Weekly 'Pulse' Issue 31

Our weekly round-up of thought-starters, opportunities & ideas... 

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Smarter Streets

New West End Company has teamed up with Appear Here to design the world's first 'smart street' in central London. The street will use the latest technology to track footfall, capture data and will even purify the air by using next gen paint technology... and it will also feature innovative retail and restaurant pop-ups that rotate to keep the street lively and experiential. 

Read more at https://goo.gl/jnp9wV 

How could we take a more holistic approach to urban planning by designing public spaces that monitor, fuel and sustain themselves?


Smarter Packaging

Back in 2014, London design students first launched news of their prototype Ooho, a gelatinous packaging for a portion of water that is edible and biodegradable. Now, the concept is ready to go to market with clear benefits over the more traditional plastic water bottle, such as it's superior sustainability credentials and being cheaper to manufacture. 

The packaging can also be flavoured and is perfect for marathon runners to grab as they run past water stations. 

Read more at https://goo.gl/aHy7p4

How could we rethink the rituals surrounding our most common food and drink formats to eliminate unnecessary packaging waste?


Smarter Farming

A researcher in Texas is tackling one of the biggest challenges of the modern agricultural industry by developing a closed-loop model for dairy farming. The concept, which is currently in trial at lab scale, will see waste from cow manure used to produce biochar - an organic substance similar to charchol in property - which can then be used to clean water and capture greenhouse gases. At the same time, the circular model will see energy produced by methane emissions used to power the whole system.

The net result is expected to be a farming ecology that emits zero waste, can powers itself and will actually save dairy producers money in the long run by eliminating costly energy bills from their bottom line.

Read more at: https://goo.gl/41cyHj

How can we re-design traditional manufacturing models from the ground up and find more sustainable uses for every byproduct?