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New Proposal Looks To Change The Middle Seat On Airlines

Form and Design CBS Philly

The “S1” design might actually make people want the middle seat, or at least make the flying experience less miserable.
'PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A proposal to change how airplane seats are designed could make the worst seat on the plane a lot more comfortable. The “S1” design from a Colorado-based startup might actually make people want the middle seat, or at least make the flying experience less miserable. Instead of being side-by-side, the three economy seats are staggered. credit: CBS3 That would put the middle seat slightly behind the aisle and window seats, and make them slightly lower. The company says moving the middle seat back allows for more space for everyone in the row. The company also says they expect the seats would be available on two airlines by April or May of 2020. Last month, the S1 received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to be installed on planes.'

See the Mid-Engined 2020 Chevy Corvette from Every Angle

Form and Design Car and Driver

Let the C8 Corvette's designers take you on a tour of the new sports car's most interesting design elements. In the automotive-design world, it doesn’t get much more pressure-packed than designing the mid-engined Corvette . It’s a mythical beast
'Tucking a V-8 between the occupants and the rear-wheel centerlines meant that the driver’s compartment moved forward 16.5 inches compared with the C7’s, hard up against the front wheel wells. Chevy claims (and we can confirm) that it’s much easier to enter and exit the C8 than most other mid-engined sports cars. Greg Pajo - Car and Driver From a front-three-quarters view, you can really see how much the rear bodywork flares out. “You’d be amazed at the size of the heat exchangers packed in there. There are twin fuel tanks, too, one on each side. It’s a packaging miracle,” says Juechter. Greg Pajo - Car and Driver Like many Corvettes past, the C8’s upper body tapers to a near point, accentuating the superwide rear fenders. Greg Pajo - Car and Driver The exhaust tips are double-walled to deal with the extreme heat. Juechter says the LT2 V-8, which is standard in the C8, expels exhaust just as hot as that of the 755-hp C7 ZR1. Down at the bottom of the rear fascia is a heat-exhausting metal-mesh panel, behind which sits a muffler. Greg Pajo - Car and Driver Low-profile, horizontally oriented projectors allowed the fast angle of the headlights. Greg Pajo - Car and Driver The jagged cutline at the front of the frunklid looks like a self-conscious copy of the radar-foiling cutlines on an F-117 stealth fighter from decades ago. Corvette exterior design manager Kirk Bennion says that, because of the deep contours on the hood, when the Corvette is viewed from the right angle, the zigzag becomes a nice clean line. Improbably, almost inconceivably, he’s right. Greg Pajo - Car and Driver According to Juechter, “Design had to come to the party to solve technical problems.” Case in point: The large side scoops perform multiple functions, incorporating fans and radiators. The engine inhales from the top portion of the opening, where the air is coolest. The leading edge of the scoop also hides the door release. The black edge, which serves to visually break up the longish wheelbase, will be available in body color as well. Greg Pajo - Car and Driver You can just go ahead and forget about round taillights. They’re two generations gone now. Says Juechter, “Someday we’ll go back to them and everyone will be pissed off.” Greg Pajo - Car and Driver The rear window is flanked by heat-exhausting vents, and the trailing edge of the glass hovers about a quarter-inch over the bodywork. There’s a distinct Lamborghini-like look to this bit of the design. Chevy did not respond to that observation. Chevrolet The rear cargo hold is large enough to fit the C8’s standard removable roof panel. Locating that directly behind the engine meant that Chevy couldn’t do what many supercar makers do and devote the whole rear end to evacuating heat. Greg Pajo - Car and Driver This is one of two wheel designs to be offered on the C8. This five-split-spoke wheel is joined by what Chevy calls the “trident spoke” wheel seen on many of the camouflaged prototypes. There are six available wheel finishes, and Juechter proudly notes that “none of them are chrome.” On that news, tens of thousands of men in Tommy Bahama shirts just cried out in disgust. Greg Pajo - Car and Driver If a flat-bottomed steering wheel is cool, shouldn’t a steering wheel with both a flat bottom and a flat top be doubly cool? The engineering side was initially skeptical about the shape. But interior designers note that it doesn’t obstruct the view of the standard digital instrument screen as much as a round wheel would. Greg Pajo - Car and Driver The center console is not so much a center console as it is a cube wall, one with a row of tiny buttons on top. It’s part of an extreme makeover of the Corvette interior that also includes cupholders where a manual shifter would (should?) be. Chevrolet Compared with those of previous Corvettes, more of the C8’s innards are visible from the outside. The large, fast windshield puts the interior on display, and the engine can be seen through the rear glass. The LT2 6.2-liter V-8’s valve covers get a coat of deep-red paint standard. Buyers will be able to have their brake calipers painted the same color. Chevrolet Because the C8 Corvette has a decent-size frunk in the middle of the nose, the front-mounted heat exchangers had to be moved to the corners. Those horizontal ribs over the openings are there to meet pedestrian-protection requirements. Chevrolet “We have a lot of equity in our brand. We don’t want to be seen as someone else. So, you see cues from earlier Corvettes, like the peaked fender,” says Bennion. Adds Juechter, “We try to respect our past but always move the ball downfield.” Chevrolet “You can’t call it plasticky anymore,” says Juechter of the new Corvette’s interior. And, indeed, the model we sat in was covered in leather and carbon fiber. (Yes, we’re awarae that carbon fiber is a variety of plastic.) Small leather-wrapped panels appear to hover over the dashtop. Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet'

London Mayor Vetoes the ‘Tulip’ Tower

Form and Design CITYLAB

Sadiq Khan used his discretionary powers to cancel the Norman Foster design. Does this signal a tougher attitude to flashy development?
'Surprising news came this week from the office of London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan: Norman Foster’s Tulip, a 1,000-foot-high observation tower, is not coming to the city. The project’s approval was unexpectedly overruled earlier this week after being “called in” by the mayor. It’s not the tower’s unpopularity that’s a surprise. The flashy but essentially functionless concept has largely been greeted with public ridicule since being unveiled last year. It’s that the mayor has used his discretionary powers to cancel it. Khan convened a panel of four architects and planners to assess the plans for the Tulip, the case in favor of which was made by representatives of Fosters and Partners. The report stemming from this hearing offers a fairly damning verdict. The Tulip’s bulbous head, the panel’s report said , would have had “the appearance of a surveillance tower.” The planned roof garden, a little above ground level, would not have counted as a real public space, while overall the panel had “reservations about the quality of the architecture.” This is still putting it mildly. Rising abruptly from a small, narrow footprint, the Tulip’s top-heavy column would have looked like something between a dangerously long hemorrhoid and a weird vibrator. Functionally, its proposers, the J. Safra Group, had at least added an educational component to the project (it had a sky classroom stuck up in the bulb), but there was an overwhelming whiff of vainglory and pointlessness to the plan, leading people to wonder what they would actually gain from the tower’s visual intrusion. The mayor’s intervention is a far cry from London’s recent past. London’s mayor has always has the power to “call in” controversial building plans for reconsideration, to review and possibly overrule the decisions made by the local borough, where the primary responsibility for planning approval lies in London. When Boris Johnson, likely to be Britain’s next prime minister, was in office, he called in 19 building projects. In every single case, it was to give the green light to a development that a London borough had rejected as unsuitable, unsustainable, or inappropriate. Among the more notorious projects was a plan to build homes on the site of London’s main postal sorting office at Mount Pleasant (ironically named, given that it has also hosted a prison and sewage dump). The local council rejected the plan because it decided that developers could offer far more affordable units than planned and still turn a healthy profit. After Johnson’s intervention, however, the plan went ahead, promising just 14 percent affordable units on a site which might have sustained 50 percent. This is a pretty dismal legacy to leave, one that extends far beyond the now notorious Garden Bridge project, a Johnson flagship that cooked up a whole cauldron of bad ideas and sleaze before being canceled . Indeed, it seems that the only occasions on which Johnson did query London architectural plans was when he thought they weren’t flashy enough. His response, for example, to Nicholas Grimshaw’s quietly excellent reconstruction of the city’s London Bridge Station was that it was “ boring ” and might be improved by gargoyles. So does this mean that London’s recent friendliness toward uber-flashy, developer-driven construction projects might be drawing to a close? Whether the bad old days are truly over is up for debate, although clearly some lessons are being learned after this long period of laissez-faire . The criticism of the Tulip’s insufficient public spaces in particular seems to stem from the experience of the nearby Walkie-Talkie , which got waved through on the promise of a new sky park at its peak, and then delivered a pathetically small and hard-to-access fern-filled conservatory. If London is going to let greenwashed projects through in the future, then the greenwashing may at least have to be on a reasonable scale. At the same time, new towers continue to sprout across the city. In the vicinity of the Tulip’s proposed site, buildings are pushing ever taller . Indeed, one reason the Tulip was rejected is that its proposed location on the edge of this growing high-rise hub would have spoiled the city’s attempts at creating a pyramid silhouette (taller buildings in the middle, shorter at the sides) for the cluster of towers. The height in itself might not be a problem if what the buildings contained felt more appropriate to London’s needs. But in a city screaming at the top of its lungs for more affordable housing, giving the city more gimmicks like the Tulip and luxury towers intended to flesh out investment portfolios is like offering someone gasping for water a twist of freshly ground pepper—irrelevant and aggravating. Mayor Khan’s rejection of the pointless Tulip seems a step in the right direction, but it’s too soon to call a genuine attitude adjustment in London’s cockpit.'

Samsung’s new iPad Pro rival just leaked, and it’s got a pretty weird new feature

Form and Design BGR

Samsung isn't done making high-end tablets and recent rumors revealed the company has been working on an iPad Pro alternative that will deliver a bunch of nifty tricks, including features that aren't available on any other tablets. A brand new leak
'Samsung isn't done making high-end tablets and recent rumors revealed the company has been working on an iPad Pro alternative that will deliver a bunch of nifty tricks, including features that aren't available on any other tablets. A brand new leak confirms some of these unique Galaxy Tab S6 features, revealing other details about Samsung's upcoming device as well — including one that's very odd, to say the least Continue reading.. BGR Top Deals: Latest offer from Samsung gets you an incredible deal on Galaxy S10 phones 2 secret Sonos deals from Prime Day are still available right now Trending Right Now: The all-screen smartphone design of our dreams is coming next year – but not to the Galaxy S11 Exclusive: New leak reveals key Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL specs Netflix just gave us another look at what could become the next ‘Game of Thrones’ Samsung’s new iPad Pro rival just leaked, and it’s got a pretty weird new feature originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 18 Jul 2019 at 09:26:35 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.'