As recently reported by the New York Times, Brazilian activists coordinated and executed an event called Hackday in an effort to collect data about the transportation system and release it to the public. The goal of the initiative, which contributed to the larger protest against privatization of public infrastructure, was to reveal that the current transportation system is the byproduct of business transactions between private companies and government contractors.
London-based architect David Adjaye has created a plan for a silk-weaving factory in Varanasa, India, in an effort to preserve the 600-year-old practice from eradication due to advancing infrastructure. The venture—created in collaboration with Barney’s of New York, a fashion company called Maiyet, and Nest, a non-profit—will employ architecture as a medium to modernize the production of the traditional practice and integrate the materials into the global marketplace without displacing existing cultural customs. The updated factory will accommodate traditional social customs, but will also run on solar power to maintain a carbon-negative footprint.
Ushahidi, a non-profit technology company that designs open-source software, recently launched a product called BRCK. It’s a small, mobile device that has the capacity to provide Internet service to all local devices within its vicinity in any kind of environment—even during times of environmental disaster. BRCK is one of the products Ushahidi has designed in an effort to make Internet connectivity more accessible and adaptable by providing connection to even the most remote areas without electricity.
Studio Gang, an architecture firm based in Chicago, recently announced their design for a transparent building in Manhattan called the Solar Carve Tower, slated for completion by 2015. As emphasized by the building’s name, the design employs a practice called “solar carving” to calculate the building’s position relative to the sun and capitalize on incidental solar rays that will illuminate the building from within and also provide sunlight to Manhattan’s Highline Park and the surrounding area.Have a suggestion for Friday links? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your link, first name, and where you’re from. We’re excited to hear from you!