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Creatives – Here's What You Need to Know This Week – July 29-Aug 3

I've been inspired by industrial design and architectural inspiration this week. With all the talk locally about the housing market and the cost-of-living – particularly in Auckland - there seems to be a renewed interest in new and innovative ways to design spaces, homes, offices and whole city landscapes. Architecture is about so much more than just a room you occupy – it's about how the spaces around us inform our culture, and vice versa.

So this week, enjoy my roundup of unique and inspiring architectural and design links.

If you have any fascinating links, projects and stories to share, don't forget to share it with us it using the #workflowmaxroundup tag on twitter! And you can read more fantastic advice and inspiration for creative industries on the WorkflowMax Blog.

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1. I am a sucker for Library porn – images of beautiful libraries. Weburbanist offers us 13 Incredibly Intricate Historical Libraries.

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2. This stunning contemporary home inserted into the crumbling façade of a twelfth-century Warwickshire castle is one of six projects nominated for the prestigious 2013 Stirling Prize. Designed by Witherford Watson Mann have used clay bricks to infill the gaps in the crumbling structure, creating a strong contrast between the old and new.

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3. Photographer Rä di Martino was travelling in Tunisia recently and stumbled across the remains of movie sets from Star Wars episode IV, which had been buried and forgotten for 35 years. Martino documents his discovery in his series All The World's A Stage.

4. From Anil Dash comes the 10 Rules of Internet.

fairfax - sunday news redesign

5. Fairfax Media have given the Sunday News a redesign, and with the new look comes a change in content strategy. With a declining circulation, the national tabloid is keen to revitalise their readership with expanded world and entertainment news sections, lots of sport, and lifestyle, beauty and health topics. There's even a "Budget Busters" column about money saving tips.

6. I love reading about the day-to-day business of other designers and creatives. Designer Breanna Rose has started a new series on her blog about her design process, which I'm finding very interesting.

7. Creative Market brings us a round up of the best 404 pages on the internet.

8. According to Paul Jarvis, the key to doing good work is More Doing, Less Promoting.

9. From the Buffer Productivity blog comes this round up of counterintuitive advice from famous entrepreneurs. Paul Graham urges us "not to think big" and Elon Musk believes we should "seek out negative feedback".

10. Will you be at Semi-Permanent 2013 in Wellington this year? The first round of speakers has just been announced, and there are some good'uns.

11. Chris Kelly created this amazing video as a graduate project. He creates a kind of urban Escher painting where the conventions of modern urban landscapes are folded and twisted. “Our understanding of space is not always a direct function of the sensory input but a perceptual undertaking in the brain where we are constantly making subconscious judgements that accept or reject possibilities supplied to us from our sensory receptors,” he says. “This process can lead to illusions or manipulations of space that the brain perceives to be reality.” See the thesis that accompanies the video – Time and Relative Dimensions In Space: The Possibilities of Utilising Virtual[ly impossible] Environments in Architecture.

12. Pretty much the best thing I've seen in ages – if you're interested in architecture and the history of design, check out the six videos in the Design in a Nutshell series, created by The Open University.

That's all from me. What about you? What has inspired or challenged you this week?