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Even benches are tweeting

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by Elsa Sidawy | 05.19.11

Social networks have infiltrated nearly every part of everyday life for many of us, designers included, who are tagging their thoughts on furniture. This is the case of Chris McNicholl who invented Tweeting Seat. Equipped with two cameras, this bench would be able to update the Twitter profile of the user who sits down, [...]

In Sydney, an architectural innovation optimizes sun exposure at a university residence

In Sydney, an architectural innovation optimizes sun exposure at a university residence

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by Adrien Geneste | 04.27.11

Sydney breaks records in the sunshine department, but the city also boasts the highest population density in Australia. As in many cities that are seeing their population skyrocket, density poses unimagined public health risks. With this in mind and from an ecological and sustainable standpoint, two architects have created the latest residence hall at Boston University’s Sydney campus.

Mobîlot, a multifunctional and portable terrace for urban areas

Mobîlot, a multifunctional and portable terrace for urban areas

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by Elsa Sidawy | 04.11.11

The warm weather arrives and already urban dwellers flock to rare sunny terraces that pepper the sidewalk. The Mobîlot terrace, with measurements just under those of a car, was designed to free saturated urban sidewalks, creating islands of conviviality, while occupying a single lot.

A Geneva application to encourage public debate about development projects

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by Elsa Sidawy | 04.03.11

The Geneva cabinet of architecture and urbanism Darius Golchan has developed an iPhone application that allows citizens to voice their opinions on development projects and management plans of the canton of Geneva. Interactive, the application pdcom.ch provides access, via a map, to various ongoing projects. As of now, Lancy is the only town currently [...]

A solid wood system brings timber to the city

A solid wood system brings timber to the city

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by Elsa Sidawy | 03.11.11

In November 2009, Eric Guez began marketing in France apartment buildings designed in solid wood, a technical innovation that allows one to build upwards. This inventive method creates buildings as durable but cleaner than those constructed with the typical materials of contractors today.

Public Poster, the solar and interactive public board

Public Poster, the solar and interactive public board

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by Gregory Sant | 01.23.11

Unlike traditional information boards whose paper flyers are haphazardly tacked up, Public Post is a new generation of bulletin board. Beyond the written word, this electronic whiteboard can broadcast images and videos, facilitating the dissemination of information, written and image-based, to readers.

Lose weight or cook buns under a bus shelter

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by Elsa Sidawy | 01.21.11

Experiential marketing is making its way into public transportation. In the Netherlands, people sitting on the bench of a Rotterdam bus shelter immediately see their weight displayed on the inner panel.

The Dutch invent a road that paves itself

The Dutch invent a road that paves itself

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by Elsa Sidawy | 01.17.11

In Holland, they’re rolling out the red carpet for the Tiger-Stone, an all-in-one device that lays brick road. This ingenious machine is poised to make traditional road work machines-cumbersome, dangerous, and costly- a thing of the past.

Wallpaper to protect buildings from earthquakes

Wallpaper to protect buildings from earthquakes

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Bulletins électroniques | 01.05.11 | Quick Read

When one talks about rags and textiles, one thinks of clothes most of the time. As surprising as it may be, there is now a wallpaper made of textiles, meant to protect buildings from natural disasters, or at least from earthquakes.

Today, even pipes talk

Today, even pipes talk

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by Elsa Sidawy | 12.10.10

The first detectable and communicating pipe was born a few days ago near Grenoble. The company RYB and the CEA of Grenoble originated this plastic pipe called Eliot which boasts a new technology aimed at optimizing network monitoring. An invention that will allow communities to save a few billion cubic meters of water.

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