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Stoking the Furness

Philadelphia played a large role in ushering in an age of modernism, and architect Frank Furness was a major part of the movement.

Philadelphia played a large role in ushering in an age of modernism, and architect Frank Furness was a major part of the movement.

New Photography Book

Balthazar Korab was an expert architectural photographer, capturing the soul of design in his work.

Balthazar Korab was an expert architectural photographer, capturing the soul of design in his work.

Can Design Help Solve Our “Wicked” Problem of Waste?

We can start by teaching design students to make the connection between abstract concepts, the design process, and environmental impact.

We have a wicked problem. As a society we waste an awful lot of materials. Consider, for instance, the sheer volume of packaging that hits the recycling bin after we open cheap consumer electronics and then replace them in rapid succession, and discard easily. Yes, we can recycle, but we’re still using a lot of raw materials when we don’t…

Q&A: Dan Sturges on America’s “Cultural Inertia” Around the Car

The industrial designer and electric vehicle advocate talks current developments in automotive design and what ways the industry will change in the years to come.

The industrial designer Dan Sturges may have more perspective on electric cars than anyone in the automotive industry. He began working on what he calls “small local vehicles” as early as 1988. He founded trans2 in 1991 and four years later commercially introduced the first “neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV).” Given this long history, Sturges is a firm believer in the…

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