Innovation
Design | Sustainability
An Architect Introduces a Fresh Take on the Classic To-Go Cup

In the quest to create a sustainable alternative to the disposable paper cups used by most coffee shops, award-winning architect, Safia Qureshi, launched a new business called CupClub. CupClub creates plastic cups that can be used 132 times before being recycled. The business establishes designated cup drop-off points (often at coffee shops) throughout London, where tossed cups are then collected and expertly cleaned for reuse. 

Biophilic Design Benefits Students, Even in Schools with Tight Budgets

Long before the term ‘biophilia’ entered the scientific lexicon in the 1970s, it served as an innate design practice. In Hellenistic Greek and Roman architecture, open-air courtyards functioned as the center of the home, providing a calming respite with fresh air, natural light, and views of nature. Though few homes today are built around secluded outdoor oases, biophilic elements enable designers to create similarly stimulating and restorative spaces in built environments, ultimately improving the health and wellness of those within them.    

Design | Engineering
Can Shifts in Skyscraper Design Eliminate Wind Tunnels?
Design | Sustainability
Paper or Pasta? A New Take on Eco-Friendly Straws
Design | Engineering
Is the Age of the Airship on the Horizon Again?

Biophilic Design Benefits Students, Even in Schools with Tight Budgets

Long before the term ‘biophilia’ entered the scientific lexicon in the 1970s, it served as an innate design practice. In Hellenistic Greek and Roman architecture, open-air courtyards functioned as the center of the home, providing a calming respite with fresh air, natural light, and views of nature. Though few homes today are built around secluded outdoor oases, biophilic elements enable designers to create similarly stimulating and restorative spaces in built environments, ultimately improving the health and wellness of those within them.    

Design | Materials
Fashion Makes Way for Innovative Eco Collections
Design | Materials
Scientists Turn to Soap and Detergent in Quest for Battery Alternatives
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Design | Engineering
Will Your Next Smart Device be a Succulent?

Since apparently there are not enough people we can interact with in the world, we are now able to communicate with plants. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which has specific researchers for “cyborg botany”, has developed technology that allows plants to act as sensors and displays. 

Design | Materials

Corona Tackles Plastic Pollution with Stackable 6-Packs

In an innovative bid to remove all plastic from their packaging, Corona parent company Group Modelo is working on an open-source, stackable solution to bringing your own beer. 

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Design | Materials
Colgate Jumps on the Eco Train with Reimagined Toothpaste Packaging
Design | Sustainability
Meet the Water Bottle That Cleans Itself
Design | Fashion
Another Beloved Brand Goes Green
Design | Architecture

Tezuka Architects Designs Super-Cute, Bubbly Nursery School

In Fuji City, Japan, Tezuka Architects have built what is quite possibly one of the cutest and most wholesome nursery schools, ever. The Muku Nursery is comprised of a series of round timber structures that when viewed from above look like bubbles or parasols. Inside, the rooms are open and are drenched in natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around the structures. 

Design | Sustainability
These Designers Are Shaping the Future of Water
Design | Sustainability
Denver Ad Agency Uses Artful Billboards To Drive Home Water Conservation Message
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Design | Urban Planning
In The Future, People Will Move Through Cities In Multi-Directional Elevators

It may sound fantastical, even Wonka-esque, but future urban citizens will navigate their cities not by foot, but by a multi-directional elevator system called MULTI. First proposed in 2014, MULTI could use magnetic levitation technology to move multiple cabins of people up, down, and sideways in "hanging cities" of the future. These hanging cities, says squareone's Design Director Kostas Poulopoulos, will create "a three-dimensional mega-grid that combines towers and multi-story horizontal sectors into a 24-hour urban hub for live, work, and play."

Design | Sustainability

Get Busy Living Sustainably Or Get Busy Dying Sustainably

It may be taboo to discuss death, but the fact of the matter is that we modern day humans continue to mess up the planet long after we've stopped driving our cars or picking up our trash. Coffin production wastes natural timber resources, embalming leaches toxic chemicals into our water, and cremation emits chemicals into the air. That's why New York-based designer Shaina Garfield invented Leaves, a sustainable coffin that decomposes the body naturally with the aid of a fungi-laced rope and a pine wood surface.

Design | Sustainability
Biodegradable Planters May Be Key to Reforestation
Design | Sustainability
Crustaceans a New Contender in the Fight to Find Alternatives to Single-Use Plastics
Design | Urban Planning
Toronto's Quayside Neighborhood Is Going To Be Incredibly Cool and Green
Design | Sustainability

Snøhetta Debuts New Chair Made of Recycled Fish Nets and Steel

According to Circular Ocean, some 705,000 tons of fishing gear are lost or discarded in the ocean every year. That's a lot of virgin nylon, a strong and durable material, floating uselessly in the ocean and even worse, strangling thousands of whales, sea lions, and other marine animals. Once the problem became apparent, a whole industry popped up around gathering these discarded fish nets and transforming them into viable new products. Internationally-renowned design firm Snøhetta joined the competition at the 2019 Stockholm Design Week with their S-1500 chair, which is made of recycled fishing gear and repurposed steel. Because it uses locally sourced recyclable materials, the S-1500 has one of the lowest carbon footprints on the market. 

Design | Materials
Office Warfare Is Over Thanks To This Temperature-Regulating Fabric
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Design | Fashion
Ica & Kostika Launch Nature-Inspired, 3D-Printed Killer Heels

The humble seahorse may not be an intuitive place to find inspiration, but that's exactly where 3D-printed shoe outfit Ica & Kostika looked for their latest collection. Cast in a silvery finish, the seahorse-inspired shoe is part of a larger collection called Exobiology. The shoes are meticulously designed and constructed to fit the natural shape of the wearer's foot. 

Design | Science

Inside the Mind of Neri Oxman

Neri Oxman is at the forefront science, design, and academic celebrity. A winner of the National Design Award and a pioneering force at MIT's Mediated Matter Lab, Oxman is known the world over for her unique creative vision on how the natural world and the built environments of the future will coalesce. Deep dive into her predictions for a new biophilic future in this 2018 interview with Oxman in Dwell magazine. 

Design | Materials
Mycelium Wows Again In New Nir Meiri Lamps
Design | Wifijerez
Veganism — The Next Frontier in Hospitality Design
Design | Products
LG's Roll-Up TV is the Perfect Product for Viewing "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo"
Design | Robotics

Cerambot Lets You 3D Print Your Own Ceramics

Ceramicists make it look so easy — with only gentle pushing, folding, and sculpting they can mold a mound of clay into something delicate and functional. Now, thanks to continued innovation in 3D printing, even the casual hobbyist can make their own ceramic pieces at home. Cerambot uses real clay, making it a more eco-friendly 3D printer, and can print with pinpoint accuracy. 

Design | Wifijerez
Terrarium, But Make It Aesthetic
Design | Materials
Who needs velvet curtains when you can have algae?
Design | Materials
Potato Peels Find New Life as Alternative MDF Material
Design | Architecture
Students Tackle Urban Loneliness Through Architecture

Architecture and urban planning have been proven to be incredibly useful tools in combatting the negative effects of climate change on the city level. Could design thinking be the answer to mitigating the epidemic of loneliness in our urban centers, as well? PhD researcher Tanzil Shafique set out to discover if it was possible with his M.Arch students at the Melbourne School of Design and the answer is a resounding yes (view student work here). 

Design | Architecture

Welcome to NewIstanbul

Istanbul’s newest airport, aptly called “Istanbul New Airport,” partially opened this past October and aims for complete functionality by the end of the year. It boasts historically-inspired architecture (for example the control tower is inspired by Turkey’s national flower, the Tulip), 22 LEED-certified buildings, a slew of child play areas, holistic “wellness” centers, and a size larger than Manhattan. No word on baggage claim efficacy.

Design | Urban Planning
Holland's Neo-Atlantis
Design | Fashion
Pants, Now Available In Indestructible
Design | Transportation
Dutch Government Embraces Flex Space in Trains
Design | Food

Radical Seasonality, The New Grocery Store Paradigm

Natoora, a sustainable supplier of fruits and veggies to some of London's most prestigious chefs, recently opened a brick-and-mortar shop that feels very similar to another retailer of posh, eco-friendly goods. The fresh produce store was designed in collaboration by architect Noé Golomb and cabinet maker FincH, whose work includes five fit-outs for Aesop stores. All of the food items are locally sourced and are kept in their natural state with no plastic packaging.

Design | Products
Stop! You're Under Arrest for A Bad Choice of Font!
Design | Food
You Can Feel A Little Less Guilty About Eating French Fries Now
Design | Materials
Black Widows May Be Deadly But Their Silk Could Save Lives