Architects and contractors like to congratulate themselves for designing sustainable housing out of goodies like solar panels and low-flush toilets and the occasional green roof. Noble stuff. But take away the green bling–an all-but inevitability as homes change hands over the years–and your building is probably just as wasteful as any other. advertisement advertisement Cook + Fox Architects have tried to correct that with the Live Work Home, a small residence that’s sustainable both in the traditional sense–it earned LEED Platinum certification this month–and in the sense that it’s designed to last… and last and last. The trick: a flexible floor plan. A sturdy, perforated box stretched along a long, narrow lot of the downtrodden Near West Side neighborhood, in Syracuse, New York, it features sliding doors and mobile partitions that can be arranged and rearranged to accommodate various family sizes, generational needs, and even … [Read more...] about A House That Morphs To Fit Different Family Sizes And Work Patterns
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It is suffocatingly dusty, a grey-brown haze looming over the city. People are wearing masks, wheezing or even coughing heavily as though the alveoli in the lungs can’t tell air from dust anymore.The visibility is bleak – 200 metres, I'd say – and people are struggling to keep their eyes open with the particulate matter settling on the eyelashes. Some have eyes which are blood-shot red with irritation.In the midst of this hideous desert-like city of mask-donning, sick-looking people and top-less buildings, my nose surprisingly detects the fragrance of lavender. The stimulus turns my body and I start walking towards the source, astonished that my body still responds to stimulus. I am half-convinced that it’s a mirage –like a thirsty traveller in a desert gets the illusion of a water body.Close Making conscious use of the limited oxygen in my body, I seem to have reached the source. A 15 ft X 5 ft vestibule is selling “pure oxygen”! … [Read more...] about Ground Report | Delhi Pollution: As citizens gasp for breath, oxygen bar offers ‘clean air’ for 15 minutes at Rs 299!
“Yesterday, I left my wallet at home,” says Chancelor Bennett, aka Chance the Rapper. It’s 9 p.m. on a fall evening at a Chicago recording studio, and he and his bandmates are packing up for the night. Four days from now, they will put on their biggest show of the year, at the city’s United Center. advertisement advertisement Bennett sits next to me in high-waisted track pants and a fitted tee. He admits to feeling a little overwhelmed by having a new baby at home and a new tour to prepare for, and yesterday was proof. He had taken his 4-year-old daughter, Kensli, to Dunkin’ for a rare treat before school. It was the first day all week that he had been able to do morning drop-off, and he’d wanted it to feel special. She picked out a glistening, sprinkle-topped chocolate doughnut, and he realized his pocket was empty. “It’s just a crazy letdown for a child,” he says, shaking his head, clearly still unable to forgive … [Read more...] about Chance the Rapper has nothing to fear but FOMO itself
In Part One of our 2013 marketing forecast, we asked a number of high-level creative types for their educated predictions on how their jobs and the marketing landscape would change in 2013. advertisement advertisement Now, we’re passing the mic to the strategists. These are the people who are said to represent the consumer in the marketing process–they’re the masters of research, the experts in media and culture that are responsible for generating brand insights and opportunities. As they’re steeped in knowledge of consumer behavior, we wanted to add their big-picture perspective to our look at what the near future of advertising may hold. We asked them what were the big shifts in consumer and media trends that would impact marketing and the wider cultural trends feeding these changes. They’ve got a lot on their minds, apparently, so settle in for a long and enlightening read. What sorts of consumer behavior or media trends do you think will … [Read more...] about How Marketing Will Change In 2013: The Strategic Forecast
How do you decide where to travel? Maybe you’re looking for a beach getaway, or a romantic urban experience. But for members of the LGBTQ community, picking a travel destination isn’t always so easy–travelers also need to be aware of a place’s attitude toward LGBTQ issues like marriage equality, sexual activity laws, and civil rights. advertisement advertisement A new tool released by the nonprofit PFLAG Canada and the Canadian ad agency FCB/SIX gives LGBTQ travelers a quick snapshot of how friendly any place in the world is to the community. Though PFLAG Canada aims to help families reconcile differences when it comes to LGBTQ issues, the idea for the project actually came from the ad agency, which then partnered with the nonprofit to bring the tool to life and help people learn about the laws and sentiment toward LGBTQ people in different places. “This can be little things, like when you stand at hotel check-in as a same-sex couple and … [Read more...] about This Map Visualizes How LBGTQ-Friendly Your Next Vacation Destination Is