Architects design COVID-19 mobile testing labs for underserved communities

May 21, 2020 by  
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Perkins and Will’s New York studio has teamed up with Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and multidisciplinary design group Arup to create a proposal for retrofitting defunct school buses into mobile COVID-19 testing labs as a means of improving testing in underserved communities. Informed by the newly approved Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test, the design concept would outfit school buses with ID NOW rapid-testing instruments as well as sanitation infrastructure such as plexiglass shields, negative air pressure systems and gravity-based hand washing sinks. All elements of the mobile testing lab would be sourced off the shelf from vendors for easy replicability.  The health and economic ramifications of the pandemic have disproportionately affected lower-income and underserved populations. In an attempt to make testing more accessible, the interdisciplinary design team has created an open-source mobile testing lab to serve vulnerable and isolated groups. To follow social distancing guidelines, patients would be encouraged to make appointments through a mobile app; however, smartphone access would not be a prerequisite for access. Related: Studio Precht designs a fingerprint-like park for social distancing For safety, the public would not be allowed onto the bus ; a canopy and protective barrier would be installed on the side of the bus, and samples would be taken from behind a protective barrier. Samples would then be labeled and brought into the lab environment on the bus via a pass-through box. Each lab would host two technicians who analyze the samples with the ID NOW rapid-testing instruments, record and upload results to the federal government’s official database and then discard test samples and expended materials in biohazard waste bags for safe disposal. Results would either be verbally communicated or transmitted via the smartphone app to the individual. “We aim to bring together intuitive technology and service design into a unique mobile care space,” said Paul McConnell, Arup’s director of digital experience design. “Through rapid prototyping, we can better learn and refine how we get people through the process and give communities the confidence to return to normal.” The retrofitted buses would draw electricity from generators mounted on the roof. Perkins and Will is presently looking for more project partners to expand on the design concept. + Perkins and Will Images via Perkins and Will

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2014 Audi A4 is likely to have a plug-in hybrid variant

August 22, 2011 by  
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Ayan Sengupta: 2014 Audi A4 Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle There are rumors that the next-gen variants of Audi A4 will also include a new hybrid plug-in model. Germany’s Auto Bild has revealed that the next-gen A4 will be based on the MLB Evo platform. This is a tactical decision on the part of Audi to substantially reduce the weight of the vehicle. It has been estimated that the new platform would reduce A4’s weight by about 265 to 331 lbs (120-150 kg). Although the weight of the new A4 would be low, it would be somewhat bigger in size as compared to the previous A4 models. The future A4 variants will have things like thermal energy recovery system, stop/start system as well as a brake energy recuperation system. Nothing much is known about the engines that would be powering the vehicle. The TDI version will probably be powered by an engine with an output of around 296 HP while the gasoline variants will probably have an engine with an output of around 345 HP. The plug-in variant is likely to feature an electric motor which would be mounted on the rear axle of the vehicle. This will enable the vehicle to have a range of 19-37 miles (30-60 km) running on electric mode alone. The e-Quattro system will make the future A4 an all-wheel drive vehicle. Rumors are also rife that the A4 will also have a CNG variant as part of the company’s e-gas project. Via: Car Advice

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How can I reuse or recycle a glass table top?

September 1, 2010 by  
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We’ve had an email from Josie: My council (Suffolk) say they’ll only recycle glass bottles not other glass like windows.

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