Let's say you're an ironworker toiling on a skyscraper. You get 30 minutes for lunch, and if you haven't brown-bagged it you'll spend most of that time going up and down the construction elevator to get to someplace that sells chow.
In recognition of this, the Subway sandwich chain has built a special outpost in a shipping container, which was hoisted onto a platform at the Ground Zero construction site last week. As the under-construction Freedom Tower gets taller and taller, the Subway container will be hoisted higher and higher, keeping the workers in sandwiches for the same price as they'd pay on the street. "What you're going to see is a fully functioning Subway store potentially 105 stories in the sky," said Joe Allegretti, Subway's regional development office manager.
Japan's Ika Tokkuri sake bottles are pretty much as green a bottle as you'll find; they're made entirely from squid skins. Bottle-like shapes can be made by artfully stuffing the squids with rice or grain, and then using another green technology--the sun--to dry them into the desired shape.As for that...
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If you were a production designer outfitting a movie-set office, using a ping pong surface as a conference table would serve as visual shorthand for a hip, irreverent workplace. Ryan Vanderbilt, the Creative Lead at Google Creative Lab, has taken that one step further with Table&Tennis, a ping-pong-spec conference/dining table...
Esquire's got a piece up on J Mays, Ford's chief designer and the man behind the retrofuturistic Thunderbird, as well as the concepts that led to VW's new Beetle and the Audi TT. The article isn't a profile so much as a Sun-Tzu-like summation of Mays' philosophies, like the following:-...