On today’s trendwatching podcast, Nora Young talks about a new entry to the Knight News Challenge (which is a funding contest to help re-invigorate news for the 21st century). The proposal is to engineer online news feeds so that you can access the perspective of people who are UNLIKE you. It’s to combat the problem of the social media echo chamber that we encounter when we just read the news our like-minded friends read (via The Atlantic)
Cathi Bond brings us a cool project in more sustainable architecture. It’s a social housing project near Madrid. Cathi likes it because it’s designed with ‘flow through’ in mind, and because it uses “cogeneration” as a power source, which allows the waste heat generated to be used for things like heating water (via Architecture Today).
Finally, for history buffs out there, check out Orbis, a project from Stanford University which is best thought of as “Google Maps for Ancient Rome”. Once you get to the website, just click on “Mapping Orbis”. How would you get around? (Via Ars Technica).
In this trendwatching podcast, Nora Young notes that Norman Foster has been tapped to build the new Apple City project for Apple in Cupertino. Apparently, it’s to take a page from Foster’s plans for Masdar, Abu Dhabi, which features tunnels, geothermal, and solar power. Cathi Bond wonders if sustainable cities might lead to futuristic versions of gated communities? (via Treehugger)
Meanwhile, Cathi shows off a fanstastic Hemp House, featuring hemp and limestone walls (via PSFK). If hemp is such a wonder material, why isn’t it in greater use? Is it ideological?
In this trendwatching podcast, Cathi Bond talks about very cool Living Wall in Surrey, B.C., designed by Green Over Grey. Wouldn’t that make for a great place to hang out?
Meanwhile, Nora Young talks about Alain de Botton. She mentions his Twitter feed, but also a great, little article about finding a great place to write: the airport! (Via PSFK). Where do you do your best work? Is it in a carefully protected spot or a place that doesn’t put too much pressure on you? Share your tips!