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The incredible lightness of being

The incredible lightness of being

Lightweight materials, as the name suggests, simply refers to materials that are light in weight. However, whilst there are many materials that may be deemed light (tissue paper, for instance), the category of lightweight materials we will look at here refers to those that are of high strength for their weight (often referred to as the strength-to-weight ratio), or have another important property relative to their weight (such as toughness).

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Rescue mission

Rescue mission

The French design team known as 5.5 designers is on a crusade to save discontinued and obsolete products from the scrap heap.

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An understanding designer

An understanding designer

Dr Kees Dorst is a Dutch designer, philosopher, design consultant and teacher. He is currently Professor of Design at the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney.

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African design hub

As 2014’s World Design Capital, Cape Town will host a year-long program of more than 450 projects in the hope of positioning the city as the design and creative hub of Africa.

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