Sophie, an athletic chair.

Sophie è agile e flessibile, la nervatura la sostiene e rinforza la sua resistenza alle sollecitazioni. Snella ed elastica, sorprende per eleganza e vigore.
Sophie è una seduta in vetroresina o carbonio, la sua forma compatta e leggera comunica dati che possono apparire, ad un primo sguardo, contrastanti: Sophie riesce ad integrare la solidità e la scioltezza tipici di un corpo atletico e allenato.
Design by Samanta Snidaro + Andrea Fino, SAND & BIRCH DESIGN

April Atkins, Loomis Dean, 1954

April Atkins, Loomis Dean, 1954

 

Sophie is agile and flexible, the rib supports it and strengthens its resistance to stress. Slender and elastic, surprising for elegance and vigor.
Sophie is a chair made of fiberglass or carbon, its compact, lightweight form communicates information that may appear, at first glance, conflicting: Sophie manages to integrate the strength and agility of a typical athletic and trained body.
Design by Samanta Snidaro + Andrea Fino, SAND & BIRCH DESIGN

Sophie chair in the circle

Sophie chair in the circle

Sophie white in the circle

Sophie white in the circle

 

Design by Samanta Snidaro + Andrea Fino, SAND & BIRCH DESIGN

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Art in 2017: major events and museum openings

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Whatever else 2017 brings, there can be no doubt that it is a bumper year for major art events. Here are a few stand-outs in a very crowded calendar.

The Grand Tour

Once every decade, international contemporary art’s three most prestigious events – the Venice Biennale, Documenta and Sculpture Projects Munster – all take place in the same year, resulting in much frantic scheduling by dedicated followers of very latest in visual culture. 

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8 videos that explain the circular economy

8 videos that explain the circular economy

Image: REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

You may not have heard of the circular model economy but it has been described as a ‘trillion dollar opportunity’ as well as a way of making life more sustainable.

This video series presents perspectives from leaders across business, academia, policy and civil society as they explore the concept of the circular model and how growth can indeed be ‘green’. This is one of the key issues being explored in ourBeyond GDP series, as we look at ways of moving away from a linear ‘take-make-dispose’ way of living.

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How megacities are changing the map of the world

“I want you to reimagine how life is organized on earth,” says global strategist Parag Khanna. As our expanding cities grow ever more connected through transportation, energy and communications networks, we evolve from geography to what he calls “connectography.” This emerging global network civilization holds the promise of reducing pollution and inequality — and even overcoming geopolitical rivalries. In this talk, Khanna asks us to embrace a new maxim for the future: “Connectivity is destiny.”

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Geopolitical futurist Parag Khanna foresees a world in which megacities, supply chains and connective technologies redraw the map away from states and borders.
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Building resiliency in the face of a rising sea: How coastal communities can learn from nature

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By Jacques Chirazi

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges the world has ever faced. Flooding, storm surge, and sea level rise are serious threats to natural resources, infrastructure, and human communities in coastal areas. In effort to adapt to these changing conditions, planners and policymakers should consider nature’s strategies when developing coastal resiliency plans to protect communities from increasing coastal erosion and flooding due to rising sea levels.

The recent Paris agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to below 2°C. However, given the high concentration of carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere, the climate will continue to change (see Figure 1), impacting both human communities and the environment.

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Teach girls bravery, not perfection

We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. “I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection.”

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Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

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