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What Do 7 Billion People Do?

What Do 7 Billion People Do?

1 Elm Court by AR Design Studio

AR Design Studio have designed a single storey extension to a semi-detached house in North London, UK. Description Hidden from view, behind the ordinary looking façade of a modestly sized semi-detached house in North London, sits an elegant piece of modern contemporary architecture. The recently retired owners sought to adapt the existing small and cramped property into their perfect home. Despite their North London site, they were eager to work again with the south coast based architects, having experienced an enjoyable and smooth design process on an earlier holiday home. AR Design relished the opportunity to reunite with an old client. The brief was to design a single storey extension at the rear of the existing 3 bedroom property, linking in with the original, whilst making minimal physical changes. The open-plan extension was to comprise of a new kitchen, new dining/living space, utility room, cinema room, WC and office area; with the aim to bring views of the garden an

U Bein’s Iconic, Kilometer Long Wooden Bridge in Myanmar

U Bein’s bridge is a teak structure that stretches almost 1,200 meters across the Taungthaman Lake, near the ancient Burmese capital of Amarapura. It is said to be the longest and oldest teakwood bridge in the world. The bridge was built in the mid 1800’s by the mayor U Bein by salvaging unwanted teak columns from the old palace when the reigning King Mindon decided to move the capital to Mandalay. U Bein’s bridge is supported by more than 1,000 pillars and thousands of wooden planks. Over time some of the pillars have been replaced by concrete piles to strengthen the structure so that it continues to serve as a main passage indispensable to the daily life of the local people, as well as being an exciting tourist destination. Amarapura was founded in May 1783 as the capital of the Konbaung Dynasty. It remained so until 1857, when King Mindon began building a new capital city of Mandalay, 11 km north of Amarapura. With the royal treasury depleted by the Second Anglo-Burmese War of 1852

GoCan Drainer : Modern and Simple Kitchen Utensil by Jim Costello

We usually use bulky colander to drain our canned food such as tuna, beans, meat, or other vegetables. Jim Costello is trying to propose a new kitchen utensil, modern and simple tool called GoCan Drainer . It’s a simple tool that makes draining easy, no more spilling half the content into your sink or accidentally cut your hand trying to squeeze out every little bit of oil for your canned food. You can forget messy draining, with this tool, you can go with easy one-handed method to keep all content in the can and only little clean up. If you think this is something that every kitchen should have, you can support the industrial designer to help his commercial GoCan Drainer production from this page . Designer : Jim Costello Tuvie has received “GoCan Drainer” project from our ‘ Submit A Design ‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their design/concept for publication. GoCan Drainer : Modern and Simple Kitchen Utensil by Jim Costello is originally posted on

Smart Tray Concept by Ryan Jongwoo Choi

We live in the world where living space becomes smaller by day. Families are getting smaller and work life trends have changed as well, thus, there are many products released to fit this lifestyle. Keeping that in mind, this industrial designer wants to facilitate a better use of this small space through design. Smart Tray is dedicated to young and single professionals between 20-30 who prefer to eat alone whilst engaging with their TV, computers, mobile phone, or book as a way to eliminate feelings of loneliness. In this case, they don’t use the kitchen for cooking anymore. Smart Tray concept provides an efficient solution to physical and social issues identified to create more harmony in your home. We need more appliances and tools to live such as washing up or cleaning, but due to limited space, this action is not actively embraced. This tray facilitates a more positive attitude towards this observation. Smart Tray utilizes smart materials in order to create multiple shape memor