A Carbon-Based Industry, But No Greenhouse Gases

Carbon Trifecta is an initiative that has a very innovative approach to bringing down the level of excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Instead of sequestering it in geological vaults, it wants to strip the carbon from the carbon dioxide and make graphene from it. That graphene will become the building block of manufacturing a wide range of objects, from buildings to cars to clothing.

This could pave the way for a fourth industrial revolution, fueled by carbon, but without adding more carbon to the air.

When The Storm Hits, The Parks Sink

A part of the Big U, on an ordinary day.

The “Big U” is a proposed 10-mile-long horseshoe-shaped (social) infrastructure that will guard the southern half of Manhattan from storm surges and rising sea level.

When the East River swells, the urban space next to it turns into a lake.

The barrier—which will extend from West 57th Street, wrapping around the southern tip of the island and run back up the other side to East 42nd Street—will, during ordinary times, masquerade as a combination of parks, promenades, recreational zones and cultural spaces.

The Lower East Side would be protected by a “bridging berm”—a level space separating two areas—at the East River Park. Both the berm and the bridge will be wide and planted with salt-tolerant fauna.

The bridge (foreground) and the berm (background.)
The Big U can absorb a storm surge.

This is a project by the Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels.

The New Jet Age

In the future, a flyer would sit inside a peninsular, protective bubble.

Air travel could look a lot different in the post-coronavirus era.

The Italian company, Aviointeriors, has released two concepts for airline seats that are aimed at reducing the spread of pathogens in a painfully cramped space.

Concept A—named “Janus” after the two-faced Roman god—is a row of three seats in which the direction of the middle seat is reversed, so that it faces the rear of the plane. To prevent the breath of one person from drifting to the next, each seat is enclosed in a transparent barrier.

Concept B adheres to the present cabin configuration, but installs a transparent barrier between each seat.