Many of humanity’s innovations have taken inspiration from the natural world.
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Humans often look to nature for the solutions to complex problems – here are five times where biological processes have inspired innovation.
Customers ride escalators designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas at the Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship in New York in 2019.
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When we visit city streets, shops or malls during the holiday season, is it spending money that we like? Or is it about experiencing our surroundings?
Raf Simons walks the runway for his Calvin Klein Collection during New York Fashion Week 2018.
As an expert in fashion marketing, I see nothing to mourn in Raf Simons’s decision to close his eponymous label – here’s why.
Most of us would rather not think about the fact that we’re immersed in an electromagnetic soup of radio waves.
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Hiding in plain sight, they’re subtle reminders that we’re being watched, tracked, studied.
Plastic waste in Kampala, Uganda.
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It’s important to look at the whole value chain in the plastics economy, starting with design of products that can be reused and recycled.
The pioneering Japanese designer leaves behind a legacy of innovative fashion design.
Which lesson should the technology field take from architecture: modernist efficiency or ‘living structure’?
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The late Christopher Alexander’s groundbreaking work on patterns has informed the development of technology for decades, but it’s the architect’s later work that holds the key to a healthier digital life.
Barbara Kruger, ‘Untitled (Your body is a battleground),’ 1989, photographic silkscreen on vinyl 112 x 112 in. (284.48 x 284.48 cm).
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Barbara Kruger’s ‘Untitled (Your body is a battleground)’ has seamlessly transitioned to social media, inspiring a new generation of media-savvy artists and activists.
Hospital design shifted in the 20th century as hospitals moved from being places for treating disease and injury to being centres of health systems.
The theory of supportive design considers
positive distraction, perceptions of control and social support.
The Julian Sreet Inn, Shelter for the Homeless, in San Jose, Calif., designed by Christopher Alexander.
Architect Christopher Alexander’s work will continue to be important not only for designing buildings but also in light of contemporary debates about how data always comes from specific settings.
The future of virtual learning? In Canada, doctors and nurses are engaged in professional development studies alongside design engineer students in Italy.
Courses designed to foster peer-to-peer learning in virtual spaces can yield research insights across disciplines.
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The Spanish word ‘destierra’ describes the psychological trauma of being uprooted, displaced or dispossessed from a loved place.
It’s time to rethink these physical environments with peoples’ fundamental human needs at the heart of design.
There is a reason your body draws you back to the same place again and again. It’s not simply habit, it is also the ways a place makes our body feel.
Video games are part of a multibillion-dollar industry in which lucrative employment opportunities abound.
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A former video game executive offers advice on how to land a job in the industry.
A more accessible world for disabled people begins with better design – listening to disabled people themselves is the key.
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When tech companies aim for ‘safety by design’, they can reduce the risk their products will be weaponised for stalking and domestic violence.
William Morris turned down the position of poet laureate.
Remembered for his flowery designs, many forget that William Morris was also a very successful and skilled poet.
The Epcot theme park that was eventually built diverged from Walt Disney’s plans for his ‘community of tomorrow.’
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Imagining new kinds of places to live is an American tradition.
A spinning wall puzzle helps kids develop spatial skills and understand how different objects relate to one another.
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Scientists and local communities can work together to design interactive play spaces that build math and literacy skills.