Why Hyundai created a universal charger for cars

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The Hi-Charger for electric vehicles is a 2020 Innovation by Design honoree. A dozen major auto manufacturers are now building electric vehicles, but the charging ports are all over the place. Some companies design on the front of the vehicle, others on the back or side. As Hyundai planned its first public charging stations in Seoul, the company tapped McKinsey to design a more universal charger that could accommodate as many brands as possible. Read Full Story

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See a hospital designed by patients

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The new children’s ward at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston was designed for, and by, patients and their families. It’s a unique challenge to design a place where no one wants to end up. When the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston started making plans several years ago to redesign its children’s ward—a facility where premature babies get ventilated in the intensive care unit and children with cancer endure the slow trauma of a life in treatment—its leaders decided early on that the new building needed a design that was as empathetic as possible to patients and families who would rather be anywhere else. Read Full Story

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An Introduction to AgencyAutomators – POSTS

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I’m stoked to share our new local SEO tool for building and scheduling Google My Business Posts. I’ll let you know what it does, how to use it, how it could fit into your workflow, and how it will make your agency more money. What is this thing? Our new... The post An Introduction to AgencyAutomators – POSTS appeared first on Local University .

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The $1 trillion quest to bring hospital care to your home

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Hospital buildings add a huge amount to medical bills. Moving care to people’s homes could dramatically reduce those costs. Doctor Bruce Leff is a hospital skeptic. A practicing geriatrician who’s been on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for 25 years, Leff argues that hospitals don’t have their priorities straight. Read Full Story

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The internet decimated creative industries. It’s coming for architecture, too

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So suggests Sweeten Founder Jean Brownhill, who thinks architects can save their industry by building their own platforms. Jean Brownhill is an architect and the founder and CEO of Sweeten , a service that matches people with major renovation projects to general contractors. She developed Sweeten while attending Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design as a Loeb Fellow in 2011 and is one of just 11 African-American female entrepreneurs in the United States to raise more than $1 million in venture capital. Here, she shares what she learned working as an architect at Coach, why architects should build digital platforms, and why creatives should “optimize for their obituary.” Read Full Story

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Can design make your kids more civilized? These housewares encourage play—and manners

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The celebrataed Dutch architect Ben van Berkel has created a chair and dinnerware that are designed to help kids feel like equals in the home. Throughout his career, Dutch architect Ben van Berkel has designed stunning modern buildings, including the Moebius House in the Netherlands and the Singapore University of Architecture and Design . His latest project is at a much smaller scale. He has designed a children’s chair and tableware for the Italian brand Alessi . Read Full Story

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A hidden source of emissions while we’ve been stuck inside: your home cooking

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Especially if you have a gas stove, spending more time at home for a year may have been bad for your lungs. When Alex Huffman, an aerosol scientist and associate professor at the University of Denver, recently outfitted his house with CO2 monitors—part of a home experiment to see how well different spaces were ventilated—he found out his home was pretty tightly sealed against the outside air, but carbon dioxide exhaled from his family would build up a bit as they lived their lives. There was a bigger surprise, though: When they cooked, the CO2 levels skyrocketed—not only in the kitchen, but throughout the house. Read Full Story

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