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WEEKLY EMAIL: AUGUST 19, 2010


The Town That Corbusier Built

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ASHISH NANGIA

The Town That Corbusier Built

Respect for the design of Chandigarh, India, is growing, even as the modernist city is showing wear. But who will care, if access to its most impressive monuments is restricted?
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PHIL PATTON

Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Car

"Range anxiety" is the fear of running out of juice, and probably the chief obstacle to people's acceptance of electric cars. We don't like to plan our journeys so carefully. But this pod-like electric car, which has been lurking in the shadows of the more highly publicized Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, may alleviate that concern.
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PHOTO BY SUSANNAH SAYLER/THE CANARY PROJECT

Hot Mountain

Susannah Sayler, Glacial Icecap and Permafrost Melting: Cordillera Blanca, Peru, 2008.
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PETER WOLF

Pet Projects

We're killing 3 to 4 million dogs and cats each year in shelters. Although a wide variety of underserved populations have benefited from the recent design-for-social-change movement, the pet (over)population remains largely ignored.
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ERNEST BECK

Ripple Effect Update

The latest on a project for developing efficient ways to transport water in the developing world.
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MEENA KADRI

Tinkers, Hackers, Farmers, Crafters

Emeka Okafor is a New York–based entrepreneur and blogger who curated the 2007 TEDGlobal conference in Arusha, Tanzania. A reporter on innovations in African design, technology and industry, he aims to spread knowledge and foster partnerships that will lead to bottom-up growth on the African continent. One vehicle for accomplishing this is Okafor's website Timbuktu Chronicles, which combines news of recent inventions with essays on African design and manufacturing. Another is Maker Faire Africa, an event he launched last year in Accra, Ghana. MFA brings interdisciplinary inventors and crafters together to share knowledge, resources and opportunities. This year's fair will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, August 27–28.
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Ripple Effect Update

Update on the Ripple Effect initiative launched by IDEO, Gates Foundation and Acumen Fund to distribute fresh water in the developing world. Originally published July 30, 2009.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: SEPTEMBER 15, 2010

Business Innovation Factory

Philanthropic and independent organization, founded in 2004, which emphasizes implementation of new ideas, especially in the spheres of healthcare, education and energy. BIF also maintains an Innovation Story Studio with digital material from its creative community.

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