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According to IKEA, autonomous vehicles will look like living rooms on wheels

From IKEA’s point of view, the inside of a self-driving vehicle shouldn’t mirror that of a regular car, but rather it should be a small space that we can have experiences in. Instead of sleek self-driving cars, IKEA wants autonomous vehicles that look like bright-colored living rooms on wheels. IKEA also believes spacious autonomous vehicles can bring a suite of services such as portable farmer’s markets and mobile medical clinics to remote or underserved neighborhoods.

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  • Quartz
  • Date:09/20/2018

New bike path in the Netherlands shows roads can be made using recycled plastic

A Dutch city by the name of Zwolle has created a bike path made almost entirely out of recycled plastic. Although the road looks like red asphalt, the path path makes use of plastic that typically has little value, like old plastic bottles and beer cups from festivals. The design also makes use of modular piece that prefabricated and lightweight, making them easy to move and fast to install. If the bike path turns out to be endurable enough, it could lead to more roads being made from recycled plastic.

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  • Fast Company
  • Date:09/17/2018

Stella McCartney has created the world's first vegetarian Stan Smith sneaker

As a lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney doesn’t use any leather or fur in her designs and has always been committed to cruelty-free fashion. This week she builds on her long-term collaboration with adidas to reveal an ethical twist on the three-striped sportswear giant’s iconic tennis sneaker, the Stan Smith.

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  • Date:09/12/2018

Someone finally created an accurate map of the world

Most maps of the world depict Greenland as a behemoth piece of land that’s comparable in size to Africa. That happens because creating a precise flat map of our spherical planet is incredibly hard. But now a designer in Japan has created a map that’s so accurate it’s almost as good as a globe, and it’s probably one of the best estimations you’ll see of the real size of countries. Have a look here to see this odd-looking map.

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  • ScienceAlert
  • Date:09/06/2018

Yale architecture students design an affordable housing model

Graduate students at the Yale School of Architecture have designed and built a contemporary family home in a low-income neighborhood in New Haven, Connecticut. The dwelling was completed as part of the school's Jim Vlock Building Project, a program established in 1967.

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  • Date:08/31/2018

The world’s first “high-tech eco village” will reinvent suburbs

A half-hour commute from Amsterdam, a piece of farmland is slated to become a new kind of neighborhood. Vertical farms, along with traditional fields and orchards surrounding homes, will supply food to people living there.

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  • Date:08/30/2018

New lamp colour system helps indoor plants grow

Italian lighting company Artemide and Danish architecture and design company Bjarke Ingels Group have created the Gople lamp. The lamp is made from mouth-blown glass using traditional Venetian techniques.

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  • Date:08/28/2018

These retractable sunshades can open and close without using electricity

In order to release seeds at the most opportune time, pine cones open their scales in warm and dry weather, and remain closed and sealed up when it’s cold and wet. Based on this phenomenon, engineers have created retractable sunshades that can automatically adjust to the amount of sunlight an area gets. What makes these sunshades extra incredible is that they retract without electricity, unlike conventional sunshades.

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  • New Atlas
  • Date:08/22/2018

Swiss engineers are revolutionizing the way ceilings are constructed

Inspired by gothic architecture, Swiss engineers have invented an entirely new way of constructing ceilings. The new construction technique uses a mixture of concrete, rebar, and carbon fiber that form a super-light, super-strong slab ceiling. And the amazing thing is: not only does it make for a crazy looking ceiling, but it also surpasses the very strict weight-supporting Swiss building code standards.

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  • Fast Company
  • Date:08/22/2018

This Toronto skyscraper is covered with 450 trees

Toronto has long been serious about its urban canopy. The Ontario city is already home to around 10 million trees, which cover around 26 percent of the city.

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  • Date:08/17/2018
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