A glowing river of books creates a traffic-free haven in Ann Arbor

December 6, 2018 by  
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In their latest installment of Literature vs Traffic, Spanish design collective luzinterruptus transformed a major street in Ann Arbor , Michigan, into a glowing river of 11,000 books. Carried out to bring attention to the importance of pedestrian-friendly spaces, the large-scale installation turned an area typically marred by the sounds and pollution of cars into a quiet haven. At the end of the night, all the books were quickly “recycled” and taken home by visitors as a keepsake of the temporary event. Luzinterruptus’ most recent installation of Literature vs Traffic—the artwork had previously been displayed in Toronto, Melbourne, Madrid and New York—was briefly brought to life at Ann Arbor on October 23, 2018 thanks to the invitation of the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities and its curator, Amanda Krugliak. The design collective felt the Michigan city was a fitting choice due to its reputation as a book loving college town and its proximity to Detroit , the birthplace of the U.S. automobile industry. “We want literature to take over the streets and to become the conqueror of all public places, offering passersby a traffic-free area that will, for a few hours, surrender to the humble might of the written word,” explain the designers. “Thus, a place in the city usually dedicated to speed, pollution , and noise, shall turn, for one night, into a place of peace, quiet, and coexistence, lighted by the soft dim light issued from the book pages.” Related: Glowing labyrinth made from plastic waste pops up in Buenos Aires The university organized a book donation drive to collect the 11,000 books used in the installation and also helped to temporarily close the major intersection of State Street and Liberty Street for 24 hours. A team of 90 volunteers also pitched in to help prepare and embed the books with tiny lights. On October 23, a glowing river of books was laid out for a few hours until nightfall, when visitors were invited to enter the ‘river’ and take the books home. All the books disappeared in less than two hours, leaving the street clean and empty by midnight. + luzinterruptus Images by Melisa Hernández and John Eikost  

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General Motors launches Maven car-sharing service

January 22, 2016 by  
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General Motors recently announced plans to invest $500 million in the Lyft ride-sharing service, and the automaker just unveiled its next step in redefining personal mobility. GM has launched a new car-sharing service called Maven, which will let customers use its fleet of cars for as little as $6 an hour. Just like Zipcar , users can use an app to find and reserve vehicles by location or car type anden th unlock the vehicle with their smartphone. Read the rest of General Motors launches Maven car-sharing service

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Washington D.C. mayor says blizzard has “life and death implications”

January 22, 2016 by  
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In response to the impending snow storm bearing down on the Northeast United States, Washington D.C. Mayor Mayor Muriel Bowser has issued a warning that the “major storm has life and death implications, and all the residents of the District of Columbia should treat it that way.” According to the National Weather Service , the “strongest winds, and potential life threatening conditions” are “expected Friday night through Saturday,” with heavy snow and wind causing drifts from Friday night into Saturday morning, only to be followed by more heavy snow to continue all Saturday afternoon. The city will shut down all public transit this weekend for the time in its 40-year history. Via CNN

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Energy Recycling Artificial Foot Created

February 17, 2010 by  
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It’s not easy walking on a prosthetic foot . Aside from the obvious difficulty of adjusting to an artificial limb, dragging around the weight of the foot exerts a lot of energy — 23% more than walking on a natural foot, to be exact. But a prototype foot developed by researchers at the University of Michigan makes it easier for amputees to move around normally by recycling kinetic energy generated while walking.

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