Innovation
Design | Fashion
High Heel–Related Foot Pain May Soon Be a Thing of the Past

High heels are both beautiful and colossally painful to wear, but not for much longer! Podiatrist Marion Parke has invented a new kind of heel that promises both luxury and comfort. Her eponymous startup's designs have made it past the drawing board and into production, thanks in part to funding by the owners of Minnetonka Moccasin shoe company and several high-end Italian leather manufacturers, who were eager to inject some innovation into a product that hasn't seen much change in centuries.

Design | Products

LEGO Takes Inspiration from a Different Kind of Cube

LEGO blocks continue to be a ton of fun for budding and established architects, and now they are both fun and environmentally friendly. LEGO has launched their first sustainable building brick series called Plants From Plants, which are made of plastic that is derived from sugarcane and look like all manner of flora. This effort is part of a larger, company-wide plan to manufacture most of its products in environmentally friendly ways or with recycled materials by 2030. 

Design | Architecture
Biotech Startup Grows Bricks from Bacteria
Design | Manufacturing
The Latest Unlikely Sustainable Building Material? Carrots!
Design | Interior Design
Direct-to-Consumer Online Paint is Finally Here

Carbon May Be Humanity’s Best Bet Against Climate Change

One of the most ambitious fights against global warming today is being fought on the carbon capture and sequestration front. Instead of viewing carbon as a problem, entrepreneurs across many sectors are viewing carbon as an economic and environmental opportunity.

Design | Sustainability
Kiss L.A. Traffic Goodbye With Electric Double-Decker Buses
Design | Products
Soap Brand Borrows From Brutalism
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Design | Sustainability
New Disposable Cup Modernizes Traditional Gourd Containers

People around the world, particularly in Africa, Asia, and South America, have used gourds as beverage containers for centuries. Jun Aizaki of Crème Design took that knowledge and used it to develop a gourd-based disposable cup that is completely organic. Aizaki hopes to find large commercial backers that can help transform the incredibly time-intensive process of growing a gourd into something that can happen fast enough to meet today's consumption demands. 

Carbon May Be Humanity’s Best Bet Against Climate Change

One of the most ambitious fights against global warming today is being fought on the carbon capture and sequestration front. Instead of viewing carbon as a problem, entrepreneurs across many sectors are viewing carbon as an economic and environmental opportunity.

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Design | Engineering
The Sky Is the Limit for Aston Martin
Design | Transportation
Flying Taxis Get the Ferrari Treatment
Design | Fashion
3D-Printed Amphibious Mask Prepares for an Underwater Future
Design | Software

Salesforce Gets “Meta” With Data Analysis About Color Use In Data Analyses

Turns out that data analysis never stops with what’s on the page (or screen). A recent analysis by Salesforce examined the way people responded to different colors of data, as well as the speed and accuracy of decisions made based on that information. The results surprised the Salesforce team.

Design | Transportation
Bentley Reinvents Production Process for New Continental GT
Design | Interior Design
The Container Store Reorganizes Itself With New Store Concept
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Design | Architecture
Akihisa Hirata Builds a Literal Urban Jungle in Tokyo

Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata’s Tree-ness House would be an unusual sight anywhere, but its location in Tokyo’s bustling Otsuka neighborhood makes it worthy of a double take. Designed for a minimalist gallery owner who loves the outdoors, the structure is comprised of stacked white boxes that fold and open, letting trees, shrubbery, and potted plants peek out in unexpected places. This seamless indoor-outdoor approach was inspired by the “richness of a tree,” according to Hirata.

Design | Transportation

Combat Vehicles Get a Clever Robotic Update

DARPA, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center, unveiled a reconfigurable wheel track for defense vehicles, which improves their durability in combat zones with varied terrain. The wheel track enables the vehicle to shift between round wheels, ideal for traversing hard surfaces, and a triangular track, which is better suited for rugged ground. The transition between the two modes takes roughly two seconds without a break in speed, an impressive feat considering the vehicles could be traveling up to 70 mph.

Design | Architecture
Wutopia Lab Treats Two Shenzhen Homes to Gender-Inflected Makeover
Design | Fashion
Running Shoes Can Now Be Made From Recycled Ocean Trash
Design | Transportation
Lincoln’s Latest SUV Embraces Aeronautic Aesthetics
Design | Sustainability

Via Verde Tackles Air Pollution at the Source

Seemingly overnight, vertical gardens are popping up along Mexico City’s highways. Dubbed the Via Verde, or green way, this private sector–funded project aims to cover 1,000 highway pillars with greenery to combat air pollution. The gardens are made from a special felt made of recycled plastic strong enough to hold hundreds of plants in place.

Design | Sustainability
From Waste to Walls
Design | Materials
Trash Would Make a Great Construction Material
Design | Products
Hologram Table Could Revolutionize Collaborative Work
Design | Transportation
Elon Musk's Hyperloop Plays to Pedestrians

After an incendiary marketing campaign and heated tiffs with urban planners, Elon Musk’s plans for the Boring Company seem to have shifted. The Hyperloop's tunnels, which will shuttle automobiles beneath the traffic-jammed streets of Los Angeles on magnetized tracks, will now include an urban loop system. It seems vaguely like a conventional subway, but rather than having large stations where multiple lines converge, it will have thousands of small stations the size of a single parking space that will blend seamlessly into the urban fabric, Musk tweeted.

Design | Materials

The Humble Mushroom Becomes an Alternative Construction Material

Aleksi Vesaluoma, a student at Brunel University, experimented with mushroom mycelium—the “root” part of the mushroom organism—and produced a structure made entirely out of “mushroom sausages.” These sausages were rendered by growing a combination of mycelium and cardboard within a tubular cotton bandage, then arranged over a mold inside a ventilated greenhouse, where they grew for a month. While this isn’t the first example of mycelium being used as a material, it is another notch in the natural materials column for architects looking to build with more earth-friendly materials.

Design | Architecture
An Ambitious Waste-to-Energy Plant Comes to Copenhagen
Design | Architecture
Rising Sea Levels Prompt Innovations in Amphibious Architecture
Design | Augmented Reality
IKEA Dips Its Toe Into Augmented Reality
Design | Interior Design

Adidas Is Running a "Creator Farm" in Brooklyn

In the neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Adidas recently opened its Brooklyn Creator Farm, a design headquarters where Adidas intends to be “creating culture." The Brooklyn Creator Farm is really a design lab with the distinct aim to recruit young and future talent in a hip neighborhood. Adidas global creative director Paul Gaudio himself describes the Farm: “In the end, it’s very much a brand statement. It’s who we are; it’s who we want to be. It’s so deeply connected to that strategy of understanding where culture happens. New York City is the place.” 

Design | Products
Core Studio Curates Industrial-Inspired Show in Eindhoven Garage
Design | Urban Planning
Manhattan Skyscraper Concept Solves for Sustainable, Affordable Living
Design | Sustainability
Print Your City! Designs Chair From 100 Pounds of Plastic Waste
Design | Interior Design
How Design Inspires Creativity in the Workplace

We’re all born with varying degrees of creativity. Companies that want to be competitive and innovative in today’s market are turning to workplace design as a solution to boost creativity. Rapidly, the design community has responded by envisioning projects and products that honor the creative urge in all of us and seek to hone that drive into an even sharper expression of what the contemporary digital workforce is able to accomplish. 

Design | 3-D Printing

Inspired by Case Study Houses, WATG Urban Builds the First Freeform 3-D Printed Home

WATG Urban, the firm’s three-year old planning/landscape arm, claimed first prize in the 2016 Freeform Home Design Challenge, commissioned by Branch Technology to build the first house that combines freeform 3-D printing with conventional construction materials. Despite its futuristic contours, Curve Appeal, as it’s called, is actually inspired by the past: Case Study Houses—but using technology those mid-century architects could only imagine. “We definitely carried the inside-outside concept through from the Case Studies,” associate vice president and design director Christopher Hurst says.

Design | Architecture
Adjaye Associates Masters Interactivity at New York's Spyscape Museum
Design | Urban Planning
Facebook's Fixation on “Community” Extends to New Company Town
Design | Materials
The Modernists’ Favorite Material Gets a 21st Century Upgrade
Design | Products

Nendo’s Oki Sato Gives the Portable Toilet a Sleek Redesign

The devastating impact of natural disasters on power grids, water supplies, and basic hygiene spurred Nendo principal Oki Sato to rethink a relief-effort essential: the portable toilet. Unlike standard mobile loos, with their clunky and cumbersome structures, the elemental Minimlet is, well, good to go.

Design | Hospitality
Tokyo Salon by Moriyuki Ochiai Architects Evokes Braids and Twists
Design | Art
Alex Chinneck’s Logic-Bending Chimney Sculptures to Transform U.K. Town
Design | Retail
Easton Helsinki by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects Empowers Car-Heavy Locale