The Week in Design

Drake went high art, Ikea gave much-needed homes to Iraqi refugees, and Cape Town got a whole lot of Mexican wrestlers.

Living better

In 2013, Ikea developed a prototype for refugee shelters that could be easily produced, shipped, and actually provide a pleasant, habitable experience. As Gizmodo reports, this week at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition, the UN Refugee Agency ordered 10,000 Better Shelter units to be sent to Iraq, where over 2.5 million people have been displaced.

This program is just some of the work that the Ikea Foundation has developed as part of their initiatives devoted to social issues in developing countries.

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Drake is our latest renaissance man. Adding to his prestigious repertoire of cred (street, sports, etc.), is his latest accomplishment: art. On April 28, S|2, Sotheby’s gallery extension, will present an art show curated by the Canadian rapper, Page Six reports. The show, which runs through June, will feature an exhibition exploring the dialogue between music and art through the work of black American contemporary creatives. “The exhibition aims to examine this relationship in pairing works by celebrated artists with songs selected by Drake.” So an art show with headphones? Okay!

Live in the now

You know that real-life sensation that you experience on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland? You feel the cool breeze of the night (when it’s actually hot AF outside); you feel a tremble when the pirates fire the cannons. There’s now a new at-home viewing system that will give you the real-life thrills you’ve previously only experienced on an amusement park ride, or in an IMAX theater. Ceekars 4D Headphones enable “users to feel the atmosphere of the virtual reality they are experiencing through personalized soundscapes and haptic feedback,” PSFK reports. Ceekars 4D Headphones start at $179, and are currently raising funds on Indiegogo.

Men in tights

I’m all for creative methods of advertising but Zang, a chocolate company based in Cape Town, is taking it a little bit too far. I’m talking pervy levels too far. In honor of their new “pick-me-up” caffeinated chocolate bar, Zang is giving the public free piggybacks. Get it, pick-me-up? PSFK has the pictures to prove it. Oof! If getting a free ride from a stranger wasn’t creepy enough, the people providing the service are buff men in luchador gear. Mask, tights, the works. If I wanted a lift from a weird transportation service, I would’ve called Uber.

Off with his head?

So there’s been some backlash over the Bjork exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, which we recently covered here. It’s mostly coming from a handful of male art critics who deem Bjork’s body of work unworthy of consideration as modern art. Now one of these critics is calling for the MoMA’s curator to be ousted. Christian Viveros-Fauné writes that Klaus Biesenbach should be fired for putting on this show. “Despite the crowds lined up outside the museum to see Biesenbach's newest addition to MoMA's recent string of curatorial turkeys, discontent within the famously tight-lipped institution appears to have turned against the German curator.” Despite people flocking to an art institution? Despite bringing art to the masses? How dare he?!

Massive idea

PeeWee Herman, my personal design guru, wrote about a revolutionary tool created by Lance Abernethy, a maintenance engineer living in New Zealand. If you can’t tell by this gif, it’s an itsy bitsy drill that runs on a hearing aid battery. “I have always liked small things and have created small items since I was a little kid,” Abernethy said. “I was with my work colleagues and was talking about mythical stories about one country making a twist drill and sending it to another. The other country returned it with a hole through the middle. Things like this easily challenge me, and my idea was born.”

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As world leaders meet to discuss new ways to tackle climate change at the U.N. Climate Action Summit, they might miss one very big part of healing nature – nature. In a new short film, youth climate change activist Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot, a writer for the Guardian, talked about how we need to use nature as a solution to climate change.

There's a huge push to curb emissions, but it's not the be all end all of handling climate change; we also need to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. While we don't have technology to do that for us, there is another solution. "There is a magic machine that sucks carbon out of the air, costs very little, and builds itself. It's called a tree," Monboit says in the film. Researchers found that we could get rid of two-thirds of the carbon dioxide that we've emitted during the industrial era just by growing trees. That amounts to 205 billion tons of carbon. Right now, deforestation of tropical forests is responsible for 20% of current greenhouse emissions.

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Climate Action Tracker

In 2016, 196 countries signed the Paris Agreement, pledging to combat climate change by taking action to curb the increase in global temperatures. The Paris Agreement requires countries to report on their emissions and what steps they're taking to implement those plans. Now that the countries are coming together again for the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York City, it's worth taking a look at what kind of progress they've made.

The Climate Action Trackerkeeps tabs on what each country is doing to limit warming, and if they're meeting their self-set goals. Countries are graded based on whether or not their actions would help limit warming to 1.5 degrees C.

According to a recent article from National Geographic, The Gambia, Morocco, and India are at the head of the class. "Even though carbon emissions in The Gambia, Morocco, and India are expected to rise, they'll fall short of exceeding the 1.5-degree Celsius limit," the article reads. Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States, on the other hand, get a big fat F. "Projected emissions in Saudi Arabia, Russia, and the United States are far greater than what it would take to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius."

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Greta Thunberg has been dubbed the "Joan of Arc of climate change" for good reason. The 16-year-old activist embodies the courage and conviction of the unlikely underdog heroine, as well as the seemingly innate ability to lead a movement.

Thunberg has dedicated her young life to waking up the world to the climate crisis we face and cutting the crap that gets in the way of fixing it. Her speeches are a unique blend of calm rationality and no-holds-barred bluntness. She speaks truth to power, dispassionately and unflinchingly, and it is glorious.

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The Trump Administration won't be remembered for being kind to animals.

In 2018, it launched a new effort to reinstate cruel hunting practices in Alaska that had been outlawed under Obama. Hunters will be able to shoot hibernating bear cubs, murder wolf and coyote cubs while in their dens, and use dogs to hunt black bears.

Efforts to end animal cruelty by the USDA have been curtailed as well. In 2016, under the Obama Administration, the USDA issued 4,944 animal welfare citations, in two years the numbers dropped to just 1,716.

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The disappearance of 40-year-old mortgage broker William Earl Moldt remained a mystery for 22 years because the technology used to find him hadn't been developed yet.

Moldt was reported missing on November 8, 1997. He had left a nightclub around 11 p.m. where he had been drinking. He wasn't known as a heavy drinker and witnesses at the bar said he didn't seem intoxicated when he left.

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