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tubeBot & triBot by Kunsthochschule Berlin

tubeBot is an autonomous maintenance robot for urban drinking water piping systems. Through the quick and easy detection of leakages during normal operation, the out-of-time water loss in large cities can be significantly reduced.

triBot is a research robot which collects data for Science and Research in extreme environments such as glaciers and polar regions. In times of climate change these regions move into the focus of global research activities. In order to operate reliably in these areas, highly flexible movement patterns are necessary.

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Sustainable Dancefloor

The dutch company Sustainable Dance Club in collaboration with Paullides and the Technical University Eindhoven has invented a way for clubbers to go out and party and be less wasteful. Their solution: A Sustainable Dancefloor!

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multiple choice: sculptural scarfs

multiple choice is a project-based retail venture.

Each project takes on a different form depending on its concept, which can be anything from a place or a function, to a colour or even a texture. In may 2008, multiple choice debuted its first project, "made in hk", which took the form of a month-long guerrilla store in nyc featuring clothing, accessories, and objects by hong kong-based independent labels, with the objective of showing that their innovative designs are a vibrant counterpoint to the negative stereotypes conventionally associated with the "made in hk" label.

(1) thing, the online shop of multiple choice, currently features a collection of brand new sculptural scarfs.

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The official Verner Panton reference portal

NOW online

He made design history with his visionary creations. Verner Panton revolutionised the way the Sixties looked at design, especially with his interiors. The mans modest and impassioned manner was in considerable contrast to the image of the enfant terrible which the international design scene liked to associate with him. Today, fifty years later, his designs are among the most popular icons of the 20th century. What is remarkable above all is that his conceptual and formal ideas are only now being fully adopted in architectural and design trends, and are being used as the basis for further development made possible by computer-aided design and production processes. Verner Panton was ahead of his time.

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Frauenzimmer Why we need a New Hotel Culture

A unique European Trend Study
In northern Europe 40% of all business travellers are women and in Germany the number of travelling business women (currently 25%) is rapidly rising too.
Lufthansa has already responded to this trend by publishing a magazine especially aimed at businesswomen and a few hotels have started, hesitantly, to take note of their female guests.

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Sonys Design Offensive Comeback through Design

Since the great stock exchange crash in 2000 the stock price of the Japanese electronics manufacturer Sony has never really recovered. In the past year alone, it dropped by about 27 percentage points at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Unlike its competitors Sony showed not much resistance against this slump in the past five years.

In contrast, Apple, Samsung, LG Electronics or Philips, improved their stock prices more or less been steeply in the past few years. With a comprehensive design offensive the Japanese electronics manufacturer seems to control this negative trend struggling to regain market shares it has lost over the past years to more flexible and aggressive competitors.

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