The Kunstsilo Museum Opens in a “Basilica-Like” Grain Silo, and Other News

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The Kunstsilo museum opens inside a “basilica-like” grain silo in Kristiansand, Norway. 

The Kunstsilo museum in Kristiansand, Norway, has opened within a renovated 1930s grain silo, marking a new cultural milestone for the Nordic region. This architectural transformation was led by MX_SI and Mestres Wåge Arquitectes, who preserved the silo’s industrial essence while integrating modern elements to enhance its function as an art museum. It now houses the Sørlandets Kunstmuseum and the Tangen Collection, featuring Norwegian modernist art from 1930 to 1970, aiming to blend historical reverence with dynamic cultural offerings.

Researchers consider changes to traffic light systems with the rise of self-driving cars.

As vehicles become more connected, researchers are considering revolutionary changes to traffic light systems, potentially eliminating traditional signals in favor of autonomous vehicle control. University of Michigan and North Carolina State University teams are exploring different approaches: Michigan focuses on using vehicle data to adjust light timings in real traffic, while NC State is proposing an additional “white light” phase for autonomous vehicle predominance. These advancements suggest a near-future where traffic management could be largely automated, relying on vehicle-to-infrastructure communication to enhance flow and safety.

Diesel in the Miami Design District. Image courtesy of Diesel

Diesel launches an industrial-chic retail concept at its Miami Design District storefront.

Diesel has launched a new retail design concept in its Miami Design District store under the creative direction of Glenn Martens, showcasing an industrial-style aesthetic with a red lacquered spiral staircase and raw metal surfaces. The store features a striking glass facade framed in bold Diesel red and uses monochromatic backdrops with vibrant red accents to highlight items like bags, shoes, and denim. Designed to present the label’s full collection across two floors, the 1,900-square-foot space integrates minimalist design and structural elements to enhance product displays and the overall shopping experience.

One of the world’s biggest carbon capture facilities turns on in Iceland—to criticism.

This week, one of the world’s biggest carbon capture facilities, operated by Swiss company Climeworks, began removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by using geothermal energy. The plant, which is significantly larger than its predecessor and aims to capture 36,000 tons of CO2 annually, is facing criticism for high operational costs and debates over its effectiveness in combating climate change. While the technology promises environmental benefits by storing carbon underground, critics argue it may distract from addressing the root causes of climate change and could be exploited by oil companies to justify continued fossil fuel production.

NASA is planning to develop a lunar railway system that will launch in the 2030s.

NASA is planning to develop a lunar railway system called “Flexible Levitation on a Track” (FLOAT), designed to support operations at a sustainable lunar base in the 2030s. The FLOAT system will utilize unpowered magnetic robots that levitate over a film track, enabling the autonomous and efficient transport of payloads across the lunar surface. This innovative transport system will facilitate the movement of lunar soil and other materials between landing zones, outposts, and mining sites, adapting to the harsh and dusty lunar environment with minimal initial setup.

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