issue forty-two

forty-two

From the publisher

Our feature story about Dutch artist Daan Roosegarde’s revolutionary Smart Highway concept shows how the combination of creativity and technology are powerful forces for our future. Futuristic, too, is our article about the animal-like robots being developed by DARPA for the US military. These lifelike robots are being groomed to become workhorses for the dangerous and tough tasks that humans find difficult.

In our Interview article, Italian designer Giulio Iacchetti walks us through a new approach to design that is exciting the Italian design community and resurrecting the importance of trades and craftsmanship in manufacturing.

In Process, an innovative, portable and renewable power solution from US-based company Goal Zero is lighting up homes in African communities. Our Move story is a tale from Tesla and their multi-award-winning Model S all-electric sedan.

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Inside this issue

Calculated risk

Calculated risk

Sustainability can no longer be ignored, with many organisations now obligated to embed sustainable practices into their business model.

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Changes for fashion design?

Do strong intellectual property (IP) laws stymie innovation? This argument has been made by many, and indeed has given rise to the creative commons and various open source technologies, not just software.

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Emotional engagement

Emotional engagement

The supermarket is the battleground for FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) brands. It’s not unusual for there to be over 40 000 products in a modern supermarket, and as many as 100 000 in the larger stores in the US.

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Vertical gardens and living walls

Vertical gardens and living walls

Once, verdantly lush vertical plantings of tropical succulents and mosses, designed by the renowned Patrick Blanc and other high profile vertical garden designers, denoted custom-created luxury.

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Millmii pepper grinder

Millmii pepper grinder

You may not think that the world needs another pepper mill – there seem to be so many in every shape, size and format already on the market.

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Goal Zero lights Africa

Goal Zero lights Africa

Over a sixth of the world’s population lives in Africa. That’s almost one billion people, yet only four per cent of the world’s electricity is generated on that continent.

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The craft of Giulio Iacchetti

The craft of Giulio Iacchetti

It’s unusual that a book about eco-nomics should become a bestseller, yet it happened to Futuro Artigiano by Stefano Micelli, professor at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venezia.

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DARPA robots

DARPA robots

Entomology has been a buzzword in the military for a few years now. Mammalogy, too.

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Daan Roosegaarde

Daan Roosegaarde

Daan Roosegaarde is an artist, but unlike traditional artists who use charcoal and paints, he uses microchips and LEDs.

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Gumboots from Kazakhstan

Gumboots from Kazakhstan

Traditionally, gumboot shopping probably hasn’t been at the top of most people’s lists for an exciting afternoon.

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