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A photograph of two individuals working on a solar panel. The solar panel is seen from the side, dissecting the image from lower left to top right. The two individuals are behind and largely obscured by the panel. In the background is natural imagery of the Southwest of the United States.
Power Is in Our Hands: Native Renewables
Written by Wahleah Johns Access to electricity is a human right, essential to people’s health, security, and livelihoods. Of the 20,000 families in the United States without access to electricity, three-quarters live on the Navajo Nation. Despite their lands providing fossil fuels that have powered the West for 50 years, these families have been left...
An abstract representation of a digital network. White, glowing dots and lines swirl, forming a helix, into the center of the image, against a dark gray background.
Broken Systems: Designs for a Better World
Written by Tatiana Schlossberg To those of us who don’t design anything, it’s easy never to think about design at all. If the design is good, then we probably don’t even see it because it’s too intuitive or easy to use or we are too distracted by the elegance or beauty to imagine that a...
A red core with green flower-like structures extending into purple angular petals. The surfaces posses a grainy, furry texture.
Taking Lessons from Nature
An interview with Joanna Aizenberg and Donald E. Ingber of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.
Two women, one seated and one standing, are positioned in a gallery space. They both look intently at a video monitor affixed to a wall covered in dozeons of black vertical rods. The monitor shows text, images of two women, and a live feed of the seated onces facial expressions.
Don’t Take It at Face Value
Artist R. Luke DuBois discusses artificial intelligence and his installation Expression Portrait in the exhibition Face Values at Cooper Hewitt.
Design Pulse: What is the Future of Mobility Design?
Leading figures in design, transportation, and technology share their perspectives on the future of mobility.
Rendering of the view of the street from the front seat of a car, with text and iconography noting elements of the cityscape.
Who Owns the City of the Future?
Autonomous vehicles, electric cars, and ride-sharing applications are disruptive innovations that hold unknown outcomes for society.
The Architecture of Deafness: On the Subversive and Dignified Architecture of the Deaf School
Written by Jeffrey Mansfield Set in picturesque Casco Bay in southeastern Maine, Mackworth Island is a peculiar knob of land. It is a place I have known since I was a child: to the Deaf community it is known for The Governor Baxter School for the Deaf, to the locals for its hiking trails and...
Photo of Walei Subray. He is seated, and holds a microphone in one hand and a cane in the other. He has a thoughtful expression.
Design and Agency: When Design Fails the Disability Community
Written by Walei Subray Born in Egypt and raised in New York City, I’m a classic New Yorker. The only difference about me is that I drag a 58-inch black cane across the streets and sidewalks. That’s because I was born with a progressive eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa. As a child, I could see...
Drawing by Touch
Written by Steven Landau As a company of designers and producers of tactile maps and models, Touch Graphics, Inc. usually focuses on products that communicate spatial information through the sense of touch for use by visually impaired students and museum visitors. Occasionally, the company develops tools to support blind artists and scientists.  One of our...