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MIT Lab’s 3D-printed responsive fur
MIT researchers explore the numerous ways to use their new hairy textile, Cillia.
High school students design snap-together homeless shelter
HUT is a micro-shelter designed as a low-cost, easy-to-assemble solution to homelessness.
Ending world hunger is a matter of logistics
Transfernation is an online platform that aims to tackle hunger by redistributing food waste.
Free Wi-Fi in exchange for keeping the air clean
Amsterdam-based startup TreeWiFi designs birdhouses that offer free internet when the air quality improves.
Social enterprise designs Kenyan running shoe
Enda is a running shoe inspired by Kenya’s legacy of running champions
Robotic arms and a bit of lycra can change the way concrete is used in design
Designers develop a method of fabric-casting concrete into dynamic architectural forms
China's futuristic bus allows cars to pass underneath its carriages
The Transit Explore Bus was designed to tackle extreme traffic congestion and pollution in China.
Flood House explores a new typology of responsive architecture
Matthew Butcher’s Flood House looks at how future dwellings should be adapted to co-exist with their native environments.
School on Wheels brings education to impoverished children
A bus remodelled to become a mobile classroom for children with no access to school facilities in Mumbai.
Spherical garden rolls around looking for sunlight and water
Interactive Architecture Lab creates a mobile garden that thinks for itself.
Plastic recycling initiative supports waste pickers in developing countries
Amsterdam-based group Reflow drive a socially responsible 3D printing community
21st Century farming technology to address global food crisis
Urban Produce is a sustainable vertical farming system that looks toward the future of agriculture.
Now they’re 3D printing bones
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a new material that can be used in bone replacement surgery.
A farming and recreational space designed to bring a community together
Bottle Seedling House is a multipurpose shelter that aims to improve the quality of life for a farming community affected by HIV/AIDS.
Portable surgical sterilisation suitcase
Eniware is a new sterilisation system that aims to have a positive impact on health care in developing countries.
Budapest-based brand NewFoldr champions cardboard electronics
NewFoldr aims to create a recyclable electronics movement to challenge the global e-waste issue
Swawou School for Girls finally opens its doors to students in Sierra Leone
Orkidstudio unveils its free-education school in eastern Sierra Leone after the Ebola outbreak put the project on hold.
Sundial installation 3D-printed with sheets of plastic
Contemporary sundial uses solar data to change shape according to the natural trajectory of the sun.
Interactive technology could change the way we play ping-pong
German designer Thomas Mayer helps players improve their ping-pong game with realtime performance visuals.
The world’s first 3D-printed wheelchair that can be customised on an app
Layer is soon to launch its new 3D-printed wheelchair, made to fit each individual’s body and disability.
A parachute that turns into a shelter for refugees or disaster victims
Portugal-based STUDIOMUDA design a prefabricated shelter that can be easily deployed out of an airplane.
Traffic lights designed for distracted walkers
The German city of Augsburg installs pavement lights to ensure the safety of pedestrians distracted by their phones.
Bicycle system designed for heavy duty, urban cargo delivery
Carla Cargo is a zero-emission and more agile alternative to the traditional delivery van.
Earthquake-resistant orphanage in Haiti is the start of a greater social initiative
Ti Kay Là was built to house, support and educate street children in Haiti who are living in extreme poverty and without shelter.
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