These innovations see us interacting with smart buildings, lighting our way with photosynthetic lamps, sporting shoes without footprints, and living in tiny cabins made of construction waste. The innovative minds behind all of these sustainable solutions have found unique ways to make the world a little bit better. Here is our series of “Tomorrow you will…” …interact with a smart building In the German town of Esslingen, near Stuttgart, a new kind of structure is being built. “Milestone” is a 6,500m² office building like no other; its partially mirrored façade does a lot more than just keep out the weather. Milestone is covered in photovoltaics and QR codes that provide information on the town’s history, people and landscape, and within its dedicated smartphone app, you’ll see a kind of pixelated map of the area, with each pixel carrying different information on stories of the city and its inhabitants. …get light from a plant The Living Light by Dutch designer Ermj van Oers is an off-grid lamp that harvests its energy through the photosynthetic process of a houseplant. The process is quite simple; the […]

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