Sliding walls, hideable offices: How pandemic could change home design

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BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Spain’s coronavirus lockdown ended in late June, one thing was at the top of Teresa Silvi’s priority list – to sell her apartment and find somewhere more suitable for her family to live now they were spending far more time at home.

Three months of remote working with a toddler and a husband was a challenge, especially given the lack of dedicated workspace, the university researcher told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“I can’t concentrate if I see toys or dirty dishes lying around. It is really important to be able to carve out a

From at-home virus tests to wearable COVID monitors, a futurist shares his tech forecast

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We’re all waiting on technology. To develop a vaccine. Or a better mask. Maybe a time machine to take us back to those days before we knew what COVID-19 was. But rather than sit on our invention wish list and dream, the Throughline wants to know how viable it is. So we asked Paul Saffo, Bay Area futurist and technology forecaster, to tell us which pieces of our dreams are on the horizon and which are pure science fiction. Here are his feasibility reactions to a crowd-sourced list of desired inventions.

If you have something you’d like to ask Saffo,

A Seattle photographer redevelops his architectural skills to codesign a once-in-a-lifetime home

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THESE QUARANTINE-Y DAYS, when little is the same as it ever was, “time” has warped into something newly confusing and fluid — more a concept than a construction, though still helpful, in a grounding sense, when the next Zoom meeting starts at 2.

Or, on two bigger scales, when the Seattle Design Festival starts on Aug. 15, and this year is its 10th anniversary.

The Backstory: Homes, humans and design (and even a special festival) adapt for our times

The Seattle Design Festival turns 10: a Q&A on its origins, its influence — and its flexibility

You may ask yourself:

Homes, humans and design (and even a special festival) adapt for our times

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I “MET” ED SOZINHO and his wife, Darlene, via FaceTime in early May. Ed graciously flipped around his phone and “walked me through” his family’s fabulous Broadview home, and that, ladies and gentlemen, concluded our “tour.”

As you perhaps picked up from all those quarantine-era quote marks, this was not standard procedure, and certainly not ideal, but it was workable, and terrifically helpful and accommodating, and it still counts as “connection,” so yay: Seattleites sure are adaptable.

So is Seattle design.

Cover story: A Seattle photographer redevelops his architectural skills to codesign a once-in-a-lifetime home that impressively withstands the tests