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This lamp can lift the winter blues
The Day and Night light designed by Éléonore Delisse is engineered to lift the winter blues and rebalance your natural circadian rhythm.
This Vietnamese kindergarten used to be a monolithic, old townhouse
Kientru O Architects converted this building from an old townhouse into a vibrant ochre-and-yellow themed nursery school.
A vegetarian butcher has engineered a steak to look, feel and taste like meat
Dutch food technologists at the Vegetarian Butcher have mastered the recipe for a plant-based protein that mimics the taste and texture of a juicy steak.
A vertical, labyrinth playground wins the Emerging Architecture Award
Billed as the world's most popular and prestigious prize for up-and-coming architects, this year’s winner designed a concrete playground for kids and adults.
SHoP Architects will build 50 resilient schools in Nepal
New York-based firm ShoP Architects will build 50 schools in earthquake-damaged regions of Nepal.
An exhibition dedicated to contemporary fashion in Africa’s major cities
“Fashion Cities Africa” is the first major exhibition in the United Kingdom to celebrate and examine the growing contemporary fashion scene on the continent.
These naughty illustrations betray truisms about human relationships
“Les Coquins” is a book of risqué illustrations by French artist Marion Fayolle.
Famed photographer Walter Pfeiffer collaborates with ECAL students
“Choli Cholie” is a photographic book created by ECAL students in collaboration with the celebrated Swiss photographer Walter Pfeiffer.
This Japanese home is formed by series of house-shaped towers
Standing at different heights, these steel-clad towers form one playful residence in Japan’s city of Kosai.
A plan to rejuvenate New Delhi through a network of canals
This proposal to revitalise New Delhi through a polluted network of canals would minimise pollution and improve transport but it keeps getting delayed.
Catfish released into the Chicago River to measure water pollution
Experts have released 30 000 catfish into the Chicago River in an effort to measure the signs of progress in cleaning up the notoriously polluted water.
Dot One creates personalised textiles using your DNA
Designed by Iona Inglesby, Dot One converts data from your cheek-swab into unique textiles and graphic prints.
The large bamboo canopy sheltering Ghanaian artists
The Haduwa Arts and Culture Institute is a large bamboo canopy that serves as a meeting place for artists and cultural practitioners in Ghana.
Rio de Janeiro’s grand, new Museum of Tomorrow
Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Museum of Tomorrow is spectacular building in Rio de Janeiro dedicated to science, the environment and the future.
Vietnamese vernacular and modern construction meet in this community centre
The Swallow Homestay and Community House is the product of the happy union between traditional Vietnamese building methods and modern construction.
Graffiti increased the property value in this Miami neighbourhood
The Walls of Change project is transforming an industrial neighbourhood in Miami into the heart of street art.
Hefin Jones: Socially engaged design
Hefin Jones is the designer behind Cosmic Colliery and the Welsh Space Campaign, two socially focussed design projects.
New waterless toilet design costs five cents to run
The nano membrane toilet, a new waterless toilet design, runs for less than five cents a day and will begin trials in Ghana early next year.
A dinnerware set inspired by the Czech Cubism
Designed by Svetlana Koženová, the Lilia Collection is a dinnerware set inspired by the slicing planes and crystalline shapes of Czech cubism.
This thoroughly modern French school is located in protected woodland
The Bartelottes school complex designed by Paris-based Nomade architects is grounded in the surrounding natural environment.
Stephanie Rittler designs a mobile pushcart that upcycles old plastic
Streetplastic designed by Stefanie Rittler is a mobile manufacturing unit that produces new plastic bag designs out of old ones.
It doesn't look like it, but this is a massage chair
The Roll Collection is a seating system that consists of rotatable aluminium sticks, which massage whilst sliding from left to right.
Kathryn Martin decodes ink spills into readable images
Royal College of Art graduate Kathryn Martin’s signature drawing technique embraces an element of chance in illustrating.
Catalytic Action designed and built a playground for refugee children
Using input from children in Bar Elias, Lebanon, Catalytic Action designed and built a playground for a school developed to serve refugees.
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