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Raise your hand if you don't know the people on your block. It's pretty standard for 20- and 30-somethings living in cities to have no idea who lives next door, and to spend more time talking to friends online than face-to-face. What's one solution? Inspired by the fact that kitchens are the heart of a party, a group of designers is proposing a shared public kitchen called "Cook and Connect" where anyone in a neighborhood can drop by and meet new friends.

The designers, a team of architects, product developers, and industrial designers at the Technical University of Munich, think that current trends of isolation will get more pronounced in the next 15 or 20 years:

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