final round. A jury consisting of industry, science and media representatives will choose two nominees. The third one will be determined in a public online voting starting at December 8th.

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GRAFT TREND LECTURE ON THE FUTURE OF WORK SPACES

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz gave a trend lecture on Friday, November 20th at the Siemens Real Estate conference in Munich. Under the title “The Future of Work Spaces. Flexible Environments for Digital Nomads” he spoke about new working environments and how new learning and connectivity will change the real estate market in the near future.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT RAUMWELTEN

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On Friday, November 13th, GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture at the platform for scenography, architecture and media “Raumwelten”.
He will speak about building immersive environments and the processes behind creative ideas. The event will be held in Ludwigsburg, Germany, where an interdisciplinary team of designers created spaces for different processes and tasks.

 

Wolfram Putz “Building Immersive Environments”

Raumwelten: Plattform für Szenografie, Architektur und Medien

13 November 2015 15:45-16:15

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GRAFT INTERVIEW ON YOUTUBE

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In October, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg gave a trend lecture at the Austrian network organization “Holzcluster”. He spoke about future trends and their impact on our working and living environment. At the event he was interviewed about the building material ‘wood’ and its potential in modern architecture. The German interview is now on youtube:

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THE FOUNDING OF THE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION SOLAR FOUNTAIN GGMBH

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The founders of Solar Fountain gGmbH Lars Krückeberg (GRAFT founding partner), Georg Bernwieser, Christine Janezic, Rolf Huber und Andreas Spieß (from left to right)
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We are very pleased to formally announce the formation of the non-profit organization Solar Fountain gGmbH. It is a joint project between SOLARKIOSK AG and the Siemens Stiftung, whose focus will be on establishing a reliable supply of clean energy, purified water, and quality products & energy services through implementations of solar-powered kiosks. Local entrepreneurs will operate all kiosks and their business activities will contribute to the social, economic, and environmental development of their communities.

Siemens Stiftung is the company foundation of Siemens AG. It was founded in 2008 and takes on non-profit projects in the fields of basic services, education, and culture. Since 2010, Siemens Stiftung has been implementing water kiosks in East Africa.

SOLARKIOSK AG enables and empowers the sustainable economic development of Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) communities worldwide through the provision of clean energy services, quality products and sustainable solutions. SOLARKIOSK AG fosters local entrepreneurship at the BoP by intertwining an inclusive business model with an award-winning technology solution: the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB. The first unit was successfully implemented in 2012. Since then, SOLARKIOSK has established six country subsidiaries and is involved with projects on three continents. By founding Solar Fountain gGmbH, SOLARKIOSK AG is committed to increasing engagement in the non-profit sector and maximize the positive impact in BoP communities by enabling access to safe drinking water and further crucial services.

The partnership between the two organizations began in 2013 when SOLARKIOSK AG was recognized as the winner of the Siemens Stiftung Empowering People Award. The competition recognizes technical solutions that achieve a sustainable improvement in the basic services of developing regions. The expertise and experience of both partners is being combined within Solar Fountain gGmbH to jointly strengthen the supply of basic services in developing countries.

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GRAFT DESIGN FOR OBJECT CARPET WINS RED DOT DESIGN AWARD

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Early this year GRAFT created some interior visualizations for the rug manufacturer OBJECT CARPET in order to promote their new rug configurator “RUGX-Konfigurator” at the international interior show imm cologne.

We are delighted to announce that the visualizations and the configuration tool will receive the Red Dot Design Award 2015 in the category “Communication Design”.

The Red Dot Award: Communication Design is hosted annually by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and is geared to all creative minds with strong communication campaigns. With more than 7.400 applications from 53 countries in 2015, the Red Dot Award: Communication Design is one of the world’s largest design competitions today.

The awarding ceremony “Red Dot Gala & Designer’s Night” will take place on the evening of November the 6th at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

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GRAFT AT DEUTSCHE BANK EXHIBITION “STADTSINNE”

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The Alfred Herrhausen Society and the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle invited GRAFT to design a sculpture interpreting the topic „StadtErtasten“ (“touching the city shape”). Yesterday it was displayed within the program of „STADTSINNE. Stadt sehen, riechen, schmecken, hören und anfassen!“ (See, smell, taste, hear and touch the city!) of the “Xenopolis” exhibition in the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin. Together with productions of the sound artist Christopher Dell and the smell researcher Sissel Tolaas, the GRAFT sculpture was presented on the Phantom Table and provided the opportunity, to experience the city of Berlin with all senses. The door handle cubes were created in cooperation with FSB – Franz Schneider Brakel GmbH.
The exhibition “Xenopolis” focuses on the city as a living organism and is presented as part of the event series “STADT/BILD Image of a City“. The project is a consortium of leading Berlin exhibition halls.

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