Innovation
Design | Sustainability
IKEA Opens First Second-Hand Store in Sweden for Trial Run

IKEA, the multinational furnishing brand, is spotlighting the importance of limiting furniture waste by opening its first second-hand store in Eskilstuna, Sweden, on Nov. 2. Located in ReTuna Återbruksgalleria—an innovative mall for recycled and upcycled goods—the 74-square-meter store will open for six months as part of a pilot run as IKEA aims to become "a fully circular and climate positive business by 2030."

Design | Transportation

Set Sail With A Mission

Meet Oceanbird, a cargo ship powered by giant wings meant to reduce carbon emissions typically released into the air by traditional engines. 

Design | Sustainability
Manufacturers Take Recycling Efforts into Own Hands with Innovative Programs
Design | Art
The Ultimate Quarantine Project
Design | Architecture
Dive into Underwater Research

Manufacturers Take Recycling Efforts into Own Hands with Innovative Programs

While wellness remains top of mind given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some flooring manufacturers also are combatting another health concern—the mounting consequences of our warming planet. Action to reduce carpet waste, four billion pounds of which end up in landfills each year, is imperative as product demand rises, especially on the heels of the Carpet & Rug Institute’s recent announcement to suspend a $4 million voluntary product stewardship program. 

Design | Architecture
Ocean Waves Power this Hybrid Boat in the Phillipines
Design | Science
This Fragrance is out of this World
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Design | Sustainability
Carbon Awareness 2.0

Take a look at how educators, architects, and designers throughout the industry are making strides to reduce their carbon footprints in the rise of "come-to-carbon" moments. 

Design | 3-D Printing

edg Reveals 3D Printed Cast Concrete Collection

When technology and design collide, there are often amazing outcomes. For the architecture and engineering firm edg, one such result of technology-driven design is the Synthesis 3D collection. This portfolio of cast-concrete furniture and wall paneling was developed with, and named after, edg’s own 3D printing software, which has vast ­­­­­­­­design and customization capabilities, as the new collection makes abundantly evident.

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Design | Healthcare
The Newest COVID-19 Testing Shield
Design | Architecture
Stackable Homes are Here
Design | Sustainability
Farewelll Cement, Hello Binding Agents Made from Seaweed and Shells
Design | Architecture

Next Level Energy Efficient Office Design

Design firm LPA created a California office space that consumes an estimated 70 percent less energy than one of comparable size, type, and location. How? A mix of smart lighting and space planning for starters. 

Design | Sustainability
Introducing the World's Most Sustainable Shoe
Design | Science
Chocolate Just Got Even Better
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Design | Manufacturing
Ventilators Made From... Car Parts?

Afghanistan's all-girls robotics team, the Afghan Dreamers, found a way to build emergency ventilators out of car parts, arming healthcare workers with much needed equipment during the pandemic. 

Design | Engineering

Trailblazing Rovers on Mars

Even NASA's technology experiences glitches now and then. About a decade ago, its Spirit rover got stuck in a sand trap on Mars, unable to wriggle free. But engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology developed a series of motions that could help future rovers blaze ahead, even in challenging terrain. 

Design | Materials
Go Incognito with this Jacket
Design | Manufacturing
The Dark Side of LED Lights
Design | Healthcare
Get Crafty To Protect Your Health
Tech | Engineering

The Role of 3D Printing In the Coronavirus Crisis

Two Italian engineers—founders of a company that makes items such as earthquake sensors and silicone bandages—take their country's ventilator valve shortage into their own hands. 

Tech | Engineering
Living in a Digital (Post-Coronavirus) World
Design | Materials
Compost That Dress, It's Made With Wood Pulp
Design | Urban Planning
How Will Driverless Cars Change City Streets?
Design | Architecture
A Coast Away From Silicon Valley

As the tech scene booms in Manhattan, The Company Building at 335 Madison, designed by SHoP Architects, is hoping to reap the benefits by appealing to creative workers with its coffee shop vibe. 

 

Design | Art

House Of Dots

LEGO invited artist Camille Walala to create a whimsical public art installation in London, which incorporates the brand's new 2D tiles: LEGO DOTs. 

Design | Sustainability
Inside the World's First Regenerative Highway
Design | Engineering
Avatar On Wheels
Design | Science
Is Your Dog Stressed?
Design | 3-D Printing

3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Healthcare

As 3D printing gains momentum across sectors, it's proving to be a game-changer in healthcare. The technology is making costly prosthetics more accessible and improving neonatal care with 3D-printed holders for syringes used to feed premature babies. 

Design | Transportation
This Yacht Dives Deep
Design | Architecture
Would you work in an old airplane hangar?
Design | 3-D Printing
Make Way for 3D-Printed Neighborhoods
Design | Engineering
Next Gen Nuclear Plants Are Here

The next wave of nuclear reactors won't look like this! One energy startup created a compact prototype reactor, which uses hardly any nuclear fuel and is small enough to ship to any location.

Design | Science

Calculating Carbon Emissions is Key to Improving Health

In medicine, diagnostic tools are essential, arguably as important as advancements in treatments. Take the thermometer. In the early 1700s, physicist Gabriel Fahrenheit discovered that adding a bulb of mercury to a narrow glass tube created a more precise and efficient measure of temperature, forever changing the course of medicine. While the mercury thermometer was hardly the first means to document temperature shifts—Galileo created a device to do this in the late 1500s—its minimalist design and precise readings made for a widely accessible innovation. When it comes to the human body, an infection or abnormality only can be cured, or treated, when its presence is known, which means advancements in diagnostic devices are constantly in demand. The same goes for our planet, and instruments that help measure, maintain, and restore its balance are as vital as ever.

Design | Science
Drink Vodka out of Thin Air? Yup.
Design | Engineering
Hats off to this 3D Printed Helmet
Design | Science
Revolutionary Science Makes Its Way into Flooring Design
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. 

Design | Science
Biophilic Design Benefits Students, Even in Schools with Tight Budgets
Design | Engineering
Can Shifts in Skyscraper Design Eliminate Wind Tunnels?
Design | Sustainability
Paper or Pasta? A New Take on Eco-Friendly Straws