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Circulate on Fridays: Masculinity, Blockchain, Design & more!

Every Friday, the Circulate team compiles a collection of the best circular economy videos, audio and articles for you to enjoy during the weekend! We’re doing a quick-fire “CoF” today. See if you can keep up and don’t forget to let us know what we’re missing.

Photo via Visualhunt
Photo via Visualhunt

Could technology be having an impact upon masculinity? In Quartz, Allison Schrager argues that the 21st century technological revolution is taking away jobs from men and reviving a pre-industrial revolution of what it is to be a man. It’s neither purely negative nor positive, but the conversation about the impact of technology on the future of work could be one that defines this era.

Fancy a bit of a longer read? Michael Libreich and Angus McCrone have set out a list of the potential impacts of electric vehicles that stretch beyond the cars themselves. From electricity systems, supply chains, road networks and cities, the duo don’t leave too many stones unturned in their investigation of the systemic transformation that would result by shifting petroleum to electric.

Photo credit: Kevin Krejci via / CC BY
Photo credit: Kevin Krejci via / CC BY

A skyscraper made of bones? An unusual title, but with a serious point behind it. Linda Poon explores the many potential ways in which biomimicry as a design trend could impact the way we build and develop cities in her latest CityLab piece. Will our architects eventually emulate what she calls the ultimate designer?

Speaking of buildings; in their July-August issues, Renewable Matter published an interesting piece by Dominique Gauzin-Müller, which explored the potential shift in materials for the built environment. Will the choices of the future be described as healthy, bio-based and natural?

Photo credit: Philip McMaster PeacePlusOne_\!/ via Visualhunt / CC BY-NC
Photo credit: Philip McMaster PeacePlusOne_\!/ via Visualhunt / CC BY-NC

Blockchain is one of the most-discussed topics and has fast emerged as a significant trend. Still, for many, it’s a term that causes confusion. Dinis Guarda has been helping to share some light on the topic in an article series for IntelligentHQ that explores blockchain and its relationship with broader economic trends, including the circular economy.

Design for product attachment and trust, design for durability, design for ease of repair, what are the other design strategies enabling a circular economy? Check out this visual piece in the Guardian put together by Conny Bakker and Marcel den Hollander.


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