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business models, strategies and technologies

Bridging rethinks – vertical, circular, movable and on demand

Bridge design normally thinks horizontally – until creative engineers rethink the basics Bridge design is a historical discipline with a massive legacy mindset of complexity, expense and one-off, manpower-intensive processes. But sometimes – even after thousands of years of bridges – creative engineers are able to rethink some of the basics. Bridge building is essentially about spanning horizontal distance. And in its modern iterations...

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Building gone natural, in a water treatment cathedral

Buildings don’t have to look like buildings in order to succeed or delight. Oppenheim Architecture has moulded a Swiss waterworks cathedral … I’ve spent many ýears writing about different kinds of technology – including pumps, filters, dehumidifiers and separation technologies – used in waterworks and water treatment facilities. And I’ve also spent many years drooling over gorgeous architecture – often ecclesiastical. It’s not often these...

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From drool-worthy e-bikes to bankable corporate value

Sleekly designed Maravelo e-bikes are yet more interesting because of the business model used to sell them I’ve been considering an e-bike for a while: my old bike is on its last legs, and it seems a bit silly not to take advantage of modern technology to make sure I get more exercise – and that I’m less daunted by distance. Good intentions...

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