How creativity can help us navigate COVID-19: Lessons from the 19th century

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Abbott Thayer’s life and work underwent dramatic change after his wife died of tuberculosis. Like everyone else, artists have been challenged by new conditions and routines since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have had to adjust what they make as well as how and where they work, coming up with innovative ways to be productive in makeshift studios with limited supplies and in relative isolation. Read Full Story

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Racism is built into U.S. cities. Here’s how architects can fight back

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Police brutality and the coronavirus pandemic are two health crises that disproportionately impact black Americans. Architects, who take an oath to protect the “health, safety, and welfare” of the public, must be part of the solution. I am an architect. I’m also the daughter of a man who lost his life to the coronavirus. My father was an African American artist from Detroit who was just shy of his 80th birthday when he died in April. We’ll now have to celebrate his birthday without him. Over 100,000 Americans will not be celebrating their next birthday with their families as a result of this pandemic. The statistics tell us that COVID-19 is disproportionately infecting and killing black Americans. Read Full Story

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This new monument will be the first to remember the victims of COVID-19

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In Uruguay, the World Memorial to the Pandemic will force people to confront their relationship with the deadly potential of nature. As of early September, more than 900,000 people have died around the world because of COVID-19. Designers are already working on how to remember them: A plan for a massive new monument would honor the victims, along with everyone else who has been affected by other pandemics throughout history. Read Full Story

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Forget Travis Scott. Now McDonald’s has Xmas meals for the Grinch, Rudolph, and John McClane

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From December 14 to December 24, you can buy the favorite combo of a new holiday character every day for $1. What started back in the fall with artists Travis Scott and J Balvin has expanded to a roster of your favorite holiday TV and movie characters. McDonald’s has announced new celebrity meals to those using the fast-feeder’s app, including the Grinch, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, Buddy the Elf ( Elf ), Scrooge, The Griswolds ( Christmas Vacation ), John McClane ( Die Hard ), Gizmo ( Gremlins ), and more. Read Full Story

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2019 was the second largest year ever for corporate solar investments

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While big names such as Facebook and Walmart are putting massive amounts of money into solar, two-thirds of all of 2019’s newly installed solar capacity came from companies that are not in the Fortune 500. Throughout 2019, tech companies such as Apple and Facebook, retailers such as Walmart and Target, and other corporations from real estate companies to banks installed a combined 1,283 megawatts of new commercial solar capacity in the United States—enough to power more than 243,000 homes. Read Full Story

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This automated checkout app tries to make shopping feel safe again

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As the immersive retail startup Showfields reopens its doors in New York City, it is launching a contactless in-store app to help customers feel comfortable shopping during the pandemic. As late as March, customers at the four-story shop of Soho-based retailer Showfields were lining up to take a slide into inventive physical installations (think artificial forests and shiny discos) where they could touch and test products on offer, like premium haircare from Act and Acre, olive oil from startup Brightland , and art from independent artists like Azuki Furuya. Read Full Story

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