Week in Tech: Design Week Lagos gets Netflix show
The 2021 edition of Design Week Lagos has started in Nigeria, under the theme “Design Revolution”. Founded in 2019 by interior designer Titi Ogufere, DWL was launched to share and celebrate contemporary African design with visitors from around the world. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which began in 2020, the festival has grown and evolved since its conception.
This year, the DWL is taking place in person and online to highlight “new avenues in manufacturing methods, illuminating ingenuity and information sharing so that a growing community of contemporary designers can better tap into a rich history of craftsmanship and a unique knowledge of materials across the continent. “, according to a press release from DWL. The festival includes an annual showcase of African furniture and design objects, a student competition and a regional roundtable organized by the International Federation of Interior Architects.
On October 24, DWL will celebrate the release of Made by design, a Netflix docusery that highlights architects, interior designers and product designers in Africa. Also created by Ogufere, the series will follow 13 different designers, including architects Tosin Oshinowo, Theo Lawson and Papa Omotayo. [Design Week Lagos]
Tatheer Zahra, a researcher at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, used commercial bioplastics, commonly used in running shoes or memory foam pillows, to design and 3D print geometries auxetics load-resistant. Instead of flattening on impact, the biodegradable forms expand and contract in various directions, potentially resisting a car traveling at 60 kilometers per hour. In a press release from QUT, Zahra explained that the geometries, if embedded in the mortar, could be used as a “protective wall plaster” to help protect buildings from vehicle impact. [Queensland University of Technology]
In 2017, the California legislature introduced AB 617, an air pollution bill billed as an environmental justice policy that would use cap-and-trade measures to fund pollution-control plans led by U.S. most vulnerable communities in the region. Almost four years later, however, the measure has left those communities – the ones it was supposed to protect – mired in bureaucracy and without significant reductions in emissions. Grist Editor-in-chief Naveena Sadasivam examines AB 617 through the lens of Richmond, Calif., A city struggling to use AB 617 to reduce pollution at a Chevron oil refinery. [Grist]
Prince William has announced the winners of his first Earthshot award, awarding £ 1million (roughly $ 1,400,000) to five projects that provide “innovative solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems by 2030,” according to the award. Earthshot. organization. This year’s winners included Takachar, a portable device that reduces smoke emissions and produces biofuel; and the Republic of Costa Rica, which has reversed deforestation by paying its citizens to protect their forests. [The Washington Post]
Also from The Washington Post, Atlanta-based TK Elevators is building a 420-foot tower to test and research skyscraper elevators. TK Elevators will test innovations, such as twin elevators and elevator operations in extreme environments. [The Washington Post]
How does our brain navigate cities? After studying more than 14,000 people in cities including San Francisco, Boston and Cambridge, Mass., A group of MIT researchers found that pedestrians reliably walk “the paths that seem to point most directly to their destination. , even if those routes end up being longer, “according to an MIT statement. Dubbed the” sharpest path, “this type of low-brain-power, vector-based navigation is also seen in insects and primates. “There seems to be a trade-off that allows the computing power of our brains to be used for other things – 30,000 years ago, to avoid a lion, or now, to avoid a perilous SUV,” said said Carlo Ratti, professor of urban technologies in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and director of the Senseable City laboratory. “Vector navigation does not produce the shortest path, but it is sufficient. nt close to the shortest path and it is very easy to calculate. ” [MIT]
After a failed IPO attempt in 2019 and the ouster of former CEO Adam Neumann that followed, the WeWork share finally went public through a SPAC (specialist acquisition company). [Fast Company]
Seattle’s former KeyArena is now the Climate Pledge Arena. The sports and performance site aims to be “the most progressive, responsible and sustainable arena in the world”, according to its website. It hosts its first National Hockey League game on Saturday. KUOW radio station interviewed International Living Future Institute founder Jason McLennan last week. [KUOW]
Architecture has a problem of representation. The October 2021 issue of ARCHITECT, published by the National Organization of Minority Architects, showcases the accomplishments of the large and diverse design community and serves as a call to action. [ARCHITECT]
Could wood replace our threads? ARCHITECT columnist Blaine Brownell, FAIA, examines the latest research on “functionalized” wood and the conductive potential of the familiar material. [ARCHITECT]
Autodesk University 2021, a three-day virtual event, showcased tools to promote CDEs and interoperability and showed the importance of learning from other software users. [ARCHITECT]