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The EV industry can’t shake its human rights abuse problem

Mining for minerals used to make EVs and batteries is plagued with allegations of abuse, the latest report from the nonprofit Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) shows. And automakers continue to source materials from some of the worst offenders, The Verge finds. BHRRC has documented 631 allegations of human rights abuses since 2010 […]

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Jia Yi Gu is stepping down from her role as MAK Center director

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture’s Jia Yi Gu has announced she is stepping down from the role of director. In an Instagram post the architectural designer, curator, and historian announced she would be leaving the position to start on a new chapter in her career as an assistant professor in architecture at Harvey Mudd

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The Good Plastic Company turns plastic waste into a range of surfaces. What’s next? Expansion in the U.S.

When Dr. William Chizhovsky founded the Good Plastic Company in 2018, his goal was to produce the world’s most sustainable surface materials. Chizhovsky, born in Ukraine, earned his master’s degree in management from Harvard and then a PhD from Kyiv National Economic University. His background was in IT management, and he had no prior experience

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Chevy Bolt owners win $150 million settlement after EVs caught fire

General Motors and LG are establishing a $150 million fund to compensate Chevrolet Bolt owners after a faulty battery caused some of the electric vehicles to burst into flames.  The $150 million is part of a legal settlement between GM and Bolt owners who filed a class-action suit against the Michigan automaker in 2020 for

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John McAslan + Partners opens an office in New York City

John McAslan + Partners is known worldwide for its architecture and infrastructure contributions, specifically to major transit hubs—both London’s Kings Cross and Sydney’s Central Station being crowning achievements. New York Governor Kathy Hochul and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) have heralded the redesign of Penn Station from the architecture and engineering team led by John

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What will come of Downtown Los Angeles’s Oceanwide Plaza?

Is Oceanwide Plaza an object lesson? Stalled for more than five years, the project in Downtown Los Angeles stands half-built, filling an entire block across the street from the Crypto.com arena and the L.A. convention center. Tall grasses grow in the gaps between materials and equipment abandoned when it’s bankrupt Beijing-based developer, Oceanwide Holdings, pulled

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Mercedes-Benz workers cast final votes in high-stakes UAW election

After a watershed victory last month in Tennessee, the United Auto Workers is vying for a repeat performance Friday in Alabama. The final votes have been cast in the election to determine whether more than 5,000 workers at Mercedes-Benz near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, join the UAW, with the National Labor Relations Board expected to announce the

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