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Firm designs plan for cities to cope with social distancing, high voter turnout

Texas kicked off early voting Tuesday. People stood in long lines, voting in ways they’ve never done before. Some lined up before daylight on sidewalks outside major sports arenas to allow for more physical distancing.

Early voting started Monday in Georgia and nearly 127,000 people cast their ballot, a first day record for the state.

“There were hours-long wait times in some locations and glitches that added to the challenges,” said Mike Lydon, a principal at Street Plans. “Voting rights and having access to a safe and convenient polling location is going to really drive participation.”

Street Plans is an urban planning and consulting firm that deals with transportation. They got a grant over the summer to put together a physical design plan for cities to best cope with social distancing, capacity restrictions and high voter turnout.

“How you can make use of streets and public spaces to alleviate some

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Thai Skateboarders Defy Authorities With ‘Anti-Dictator’ Designs


The Rize skate team try out their new banner ahead of pro-democracy protests in Bangkok. Photo supplied

Practicing on an illustration of the prime minister’s face, Thai skateboarders are showing support for a growing pro-democracy movement with defiant new designs rolled out at protests in Bangkok on Wednesday.

Rize-Style Skateboard owner Treewit “Chain” Boonkaweesilpn and a group of his friends from a small town outside the capital descended on the latest mass demonstration against Thailand’s military-backed government carrying skateboards covered with graphics of hands smashing through a pile of tanks.

A flashy typescript calls for an end to “dictatorship” while popular hashtag #SaveThaiDemocracy sits on the nose of the deck, highlighting the important role social media, especially Twitter, has played in protests that have rattled the government since July. They also feature the three-finger salute from “The Hunger Games” movies, a symbol of resistance in Thailand since prime minister Prayut

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Network Designs, Inc. (NDi) Awarded U.S. Army Contract for Secure Classified Remote Access as a Service (SCRAaaS)

AUGUSTA, Ga. and FT. BRAGG, N.C., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Network Designs Inc. (NDi) is pleased to announce we were awarded a contract by the U.S Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM). NDi and strategic partner, ID Technologies, will instantiate a contractor owned, contractor operated service to enable and secure remote access to classified information over the public internet. NDi will impart the initial SCRAaaS capability to 2,000 Army personnel that is expandable to 15,000 users local to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. This capability will underpin the ever evolving remote workforce requirement underscored by the COVID-19 pandemic by securing access to classified and unclassified information from locations outside of U.S. Army facilities. NDi is a Trusted Integrator under National Security Agency (NSA) Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Program. NDi and ID Technologies designed the solution for NETCOM by integrating commercial components in congruence with CSfC requirements to safeguard

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Sabysachi Mukherjee’s Designs Move To Classroom. Ajrakh School Uniforms

Sabyasachi shared this image. (courtesy sabyasachiofficial)


  • Sabyasachi used the Ajrakh technique in the uniforms
  • “It would highlight the power inherent to the craft,” he wrote
  • He designed uniforms for Jaisalmer’s Rajkumari Ratnavati Girl’s School

New Delhi:

Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, a popular name in the Indian fashion circuit, who has designed wedding outfits for the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma, recently added his midas touch to (wait for it) school uniforms . Yes, you read that right. On the morning to Wednesday, the ace designer shared pictures of his latest project, which can be best described as fashion for a cause. The girls happily posing in the school uniforms designed by Sabyasachi, happen to be students at Jaisalmer’s Rajkumari Ratnavati Girl’s School. The designer recently collaborated with a USA based non-profit organisation called CITTA and designed uniforms using Ajrakh, a block-printing technique popularly used in

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SANAA Designs Art Gallery of New South Wales Expansion in Sydney

SANAA Designs Art Gallery of New South Wales Expansion in Sydney

Tokyo-based SANAA has designed a new addition to the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) in Sydney. As the firm’s first building in Australia, the project will transform the flagship art museum and connect through an outdoor public art garden overlooking Sydney Harbor. The new building is designed to contrast the Gallery’s 19th-century neo-classical building as a light, transparent and open addition.

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Dubbed the Sydney Modern Project, the $344 million (AUD) transformation includes the development of SANAA’s new standalone building. The project aims to give prominence to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, as well as revitalizing the Gallery’s existing building. Doubling AGNSW’s total exhibition space, SANAA’s building responds

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luiz eduardo lupatini designs a monumental concrete structure for ‘site mirador’ competition

this stark, monolithic concept has been conceived by luiz eduardo lupatini in response to the ‘site mirador’ competition launched by ARKxSITE. receiving honorable mention, the brazilian architect’s proposal searches for harmony between opposites, and the balance between architecture and the incredible natural landscape of portugal‘s atlantic coast. 

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the international competition organized by ARKxSITE called for compelling ideas for the design of a ‘site mirador’ located at the zavial battery on the algarve coast of portugal. the jury was looking for proposals that emphasize, respect and celebrate the site and existing ruins while providing a unique and memorable experience.

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anchored off the edge of a cliff, luiz eduardo lupatini‘s mirador directly faces the immensity of the atlantic ocean. the position on the site provides a privileged view of the surroundings, situated parallel to the ruins, and seeks to establish a dialogue between the architectural intervention

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Silexica Extends Collaboration With Mentor for High-Level Synthesis | Nachricht

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ –Silexica ( has announced that they will be presenting in a Virtual HLS Seminar Series in October 2020 organized by Mentor, a Siemens business. Silexica’s SLX empowers software and hardware engineers to deeply analyze C/C++ algorithms for high-level synthesis (HLS) implementation in ASIC and FPGA designs to make better decisions and further accelerate performance. Silexica joined Mentor’s OpenDoor™ partner program in 2019 and participated in the first virtual seminars for Europe and North America in May 2020 to advance HLS adoption in FPGAs and ASICs.

“As an ecosystem partner, Silexica’s SLX Tool Suite helps Catapult customers develop high-performance synthesis solutions for FPGAs or ASIC IP, significantly improving design productivity,” said Ellie Bruns, Director of Marketing, Calypto Systems, Mentor Graphics, a Siemens business. “We’re excited to have Silexica partner and present at Mentor’s Virtual HLS Seminar Series demonstrating how they can help

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Port engineers need guidance incorporating sea level rise into construction designs

KINGSTON, R.I. – October 13, 2020 – A survey of maritime infrastructure engineers by University of Rhode Island researchers found that the rising sea level is often not factored into designs of ports, breakwaters, fishing piers and other coastal infrastructure.

“If we’re making decisions about infrastructure today and expect it to be serviceable for the next 50 to 75 years, we should be thinking about what the environmental conditions will be like towards the end of the infrastructure’s life,” said Austin Becker, URI associate professor of marine affairs, who studies how ports are preparing for climate change. “And we know that things are going to be very different along our coasts in the coming years.”

In 2019, Becker and graduate student Benjamin Sweeney surveyed 85 engineers at consulting firms, port authorities and government agencies with experience working on port infrastructure projects in the United States. They found that 64% do

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Apple Introduces the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max With New Designs

Apple today, in addition to the iPhone 12 phones, revealed the new Pro and Pro Max models.

iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max were the final reveals at today’s Apple event, and pack some pretty nice upgrades over the 11 Pro models. Both new phones feature more storage, larger screens, a new design, and 5G support.

Much like the 12 and 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max feature the new boxed design, A14 chip, and 5G support. However, the Pro earns its title in other ways. Apple has opted to increase the screen size of both models this year. The iPhone 12 Pro now features a 6.1″ Super Retina XDR display, up from past year’s 5.7″ display. Meanwhile, the 12 Pro Max gets a 6.7″ display, up from 6.5″ Unfortunately, both phones are still locked at 60Hz. It does feature a stainless steel finish that looks

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WaterField Designs Unveils Modern Cycling Wallet for Apple’s New iPhone 12

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — WaterField Designs, a local San Francisco manufacturer of laptop sleeves, bags, and cases for digital gear, introduces the Cycling iPhone Wallet—a sleek wallet for cyclists that holds the essentials they take on every ride: an iPhone, cash, cards, ID, car key, and multitool. The compact ballistic nylon and full-grain leather wallet is custom-fit to cycling jersey pockets and is easily accessible from there with one hand. Available in two sizes, this water-resistant wallet protects an iPhone with soft padding in a dedicated compartment and looks great whether on or off a bike.

“The Cycling iPhone Wallet is perhaps the only iPhone case designed with cyclists in mind,” said company owner Gary Waterfield. “Those cyclists who carry their tools in a saddlebag now have a comfortable case to carry their iPhone, car key, and cash in their jersey pocket, rather than tossing

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