Design Curial

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Veronica Simpson looks at the new temporary accommodation the practice Reed Watts has created for the homeless.

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Google

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AML is a little-know feature that automatically activates the geo-locating capabilities of iOS and Android phones, but countries have been slow to adopt it.

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The Guardian

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In two years’ time, the Lower East Side will be home to the world’s first underground ‘green’ space – the Lowline

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Design Curial

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Lighting expert Jill Entwistle reports from the massive project that is Crossrail on the lighting challenges encountered on the 100km-long scheme

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Coolhunting

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Goldsmiths, University of London, has long been an iconic part of the UK art scene—it was the school that many of the YBAs, Young British Artists, came out of in the late '80s and early '90s. Since last year, the university also has its very own arts institution, the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA).…

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Design Boom

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the telescopic, adaptabe structure opens to the public with the world premiere of five-night concert series, 'soundtrack of america.'

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Dezeen

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The number of new tall buildings planned for construction in London has gone up to 541 thanks to a surge in planning approvals, according to new research from New London Architecture.

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fastcompany

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Ikea’s innovation lab debuts SolarVille, a blockchain-powered solar microgrid, which points toward the furniture giant’s sustainability ambitions.

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Design Boom

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last year we reported that MIT researchers were investigating how a fleet of autonomous boats could improve urban waterways in amsterdam. dubbed roboat, the research project saw the senseable city lab at MIT, directed by carlo ratti, collaborate with the amsterdam institute for advanced metropolitan solutions (AMS). together they envisioned a new kind of on-demand infrastructure comprising autonomous platforms that could combine together to form floating bridges and stages, collect waste, deliver goods, and transport people, all while collecting data about the city. 
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Creative Applications

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Created by Media & Interaction Design students at ECAL during a one week workshop led by Thibault Brevet, The Center for Counter-Productive Robotics is a collection of experiments where a robot was programmed to perform counter-productive tasks, with intention to develop a more human-centric approach to automation and robotics.
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Pack World

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To achieve its goals, Stamford, CT-based Nestlé Waters North America is expanding its relationship with supplier Plastrec and working with other suppliers to support the company’s ability to nearly quadruple its use of food-grade recycled plastic, or rPET, in less than three years.
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In early November, an independent London supermarket became one of the first in the world to introduce dedicated Plastic Free Zones. In February 2018, Dutch supermarket Ekoplaza opened its first store with a plastic-free aisle containing more than 700 grocery items. The idea came to Ekoplaza from the environmental group A Plastic Planet.
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Core 77

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A/D/O's Water Futures Design Challenge recently announced their 9 shortlisted finalists in all three categories: Future Systems & Infrastructure, Future Objects and Materials and Future Information and Communication. For the next phase in the competition, each finalist will be paired with a mentor that will help give suggestions and provide guidance throughout the research and development phases.
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Inhabitat

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Completed in just seven months, the Regent’s Park Open Air Theater in central London is yet another example of how prefabrication can be a fantastic solution for site-sensitive projects strapped for time. Local architecture firm Reed Watts Architects designed the theater using a lightweight cross-laminated timber (CLT) panel system. Set amidst protected Royal Parks trees, the cultural institution houses new rehearsal studios and a catering kitchen, marking the first time in the theater’s 86-year history that its operations have been brought together onto one site.
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In a new partnership, Virgin Orbit and Cornwall Airport Newquay in South West England will be setting up a spaceport that offers rocket launches and passenger airline services side by side. This partnership could see the UK launch its first rocket from a plane instead of a terrestrial launchpad.

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Wallpaper* July 2018 (W*232) opens an enquiry into what’s coming up in this new age of brutalism. We investigated the renewed interest in brutalist structures’ architectural heritage in London and wider Europe where neglected behemoths are being reboot…

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