A co-working space in the capital of Portugal is challenging the way offices are designed. Architectural firm Salgascano came up with the idea of filling the workplace with over 1,000 plants, in order to enhance people's quality of life significantly. The result is a tropical eyeful that brings to mind an Amazonian jungle. The natural surroundings give this workplace an inspiring and contemporary feel, while also adding splashes of color and texture to an otherwise fairly blank slate. But that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits.
We've all seen the rise of corporations and brands marketing the strides they're making to be more eco-friendly. But it's becoming clear that many associations are simply profiting off of trending buzzwords rather than putting ethical decision-making into practice. At For What It's Earth, we're unpacking what greenwashing is and why it's becoming harder than ever to be a smart consumer.
The African continent is vast and unique, with a stunning array of wildlife and nature. It's not surprising then that architects and designers are looking to the natural environment for inspiration when creating infrastructure. Considerable investments in the future of African countries have allowed for some masterful designs that lend themselves to their surroundings. Feast your eyes on some of the most enchanting and intriguing buildings around.
In Charlotte, North Carolina, one business owner is paving the way for both women and people of color in agriculture. A disproportionately male-dominated industry, not only does Samantha Foxx own her own farm, but she's successfully adapting to these unusual times and business has been booming. Now, she and her family are far more self-sufficient and have a better understanding of their bodies, their food, and their health.
One of Elon Musk's coolest ambitions is Neuralink. It's a project aimed at merging the human brain with computers. Though the technology is not there yet, it sounds exciting. Among the potential uses Musk and his company discuss are the capacity to treat neurological diseases and improve thinking. What if you could solve any math problem in less than a second? What if you could fluently speak any language by downloading a file into your brain?