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Face-to-face: a designer's profile with Tineke Beunders from Ontwerpduo Tineke lives with Nathan Wierink and their daughter Jasmijn in a small village in the Netherlands called Veldhoven. It is a rented link house. They both graduted - cum laude - from the design academy in Eindhoven and now work toegther as: Ontwerpduo . When you look out your window you see... ... a supermarket.
© Eva Prats and Ricardo Flore In 1996, Barcelona architects Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores built their wonderful Casa En Una Maleta , or House in a Suitcase, in a 293 square foot apartment. They wrote: The project investigates minimum space in our daily activities; the pieces of furniture open according to each moment of the day.
Britek Tire and Rubber has been developing an airless tire that can eliminate flats and convert stored energy into forward momentum. The Energy Return Wheel (ERW) has an internal rubber layer, which is stretched and held taut by adjustable rods. Gizmag reports that the tire features a rubber tread on the outside, and a series of elastic cushions in the space between. The bicycle tire also has lightweight 29-inch carbon fiber rims, and is open on the sides. Some of the benefits of these airless tires are that they make cycling safer and more efficient.
Over at TreeHugger, a curated collection of the best maps they saw all year: Maps. They make everything a little bit better. They have the capacity to turn confusing, nebulous, and unimaginable information into visual masterpieces of understanding. And when we can see the information, we're more likely to do something useful with it. The year 2009 brought us some incredible maps, illustrating things like how the earth's carbon cycle works which then unveiled new understanding about how carbon emissions from one country affect other parts of the planet; or how wilderness is disappearing, which pointed out some surprising conclusions about how little space humans actually inhabit while still impacting massive amounts of the globe.