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This week: Inflatable greenhouses, transport for urban wellness, a necklace that measures social distancing, multisensory music and radically circular fashion

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26 June 2020

Author: The Future Laboratory

Image: The New Order by Selfridges


Inflatable greenhouses by Eliza Hague, India

1. These greenhouses support self-sufficient communities

Jaipur – Architecture student Eliza Hague's design for inflatable greenhouses could help communities to grow their own food.

Made from shellac-coated bamboo, the greenhouse covering offers a more sustainable alternative to the polythene sheeting most commonly used in India, which needs replacing yearly and generates excessive plastic waste. To create the paper-like material, Hague used bamboo and covered it with a shellac coating to make the covering weather-resistant and longer-lasting.

‘In light of the pandemic, the idea that architecture can provide spaces to encourage self-sufficient living has become more prevalent as we rely on supermarkets more than ever,’ explains Hague. 'This notion stimulated the desire to create a design that not only responded to its local environment, but also proposed innovative solutions to these challenges.’

As India faces the challenge of feeding an ever-growing urban population, Hague is empowering citizens in Jaipur to make New Urban Farms more sustainable and accessible.

Arrival Bus, UK

2. Reimagining public transport for the inter-Covid era

UK – Bus operator Arrival has unveiled a zero-emissions bus designed to make public transport more sustainable, while prioritising public health.

Amid heightened awareness of hygiene and personal space, the Arrival Bus aims to improve perceptions of transportation by creating an environment that emphasises space and cleanliness. Features include a zero-touch bell, removable seats that can be configured to ensure social distancing, and smooth interior surfaces that make the vehicle easier to clean.

‘We are working with cities to make every touchpoint within the urban transportation ecosystem not only better, but also more equitable and sustainable,’ says Kwame Nyanning, chief of experience at Arrival. ‘Recent events have made it clear the world needs to take action now in order to improve lives and effect real change.’

In addition to helping cities meet emissions targets, Arrival is taking steps to safeguard the passenger experience during the pandemic. Post-Covid, citizens will continue to demand higher levels of urban health and more civic cities.

ALL1 by Azekel in collaboration with Veronique Nyberg at MANE, global

3. Azekel’s multisensory music exhibition is purely digital

Global – ALL1 is an immersive exhibition that amalgamates sound, light, scent and texture as a digital experience.

Initially designed to be a physical exhibition before the impact of Covid-19, musician Azekel adapted the space into a virtual exhibition that taps into the themes of his new EP Azekel Unreleased. When viewers visit the exhibition, they are faced with a visual and audio experience that goes beyond the typical limitations of digital interfaces.

One way ALL1 pushes these boundaries is by using olfactory triggers, collaborating with Veronique Nyberg at MANE to create a scent that can be translated into the virtual realm, using descriptions that allow the reader to build their own interpretations and memorial experience.

As consumers seek experiences that transport them into an enlightened state, they are engaging with music through more interactive listening experiences.

4. sChoker is a social distancing necklace

India – A prototype designed by India-based architecture practice Architecture Discipline offers a technical way to maintain social distancing.

The sChoker is a smart wearable that uses simple thermal sensors to monitor the wearer’s proximity to others. Crafted from carbon fibre, the prototype design aims to ease people’s return into social gatherings and public spaces. In particular, the device could help those with visual or hearing impairments to detect whether they are maintaining distance.

‘While the world is still grappling with ways to deal with the pandemic, what is evident is that social distancing is here to stay and the fact that it will change our way of life in some ways for ever,’ explain designers Akshat Bhatt, Amit Gupta and Pankaj Kumar. ‘The need was to uphold privacy and anonymity, and allow people to be socially normal and not distant.’

The trend for Privacy Hardware is now evolving in line with the current health crisis, offering new ways to protect and preserve social distancing measures.

sChoker by Architecture Discipline, India
Raefound by Christopher Raeburn, UK

5. Christopher Raeburn’s new collection is entirely circular

UK – The designer is not creating any new garments for London Fashion Week’s digital event.

As part of its commitment to the environment, Christopher Raeburn has launched Raefound, an evolving non-seasonal range of original, unworn military clothing and accessories. The collection was personally sourced by Raeburn and features no new fashion items or waste. ‘What could be more radical than making nothing at all?’ asks Raeburn.

Each item in the collection is genuine military wear and was selected for its inherent functionality, wearability, durability and unique style, with added Raeburn branding. Customers can discover the items’ provenance through a QR code, with the first range of garments hailing from French, Austrian and Dutch militaries.

With fashion industry waste set to reach 148m tons annually by 2030, according to Global Fashion Agenda and Boston Consulting Group, brands are innovating with commercial programmes that drive a circular economy in the fashion sector.


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