Find of the Day: 11 July 2016

Imagine you and a friend are going hiking in the woods, or to a crowded music festival, or visiting a city overseas. Eventually you might split up for a spell, and it would be handy to be able to stay in touch. But at Bear Mountain there are no towers; at Coachella the towers are there but overloaded; and in Prague, you’ll pay for international roaming.

Enter the goTenna, a handy piece of technology that allows two users to essentially carry around their own cell towers.

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The web of pedestrian streets, narrow alleys, and picturesque canals in Venice have lured tourists to the Italian port city for hundreds of years. There’s a near constant hum of activity as people gather in public squares, sit in outdoor cafes, marvel at the ornate architecture, and meander through the labyrinthine city. To Jan Gehl—a Danish architect, writer, and the most respected urbanist alive for his research on how urban design can improve quality of life and curb environmental problems—Venice epitomizes a city that engages all of our senses, and, in effect, becomes an environment tailored for a thriving public life scaled to the individual. It’s the ultimate people-friendly city.

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At first glance, cardboard doesn’t seem like a suitable material for building. Yet, we have seen it done, either by award-winning architects using them for large-scale structures,disaster relief housing and even bridges. Dutch design studio Fiction Factory is now offering a Wikkelhouse, microhome constructed out of layered cardboard that they say will last up to 100 years.

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Brooklyn-based Modern Meadow has raised $53.5 million to grow meat and leather in the lab, instead of on the farm. Biofabrication not only offers a cruelty-free option, but also eliminates the environmentally toxic processes required in traditional leather processing.

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